Cultures, Communities and Change. Bachelor's Degree Programme in Ethnology, Anthropology and Cultural Policy

Degree title:
Bachelor of Arts
Degree program type:
Bachelor's Degree
180 cr
Responsible organisation:
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Coordinating organisation:
Department of History and Ethnology, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023


The KUMU bachelor’s degree programme provides wide-ranging knowledge about culture and society, ethnology, anthropology and cultural policy. Studies focus on key methods, theories, concepts, information forming processes, research ethics and research methods in the field. At bachelor’s level, teaching is organised and implemented with the student’s future knowledge and skills in mind, and all forms of learning aim to take into account the cultural field as a whole, as a future employer and as an area of competence. After completing a bachelor’s degree, students are able to apply the knowledge gained critically, reflectively and ethically. The degree helps students find creative solutions to complex or unpredictable problems.

While studying for the bachelor’s degree students are introduced to and make contacts in their own field, and practise important work skills. Students also form a clear picture of the structures of the job market. Students understand what kind of expertise and practical skills are needed in intercultural environments and for working in culture and the arts. The student is able to communicate in various professional roles and practise reflecting on their own competence. Bachelor’s students are supported in their career planning. Portfolio tools help students learn to understand and present the development of their personal skills, employability and international experience.

The study timetables, scope and completion methods have been created to support smooth progress and accessibility. A bachelor’s degree prepares students to start studying for a master’s degree in their third or fourth year of study.

Learning outcomes

After completing the bachelor’s degree programme, the student will:

  • be aware of ethnology, anthropology and culture policy as disciplines, know what research is being conducted at KUMU and how knowledge is created,
  • have acquired good reflection skills, progressed in their career planning and be able to describe their own competence fluently,
  • be familiar with employment opportunities in their field and be able to apply the knowledge they have gained to find creative solutions to problems,
  • have acquired the basic skills of conducting research and be familiar with the ethical practices related to conducting research,
  • value academic knowledge and be able to apply it creatively to work in their field,
  • be confident using the key teamwork, information and communications technology skills required at work,
  • know how to use and critically evaluate the knowledge and skills acquired during their studies and be aware of their global responsibility for their actions,
  • understand cultural and social processes, structures and practices, and the ideas and procedures involved in cultural policy,
  • be familiar with the employment options in their field and have advanced on their own career path,
  • be able to work in intercultural and international environments at home and abroad,
  • with guidance, be able to assess the ethical issues in different areas and stages of work within their specialism,
  • have the ability to study at master’s level. 


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