TEMA+ European Territories: Heritage and Development is a two-year (120 ECTS), bilingual (English and French) Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree program (EMJMD), involving five universities from the EU and Canada. The TEMA+ Consortium is coordinated from ELTE and formed by the École des Hautes en Sciences Sociales in Paris (EHESS), the University of Catania (UNICT), the Charles University, Prague (CUNI), and the Laval University from Canada (UL) in cooperation with the European Heritage Label (EHL) and different UNESCO offices.
The goal of this program is to provide a better understanding of the growing presence and importance of cultural heritage in a European context by applying a multinational, interdisciplinary approach. Over the past decade, academics have started recognizing the importance and impact of European cultural heritage on identity and contemporary culture. For this reason, the consortium has commonly decided to use its expertise to develop a new interdisciplinary program and curriculum and to create the first European joint master program on European Heritage Studies that connects the academic fields of Social Sciences and Humanities.
This program is recommended to applicants (EU and non-EU) who speak English and French, are interested in studying in an international environment and having acquired a first degree (BA/BSc /180 ECTS/ in History, Geography, Philosophy, Anthropology, Ethnography, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Urban Studies, Architecture, Nationalism Studies, International Relations, Law, Economy, Administration, or related fields). The TEMA+ offers not only a unique international atmosphere but also prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships to the best-ranked European and non-European student applicants. The Erasmus Mundus scholarships include student participation costs, a contribution to student travel and installation cost and a subsistence allowance (1 000 EUR per month) for the entire duration of the EMJMD study program.
This program enables students to study at least at two partner universities, get a double or multiple degrees (MA degrees in Social Sciences and Humanities) and to start a career in cultural heritage, administration, urban planning, and research.
The mobility tracks of the students are divided among the coordinating institution (Semester 1) and the four partner universities (CUNI, EHESS, UNICT, UL) for Semester 2-3-4, during which they do an obligatory internship at the associated members of the Consortium. Subjects include European cultural heritage, urban studies, urban anthropology, European integration, history, and policy-making. The Consortium awards the TEMA+ graduates with double or multiple degrees (depending on the student’s mobility track) along with a diploma supplement, all accredited on a national level. A Diploma Supplement describing personal curriculum contents is delivered.
Strength of program
The TEMA+ provides a program that none of the existing Master's degree in cultural heritage can offer. TEMA+ offers a new both theory and practice-based interdisciplinary and bilingual training, in which students will be able to become both scholars of European Heritage as well as practicing experts. TEMA+ will create a solid foundation for the concept of European Heritage, increase the diversity and quality of the European Higher Education Area, create a valuable exchange of European and non-European perspectives regarding heritage, and constitute an academically excellent and truly innovative EMJMD. TEMA+ students can participate in a unique educative and research program both in Europe and in North- America, which links the elements of contemporary heritage-based identity constructions with its innovative analysis based on an interdisciplinary methodology.
The new TEMA+ builds upon the large joint network of the consortium members and the expertise of its academic staff and creates a real bridge between the academic study of European cultural heritage and its practical application in related institutions worldwide. Each consortium member has strong expertise in history as well as in the social sciences that constitute the basic elements in their individual teaching and research activities.
Thus, with such a multicultural and interdisciplinary study program, students may gain a lot of transversal skills. TEMA+ teaching puts emphasis on the strengthening of communicational skills (organizing debates and academic presentation) and of critical thinking. Due to the various practical exercises during seminars and internships and to regular meetings with non-academic partners, the sense of initiative and entrepreneurship, of decision making and problem-solving may also rise.
The bilingual nature of the program is especially relevant in the field of heritage studies where English and French are both commonly used, in particular within the EU and within UNESCO. In this way, TEMA+ is further able to prepare its students fully for a further career or doctorate studies within the field of heritage.
TEMA+ graduates will have two or three diplomas, which is certainly a great asset in the labour market as well. The TEMA+ aims to provide qualifications for entry into the professions in the area of European Heritage, in local, regional, national and territorial administration, in urban planning and research institutions, related to heritage and identity. TEMA+ students will be able to become both scholars of European Heritage as well as practicing experts. TEMA+ is further able to prepare its students fully for a further career or doctorate studies within the field of heritage.
Expert in Heritage, Researcher of European Heritage, Expert in Social and Urban Development, Historian, Social Scientist, any professions in the area of European Heritage, in local, regional, national and territorial administration.