To better comprehend the human condition in all of its myriad facets, anthropologists seek to transcend cultural, linguistic and geographic boundaries. This three-year program seeks to enable a sophisticated understanding of cultural and social diversity in today’s world. It provides a framework for addressing issues such as religious conflict, identity politics, and changing forms of kinship. It is also concerned with questions surrounding gender, economic inequality, and the political role of culture. Our regional focus is on Sub-Saharan Africa, South-East Asia and Latin America.
The first year combines an introduction to the theories and history of social and cultural anthropology with an overview on the sub-disciplines of the subject. It gives anthropology students a grounding in the methodologies of our field. Students are also given the opportunity to learn non-Indo-Germanic languages such as Hindi, Indonesian, Quechua or Swahili.
In the second year students are acquainted with the fundamentals of economic, political and kinship anthropology. This phase of study also provides an overview on cosmology and religion. Students will also have the chance to gain knowledge about specific regional areas.
The third year is dedicated to deepening students’ understanding of issues such as globalization, migration, media, or gender. Students can choose to explore one of the institute’s main research foci.
We expect our students to engage in discussion and debate surrounding contemporary issues as well as to use new media in classroom presentations and for field projects. Students are required to gain methodological competence by actively participating in small fieldwork assignments. The study regulations require oral presentations as well as written assignments. We provide a guideline for written assignments.
Each semester we offer two classes in English on the BA level. Students may also use English for their oral presentations and written assignments. However, since our program is primarily taught in German, sufficient German skills are required (GER B2). For more information, please follow the link below:
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