MA Modern Political Culture: Ideas and Discourses in Context

Maastricht University    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Full time September MA 1 year

About the course

The MA specialisation Modern Political Culture critically explores modern and contemporary politics. You will study the relationship between political ideas, discourses, and practices in their broader cultural and social contexts. The programme first introduces you to several relevant theories, methods, and concepts for the study of political culture. It then guides you through key problems and challenges in modern politics. You will study subjects such as the different forms of and tensions within democracy; the construction and representation of national identities; and the origins of political violence and its legacies. Cases you can analyse include recent populist movements across the globe and the multiple ‘crises’ of contemporary democracies; nationalist groups and identity politics; as well as the logics of violence within instances of genocide, armed conflict, and in internal political conflicts. You will approach all these subjects in an interdisciplinary manner, using the tools and methods of a variety of academic disciplines such as history, political philosophy, cultural studies, and political science. At the same time, you will be trained in the use of advanced research and writing skills. Finally, under the supervision of an expert in the field you will apply your newly acquired theoretical and thematic knowledge by writing an original thesis on a case of modern political culture.

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Entry Requirements

For the master's programme in Modern Political Culture: Ideas and Discourses in Context enrolment takes place on the basis of your quality and suitability. For this your motivation, previous education and your (professional) experience are important. You qualify for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field in the humanities or social sciences such as philosophy, (art) history, sociology, social anthropology, cultural studies, political science, area studies or liberal arts.


2.314 euros for EEA nationals per year/16.000 euros for non-EEA nationals

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