POSTGRADUATE STUDIES ‘CULTURE IN THE ERA OF CYBERNETICS ’ - Institute for Sociological, Political and Juridical Research

POSTGRADUATE STUDIES ‘CULTURE IN THE ERA OF CYBERNETICS ’


Studium coordinator:

Professor Ph.D. Ganka Cvetanova

 

 

The culture, as one of the fundamental areas in the social living is an imminent factor of the identity and the development of the individual and the community; it signifies a specific and heterogeneous sphere which includes all the material and spiritual values produced as a result of the thinking process and the human intervention in nature of society.

. We say that the culture is spontaneously created, i.e. as a result of the psycho - biological and social needs of the man. It can be comprehended as an inevitable and natural process. Therefore, in terms of a historic context, we can say that the culture represents a continuous and dynamic process, but, at the same time, a product of the self cultivation of the human nature and it environment. In this sense, thereto bearing in mind the information and communication technologies, as well as their presence and the role in the everyday life and the environment we live in – it is inevitable to conclude that the modern cultural milieu underwent a drastic transformation and the same is greatly and almost unrecognizably redesigned.

The post-graduate studies in the field of culture in the era of cybernetics aim to study the presence, the meaning and the manifestation of the culture in its various complex forms, i.e. the attitudes of power, as well as the process of globalization and the socio-cultural changes in terms of the modern society, but in a wider historic context as well. This studium is based on the study of questions from the field of culture in the era of cybernetics in accordance with the interpretation of the concept of the culture understood as an expressive ghost of the overall way of life which is manifested through the overall domain of social and cultural activities, such as: the language, the artistic styles and other various types of intellectual activity, but at the same time as an overall social order constructed as a result of the existing culture and the other social factors. In this sense, a special attention will be given to the presence and influence of the information and communication technologies – with all their prefixes such as e-. i- , info-, techno-, blog-, wiki -, P2P-, etc., and terms, i.e. adjectives as cybernetic, virtual, network, online, chat etc. – in redefining and redesigning of the modern concept of culture, i.e. the culture in the 21 century.

The primary aim of the such constructed study program is enrichment of students with theoretical knowledge from the field of culture, but enabling them in the sense of how the same knowledge will be applied in the analysis of the modern social occurrences and the new cultural phenomena in the cybernetic era, as well as discovering of appropriate solution for the current problems connected to the social reality and the global processes.

 

Profile

 

 

The study program – ‘Post-graduate studies in the field of culture in the era of cybernetics’ satisfies the educational needs in the following areas:

 

а) Master of culturology who with the completed post-graduate studies may further his career at some of the state or private universities as professor of many subjects from the field of culture and information and communication technologies.

b) Analyst of the modern theories from the field of culture and the information and communication technologies;

c) An expert in the field of culture in the era of cybernetics who will be trained and competent to interpret and explain the current socio-cultural changes and to give directions for creation and implementation of the particular cultural and educational policies;

d) Researcher who will be trained to research and interpret the modern theories and the current trends, as well as their meaning in a wider social context;

e) Project manager who will be qualified to participate in the creation and management of projects in terms of the cultural institutions, as well as projects from the area of cultural and creative industries.

 

 

 

Generic and specific competences

 

Expected learning outcomes at level 7 (second cycle of studies) according to the European qualification framework for lifelong studying:

 

а) At the level of knowledge:

  • Knowledge which is usable and may be used in terms of the studies from the field of culture in the era of cybernetics as a basis for original research;
  • Knowledge for the modern theories from the field of culture in the era of cybernetics;
  • Knowledge for the theoretical and practical implications of the information and communication technology, the new modern cultural phenomena and the modern social context;
  • Knowledge in the field of the process of globalization and the changes in the socio-cultural sphere.

 

b) At the level of skills:

  • Skills for critical thinking and analysis of the literature from the field of theory of culture and information and communication technologies;
  • Skills for research and analysis of the modern socio-cultural occurrences and processes, as well as skills for presentation and academic writing of scientific publications;
  • Skills for project managing of scientific research;
  • Skills for managing of projects from the field of cultural and creative industries;

 

c) At the level of competences:

  • Ability for analysis of the modern socio-cultural occurrences and processes, created as a result of the occurrence of the information and communication technologies;
  •  Ability for creation and evaluation of the cultural and educational policies;
  • Ability for designing and conduct of scientific research;
  • Ability for designing and management with projects in the field of culture in the cybernetic era, and the cultural and creative industries.

 

 

 

Enrollment conditions

 

 All candidates who fulfill all the general conditions published in the advertisements of the public media have the right to enroll.

