Study Plan MA Social Anthropology (until Summer Term 2016)
Module 1 (15 CP): Lectures and seminars on the 'cultural foundations of
sociality' are concerned with the ways in which human interactions are
grounded in and reflexive of culturally specific ideas and values. They focus
on the question, how such interactions can be conceptualised theoretically so
as to facilitate their analysis and comparison in empirical research.
Module 3 (15 CP): 'Research methods/intercultural interaction' focuses on the
analysis of intercultural communication in various modalities, such as the
conceptualisation and valuation of alterity, and inter-regional, transnational
and global interactions. It offers courses on the methods of ethnographic data
collection and audio-visual documentation of social actions. It also
offers a special course in trans-cultural psychiatry.
Modules 2 und 4 (2 x 15 CP) 'Regional specialization' offer optional courses
on the social anthropological analysis of societies in Southeast Asia and South
Asia/Indian Ocean Region. In each of these modules one seminar may
be selected from the curricula offered in affiliated disciplines with a
regional focus, taught at Münster University (e.g. Sinology, Arabic and
Islamic Studies, History, European Anthropology). The course in a non-European
language is taken for two consecutive semesters and may be selected from those
offered at the Institute of Ethnology, the Institute of Arabic and Islamic
Studies, the Institute of Sinology, or other academic institutions. The non-European language class may be replaced by a thematic seminar in case the student commands another non-European language already.
Module 5 (30 CP): 'Empirical research'. The master programme favours
conducting an empirical, self-organized research in Germany or abroad. The
data collected provides the empirical basis for the master thesis. Research
may be a field study (employing standard techniques such as participant
observation, interviews, audio-visual recording) or museum or archival
research. International agreements by the Institute of Ethnology and Münster University facilitate research projects in several European and non-European countries.
Module 6 (30 CP): A 'Master Thesis' of between 75 and 100 pages is to be
written in five months time on the subject of the empirical research.
In a ‘Master’s Thesis Colloquium’ additional skills relevant for pursuing
academic careers (such as conference participation, academic publishing) are
* CP: credit points according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)