The Master’s Programme in Intercultural Encounters offers a multidisciplinary approach to intercultural issues, and aims to foster in the students an appreciation of the many facets of intercultural contact. The teaching in the programme supports this by making use of a range of pedagogical approaches to interculturalism.
The ICE Programme offers courses grounded in the latest academic research, which enables students to apply their theoretical grasp to practical situations in a multicultural and internationally oriented working life.
The thematic module on Religion, Conflict and Dialogue prepares students for critical analyses of the role of religion in conflicts in local, national and global contexts. Students 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 in a decolonising perspective. Student’s 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. Students will also learn to analyse relationships between culture, media and power both in traditional mass media and present-day Internet and social media.
The thematic module on Transnational and International examines strengthened interconnectivity and relations between people transcending the borders. Particular attention is given to transnational actors and activities which impact on 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.
Students can specialise in different local, national and supranational cultures in, for example, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, or North America. Also, the perspectives of the study of religions, theology, communication and indigenous studies provide students with the regional, cultural, and socio-political knowledge, which will help create a theoretical framework for understanding the dynamics of intercultural encounters. Furthermore, a range of disciplines at the University of Helsinki supports the study of the ICE thematic modules, such as media, social psychology, and area and cultural studies.