Human security is the contemporary theme during the Master Social and Cultural Anthropology. Participants will actively investigate the multiple dimensions of human security and insecurity (e.g. economic, socio-cultural, political) and how the drive for material, physical and emotional security can paradoxically create new zones of conflict and insecurity. During the programme, you will deal with various aspects and manifestations of human security and insecurity. A core principle of the Master’s programme Social and Cultural Anthropology is the interdependency between social transformations and the meaning that people give to these pervasive changes in their lives.
Anthropologists today are key players in development, governance, social work, culture and education. Alumni of the master Social and Cultural Anthropology work as analysts and researchers. The special applied skills to deal with and understand intercultural sensitivities and identity formation mean anthropologists are in demand by both public and private sectors, in no small part due to their ability to read and interpret events on the ground as they occur.
The extent of occupational flexibility encouraged by the Master’s programme reflects its emphasis on diversity, independent thinking and global, holistic knowledge that characterizes the study of anthropology. As an anthropologist, you have to think both inside and outside the box. We push you to combine your research and analytical skills which incorporate a cultural understanding with a scientific methodology. Our unique approach of combining anthropological training with its implementation in your own research project, will put you in the front line for a wide variety of career opportunities ranging from research in academic or non-academic institutes, to NGO or policy making in development, aid, governance, consulting for private enterprises, and journalism.
The intensive training and hands-on in-the-field research experience you will gain from the Master’s programme Social and Cultural Anthropology will also equip you to compete with other trained social scientists. Our alumni work for UNESCO, War Child, UNICEF, local and national government institutions, newspapers, companies, and non-governmental organizations. Other areas in which employers seek anthropological skills are for example human resources, intercultural communication, tourism, the armed forces and the museum sector.