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Social and Cultural Anthropology (B.A.) (2 subjects)

Social and Cultural Anthropology is a cross-cultural discipline which is concerned with the different ways of life of people outside Europe. The regional focus at Göttingen is on the Indo-Pacific region – mainly on Oceania and South-east Asia – and Africa. In Social and Cultural Anthropology, social, political and economic phenomena, religion, value systems and cultural identities are investigated. These are examined in regard to their origin, change and current contexts.


Subject: Ethnology
Degree: Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) (2 subjects)
Standard period of study: 6 semesters
Start of programme: Winter semester only

Admission to the winter semester 2018/19:

  • 1st subject semester: limited admission (application to the University)
  • 2nd to 6th subject semester: open admission (enrolment without previous application)
  • International applicants (non-EU): limited admission (application to International Student Services)



Course description
Social and Cultural Anthropology closely looks at the different ways of life of human in their cultural and social forms of expression. This comprises a comprehensive range of different areas, for example, social, political and economic phenomena as well as religion, value systems and cultural identities. These are examined in regards to their origin, change and current context.
One focus is on the Indo-Pacific region and Africa. Students deal with questions of cultural diversity, differences and identity as well as the application of the most important ethnological methodology.
The Bachelor's programme conveys the basic subject-specific knowledge necessary for entering a profession and also conveys the ability to grasp the central interconnections within the subject area and to apply basic scientific methodology and knowledge.
The students deals with questions of cultural diversity, differences and identity as well as the application of ethnological methodology. These competences form the basis for research-oriented further education within the frame of a Master's and Ph.D. programme or for entering into various professions.

(1) The goal of the Bachelor's programme Social and Cultural Anthropology is to impart two things necessary to enter into a profession: a sound specialised knowledge, and the ability to grasp the central interconnections within the subject area and to apply basic scientific methodology and knowledge.
(2) The students gain specialised competence by treating current problems of socio-political relevance with a holistic and understanding perspective, with special focus on the the Indopacific region and Africa. The students occupy themselves with questions of cultural diversity, differences and identity as well as with the application of ethnological methodology.
These competences form the basis for research-oriented further education within the frame of a Master's and Ph.D. programme or for entering into different professions (work with international organisations, international economic cooperation, culture management, culture mediation, museums and media).
(3) The Bachelor's programme goes beyond the scope of specialised knowledge by imparting key competences helpful to successfully enter into a profession or to take up a Master's programme.

Profiles
The Bachelor's programme goes beyond the scope of specialised knowledge by imparting key competences helpful to successfully enter into a profession (practice-oriented profile) or to take up a Master's programme (research-oriented profile).

Occupational fields
Possible occupations include work with international organisations, in international economic cooperation, in culture management, culture mediation, and in museums and the media.

Subject combinations
Specialised studies in Social and Cultural Anthropology are combined with a second subject of equal importance that can be selected from a large range of different faculties. The practice-related section of studies includes a practice module in which student will take a non-European language course and an internship in one of the areas of concentration or abroad at another university.