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Report 2009: 6 R

Review of study programmes in cultural studies, and child and youth culture

This report presents the results of the review of first and second-cycle study programmes with cultural studies or child and youth culture as the main fields of study. In addition, third-cycle study programmes, with the themes: culture and society, and children at Linköping University were reviewed as well as two third-cycle programmes at the Department of Cultural Studies at Lund University. In total, study programmes were reviewed at eight higher education institutions (HEIs).

The report comprises two sections. The first section is the reflections of Högskoleverket (Swedish National Agency for Higher Education), and the second section is a report from the external experts. For the review, the Agency appointed two assessment panels comprising a total of eight external experts from Sweden and Finland. One panel reviewed the cultural studies programmes and the other panel reviewed the child and youth culture programmes. Their results are presented in two separate chapters of the report. The report describes the historical background, the national overviews and the assessments of the HEIs.

The historical background of the cultural studies programmes is the attempt to create study programmes incorporating aspects of the humanities and social sciences with clear work-oriented profiles and/or preparing students for professional careers. The area of child and youth culture has a humanities perspective whilst at the same largely is largely based on theories of social sciences.
The study programmes reviewed had, in general, a good standard with good research links (with the exception of cultural pedagogy at Gävle University College). However, there were very few students registered on some of the study programmes.
The study programmes in this area have various titles. The differences in the titles do not reflect differences in the study programme contents. This is confusing for students.
The Agency would like to see some form of collaboration at national level between the HEIs offering the study programmes reviewed. There is a need for national coordination regarding the contents of the study programmes, the titles of the main fields of study and the links to research.

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