Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Studies: Academic Research, Policy, Management

Cultural heritage, as understood by Central European University's Cultural Heritage Studies Program, is the legacy of physical artifacts (cultural property) and intangible attributes of a group or society inherited from the past. Cultural Heritage is a concept which offers a bridge between the past and the future with the application of particular approaches in the present. Due to its attached values for these groups or societies, cultural heritage is maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations. At the same time, the concept of cultural heritage developed as a result of complex historical processes and is constantly evolving.
The Cultural Heritage Studies Program combines theoretical and practical education, offering a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches with a strong emphasis on practical knowledge and skills based on fieldwork, and internships with local, regional and global heritage organizations.

Historical approach, present social relevance (policy and management), and the integration of cultural and natural heritage issues are the three pillars of the program.

The program offers a global viewpoint within local Central European heritage contexts (capital of culture, World Heritage sites, urban environmental imperatives, local issues of conflicting interests)

One of the principles CEU is based on is respect for the diversity of cultures and peoples. As the University attracts students and faculty from 100 countries from around the world, it is an ideal host of a cultural heritage program dealing with disparate traditions, practices and social interactions.

General aspect of the program

Heritage is a contemporary activity with far-reaching effects. Most important, it is the range of contemporary activities, meanings, and behaviors that we draw from them. Activities related to cultural heritage are complex and they represent deliberate acts from the present for the future taking into account various aspects of the past. Traditionally these activities are described as Preservation or Conservation, but more recently they are integrated into the framework of management or the context of policies. Therefore, they can take the form of different and complex approaches or acts. Heritage can be an element in far-sighted urban and regional planning. It can be the platform for political recognition, a medium for intercultural dialogue, a means of ethical reflection, and a potential basis for local economic development. It is simultaneously local and particular as well as global and shared.

Changing social and economic trends require expert training, flexible enough to keep up with the challenges of heritage environments, which are in continuous flux. Cultural heritage activities should be always based on academic research of historical, social and environmental aspects of the conservation and reservation. Therefore academic fields related to various aspects of cultural heritage (archival studies, archeology, art history, anthropology, history, literary studies, etc.) form a crucial element of the master program. There is also a need for project managers, experts in regional and sustainable development extending across frontiers: individuals who are able to tackle challenges, even resolve financial issues in project development but, at the same time, remain sensitive to the need to preserve knowledge for future research.

Two streams of the cultural heritage master program:

Workload and Graduation Requirements

In order to graduate, two-year MA students must earn 62 credit points, out of which 8 are obtained for a successfully defended thesis. The remaining 54 are course credits. One course credit equals one hour (50 minutes) of classroom attendance per week over a 12-week academic term.

Entry Requirements for the Master's Programs

In addition to the general CEU admission requirements applicants to the two-year MA program in Cultural Heritage Studies: Academic Research, Policy, Management are required to submit (in English) a 1500-word project proposal.

