Study Plan MA Social Anthropology/Sozialanthropologie (from Winter Semester 2016/17 onwards)

Module Description MA Social Anthropology/Sozialanthropologie (from Winter Semester 2016/17 onwards)

Study Plan MA Social Anthropology (until Summer Semester 2016) 

Module Description (until Summer semester 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 departments. 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 on the subject of the empirical research is to be submitted after five months time. In the compulsory ‘Master Thesis Colloquium’ additional skills relevant for pursuing academic careers (such as conference participation, academic publishing) are developed.

* CP: credit points according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)