COSM Courses

COSM 1-2-3 courses pack: Culture, Organisation and Sustainability Management (15 ECTS)

COSM is the educational offer of harmonised three MA level courses (3 x 5 ECTS) focused on cultural management and organisational change regarding wide range of sustainability values:

COSM 1 “Cultural Organisation & Sustainability Management” is a 5 ECTS course that provides an international and cross-disciplinary perspective on the sustainability values oriented cultural management applied to cultural, creative, heritage and art organization of different size and type. It is the introductory course and the actual conceptual frame of the whole COSM series of three courses (15 ECTS). This is the revised version of the course that went through the pilot stage of testing in Spring 2021 and was highly evaluated by all participants. As a blended learning process, it comprises of (a) 4 sessions with international and Finnish guest lecturers, facilitated by the host lecturer of the course, Dr Marcin Poprawski; (b) the access to the interactive Hoodle platform with the content to be studied by participants. The platform gives access to literature files, video materials, and digital sources. Webinars 1 and 4 are organised in the classroom of Humak UAS and broadcasted life online as a zoom session. Webinars 2 and 3 are entirely online zoom webinars.

Content 

  • Sustainability, Culture and Arts Management – the panoramic view
  • Cultural Organisations and Sustainability Values, Symbols and Narrations: keywords and concepts 
  • Sustainability Values’ oriented Organisational Cultures in workplaces focused on Arts, Cultural Heritage and Creative practice
  • Organisational practices of undoing the unsustainable and the role of the leader
  • The Macro-level of Sustainability and Cultural Management – balanced Cultural Policies.
  • Sustainable Cultural Ecosystems in practice  
  • Sustainability, Aesthetic Values and Creative Processes

Amongst carefully selected and invited experts and guest lecturers who share their experience and knowledge through COSM 1 are inspiring individuals from Asia, Europe, and North America

Guest lecturers:

Birgitta Persson (Point of Value; Future by Lund, Lund, Sweden)

Sacha Kagan (Leuphana University, Luneburg, Germany)

Constance Deveraux (University of Connecticut, USA)

Jason Vitorillo (Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore)

Maria Bäck (Arcada University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland)

Host lecturer:

Marcin Poprawski (Humak University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland)

Read more about COSM 1: participants’ testimonials, course objectives and Autumn 2021 edition schedule

COSM 2Cultural Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Management” is a 5 ECTS course that provides an international and cross-disciplinary perspective on sustainability values and practical dimensions of cultural managers’ work. There are three central domains of cultural producers’ activities discussed in the course: festivals, and local communities-oriented productions and other independent entrepreneurial initiatives in rural and urban environments. This course can be selected as a separate unit or as a second part of the whole COSM series of three courses (15 ECTS).

Content 

  • Cultural Entrepreneurship and Sustainability Values
  • Sustainability and the nature of Cultural Projects and Creative Processes
  • Festivals and Sustainability
  • Cultural NGOs as Sustainability actors
  • Creative Partnerships for Environmental, Social and Economic Sustainability

Amongst carefully selected and invited experts and guest lecturers who share their experience and knowledge through COSM 2 are inspiring individuals from Finland, Poland, the United Kingdom, Jamaica, Philippines. They represent experience of work in Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Guest lecturers:

Rebecca Finkel (Queen Margaret University Edinburgh, UK)

Minna Hautio (Humak University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland)

Kim – Marie Spence (Queen’s University, Belfast, UK)

Juha Iso Aho (Humak University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland)

Michael Kho Lim (Cardiff University, UK)

Host lecturer:

Marcin Poprawski (Humak University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland)

Read more about COSM 2: participants’ testimonials, course objectives and Autumn 2021 edition schedule

COSM 3 “Cultural Management & 3 Dimensions of the Sustainability: Environmental, Social & Economic” is a 5 ECTS course that provides an international and cross-disciplinary perspective on cultural management and sustainability values, engaging the expertise from abovementioned research areas of sustainability. Its aim is to acknowledge, adapt and strengthen the role of cultural managers in supporting the general sustainability movement, impacting people’s and industries’ pro-ecological behaviours, assisting all types of attempts to make our life more sustainable, ethical, responsible, or balanced – in environmental, social, and economic sense. And finally, this part of the module is also questioning the answers regarding cultural organizations and cultural professionals’ role in balancing their cultural ecosystems. This course can be selected as a separate unit or as a third part of the whole COSM series of three courses (15 ECTS).

Content 

  • Beyond prepositions, assumptions, and contradictions. Culture in, for or as Sustainability
  • Environmental and urban planning dimensions of sustainability and the role of cultural Ecosystems.
  • Cultural Tourism and Sustainability
  • Social dimensions of Sustainability, cultural audiences, and culture & arts professionals
  • Public Health policies and cultural organisations – the pandemic lesson
  • Inter-generational aspect of sustainability – cultural management applications
  • Economic sustainability through cultural management lenses – global and local perspective
  • Cultural matters on the edge of protection and free access, conservation, and change

Amongst carefully selected and invited experts and guest lecturers who share their experience and knowledge through COSM 3 are inspiring individuals from Finland and Japan, Poland, Italy, Germany and Ghana, the United Kingdom and Portugal. They represent experience of work in Africa, Asia, and Europe.

Guest lecturers:

Anne Stenros (Globis University, Tokyo, Japan // Creative Catalys Oy, Helsinki, Finland

Annika Hampel (University of Freiburg, Germany)

Michele Trimarchi (Tools for Culture, Rome, Italy)

Nancy Duxbury (University of Coimbra, Portugal)

Sanna Lehtinen (Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland)

Host lecturer:

Marcin Poprawski ((Humak University of Applied Sciences, Helsinki, Finland)

Read more about COSM 3: course participants’ testimonials, course objectives and Autumn 2021 edition schedule

Participants who will accomplish all three COSM courses (1+2+3, 15 ECTS) will be granted with a special final certificate / document confirming their expertise in Culture and Sustainability

COSM is the unique chance to:

1) get the international and cross-sectorial perspective on the sustainability values oriented cultural management and rediscover it’s meaning in collaborative spirit

2) join the team of people exploring sustainability-oriented solutions with experts, cultural managers and cultural producers in their organizational and entrepreneurial contexts, developing sustainability management rooted in the core of humanities and arts as academic, applied disciplines of science and practice

3) use safe space for questioning the answers regarding cultural organizations and cultural professionals’ role in balancing their ecosystems, redefining their way of narrating what they (un)do, with what tools or methods, and how they are impacting their local communities

4) be the part of regular webinars and discussions with international & regional experts and practitioners focused on culture & sustainability, to strengthen sustainability values-oriented practices of leaders and employees of culture, art & heritage organisations’, as well as culture & arts entrepreneurs and NGO’s members

5) take part in the courses’ activities and assignments that are facilitating several dimensions of your potential: interaction, cooperation, reflection, written argumentation and dialogue in conversation, all aiming to have effective role of cultural managers in supporting all types of attempts to make our cultural ecosystems and our life more sustainable, ethical, responsible, or balanced – in environmental, social, and economic sense