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Folkloristics and Applied Heritage Studies (MA)

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This programme opened in 2017 with the mission of training specialists, who are well versed in scholarly approaches to folk culture and cultural heritage, and competent to use this expertise creatively in academia and beyond. Heritage has emerged as a key category shaping the ways in which individuals, communities and regional as well as state-level actors relate to the past and imagine the future, while making and re-making themselves in the present. As more states worldwide join the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the need grows for specialists capable of analysing cultural heritage and using it responsibly as a social and economic resource.

It is furthermore one of the few master’s programmes to offer a specialisation in the study and application of the heritage of crafts.

Students develop a solid basis in the study of folklore and critical heritage studies as well as many transferable skills, which enables them to:

  • unpack the workings of tradition and the process of heritage production in the context of cultural diversity and change
  • act as a mediator between different interest groups in the field of intangible cultural heritage
  • recognise and ethically apply cultural heritage as a resource in the public and non-governmental sectors, crafts, product design, tourism and various other areas of life.

Visit the Folkloristics and Applied Heritage Studies (MA) page on the University of Tartu website for more details!

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