Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsWe've been discussing how best to represent transculturality in a concrete way which can be reflected in daily life. We realise that the Euroculture programme as a joint master-level model of a programme on European society and culture and politics is a prime example of this. In order to illustrate this, we will highlight trans, cultural aspects of the core structure and content. And since transculturality relies on interaction between people, we will also look at ourselves, the students of Euroculture. With this purpose in mind, we conducted interviews with former, current, and prospective students to ask about their thoughts on transculturality. Their answers will be used as part of this case study to illustrate some of the aspects you learned in the previous section.

Skip to 0 minutes and 49 secondsSo how does your culture reflect transculturality? What elements of transculturality can be found in the course structure, content, and its students? First of all, let's have a look at the structure. A defining feature of the programme is mobility. It allows us, as Euroculture students, to study in least two different European universities and even have the option to study in a non-European partner university. While studying abroad, we are constantly adopting and assimilating other people's culture into our own and taking a few elements from everywhere and putting them into our own identity. These elements come from the country and culture we are immersed in, as well as from our international colleagues. This structure, however, is common to all Erasmus Mundus Master programmes.

Skip to 1 minute and 35 secondsWhat makes your culture unique? Now that we've looked at the course structure, let's take a look at its content. In Euroculture, we take a cultural approach to Europe. We learn about Europe as a geographical but also a political and cultural space. We study cultural identities of Europe and what European integration means not only on the political level, but on a cultural one as well. We examine diversity as a defining principle of European identity and take a critical perspective on how Europeans have addressed diversity at various historical and contemporary contexts. We learn that there are multiple ways of defining and experiencing Europe. And this is precisely what transculturality is all about.

Skip to 2 minutes and 16 secondsEuroculture promotes a way of looking at current issues with a transcultural understanding. It is obvious that multi- or intercultural ways of thinking have had limited results. We should learn to recognise that cultural affiliations co-exist at local and global levels, in a number of novel and unpredictable combinations, and should be seen as a continuing and ever-changing process. It is this constant contact and interweaving of different cultures that shapes and challenges our worldview and identity. Euroculture promotes transculturality as it forms a web of different cultures by bringing together a diverse group of people, therefore promoting an environment in which we learn from and alongside each other, enabling contact and development without clashes between different cultures.

Skip to 3 minutes and 1 secondI'd now like to focus on the students of your culture. As we just mentioned, your culture bring students together in order to debate controversial issues and work towards a common solution. Perhaps surprisingly, a considerable number of students come from outside Europe seeking to learn more about these unique political and cultural construction that is Europe. We also wanted to find out about life after Euroculture and to what extent former students could be said to be living somewhat transcultural lives. So we decided to send out a survey to 65 former students. Results show that a vast majority, over 80%, of the former students are currently living abroad. In addition to this, almost 90% find themselves frequently immersed in a culturally diverse environment.

Skip to 3 minutes and 49 secondsA staggering majority, 80% of the former students, agreed with us that following the Euroculture programme does indeed contribute to a more culturally diverse lifestyle after the programme. This is a clear indicator of what we have tried to show in this section, that the Euroculture programme is both a manifestation and symptom of transculturality, a process and a outcome as well, as a driving force that will hopefully help fuel this new way of thinking in the future. As you can see, the Master's in Euroculture has many transcultural elements to it, not only in terms of structure and content, but the students themselves become an example of transculturality.

Skip to 4 minutes and 28 secondsIn this way, it's sort of a meta process in that we live and experience what we are studying on a daily basis. Both the interviews and the surveys we carried out confirm our belief that transculturality is an integral part of the programme and its students' lives, whether or not this is generally recognised. We hope that we have been able to show you the aspects of transculturality that you learned about in the previous section in this case study, and that this will enable you to begin to see this aspects elsewhere as well.

Euroculture: a case study

In this video, students discuss Euroculture as a case study of transculturality.

The Erasmus Mundus Master of Excellence Euroculture, which developed this online course, is an interdisciplinary master’s programme. It studies Europe from a variety of perspectives. An important part of the programme is mobility: students study at two or three European universities.

There, they meet students from many different countries. Thus, students study Europe in a very transcultural environment.

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