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Course Outline

Full-time studies

Due to the relatively small size of our unit, an important aspect of our existence is the personal rapport which students develop with their peers and supervisors. This lends itself to spirited and stimulating discussions which often carry on in informal contexts.

The MA normally takes 2 years. During the first year, the MA student is expected to actively participate in seminars, attend the School’s courses and contribute to university events. Throughout the first 2 semesters, the candidate attends numerous courses and seminars with the goal of fine-tuning the theme that will be developed in the MA dissertation.

At the end of the 2nd semester, MA researchers are required to submit a research proposal to the curriculum staff. This proposal should state the research question, its relevance to the discipline, the methodology addressing it, and any ethical issues foreseen in carrying out the project. The proposal is discussed with a member of staff, other than the candidate’s supervisor, so that the researcher can receive independent feedback.

After the successful submission of the proposal, MA researchers embark on the fieldwork aspect of their projects. The suitable amount of time for this is an issue that is agreed upon with the supervisor(s). After fieldwork, one academic year is allotted to writing up. Attendance and participation in seminars at this stage are crucial.

Core course components

Many of our courses address issues like globalisation, migration, anthropological cinema, the anthropology of the body, anthropology of perception, amongst others.

During their studies students take a university-wide interdisciplinary course ELU to participate effectively in teamwork and make connections between the discipline and wider societal problems.

Students specialize either in Audiovisual Ethnography or Social and Cultural Anthropology to gain knowledge of traditional and current research topics, and to gain skills for academic research in a chosen subject. This is supported by language courses and practice in the form of fieldwork, teaching assistance, or internship abroad. At the end of their studies, students carry out their own anthropological study in close collaboration with a supervisor.

The Anthropology curriculum (2017/2018 academic year) is available here.