Courses

Title Instructor Credit
Academic Field Trip Seminar József Laszlovszky
Béla Zsolt Szakács
2.0
Advanced Thesis Writing Seminar Gerhard Jaritz
Zsuzsanna Reed
2.0
CHSP 5001 Presenting Cultural Heritage Zsuzsanna Reed 2.0
Concepts and Issues in Cultural Heritage József Laszlovszky 2.0
Contesting and Documenting Heritage: Practices and Policies Marcell Sebők
Diane Geraci
Gabriella Ivacs
2.0
Crowdsourcing and Social Media in Cultural Heritage Studies Volodymyr Kulikov 2.0
Cultural Anthropology for Cultural Heritage Studies Alice Mathea Choyke 2.0
Cultural Heritage and Memory in South and Southeast Asia Zsuzsanna Renner 2.0
Cultural Heritage Policy Alexandra Kowalski 2.0
Cultural Heritage Project Management 1 Zsuzsanna Szálka
Dóra Mérai
2.0
Cultural Heritage Project Management 2 Dóra Mérai
Zsuzsanna Szálka
2.0
Cultural Heritage Site Management: Project and Institutional Framework Dóra Mérai
Zsuzsanna Szálka
2.0
Digital Tools for Humanities Volodymyr Kulikov 2.0
Documentary Heritage: Practices of Managing Information - Selecting, Storing, Sharing, Summarizing Marcell Sebők
Gabriella Ivacs
Diane Geraci
2.0
Environmental Heritage and Landscape: Protection, Policy and Management József Laszlovszky
Ruben Mnatsakanian
2.0
Geospatial Humanities and Mapping Technologies Viktor Lagutov 2.0
Gospels, Graffiti, Grocery Lists: Writing Culture and its Material Evidence in Antiquity and the Middle Ages Volker Menze 2.0
Historiography of Cultural Heritage Péter Erdősi
József Laszlovszky
2.0
History of Monument Protection Béla Zsolt Szakács 2.0
Internship József Laszlovszky 4.0
Introduction to Cultural Heritage Management. Project management Zsuzsanna Szálka
Dóra Mérai
Introduction to Research Resources for Cultural Heritage Studies and the Cultural Heritage of Budapest Balázs Nagy
József Laszlovszky
2.0
Introduction to Research Resources for Cultural Heritage Studies and the Cultural Heritage of Budapest József Laszlovszky 1.0
Jewish politics and Jewish political culture (1897-1950) Laura Almagor 2.0
Jews And Roma In Comparative Perspective Michael Laurence Miller
Iulius Rostas
2.0
JustData - University Wide Course Miklós Koren
Arieda Muço
Chrys Margaritidis
Jozsef Martin, Transparency International Hungary)
Roberta Sinatra
Karoly Boroczky
2.0
Knowledge, Memory and Heritage: Practices of Handling Data, Information, Sources Diane Geraci
Marcell Sebők
Gabriella Ivacs
2.0
Language as Part of Cultural Heritage Cristian-Nicolae Gaşpar 2.0
Language, Communities, and Heritage Cristian-Nicolae Gaşpar 2.0
Language, Communities, and Heritage Cristian-Nicolae Gaşpar 2.0
Legal and institutional protection of Cultural Heritage Gábor Soós 2.0
Legal and institutional protection of Cultural Heritage 1 Gábor Soós
Roger O'Keefe
Tamás Fejérdy
Katalin Wollák
2.0
Legal and institutional protection of Cultural Heritage 2 (Advanced) Gábor Soós
Roger O'Keefe
2.0
Legal and institutional protection of Cultural Heritage 2 (Advanced) Gábor Soós
Roger O'Keefe
Tamás Fejérdy
Katalin Wollák
2.0
Local History, Local Heritage Katalin Szende 2.0
Medieval Heritage of Budapest József Laszlovszky 1.0
Memory and Oblivion - Medieval and Contemporary Concepts Daniel Ziemann
Teaching Assistant: Petăr Părvanov
2.0
Monastic Cultures: Space, Landscape, Heritage József Laszlovszky 2.0
Museums, Collection, Exhibitions: An Introduction to Museology Zsuzsanna Renner 2.0
Operations Management and Communication of Cultural Heritage Institutions Zsuzsanna Szálka 2.0
Policy and Politics of "Heritage" Alexandra Kowalski 2.0
Presenting Cultural Heritage Zsuzsanna Reed 2.0
Presenting Cultural Heritage Zsuzsanna Reed 2.0
Preserving and Interpreting Knowledges of the Past and Promoting Social Justice Andrea Peto 4.0
Prospectus Writing Workshop Alice Mathea Choyke
József Laszlovszky
0.0
Protection of natural and cultural heritage. Policy, management and communication Ruben Mnatsakanian 2.0
Re-imagining Social Movements (2017/18) Hadley Z. Renkin 4.0
Religious Heritage, Endangered Minorities and Changing Ritual Practices in the Middle East Eszter Spät 2.0
Research Methodology and Thesis Planning Seminar Alice Mathea Choyke
József Laszlovszky
0.0
Strategic Management of Cultural Institutions Maciej Kisilowski 2.0
Text Analysis Across Disciplines - Data Collection and Curation Jessie Labov, Center for Media, Data and Society
Tamas Kiss, Department of Medieval Studies
2.0
The Anthropology of Heritage Tamás Régi
Zsuzsanna Arendas
2.0
The Past is Another Country: Cultural Policies in Europe Marcell Sebők 2.0
The Permeability of the Iron Curtain. Counter-Culture in the 60s, 70s and 80s in East Central Europe. Gábor Klaniczay 2.0
The Power of Ruins. Memory and Monuments. József Laszlovszky 2.0
The Religious Aspects of Cultural Heritage Marianne Sághy 2.0
The Secret Life of Texts: Finding, Keeping and Using Texts from Medieval Scribes to Modern Scholarship Zsuzsanna Reed 2.0
The Uses of Images. Visual Cultures and Communication Marcell Sebők 2.0
Thesis Planning Seminar József Laszlovszky
Zsuzsanna Reed
2.0
Thesis writing consultation Gerhard Jaritz
Alice Mathea Choyke
2.0
Thesis writing consultation Gerhard Jaritz
Alice Mathea Choyke
2.0
Thesis writing seminar Alice Mathea Choyke
József Laszlovszky
2.0
Thesis Writing Seminar Alice Mathea Choyke
Zsuzsanna Reed
0.0
Thesis Writing Workshop Gerhard Jaritz
József Laszlovszky
0.0
UNESCO and World Heritage Gábor Soós 2.0
Visual Grammar Didem Pekun 2.0