MA Anthropology at UCC is an exciting new postgraduate degree that represents state-of -the-art in field training in ethnography, combined with cultural, political and social theory. Bringing together the knowledge & skills of staff at the Marginalized & Endangered Worldviews study centre and the Moral Foundations of Economy & Society research centre, taught through students' active participation in international summer schools & colloquia, as well as classroom seminars, and with practical fieldwork opportunities in Latin America, India, and several sites throughout Europe including Ireland, this Masters degree offers a unique opportunity to gain intercultural competencies as well as professional and transferable skills. It will appeal to students with a strong international and intellectual outlook who seek a deeper understanding of the cultural, political and social challenges of the 21st Century.
The MA Anthropology on the one hand employs conventional classroom practice and pedagogy but on the other hand transgresses and broadens it through its summer schools, winter schools and fieldwork placements with partner institutions globally.
These summer and winter schools as well as fieldwork placements offer unique spaces for free and unconventional/ alternative thinking and educational practice by means of the culturally alienated educational scenarios and contexts.
The fieldwork placement will offer a unique opportunity for Irish students to engage in ethnographic practice at a range of institutions in India, Latin America and Europe, and for international students to conduct ethnographic research in Ireland.
The international local and global experience of transcultural learning and communication offers unique academic think-tank and creative spaces which foster global understanding and empathy through local engagement.
Why Choose This Course
The MA in Anthropology is a new and a unique programme that fills a large gap in the Irish higher education landscape
Anthropology is uniquely well-placed to provide an analysis of our contemporary local and global situation: Recent and on-going political and economic crises bring into sharp relief the need to forefront anthropological perspectives and expertise to the benefit of the social sciences and public life. Such a programme will offer the increasing number of international students with personal lived experience of migration, immigration and globalisation, conflict and war, a vehicle with which to voice their own thoughts and experiences to an academic standard. There is no graduate programme in Ireland and few internationally that address this intersection.
The programme will employ conventional classroom pedagogy combined with summer school, winter school and fieldwork placements with partner institutions globally. The already existing summer and winter schools will service not only the students from the MA in Anthropology programme but also students in other Irish Third Level Institutes, and, will also offer a recruitment window for international students.
The summer school and winter school plus the fieldwork placement make this a very attractive programme with a unique profile in Ireland.