The international MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Ethnologie) takes an analytical approach to anthropology that aims to explain fundamental social questions via ethnographic field research and intercultural comparison. Students engage in contemporary issues such as migration, urban and rural transformation, consumption, governance, family transformation, natural resource management, and climate change and investigate these issues in a variety of regional contexts across the world.
The concept of “learning through research” forms the basis of the program and ties together the development of theoretical issues, individual research design, the acquisition and application of advanced ethnographic methods, and comparative analysis of existing sources. The Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology maintains an extensive network of international partners in both teaching and research. The focus on project work in particular enables students to prepare for a career in a whole range of exciting fields. The program is one of the largest master’s degree programs in social and cultural anthropology on offer in Germany. Students benefit from very good supervision and a broad range of course options.