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Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology (M.A.)

Programme: Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology
Degree: Master of Arts (M.A.)
Standard period of study: 4 Semesters
Start: Winter semester
Degree programme options: Single Honours MA in Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology (78 C); Joint Honours MA in Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology (42 C); module package: Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology as MA minor subjects (36 C)
Admission requirements for Single and Joint Honours MA: Overview
Entrance requirements for module packages: Overview
Note for international applicants: For the enrolment at the Faculty of Humanities certified proficiency in German language is required!
Application: application procedure (application to the faculty of humanities)

Language of the programme: German

Programme description:
Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, also termed Empirical Cultural Science and Cultural Anthropology at other German institutions, is a discipline involving cultural research and is therefore closely related to History, Linguistics, Literature, History of Art, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Anthropology, Religion and more. It aims to investigate the forms of life of the people in Europe. The research subjects involve both spiritual and material cultural assets as expressions of norms and values. The mutual processes of transmission between social classes and groups are in addition also important. The aim of cultural-anthropological cultural analysis is to show stability and change not only in the past, but in modern day life with the help of comparative methods.

The Master's programme enables graduates to solve cultural-scientific questions on every day cultural phenomena locally and in comparison with other cultures using qualitative methods. Graduates have independent skills in methods of collecting data and documentation and in further processing these in different knowledge formats (text, picture, sound, digital). They are also qualified for independent work in exhibitions, media and cultural and social politics.

The programme also prepares students for consecutive scientific qualification (Ph.D./Doctorate). Aside from the general Master's in Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, students can also study the subject with the concentration „Curriculum Visual Anthropology“ (CVA), which gives in-depth education in the field or cultural-scientific film. With three professorships, the Göttingen Institute is one of the largest institutions for this subject in Germany. Thanks to the different concentrations of the teachers, as well as local resources, the Institute guarantees further qualification in the entire spectrum of the subject.

Language requirements during studies
Students are strongly suggested to have knowledge of two modern European languages or one modern European language and Latin