Society and Culture / Master's degree programme
Anthropology and History of the Contemporary World

General information for the a.y. 2019-2020

Disciplinary areaSociety and Culture
Duration 2 years - 120 Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Taught in Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


Anthropology and history of the contemporary world is an interdisciplinary master's degree programme unique in its kind. It provides students with the opportunity to earn a master's degree choosing between two options: Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, and Historical Sciences. Being it an interdisciplinary degree course, students are provided with a common interdisciplinary knowledge of concepts, models and methodologies applied to social sciences.

Course content

All students will have to acquire the proper evaluation tools that will enable them to assess current issues with a comparative historical perspective, open to the whole range of human behaviors. The course main objective is to provide suitable tools and methodologies to understand the complex contemporary world and analyse its intrinsic cultural conflicts by following a historiographical, ethnological and anthropological approach, alongside the other human sciences: philosophy, sociology, and Islamic studies. The interdisciplinary approach allows students to better interpret this age of economic globalisation, migration processes, increasing intercommunication, racism, and new gender relations.

Career options

Graduates will find employment in international and non-governmental organisations, in the fields of humanitarian aid and cooperation and development. Other opportunities can be found in publishing companies for scientific advertising and publications. They can pursue a professional career in cultural and research institutions, and in cultural tourism. Graduates who chose history will also find job opportunities in the public administration, museums, archives and libraries. Those who chose anthropology can find employment in institutions concerned with migration processes, cultural mediation, and social issues.

After the degree

Students will be able to continue their studies and enrol in the several History and Anthropology advanced master programmes, among which the cutting-edge Public History advanced master's programme launched in the academic year 2015-16, as well as in Doctoral research programmes. This degree course rewards students with the educational credits that – along with any additional requirement – will allow them to access the internships required to be employed as teachers of history and philosophy in Italian educational system.

More information

Course Director
prof. Stefano Boni
dott.ssa Daniela Longo

The course is managed by the Department of Studies on Language and Culture