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European Ethnology Bachelor's programme

Course outline, qualifications and competences

European Ethnology (also known as Folkloristics, Cultural Anthropology or Cultural Studies) deals with cultural and social processes in daily living environments. It focuses on lifestyle and individuals in the context of their social and historical condition. Past and present societies and current social problems are investigated by means of field research and empirical cultural analysis. The bachelor’s programme European Ethnology provides students with basic knowledge of local and regional cultures in the area of cultural dynamics and social change. Students build on their ability to understand and interpret cultural processes. In addition to acquiring theoretical knowledge, students focus on applied science. They learn how to use various sources, including participant observation, discussions and interviews, while also reading and interpreting sources from archives. Compiling and interpreting photographs, audio and video recordings is also an important part of the study of culture.Quellen. Das Erstellen und Interpretieren von Fotografien, Audio- und Videoaufnahmen führt ebenso in den Bereich der Kulturarbeit ein.

Expected results

Undergraduates of the bachelor’s programme European Ethnology will have acquired basic knowledge of the analysis of cultural processes. They will be able to deal independently with scientific topics and questions using the relevant methods, to analyse sources and present their results in an appropriate written and oral form. Beyond these specialist skills, undergraduates will acquire social and personal skills such as the ability to think in a reflective manner, multimedia competences and the ability to work independently. Last but not least, students will also develop cultural competences such as a differentiated understanding of other cultures and the ability to participate in an intercultural dialogue.


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University degree
Bachelor of Arts „BA”
6 semesters / 180 ECTS-CP
(CP = credit points)
Teaching language
Index number
B 623
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
type of study programme
Qualification level
Bachelor (1st study cycle)
General university entrance qualification


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