Overview

The Master’s degree in Classical Archeology builds on the content of a previous Bachelor’s degree, but is more research-oriented and leads to a deepening of specialist knowledge. In doing so, you will acquire significantly in-depth and extended specialist knowledge in classical archeology, mastery of scientific working methods and extensive analytical experience for independent scientific work. One focus is on imparting visual and media competencies as well as skills in dealing with a fragmentary heritage of monuments and their historical classification, whereby the students also use examples from classical antiquity to give priority to basic knowledge of current cultural-scientific theories (media and interaction theories, gender research, spatial analysis, Ritual research, theories of identity construction, acculturation, cultural contact, postcolonial theory). In addition to subject-specific training, the course also aims to expand one's own scientific competence. With the possibility of focusing on didactic and interdisciplinary areas, communicative skills can be acquired in public relations. With the possibility of an integrated stay abroad, he also imparts intercultural competence and job-oriented foreign language practice (e.g. in English, French, Italian, Modern Greek, Russian, Spanish or Turkish). In addition to subject-specific training, the course also aims to expand one's own scientific competence. With the possibility of focusing on didactic and interdisciplinary areas, communicative skills can be acquired in public relations. Through the possibility of an integrated stay abroad, he also imparts intercultural competence and job-oriented foreign language practice (e.g. in English, French, Italian, Modern Greek, Russian, Spanish or Turkish). In addition to subject-specific training, the course also aims to expand one's own scientific competence. With the possibility of focusing on didactic and interdisciplinary areas, communicative skills can be acquired in public relations. With the possibility of an integrated stay abroad, he also imparts intercultural competence and job-oriented foreign language practice (e.g. in English, French, Italian, Modern Greek, Russian, Spanish or Turkish).

Classical archeology is the science of the material legacy of the ancient Greek and Roman cultures (approx. 1500 BC - 500 AD). She also explores the precursors and aftermath of these cultures, their fringes and relationships with neighboring cultures. Geographically, Classical Archeology initially encompasses Greece, western Asia Minor and Italy, as well as the entire Mediterranean area and the adjacent regions, insofar as they were connected to Greek and Roman culture.

The spectrum of objects to be researched is broad and ranges from exceptional works of art to everyday objects and from large architectural ensembles to initially inconspicuous archaeological finds and findings. But the pictorial works that have been handed down in large numbers play a special role because of their symbolically condensed information content.

The subject has developed a variety of methods and techniques for interpreting material culture. In addition to the formal determination and chronological classification, it is important to better understand the finds and findings through systematic comparison in their specific characteristics and to classify them in a larger context through an analysis across genres or epochs. By researching representational evidence, the aim is to reconstruct the concrete historical and cultural conditions and processes and to understand ancient culture in its differentiation and complexity. Ultimately, antiquity should be understood as part of modern culture against the background of its reception and transformation in post-antiquity.

 

PROGRAMME STRUCTURE

The Master’s degree in Classical Archeology is divided into a focus study, the complementary area and an integrated stay abroad (optional).

The structure and process of the course are regulated by the course regulations. It contains detailed descriptions of the content and qualification goals of each individual module and an exemplary course plan. The examination regulations define the type and requirements of the examination performances of the modules and the master’s examination. 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.

The complementary area expands the specialist spectrum. It is preferably used for the acquisition of an ancient language or in-depth knowledge from an ancient science master’s course or as offered from another master’s course.

The Master’s degree in Classical Archeology opens up the possibility of an integrated stay abroad at a university abroad. A six-month stay abroad in the second year of study is planned. As part of the study abroad, coursework and examinations should be provided that can be counted towards those modules that would have to be completed during the same period at the Free University of Berlin.

The master's thesis should show that the students are able to independently work on and present a research task using scientific methods. After successfully completing the study program, the university degree Master of Arts (MA) is awarded.

Modules of the Classical Archeology course

Modules of the specialization course

module Didactic module - Classical archeology and the public
module Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Classical Archeology
module New research on classical archeology

2 of the 3 following modules are to be selected

module  Methodical module A - space and landscape
module  Methodical Module B - Image Science
  Methodical module C - Find contexts and pictorial spaces

2 of the 3 following modules are to be selected

module Hermeneutic Module A - Greek Art and Culture
module Hermeneutic Module B - Roman Art and Culture
module Hermeneutic Module C - Cultural Contacts and Reception Phenomena

Complementary area

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

For admission to the Master’s degree in Classical Archeology, applicants must demonstrate the following requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in Classical Studies with a focus on Classical Archeology or an equivalent other university degree that corresponds to the content and structure of the above-mentioned Bachelor's degree at Freie Universität Berlin,
  • Proof of the Latinum or Graecum or evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge of the Latin or ancient Greek language,
  • Proof of language proficiency in a modern foreign language: English, French or Italian (level B2 GER).

 

Proof of German language skills must be provided for applicants who have completed their degree at a foreign university or equivalent institution . This can be done by passing the German language test for university entrance (DSH) or by providing evidence of an equivalent level of knowledge according to the regulations for the German language test for university entrance of foreign applicants at the Free University of Berlin.

 

CAREER PROSPECTS

The study in the Master’s degree in Classical Archeology is intended to prepare students for activities in predominantly cultural-scientific professional fields, including teaching and educational institutions (e.g. activities in the field of museums, monument protection, cultural and educational management, youth and adult education, tourism industry, Publishers, press, new media, diplomatic institutions, international organizations, etc.). In addition, it qualifies for a doctoral degree, which enables a scientific career in the university, museums and non-university research institutions.


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