Overview

Social and cultural anthropology in German-speaking countries is closely linked to the history of ethnology. When the discipline was first established at universities in Germany and other parts of the world at the end of the 19th century, the subject was initially a science of the culturally “other” that primarily examined non-European societies. The focus of ethnological investigation was on social structures and patterns of meaning as well as cultural practices of everyday life, as specific groups have developed in relation to religion, economy and their political and legal organization.

In the course of post-colonial theoretical discussions and globalization, the scientific interest in social and cultural anthropology has increasingly reoriented itself: The focus of specialist interest is no longer supposedly self-contained, exclusively ethnically defined groups, but rather complex interrelationships between local, national and global communities, ideas and practices and institutions. Social and cultural anthropology thus conceptually and methodically takes account of the plurality of histories, knowledge projects and everyday practices, for example in the context of research in transnational and intercontinental contexts. It also brings its own society into the focus of the studies and avoids making it the universal benchmark for its analyzes.

The course also includes dealing with a non-Romance, non-Germanic language. The following languages ??can be selected at Freie Universität Berlin: Arabic, Chinese, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Kurdish, Polish, Russian, Swahili, Turkish.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

 

Social and cultural anthropology is combined as a 90 CP core subject with a 60 CP module offering. As a 60 CP module offer, social and cultural anthropology is combined with a 90 CP core subject.

The study of social and cultural anthropology as a 90 CP core subject comprises a basic and an advanced phase as well as the general vocational preparation study area.

In the core subject of social and cultural anthropology, the exemplary deepening and differentiation of a field of study takes place at the end of the course through independent scientific development of a self-selected problem (bachelor thesis)

The General Vocational Preparation (ABV) study area includes an internship as well as various areas of competence in which additional practical knowledge and skills are imparted. Aims, content and structure of the general vocational preparation study area are regulated in a separate ABV study and examination regulations.

The course and examination regulations regulate the objectives, content and structure of the course. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module as well as an exemplary course plan and defines the type and requirements of the module's examination performance. In the regulations, the credit points (CP) for each module or event as well as the workload in hours for the entire course are specified.

Social and cultural anthropology as a 90 CP core subject

Basic phase
module Topics and theories of social and cultural anthropology
module Methods of social and cultural anthropology
Module / compulsory elective

Languages ??A - transcultural language skills

or

Languages ??B - language acquisition

Build-up phase
module Social relationships
module politic and economy
module Religion, medicine and psyche
module Intertwined worlds
Specialization module Special topics

 

Social and cultural anthropology as a 60 CP module offer

Basic phase
module Topics and theories of social and cultural anthropology
module Methods of social and cultural anthropology
Build-up phase
module Social relationships
module politic and economy
module Religion, medicine and psyche
module Intertwined worlds

 

CAREER PROSPECTS

Bachelor graduates have scientific knowledge and practical skills that qualify them for a job or a postgraduate course. If social and cultural anthropology is studied as a module within the framework of a combined bachelor's degree, the chosen core subject usually shapes the professional qualification.

Possible occupational fields are above all activities in facilities for cultural and scientific exchange in international institutions, museums, foundations or associations, but also in organizations that work with migrants and asylum seekers or in development cooperation and disaster relief by government and non-governmental organizations. Further potential professional fields of activity are in the areas of tourism, adult and further education, in archives, libraries, in the press, radio, television, in the new media and in publishing. In addition, there are activities in the areas of public relations and advice, as well as in public administration and social institutions in view of the increasing multiculturalism of major European cities.

A master’s degree and, if applicable, a doctorate are prerequisites for managerial positions or employment in research and teaching.

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

 

Admission mode 1st semester
Local admission restriction
Admission mode higher semester
Local admission restriction (for the winter semester for the 3rd and 5th semester, for the summer semester for the 2nd, 4th, 6th semester)
 
Additional entry requirements
English (level B1 GER)
 
 


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