M.Sc. Anthropology

Aarhus University

Application deadline: 15 March
Tuition fee:
  • Free (EEA)
  • € 9,100 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
Languages:
  • English
  • Danish
Location:
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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Description

The study of anthropology deals with all social and cultural aspects of human relations. Our MSc in Anthropology programme offers students a unique opportunity to obtain relevant qualifications to meet complex challenges in a globalised world. It equips students with a wide understanding of cultural and social differences and their influence on people’s livelihood as well as on international relations and conflicts.

FOUR TRACKS IN ENGLISH

The MSc in Anthropology programme has five different tracks, of which four are provided in English: General Anthropology; Anthropology: Global Studies and Development; Eye and Mind: Experimental Visual Anthropology; and Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography.

The General Anthropology track concentrates on modern anthropological theories, themes and the most recent debates in anthropology. On this track, students can combine themes from the other tracks. This track is for students with a broad interest in the diversity of anthropological subjects and ethnographic case-studies, covering themes such as culture, consumption and identity, and morality in anthropology. Thus this track leads to a wide range of career opportunities.

The Global Studies and Development track provides an introduction to anthropological theories and theoretical debates on globalisation and development. It includes a variety of themes such as culture and religion in a global perspective, environmental conflicts and management of resources, ethnic conflicts and fragile states, democratisation, alleviation of poverty, and gender and development, as well as several case-studies from different regions of the world. This track offers a critical insight into the problems related to globalisation, development aid and policy and prepares students for employment within these fields.

The Visual Anthropology track provides students with the practical and theoretical skills to engage in visual anthropological debates about the workings of human imagination and perception in diverse cultural settings. Students learn to apply audio-visual and new social media as a participatory research method and as a means of analytical expression through hands-on workshops in the production of anthropological film, photography, and exhibitions. Emphasis is on the dialectics between sensation, emotion, and imagination in human life.

The Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography track focuses on global medical problematics. It investigates the role of biomedicine at all levels of society – from the individual to the global. For a detailed description of this track, see the individual programme page.

TESTING THEORY IN PRACTICE

The opportunity to do anthropological fieldwork or an internship in a company or organisation in Denmark or abroad is vital to the programme. In this way students have the opportunity to try out anthropological methodology and theories in practice.

CAREER PROFILE

The MSc in Anthropology provides students with valuable methodological tools and core competencies in cultural understanding and social analysis. Anthropologists pursue many different career paths including teaching, project management, development projects, and consultancy and analysis work, in both public and private sectors.

Contents

There are five different tracks in the Master’s degree in anthropology, three of of which are taught in English.

  1. General Anthropology (both Danish and English)
  2. Global Studies and Development (English)
  3. Visual Anthropology (English)
  4. Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography (English)
  5. Innovation, Organization and Work Anthropology (Danish)
  6. Health and Welfare Anthropology (Danish)

1. General Anthropology (both Danish and English)

The track builds on a classical, anthropological approach to the study of man as a social and cultural being and the way people interact with each other. The structure of this track allows you to specialise in 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.

You acquire a basic cultural understanding that enables you to analyse complex social and societal issues in a globalised world, cutting across genders, generations, ethnical groups and other divides.

2. Global Studies and Development (English)

This track, which is taught in English, focuses on globalisation and development. The topics you study include the relationship between globalisation, poverty, environment and conflicts and the role culture and cultural differences play in development processes and conflicts.

As a student, you get an opportunity for in-depth study of complex social issues and processes in a global perspective. Theoretical discussions combined with empirical examples teach you to use your academic competences in global development work and to solve cultural conflicts.

3. Visual Anthropology (English)

This MA programme provides students with practical and theoretical skills to take part in visual anthropological debates about the workings of human imagination and perception in diverse cultural settings. Through hands-on workshops in the production of anthropological film, photography and exhibitions, students learn to apply audiovisual and new social media as a participatory research method and as a means of analytic expression. The aim is to develop practical and conceptual sensibilities that allow students to explore and experiment with the interfaces and dialectics of human perception, emotion and imagination beyond what can be contained in words.

4. Medical Anthropology and Global Ethnography (English)

Grounded in anthropological theory, the course programme “Medical Anthropology and Glocal Ethnography” presents you with global medical problematics. It investigates the role of biomedicine at all levels of society – from the individual to the global. With the concept glocal we point attention towards the unfolding of biomedicine (including biotech sciences) in dynamic global-local interlinkages: How are medical thinking and practice shaped in different contexts? How do biomedicine and other medical systems contribute to shaping societal development and cultural practice? What new needs are created by biomedical inventions and interventions, and how do perceptions of e.g. sociality, identity and kinship change along with these perceived needs?

You will learn how to analyze medical knowledge and practice as part of cultural landscapes that influence the very meaning of what it is to be human, and the conditions people live under in a globalized world. Through multidisciplinary discussions of the social and biological life of illness and disease you will be trained to challenge implicit assumptions about universalism and determinism and groomed to engage in collaboration with epidemiologists, geneticists and other scientists in the broad fields of health and medicine.

Requirements

The following Bachelor's degree programmes qualify the student for admission to the Master's degree programme in anthropology:

  • A Bachelors degree in anthropology from Aarhus University (AU) or University of Copenhagen (KU).
  • A Bachelor"s degree with at least 45 ECTS-points (i.e. 75 % of a full-time academic year of study) within anthropology or sociology.

The Board of Studies carries out an individual assessment as to whether applicants with qualifications other than the above have the academic qualifications required for their application to be given equal status.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 560
TOEFL iBT® test: 83

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