 

Basic enrollment conditions are:

           - completed first cycle of high education – undergraduate studies:

 

  • for 4+1 – in duration of 4 years or the total number of 240 credits
  • for 3+2 – in duration of 3 years or the total number of 180 credits

 

  • All candidates who have completed faculty with an average grade of 7 or an average grade lower than 7 (seven) and have a particular work or research experience of at least 2 years, as well as published papers from the appropriate scientific field have the right of enrollment. In terms of the last one, the decision is made by the Council of the Institute for each application separately.
  • Knowledge of one foreign language
  • A special condition for enrollment of post-graduate studies in the field of culture is that the candidate should have acquired the education at the faculties from social, humanistic and artistic sciences. Provided that the candidate has acquired his education in other scientific field, and in the meantime is professionally occupied with questions from the field of culture, information and communication technologies and/or published papers from this field, he/she may submit a special request for enrollment to these post-graduate studies, with the explanation in the sense above. After such a request, on the recommendation of the coordinator of the department, the decision is made by the Board of the post-graduate studies and the same is verified by the Council of the Institute.
  • If the candidate does not have qualifications from the particular field, the Council of the Institute may ask for taking of qualification exams for at least 2 subjects.

 

 

 

 

Duration of studies and credits

 

 

For the program 4+1, the post-graduate studies are in duration of 2 semesters and provide 60 credits, where they can report the master’s thesis in the second semester. Credits are distributed in semesters, thus the four compulsory subjects provide a total of 32 credits, and the two facultative subjects should provide a total of 12 credits. After acquiring of these credits, the candidate acquires the right to report the master’s thesis. The preparation and the defence of the master’s study is valued by additional 16 credits. With completition of the post-graduate studies the candidate acquires 60 credits.

.For the program 3+2, the post-graduate studies are in duration of 4 semesters and provide 120 credits, where the fourth semester is aimed for prepartaion of the master’s thesis. Credits are distributed in semesters, where the five compulsory subjects provide a total of 60 credits, and the three facultative subjects should provide a total of 30 credits. After acquiring of these credits, the candidate acquires the right for report of the master’s thesis. The preparation and the defence of the master’s thesis is valued with additonal 30 credits. With completition of the defence of the master’s thesis the candidate acquires a total of 120 credits.

 The studies are organized according to the ECTS. First, the compulsory subjects are chosen and then the facultative subjects.

The final result of the master’s studies is a written master’s thesis which is prepared after the completition of exams. The candidate completes the studies with oral presentation of the prepared master’s thesis.

 

 

Teaching and learning responsibilities

 

The study program is carried out in semesters. Classes are conducted only if there is a formation of group of five or more candidates. Otherwise, a mentor system is organized (consultations and seminars). The exams for the completed classes are desirable to be taken at the end of each semester. Candidates cannot take exams from the facultative subjects unless they have not previously finished the exams for the compulsory subjects.

            Despite taking of exams, students are expected to take active participation in classes, to prepare seminar works, essays, to participate in realization of projects etc. Thereto, each professor, in terms of his subject, specifies particular activities, on the basis of which students collect the needed number of points. The students must prepare seminar paper for all subjects as a prerequisite for taking the exam.

           

      Way of evaluation

 

The student during classes may score a total of 100 points. The final grade depends from the number of acquired points.

 

The grade is formed according to the following system of evaluation:

 

<50 =

5

F

51 - 60 =

6

E

61 - 70 =

7

D

71 - 80 =

8

C

81 - 90 =

9

B

91 - 100 =

10

A

 

The evaluation of the achieved results is quantitative. The final evaluation for each subject is properly expressed with a grade from 5 to 10, where the grade 5 signifies a failed exam. In the evaluation there is also an application of the equivalent to the numeric grade: A,B,C,D,E,F.

The quality of the teaching process and the professors for each of the subjects will be followed and graded on the basis of evaluation lists, created according to the standards of UKIM and will be delivered to each student after completition of the activities of the subject, but before taking the final exam.

 

      The evaluation for each subject is conducted according to the following parameters:

 

  • final exam                               60 %  (minimum 40 %)
  • Practical assignments        20 % (minimum 10 %)
  • class participation                  20 % (minimum 10 %).

 

 

Transfer of credits and mobility

 

Mobility of students is possible through acknowledgemnt of credits from the conducted activities of the other study program, provided that particular study program is similar to the appropriate one.

During transfer of students from specialist to master’s studies, as well as from one department to another, the passed exams which are evaluated as appropriate to the program design of the department are fully transferred. During transfer from other faculties the ECTS criterion is taken into consideration, and the basis for transfer of credits is the program by which the candidate prepared and took the exam.

Students will be able to choose a list of facultative subjects which are available at the Institute or at the other units at UKIM, so that the needed number of credits is provided.

 

 

Facultative subjects

 

            Students from the program 4+1 choose one subject from the list of possible facultative subjects offered in the studium. The second facultative subject is from the common list at the University.

            Students from the prgram 3+2 choose a total of three subjects where one is from the University list. And the other two facultative subjects are chosen from the list of possible facultative subjects of the studium.

