What do sociocultural anthropologists study

Department of Political and Social Sciences

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Exemplary curriculum for the BA Social and Cultural Anthropology

The course comprises a total of 180 CP, of which 90 CP are to be achieved in the core subject, 60 CP in the minor (or 30 CP each in the two minor subjects) and 30 CP in the ABV area. With a standard period of study of six semesters, we recommend completing a total of 30 credit points per semester.

semesterCore subject modules
1. FS

Topics and theories
the social and
Cultural anthropology
(10 CP)

Languages ​​A
or
Languages ​​B
(10 CP)
2nd FS

Methods of
Social and
Cultural anthropology
(10 CP)

3rd FS

Social relationships
(10 CP)

Specialization module
Specific
subjects
(10 CP)
4. FS

Politics and
economy
(10 CP)

5th FS
Religion,
Medicine and
psyche
(10 CP)
Intertwined
Worlds
(10 CP)
bachelor thesis
(10 CP)
6. FS

FS = subject semester; LP = credit points


Exemplary course plan for the 60-CP module offering Social and Cultural Anthropology

semester

60 CP module offer

1. FS

Topics and theories of social and cultural anthropology
(10 CP)

2nd FS

Methods of social and cultural anthropology
(10 CP)

3rd FS

Social relationships
(10 CP)

4. FS

politic and economy
(10 CP)

5th FS

Religion, medicine and psyche
(10 CP)

Intertwined worlds
(10 CP)

6. FS

FS = subject semester; LP = credit points

Module 1 of the basic phase “Topics and Theories of SCA” must be completed in the first semester and is a prerequisite for taking all other modules.

The advanced modules "Religion, Medicine and Psyche" and "Intertwined Worlds" as well as the advanced module "Special Topics" (core subject only) can also be studied across semesters.


Course content

The bachelor's degree provides an overview of the specialist history, specialist terminology and basic methods, topics and theories of social and cultural anthropology. The course provides in-depth knowledge of cultural, social, economic, political and religious forms of human organization and deals with processes of socio-cultural change and the comparison of cultures. Graduates acquire specialist language skills in the field of social and cultural anthropology, which have been deepened in a region-specific and / or topic-specific manner. In addition, they acquire the ability to work with languages ​​that differ in their structure from known European languages ​​and to use them to explore approaches to differing cultural and social ideas and practices. There is also a special focus on the effects of increasing globalization processes on cultural systems and social structures.

Forms of inequality with regard to social constructions such as gender, age, ethnicity and class are thematized in their cultural constitution and examined in their historical and current local embedding as well as in relation to global dynamics. One focus is on the explanation and use of intercultural and gender-sensitive specialist theoretical approaches and the development of an open and dynamic understanding of culture.

Qualitative and quantitative methods are taught that can be applied in different professional fields and interdisciplinary work contexts. Essential scientific working methods as well as professional content in the areas of gender and diversity, media, project management and intercultural communication are conveyed.

Structure:


Qualification goals

Graduates of the bachelor's degree are familiar with the basic epistemological approaches of social and cultural anthropology and are able to classify them in their respective historical context and to assess their application in current social and cultural anthropological research. You are proficient in the essential scientific working techniques and can present scientific findings in an appropriate and linguistic manner. You will be able to critically examine sources and research results in the field of social and cultural anthropology.

Graduates can analyze and compare social, political, religious and economic processes, practices and organizational forms in their cultural context. You can apply basic empirical methods of social and cultural anthropology. In addition, the graduates are familiar with the structure and dynamics of non-European societies, e.g. in Asia, Africa and the Americas, and how they are embedded in regional and global structures and processes.

You have practical skills to deal with intercultural and gender-specific problems. You have an open and dynamic understanding of culture and are able to take into account a culture-specific and historically informed perspective when examining different cultural and social groups and (multi- / pluri-cultural) societies.

They are able to apply the methods and topics they have learned, as well as regional-specific knowledge and specialist terminology, also in interdisciplinary work and research contexts. This also includes the ability to work with languages ​​that differ in their structure from known European languages. In addition, the graduates have technical language skills and basic job-related skills for the jobs listed below.


Career prospects

The knowledge and skills acquired with the bachelor’s degree qualify the graduates for practical work or for a further course of study. The graduates can work in different professional fields, the following areas come into question:

  • Institutions for cultural and scientific exchange
  • International institutions
  • Organizations that work with migrants or asylum seekers
  • Development cooperation
  • Disaster relief
  • Government and non-governmental organizations
  • Museums, foundations and associations
  • Tourism
  • Adult and continuing education
  • Archival and librarianship
  • Press, radio, television and new media
  • Publishing
  • Public relations and advice
  • Public administration and social institutions (with a view to the increasing multiculturalism of major European cities)