Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies

Academic degree

Master of Arts in Sociology


1.5 Years

National Code of the Study Program


About the program

The program aims at providing Belarusians and other countries’ nationals the opportunity of state-of-the-art graduate-level university education in sociology of culture, with advanced training in gender theory, critical urban studies, and visual and cultural studies, that conforms to the European standards in higher education in this field of studies.

The program focuses on:

  • educating researchers capable of facilitating the modernization of the Belarusian (and broader – the post-Soviet) academia and its integration into the European and global intellectual environment in the field of sociology of culture and gender theory;
  • educating the new generation of researchers capable of using their theoretical background in sociology, anthropology and theory of culture to conduct original research into pressing national-level and global issues, as well as putting their knowledge into practice while interacting with different governmental and non-governmental structures;
  • educating critical intellectuals fostering the development of the democratic public sphere and ready to actively participate in promoting and communicating academic knowledge via the variety of media.

Specialization in Critical Urban Studies

The specialization is developed on the foundation of the Laboratory of Critical Urbanism, established at EHU in 2007, and proven to be a regional center of the creation of knowledge about cities in the social sciences and humanities. The specialization consists of three thematic tracks, taught by a specially assembled faculty team. 

City and media – historical forms of mediatization of the urban environment; technologies and methods of representation of space; tendencies of virtualization and digitalization of urban infrastructures.

Centralization and de-centralization of power as an urban sociology issue – socio-spatial implications of de-centralization policy in Ukraine; transfer of urban development policies (North-South, West-East); Europeanization of institutions of spatial planning (Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine).

Localized cultural industries – regimes and instruments of the valorization of the urban environment; the study of communities and instruments of ‘soft planning’; the sociology of the cultural sector; spatial interventions and event capitalism.

Specialization in Gender Studies

The graduate program in Gender Studies, launched in 2000 in Minsk by the EHU’s Center for Gender Studies (made possible with the support from J. and C. MacArthur Foundation) and reopened in Vilnius in 2005, is interdisciplinary and targeted at young researchers striving to acquire systematic knowledge in gender theory.

Specialization in Visual and Cultural Studies

Visual and Cultural Studies is a new interdisciplinary field that has emerged at the intersection of sociology, philosophy, cultural theory, and art history. Its central focus is the study of modern society in the context of its “visual turn.”

Potential career

Specialization in Critical Urban Studies

Research institutes and centers; the cultural sector; international organizations; city administration; mass media; further doctoral studies in related disciplines.

Specialization in Gender Studies

Graduates work as teachers of gender theory, cultural studies, and social theory in colleges and universities; as researchers at research institutes and centers; as experts and advisors in institutions dealing with education, cultural policy, social work, and in various non-governmental and community organizations whose work is related to issues of gender equality and education; as advisors at governmental and non-governmental organizations and institutions dealing with the issues of gender policy, gender education, reproductive rights, social work; as well as in mass media.

Specialization in Visual and Cultural Studies

Graduates work as researchers at research institutions and centers; as teachers at colleges and universities majoring in sociology of culture and audio-visual communications; as film, television and art critics in the mass media, or as media analysts and producers in the creative industries.

Applications, Payments and Scholarships

Tuition fee for admissions in 2018

Citizens and residents of Belarus All other citizens
Blended mode Ranking GPA 9,61 or higher – €0/year €2500/year
Ranking GPA between 9,21 and 9,60 – €750/year
Ranking GPA 9,20 and below – €1500/year

* Ranking GPA for Master’s prospective students is calculated on the basis of: 1) Research project; 2) English language exam; 3) Bachelor’s diploma subjects average

Please click here for general information about application process, requirements, financial assistance (in Russian). To find out program-specific requirements, please see here (in Russian).

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