Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS) in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology

Degree programme

Programme type Laurea Magistrale (Second cycle degree/Two year Master - 120 ECTS)
Academic Year 2018/2019
General policies and regulations D.M. 270
Code 0964
Degree Programme Class LM-1 - Cultural anthropology and ethnology
Years in which the programme is being held I, II
Teaching mode Traditional lecture (classroom-taught)
Admission typology Open access with assessment of personal competencies
Place of teaching Bologna
Degree Programme Director Luca Jourdan
Teachers Teachers
Language Italian

Admission requirements and assessment of previously acquired knowledge/competences

To be able to profitably follow the 2nd Cycle Degree Programme in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, candidates must have matured basic knowledge and skills in demo-ethno-anthropological disciplines. They shall also possess basic competencies in history and religious history to understand the development over time of cultural phenomena.

Admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme is subject to the possession ofthe following requirements (see point 1) and the assessment of personal competencies and skills (see point 2).

(1)Admission requirements

Candidates must meet the admission requirements laid down in Sections A and B.

A) A 1st cycle degree (new degree system) or degree from the previous system.

B) They must have acquired:

- at least 24 CFU credits in one or more of the following subject areas: M-DEA/01;M-STO/07; M-STO/06;

- at least 6 CFU credits in one or more of the following subject areas: M-STO/02;M-STO/04; M-STO/05; M-FIL/06; SPS/07; SPS/08; MGGR/01; M-PSI/01.

(2)Assessment of personal competencies and skills

The personal competencies and skills requirement is deemed to be met by graduateswith a final degree score of at least 90/110.

Admission to the 2nd cycle degree programme for graduates not meeting theafore mentioned requirements (CFU and degree score) is subordinate to the decision of a Board, following its assessment of the candidate by interview to ascertain the possession of the required knowledge and skills.

For students in possession of qualifications obtained abroad, the Degree ProgrammeBoard shall verify compliance with the admission requirements (compatibility ofthe qualification to the listed degree classes, assessment of the curriculum,credits and learning outcomes compared to the listed skills and subject areas,final grade) based on the candidate's curriculum, and, where required, an interview to assess personal competencies and skills. Interviews may also beheld remotely (skype, etc.).

Second Cycle Degree Programmes may include a specific session for international students, appointing a Board to assess personal competences and skills, compatibly with the schedule laid down in the call for applications for studygrants (the deadline of which is indicatively in May).

International students who pass the above-mentioned entrance exam are exonerated from the following assessment of their personal competencies and skills required forstudents generally.

Programme profile

The learning outcomes of the programme include in-depth, broad scientific andprofessional grounding responding to the complex socio-cultural problems ofcontemporary society.

Specifically, at the end of the programme students will possess advanced knowledge ofdemographic, ethnological and anthropological disciplines, focusing on local and global socio-cultural and religious pluralism and dynamics. Graduates will master techniques and instruments for gathering and processing ethnographic data and are able to effectively disseminate the results of research. They can use at least one other European Union language fluently, both in written formand orally.

The programme sets out to train three professional figures: cultural anthropologist, ethnographer, ethno-anthropologist specialising in religions.

The course catalogue covers three learning areas: 1) Epistemological theory; 2)Methods, instruments and applications; 3) Thematic history. The three areas work synergically to train the professional figures of cultural anthropologist,ethnographer, ethno-anthropologist specialising in religions. The epistemological theory area provides the theoretical basis, analytical models and competences in historical development of the anthropological disciplines required to lay the foundations for specific activities performed in the professional field. The methods, instruments and applications area provides: the competences and methodologies required to planand conduct research; the language tools needed to work with sources; the application models of anthropological knowledge. The historical-thematic area provides geographically and historically contextualised knowledge of religious,political, institutional and artistic phenomena in and beyond Europe, allowing the cultural anthropologist, ethnographer, ethno-anthropologist specialising in religions to work effectively withthe local and global dynamics of the contemporary world.

Access to further study

It gives access to third cycle studies (Dottorato di ricerca/Scuole di specializzazione) and master universitario di secondo livello.

Career opportunities

Human resource managementofficer

function in a professionalcontext:

Drafts and supervises research projects, analyses ethnographic data and disseminates research results. These functions may be performed in the following professional fields.

1)Intercultural mediation: holds positions of responsibility for defining,implementing and assessing investigations and interventions specifically focusing on the themes of intercultural and interreligious mediation, promoting the integration of socio-cultural and religious differences; works as consultant on intercultural issues in educational, social, health and legal contexts; designs, manages and runs training and vocational courses on the subject of interculturality for public (schools, health and social services,police forces, prisons, etc.) and private institutions (associations,non-profit organisations, etc.).

