COSM 1: Cultural Organisation & Sustainability Management 5 ECTS, Spring 2021 NEW!



Studies Open University of Applied Sciences – Master´s level
Method of instruction Online course
Study period 07.01.2021 – 22.3.2021
Schedule Timeline:

  • 07.01.2021 course opens (Course can be started later, at the latest on 25.1.2021)
  • 19.01.2021 1st webinar – Tuesday, 13:00-16:00 EET (1st webinar will be recorded, so it can be watched later)
  • 26.01.2021 2nd webinar – Tuesday, 13:00-16:00 EET Guest lecturer: Sacha Kagan, PhD (Leuphana University, Germany)
  • 09.02.2021 3rd webinar – Tuesday, 13:00-16:00 EET Guest lecturer: Birgitta Persson, (Point of Value, Sweden / Olivearte Cultural Agency, Ireland)
  • 23.02.2021 4th webinar – Tuesday, 13:00-16:00 EET Guest lecturer: Christiaan de Beukelaer, PhD (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • 09.03.2021 5th, final webinar – Tuesday, 13:00-16:00 EET
  • 22.03.2021 course ends
Registration deadline 19.01.2021 at 23:59:00 (EET)
Contact person Marcin Poprawski (

Contents and objectives of the COSM 1

Cultural Organisation & Sustainability Management (COSM 1) is a 5 ECTS course that provides an international and cross-sectorial perspective on the sustainability values oriented cultural management. It is the introductory course and the actual conceptual frame of the whole COSM module.


  • 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 Art, Cultural Heritage, Creative and Cultural Workplaces. 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 theory and practice
  • Sustainability, Aesthetic Values and Creative Processes


Students are aware of the basic questions of sustainability in cultural management and able to recognize unsustainable practices in organizations.

The course will be carried out if we get at least 10 enrolled students.

COSM 15 ECTS – Triplet of courses

COSM is the educational module of harmonised three courses (3 x 5 ECTS) focused on cultural management and organisational change regarding wide range of sustainability values. The idea behind the COSM is exploring and sharing the way we undo the unsustainable in cultural management, with all the respect to the creative processes, projects and realities that used to be and in fact continuously are unsustainable in its core.

The first side of the COSM perspective is the one that 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.

The second perspective of the COSM is the one from the inside of cultural management ecosystems. To strengthen sustainability values-oriented practices of leaders and employees of culture, art & heritage organisations’, as well as culture & arts entrepreneurs. This include: the quality of organisational cultures, the range and accessibility of professional development conditions, non-toxic leadership, synergetic and participative cultural policies as a soil for cultural management practice, ethical and balanced cultural work environment. This is all about providing tools and conditions for a sustainable, healthy, ethically concerned cultural management ecosystems. We require a refreshed perspective on the impact of cultural policies’ political trends and conditions on the cultural management practice. Sustainability values oriented cultural management might be the answer.

COSM is Finnish , made by Humak but offered to international audience, it is rooted in the experience of: international university professors and global range practitioners as well as local talents: Humak academic teachers and Humak alumni – practitioners, Humak projects participants and partners including creative hubs, local organisations and cultural institutions.

The courses:

Further information

Also check out the COSM website:

Read also article about COSM on Humak website.


The total cost of the studies is 75 €. Humak grants a 50 % discount for pensioners, and graduated Humak alumni. To unemployed we offer the course for free. To receive the discount, copies of pensioner cards and certificates of unemployment/active job search (by Finnish TE Services, containing the codes 02, 03 ,05, 06, 07 or 08) must be attached to the personal information form. We only accept Finnish certificates of unemployment or pensioner cards.