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    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.

    The Visual Anthropology track 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.

    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.

    SEMESTER 1Camera as Cultural Critique(Theme, internal examination, graded, 10 ECTS)
    • Through hands-on workshops and exercises in ethno-graphic filmmaking students are introduced to key debates in the humanities and social sciences about the workings of human imagination and perception in diverse social and cultural contexts. Through the production of a short film project, students learn to use the camera as a tool of inquiry and analysis in the anthropological tradition of cultural critique.
    Central Debates in Anthropology (External examination, graded, 20 ECTS)
    • The aim of this course is to provide students with the conceptual tools to identify,describe and analyze complex empirical and epistemological issues. The main focus is on a series of central debates that have influenced the development of contemporary anthro-pology. These debates are placed and discussed in relation to general schools of theory in the humanities and social sciences as well as relevant empirical issues.
    SEMESTER 2Experiment and Representation (Elective subject,internal examination,graded,10 ECTS)
    • This course is built around the production of a joint anthropological student exhibition at the Moesgaard Museum. As part of this process students are engaged in readings and discussions about the politics and ethics of representation and the possibilities of new interactive media in visual anthropology. Students are encouraged to explore the idea that alternative forms of academic research can be produced through exhibition making as an experimental site for knowledge in the making. Students will be urged to engage audiences not simply as recipients of their work, but also as active participants in the creation of anthropological knowledge.

    Field Preparation (Methodological Choice, Internal examination, graded, 10 ECTS)

    • Preparation of fieldwork is carried out in collaboration with a supervisor. Following a thorough discussion of the academic and practical issues of the chosen project, the student prepares a draft for the project description, including the background of the project, its theoretical perspective, and the use of visual anthropological methodologies of inquiry and communication. Before final submission, the project description is further discussed in relation to feasibility and time constraints.
    Ethnographic Methodology (Internal examination, pass-fail, 10 ECTS)
    • Through a combination of joint lectures, class tuition and field exercises students receive in-depth training in ethnographic methodologies such as participant observation, interviewing and other qualitative methods. In addition students in the Visual Anthropology Programme receive further instructions in the use of film, photography and new social media as means of observation, participation and knowledge communication

    SEMESTER 3

    Fieldwork (Profile, internalexamination, graded, 30 ECTS)

    • The aim of the fieldwork module is for students to achieve in depth understanding of visual anthropological methods and to demonstrate their abilities to independently collect and process ethnographic material. Students are urged to use video, photography or social media as means of data collection, collaboration and feedback. The collected materials may later be used as part of the thesis in the form of a film, museum installation, multimedia presentation etc. A minimum of three months must be spent working in the field. Fieldwork can be conducted as an independent field study or in association with a larger research project, private enterprise, government institution or NGO. As an alternative to fieldwork students may also choose a thematic specialization with profile courses at AU or other universities
    SEMESTER 4Thesis in Visual Anthropology (Externalexam, graded, 30 ECTS)
    • The purpose of the thesis is to provide students with the opportunity to conducta detailed analysis and reflectionon an anthropological subject of their own choice. Students are urged to use their own materials from fieldwork as the basis of the thesis. The thesis may combine a visual anthropolo-gical product in the form of a film, museum installation, photography or multimedia presentation in addition to a written part of maximum 40 pages with further analytical and methodological reflections. Students are encouraged to use filmic and photographic material not simply as a means of documentation, but as analytic expressions in their own right.

    University requirements

    You apply online through the Aarhus University self service system. To be able to apply online, you first have to create a self service account. Once you have created your account and logged on the self service system, please select the option "Application form for free movers (non-exchange)".

    Please be aware that you need to start your application within 24 hours of creating the self service account.

    To best prepare your application, it is important to understand the structure and the different locations of Aarhus University. Aarhus University has three different campuses (located in Aarhus, Herning and Emdrup) and is divided into four faculties, which are subdivided into 26 departments.

    Remember when choosing courses that you may only take courses at one location and within one faculty. You may not choose courses at more than two different departments. 

    It is important that you have a relevant academic background for the courses that you apply for. You must have taken courses at your home university within the specific subject field you have applied to in order to be accepted to any of the departments. 

    EU students can sign up for 5 ECTS to 30 ECTS during a semester. To obtain a study and work permit, students from outside the EU/EEA have to study 30 ECTS in total (20 ECTS at one department). If you choose courses at more than one department, it is important that you choose at least 20 ECTS at one department. Students applying for courses at Aarhus BSS, should only apply for courses at one department.

    At the application form, you can apply for housing as well, if needed.

    Documents to be attached with your online application:

    You will be required to attach the following documents to your application:

    • Official transcript of records from your home university (must be in pdf format and must be in English!)
    • Copy/Scan of passport
    • Transcripts from bachelor studies (for master students only)

    Students applying to Aarhus BSS only: Students must upload a letter confirming that they will be able to transfer credits from Aarhus University to a degree at the home institution. If you cannot provide this documentation, you will be assessed according to the admission requirements of the relevant degree programme(s). Students can complete and upload this template or a similar document from the home university.  

    Processing times and notification

    You will be informed approximately six weeks prior to semester start whether you meet the prerequisites to be enrolled in the requested courses. However, as enrolment in courses for free mover students is dependent on available space in the relevant courses, you will not receive final confirmation about course enrolment until approximately two weeks prior to semester start. If there is space left in the courses, you will receive a notification about this and an invoice. Only after the invoice has been paid in full, will you receive a Letter of Enrolment and be enrolled in the requested courses. Please be aware that due to this procedure, Aarhus University cannot guarantee that free mover students will be admitted and enrolled in courses by semester start. 


    Program requirements

    The following Bachelor’s Degree Programmesqualify the student for admission to the Master’s Degree Programmein Visual Anthropology: A bachelor’s degree in anthropology from Aarhus Uni-versity (AU) or the University of Copenhagen (KU). A bachelor’s degree with at least 45 ECTS-points 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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