Master of Liberal Arts (an interdisciplinary program)
The graduates of Master of Liberal Arts programme at the University of Opole will have achieved an in-depth knowledge of communication, language, culture, and society. They will have explored selected dimensions of linguistics, communication studies, arts and social sciences in the context of the history of human ideas and the functioning of contemporary societies, including their legal and economic perspectives. They will have critically considered the main challenges to global well-being, such as cultural hegemony, gender inequality and media manipulation. They will have pursued an original interdisciplinary curriculum that culminated in a Master’s thesis exploring a chosen problem from a variety of perspectives.
Majors to choose from in the second semester:
MVC Media and Visual Cultures
The main objective of this major is detailing student’s knowledge of the theoretical frameworks, methodological preferences and analytic preoccupations of Visual Art, Media and Film Studies. The role of human perception, communication and cultural frames of interpretation is discussed. Specific concepts and categories to study the visual along other semiotic codes are introduced. The major is intended as an elaboration and diversification of students’ analytic skills and specific competencies related to processing visuals. It develops individual interests and independent studies of selected areas of visual culture. The central aim of the MA project is to provide students with a framework for intellectual engagements with the art-related action or research they select to research, as well as the artistic or applied projects they will engage in when working professionally.
PC Public Communication
In this major students explore selected areas of mediated communication (political propagandas, promotional discourses, news genres, organizational or institutional materials) in order to identify their strategies and linguistic characteristics. Students become familiar with the organization of public spheres and culture industries, the main research orientations in discourse studies and methods of text analysis. They discuss exemplary case studies in the field of public communication. As their MA, students pursue individual research that draws on their knowledge of theories and practices of public communication. They choose a specific topic related to mediated communication and analyze a sample of freely available texts/visuals trying to answer a research question related to the properties of those materials. They evaluate the effectiveness of communication in the context of a given theory of communication/culture. The conclusions from their projects may include practical implications.
PCP Philosophy, Culture, Politics
The aim of PCP major is to provide the students with the knowledge about the main research orientations and with research methods and skills that are needed to identify and articulate ideas at the intersection of philosophy, culture and politics. In their MA, students are expected to conduct an academic project within the area of their interest that can be connected, for example, to the relations between religion and politics, the social and political implications of multiculturalism, the consequences of cultural relativism, or the role of culture criticism. The basic approaches to apply in the projects can be drawn from socio-political philosophy, political theory, feminist criticism and pragmatism.
Full information on study programmes is available at http://mla.wfil.uni.opole.pl/about/
Advantages of studying liberal arts at University of Opole
- international student teams facilitate intercultural communication, comparative perspectives and dynamic co-operation;
- general courses on philosophical, legal, historical, political and economic processes of contemporary public spheres foster reflectivity and critical stance;
- tailored courses in public communication, sociolinguistics, media and visual arts, entrepreneurship and organizations offer elements of practice;
- access to cultural, literary and artistic projects enhances aesthetic competences;
- elective courses and tutorials enable self-exploration, academic independence, and pursuit of advanced content;
- Master’s research projects can be oriented towards assessing the properties and effectiveness of various forms of socially situated communication practices or addressing social problems through interventions;
- friendly and professional attitude of academic teachers towards their students
- modern lecture rooms in the newly renovated historical building of Collegium Maius equipped with modern audiovisual technology;
- modern library and reading room offering access to an extensive collection literature (more than 37 thousand volumes devoted to various aspects of culture and language of English speaking countries and 100 titles of journals and magazines devoted to teaching);
- modern computer room with several stands.
Student affairs, options for development, exchange and scholarship
Our students can enroll in a student exchange programme Erasmus+ offered by Opole University, which allows for studying abroad for a semester or two, developing foreign language communication skills, learning about culture of a foreign country and gaining professional knowledge via a foreign language.
What are future career prospects after the studies?
MLA offers students a transdisciplinary programme with knowledge, practical language skills and communicative, intercultural and social competences to make them well prepared to face challenges of a highly competitive job market in an increasingly global society. The graduates are expected to have useful skills and attitudes to help them to accommodate flexibly to the changing requirements of the professional world. Depending on their specialty, they will be prepared for a career in:
❖ Public communication, public relations and advertising
❖ Creative writing and journalism
❖ Visual and media optimization
❖ Culture-related industries and institutions
❖ Human resources and anti-discrimination
❖ Corporate and organizational communication
❖ Project management and entrepreneurial sphere
❖ Community building projects and interventions
❖ International co-operation requiring specific legal, communicative or management skills
Citizens of Poland and EU/EFTA as well as the Pole's Card holders study free of charge.
Foreign students: 5000 PLN
Wymagania rekrutacyjne: konkurs dyplomów
Wymagany certyfikat jęzka angielskiego na poziomie B2 lub ukończone studia pierwszego stopnia z językiem angielskim jako wykładowym.
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