The program offers an outstanding opportunity to acquire analytical tools with which to approach contemporary global and local social processes and trends. These include issues such as migration with its corollaries of increasing cross-cultural contact and new diaspora politics, financial crises and advancement of neo-liberal (and other) policies, both internationally and locally, the transformation of political subjectivities in the context of shifting ideas about development, state-building, and nation.
The program provides students with a solid theoretical and methodological basis with which to critically explore a variety of pressing issues in (post)modern society. Through lectures, seminars, and independent reading, students gain knowledge in social, and specifically anthropological, theory. A variety of compulsory and optional courses help students to develop a thoroughly anthropological approach to the themes of self and agency, gender, state and power, borders/migration, consumerism, art/performance. Working with texts is accompanied by ethnographic fieldwork whereby students not only advance their skills of data gathering but also learn to test and creatively develop their theoretical frameworks.
The MHum program builds upon the 3-year BHum program in Cultural and Social Anthropology, but it is open to graduates from other fields, seeing their previous academic and professional experience as a potential for productive interdisciplinary work. Our program staff holds doctoral degrees from world’s best ranking universities. They apply high standards both in teaching and public discussions, thus encouraging critical analysis beyond the academic realm. The program is mostly orientated towards public anthropology and the Baltic region, but students are encouraged to develop and explore their own research topics with the support of experienced supervisors within our department.
The program uses its ERASMUS exchange agreements to send students to other European universities and welcomes students from abroad to Latvia.
The program graduates can pursue an academic career in Latvia and abroad (several graduates teach at the University of Latvia) or continue a professional career in public, business or NGO sectors.
1. Bachelor’s degree or a diploma proving equivalent level of education from an institution of higher education;
3. Pass of entrance examination by submitting a written 1-page essay/motivation letter and participating in an entrance interview via Skype.
Enrolment criteria (for students competing for the state-financed study place)
1. The grade obtained in final Bachelor’s exam (20%);
2. The grade point average of undergraduate studies (20%);
3. Entrance examination (60%)
Please note! Only EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and EU long-term resident status holders can compete for a state-financed study place.
Autumn Intake (application start: 1 Jan 2018; studies start in Sept 2018)
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Last updated February 8, 2018