unlikely as it seems, this is what the Rudolf Steiner College in Järna, Sweden, offers in a surprising collaboration with the University of Plymouth. A master’s degree in eurythmy? When did eurythmy become a subject of academic interest, one wonders. Apparently it has, but don’t ask me how. This is the website where the master’s program is presented. Note how the Rudolf Steiner College refers to itself as “Rudolf Steiner University College” (direct quote: “A collaboration between Rudolf Steiner University College Järna, Sweden and the University of Plymouth, England”). Under Swedish regulations, the Rudolf Steiner College is not regarded as a university college, however. (See the list provided by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education.) This suggests their website is misleading, and that they need to reconsider how they represent themselves. The collaboration with a British academic institution doesn’t turn the Steiner college itself into a university college.
The IMP – Eurythmy is result of a fruitful collaboration between the University of Plymouth, with a well-established integrated academic pathway and Rudolf Steiner University College Järna bringing questions of eurythmy into the realm of academic research.
Really? Eurythmy? Somehow I doubt it. What about the requirements on individual master’s degree students attending this program?
A Diploma from a four-year eurythmy training or another fulfilled educational or artistic training on the same level and relevant for the study will demonstrate the candidates’ suitability. The decision can also be based on other qualifications, such as a range of publications or record of thoughtful and innovative professional practice in fields relevant to the study.
I must say that for an academic program, this seems rather strange. It does seem to me that applicants need not even have completed high-school.
Three modules are taught: Eurythmy, art and human development; Eurythmy, music and movement; and Eurythmy, language and movement. In addition, there’s the fourth module, the master’s dissertation. What about the teachers, then?
The tutor team is composed of an international group of experienced eurythmists …
That sounds reassuring. And these eurythmists have academic training? They can guide the students, who are, after all, supposed to complete an academic program?
The aims of this master’s program:
– to give the opportunity to deepen the participants’ own questions on Eurythmy and to undertake research on the value of Eurythmy for human development.
– to place Eurythmy in the context of modern education, artistic development and to promote a dialogue between Eurythmy and mainstream research in these fields
– to enhance the quality of participants’ educational practice and their quality of critical enquiry, innovative thinking and imaginative reformulation.
– to, through dialogue between participants, create a new international network, appropriate to postgraduate study on Eurythmy.
The programme has been validated concerning Europeans standards and an MA: Education-Eurythmy gives you 110 ECTS credits
I do think there are very important questions that need to be voiced in regard to the involvement of the University of Plymouth in this business. Does the university function as some kind of diploma mill, offering collaboration with local foreign schools in return for something else? Why would they want the university’s academic reputation to be tainted by involvement in dubious enterprises abroad, over which they can hardly achieve and maintain sufficient quality control? And why has the Rudolf Steiner college chosen to collaborate with a British institution? I hope this is a good sign — a sign that Swedish universities and university colleges aren’t prepared to offer master’s degrees in eurythmy.