2)Cultural heritage: produces ethnographic data and materials to organise cultural activities and museum-based projects to promote and protect the local and national tangible and intangible heritage; designs and promotes initiatives in the field of cultural and environmental tourism.

3)International cooperation: designs forms of cooperation and participatory interventions in contexts marked by socio-cultural and/or religious differences; works as consultant in humanitarian and international cooperation projects.

4)Researches, designs, implements and supervises anthropological research activities for private and public institutions.

The 2nd cycle degree programme in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology may be followed by the acquisition of further specific competences, through post-graduate programmes, 2nd level professional Master's degree programmes and Specialisation Schools in the areas of anthropology, cultural mediation anddevelopment cooperation.

The 2nd degree programme also provides the competences required to apply for PhD programmes in humanities, particularly in the demo-ethno-anthropological field,in Italy and abroad.

competencies associated tothe function:

- Ability to design and conduct ethnographic research;

- Ability to analyse and disseminate the results of ethnographic research;

- Ability to work in contexts marked by linguistic, socio- cultural and religious pluralism;

- Ability to coordinate a multidisciplinary research team;

- Ability to liaise with different clients and authorities;

- Ability to apply anthropological knowledge to institutional processes;

- Ability to work autonomously and use personal initiative;

- Ability to establish relations and build networks of contacts;

- Ability to identify and select cultural proposals to suit the particular needs of specific users.

career opportunities:

- Public, private and third sector companies and institutions;

-Associations and organisations operating in the social, educational, health andwelfare sectors;

-Museums, private and public institutions working in the protection and promotion of the tangible and intangible heritage and cultural tourism;

-International organisations, NGOs, foundations and research institutions.

Ethnographer

function in a professionalcontext:

Works inthe field of collection of ethnographic data. These functions may be performedin the following professional fields:

1) Intercultural mediation: conducts field research in different ethnographic contexts on the issues of migration, interculture and religious dynamics.

2)Cultural heritage: gathers, organises and catalogues ethnographic data and materials for museum exhibitions and tourism promotion.

3)International cooperation: conducts ethnographic research for humanitarian and cooperation projects.

The 2nd cycle degree programme in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology may be followedby the acquisition of further specific competences, through post-graduate programmes, 2nd level professional Master's degree programmes and Specialisation Schools in the areas of anthropology, cultural mediation and development cooperation.

The 2nd degree programme also provides the competences required to apply for PhDprogrammes in humanities, particularly in the demo-ethno-anthropological field,in Italy and abroad.

competencies associated tothe function:

- Ability to conduct ethnographic research;

- Ability to work in contexts marked by linguistic, socio- cultural and religious pluralism;

- Ability to liaise with different clients and authorities;

- Ability to work autonomously and use personal initiative;

- Ability to establish relations and build networks of contacts;

- Team working skills;

- Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team;

- Ability to write and communicate ethnographic data.

career opportunities:

- Public, private and third sector companies and institutions;

-Associations and organisations operating in the social, educational, health andwelfare sectors;

-Museums, private and public institutions working in the protection and promotion of the cultural heritage and cultural tourism;

-International organisations, NGOs, foundations and research institutions.

Ethno-anthropologist in thefield of religions

function in a professionalcontext:

Works in the historical and anthropological analysis of religious practices, knowledge and texts and their relationship with the contemporary world relative toethical issues and intercultural dynamics.

These functions may be performed in the following professional fields:

1)Research: conducts research for public and private institutions on topics ofreligious pluralism, both concerning the development over time and the relevance to contemporary society.

2)Cultural heritage: analyses, organises and catalogues religious data andmaterials for museums and ecclesiastical bodies.

The 2nd cycle degree programme in Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology may be followedby the acquisition of further specific competences, through post-graduate programmes, 2nd level professional Master's degree programmes and Specialisation Schools in the areas of historical and religious studies and the management of demo-ethno-anthropological assets and archives.

competencies associated tothe function:

- Ability to design and conduct historical and anthropological research on religious topics;

- Ability to adopt historical and anthropological research methodologies for studying sources;

- Ability to analyse and disseminate the results of historical and anthropological research;

- Ability to work in contexts marked by linguistic, socio- cultural and religious pluralism;

- Ability to coordinate a multidisciplinary research team;

- Ability to liaise with different clients and authorities;

- Ability to apply anthropological knowledge to institutional processes;

- Ability to work autonomously and use personal initiative;

- Ability to establish relations and build networks of contacts;

- Ability to identify and select cultural proposals to suit the particular needs of specific users;

- Ability to work in archives.

career opportunities:

- Public, private and third sector companies and institutions;

-Associations and organisations working in the field of inter-religious mediation;

-Museums, private and public institutions working in the protection and promotion of religious tangible and intangible heritage;

-International organisations, religious institutions, NGOs, foundations and research institutions.