Social And Cultural Diversity In An Interconnected World
Whether they are studying a religious cult in Brazil or human evolutionary fossils in the United Arab Emirates, anthropologists are concerned with the various different aspects that explain the cultural and ethnic differences between people’s perspectives and beliefs. The MSc in Anthropology at Aarhus University is unique in dealing with everyday practices, as well as the accompanying rituals, ceremonies, and processes that define us as human beings.
The programme provides you with a thorough foundation in anthropological theory and analysis, an understanding of ethnographic approaches to the study of cultures and societies around the world, and a strong grounding in research methods and their interface with contemporary practices. With a focus on today’s quickly modernising world, this Master’s programme challenges the classic understanding of basic human conditions and the way they change by working with a comparative perspective and studying social and cultural conditions.
There are three tracks in the MSc programme in anthropology, all taught in English:
• General Anthropology (both a Danish and English track)
• Medical Anthropology
• Visual Anthropology
In the first and second semester, you will take theoretical, thematic, and methodological courses. In your second and third semester you have the chance to gain practical experience by doing anthropological fieldwork or an internship at a Danish or international company or organisation. Most students draw on material and data from their fieldwork or practical training when they choose their thesis topic. During the third semester, you will also work with analysis of fieldwork data and employment possibilities. In the fourth semester you will prepare your Master’s thesis.
This track builds on a classical anthropological approach, studying man as a social and cultural being as well as the way people interact with one another. Its structure allows you to specialise in the topics that interest you. This could be a specific topic, for example integration, visual culture, religion and politics, or change processes, or you can specialise in the cultural issues relating to a specific area such as East Africa, North America, or South-East Asia.
This track, grounded in anthropological theory, introduces you to today’s global medical issues. It investigates the role of biomedicine at all levels of society – from the individual to the global.
This track provides training in the practical and theoretical skills you will need to take part in visual anthropological debates about the working
“The The independence we had to write a personally selected exam topic was wonderful. It gave me time to think, and think better, so as to write a good research paper. The content and approach in the qualitative research methodology were great, useful both in and outside academia. Thematically, I have gained so much international exposure from the Global Studies and Development specialisation. As I work now, developing my own human capital development NGO, these experiences are still very, very useful.
George Sarkodie Adu
MA in Anthropology, from Ghana
Head, Family Eagles
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Last updated November 18, 2018