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Goal of the programme

The aim of the Master´s Programme in Intercultural Encounters (ICE) is to learn an appreciation of the many facets of intercultural contact. You will acquire theoretical knowledge and skills to examine complex social and cultural phenomena in different kinds of intercultural encounters. You will gain a profound understanding of how everyday local life is connected to international, multicultural and transnational issues. You will learn to analyse why and how conflicts arise for various cultural, political and religious reasons. You will gain insights into the possibilities of dialogue in conflict resolution. You will learn to communicate and evaluate information on intercultural encounters. 

Upon completing the programme, you will be able to act and grow in multidisciplinary and multicultural groups, and deal with issues of intercultural interaction, diversity, internationalisation, cultural management, the media and power. 

Pro­gramme con­tents

The Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters offers a multidisciplinary approach to intercultural issues. The programme offers courses grounded in the latest academic research, which enables you to apply a theoretical grasp to practical situations in a multicultural and internationally oriented working life. You can specialise in different local, national and supranational cultures in, for example, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East or North America. Further, the perspectives of the Study of Religions, Theology, Communication and Indigenous Studies provide you with regional, cultural and socio-political knowledge, and a variety of theoretical frameworks to understand the dynamics of intercultural encounters.

Depending on your target degree, you will specialise in one or two thematic modules. Thematic studies are constructed as follows: 

The thematic module on Religion, Conflict and Dialogue prepares you for critical analyses of the role of religion in conflicts in local, national and global contexts. You will also develop expertise in conflict resolution and reconciliation projects involving religious issues, and gain an understanding of the requirements of such work.

The thematic module on Tradition, Knowledge and Change offers an opportunity to obtain knowledge of epistemological differences from a decolonising perspective. Your expertise will extend to indigenous peoples’ philosophies and concepts, with new insights into knowledge-making, power relations and diverse interactions in the production of tradition.

The thematic module of Communication and Media focuses on practical intercultural communication situations and processes, as well as on cultural beliefs and values present and produced in communication and social relationships. You will also learn to analyse relationships between culture, the media and power both in the traditional mass media and the present-day internet and social media.

The thematic module on Transnational and International Interactions examines strengthened interconnectivity and relations between people transcending the borders. Particular attention is given to transnational actors and activities which impact culture and politics across traditional borders. These include non-governmental organisations, multinational corporations, religious actors, ethnic actors, terrorism, migration, hybrid identities and diasporas. You will also learn more about the culture and practice of diplomatic relations.


Visit the In­ter­cul­tural En­coun­ters - MA, MTheol page on the University of Helsinki website for more details!

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