 

Master’s thesis

Through the master’s thesis the candidate should show an ability for preparation of an individual scientific paper, where on the basis of the analysis and the systematization of the relevant literature, creates a wider theoretical framework for preparation and realization of the particular research. The scope of the master’s thesis is from 60 to 80 pages (for students from the program 4+1) and from 100 to 120 pages (for students from the program 3+2), font size 12, line spacing 1.5.

 

 

Academic title and degree

 

Students who complete this study program acquire the title Master in culturology.

 

 

 

 

Study program for students who follow two-year post-graduate studies (120 credits)[1]

 

 

 

Study subjects

Classes and credits according to semesters

Classes and credits according to semesters

I

II

III

IV

Classes

Credits

Classes

Credits

Classes

Credits

Classes

Credits

 

COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SК2-301 Culture and identity

22

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

SК2 -302 Research methodology from the field of culture in the era of cybernetics

11

6

11

6

 

 

 

 

SК2 -303 Culture and communication in the era of cybernetics

22

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

SK2-304 Cyber psychology

 

 

22

12

 

 

 

 

 

COMPULSORY SUBJECT

 (one from the list)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SК2 -305 Culture and digitalization

 

 

22

12

 

 

 

 

SК2 -306 Gender and sexuality

 

 

22

12

 

 

 

 

 

FACULTATIVE SUBJECTS

 (two from the list)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SК2 -307 Cultural policies and cultural institutions

 

 

 

 

20

10

 

 

SК2 -308 Culture, city and society

 

 

 

 

20

10

 

 

SК2 -309 Cultural geography

 

 

 

 

20

10

 

 

SК2 -310 Multimedia information systems

 

 

 

 

20

10

 

 

SК2 -311 Phenomenology of the film industry

 

 

 

 

20

10

 

 

SК2-312 Visual culture

 

 

 

 

20

10

 

 

Compulsory facultative subject from the University list

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

SК2 - Preparation and defence of master’s thesis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30

Credits

 

30

 

30

 

30

 

30

Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

120

 

 

 

 

 Study program for students who follow the program 4+1 (60 credits)

 

 

 

 

Study subjects

Classes and credits according to semesters

I  

II

 Classes

Credits

 Classes

  Credits

COMPULSORY SUBJECTS

 

 

 

 

 

СК-301 Culture and identity

20

8

 

 

СК -302 Research methodology from the field of culture in the era of cybernetics

20

8

 

 

СК -303 Culture and communication in the era of cybernetics

20

8

 

 

 

COMPULSORY FACULTATIVE (one from the list)

 

 

 

 

 

СК -304 Culture in the cyber space

20

8

 

 

СК -305 Gender and sexuality

20

8

 

 

 

FACULTATIVE SUBJECTS

 (one from the list)

 

 

 

 

 

СК -306 Cultural policies and cultural institutions

 

 

12

6

СК -307 Culture, city and society

 

 

12

6

СК -308 Cultural geography

 

 

12

6

СК -309 Multimedia information systems

 

 

12

6

СК -310 Phenomenology of the film communication

 

 

12

6

СК-311 Cyber psychology

 

 

12

6

Facultative subject from the common list at UKIM

 

 

12

 

6

СК - Preparation and defense of master’s thesis

 

 

 

16

Credits

 

32

 

28

Total

 

 

 

60

 

 

 

 

 

STAFF:

 

 

Professor Ph.D. Ganka Cvetanova, associate professor, Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje

Subjects: Culture and identity, Culture in the cyber space, Cultural policies and cultural institutions

 

Professor Ph.D. Petar Atanasov, professor in ordinary, Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje

Subject: Methodology of reasearch in the field of culture in the era of cybernetics

 

Professor Ph.D. Emilija Simoska, professor in ordinary, Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje

Subject: Culture and communication in the era of cybernetics

 

Professor Ph.D. Danco Davcev, professor in ordinary, University of computer sciences and engineering St. Paul the Apostle - Ohrid

Subject: Multimedia information systems

 

Professor Ph.D. Slobodanka Markovska, professor in ordinary, Faculty of Philosophy, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje

Subject: Gender and sexuality

 

Professor Ph.D. Stefan Buzarovski, professor in ordinary, Birmingam University – England

Subject: Cultural geography

 

Professor Ph.D. Vladimir Blazevski, professor in ordinary, Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University - Skopje

Subjects: Phenomenology of film communication, Visual culture

 

Assistant professor Ph.D. Goran Janev, assistant professor, Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje

Subject: Culture, city and society

 

Assistant professor Marijana Markovic, assistant professor, professor in ordinary, Institute of Sociological, Political and Juridical Research – Skopje, Ss. Cyril and Methodius - Skopje

Subject: Cyber psychology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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                         The two-year study program is in a process of accreditation