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EUROPEAN HERITAGE, DIGITAL MEDIA AND THE INFORMATION SOCIETY: a European Master Programme
A two-year Master's Degree Programme "European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society" is at the University of Turku hosted by the School of History, Culture and Arts Studies.  The Master’s degree is a joint programme developed and produced in collaboration with five universities that together consists a network called Euromachs. The partner universities are the University of Coimbra in Portugal, the University of Salento in Lecce, Italy, the University of Cologne in Germany, and the Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria.
For more information about the Euromachs network, see http://www.euromachs.net/

Aims of the programme

Diversity and variety of cultural traditions are central to European life. They provide enrichment to our culture, but are also challenging and need to be understood and supported. The significant role of media in modern society also brings challenges. Media is often thought of in terms of technology, but content is also needed.
 
The ability to send and receive messages is required at an increased level in a modern information society. In Europe, there is a continuous need for people with an understanding of society, cultural identities and media. However, one should not underestimate the importance of technological knowledge; it is essential in bringing out humanistic views.
 
One of the central problems in contemporary information society is the gap between rapidly evolving technology and the slower production rate of new content for emerging media. To avoid this gap, a new type of education is needed.
 
The European joint programme "European Heritage, Digital Media and the Information Society", aims at producing top level professionals capable of building new bridges between cultural content, historical heritage and information technology. By integrating the humanities and information technology, the programme offers the possibility of opening up new job possibilities for humanists. This can vary from the media to entrepreneurial academic activities and different tasks of demanding expertise. As the labour market is becoming more competitive, this kind of education can provide good employment opportunities.
 

Partner universities

University of Coimbra, Portugal (coordinating institution)

The Department of History (Grupo de História da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Coimbra)

University of Cologne, Germany

The Department of Applied Computer Science in Humanities (Historich-Kulturwissenschaftliche Informationsverarbeitung)

Karl-Franzens University Graz, Austria

The Department of History
(Institut für Geschichte)

University of Salento, Italy

The Department of Historical Studies from the Middle Ages to the Contemporary Age at the University of Salento (Dipartimento di Studi Storici dal Medioevo all´Età Contemporanea)

University of Turku
 
The School of History, Culture and Arts Studies
 
Partner departments from The University of Turku have been actively using new medias. Since 1996 we have benefited from major investment in developing Agricola, a national Internet-service for historians. We are also coordinating a national e-learning project. Digital culture has emphasized technological literacy and the critical study of technology. Cultural Heritage Studies and multidisciplinary Cultural Tourism Studies have also gained experience of applying and utilizing historical knowledge.
 
Other partner universities have also been interested in developing teaching methods, which combine the humanities with information technology. This is shown for example in the name of the German partner department - "Historich-Kulturwissenschaftliche Informationsverarbeitung". One can also cite the project undertaken in 2004 by The History Department of Coimbra: a computerised historical strategy game, centred on Portuguese history.
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