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Anthropology and History of the Contemporary World

General information for the a.y. 2024-2025

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


Anthropology and history of the contemporary world is a unique interclass Master's Degree Programme. It gives students the opportunity to get a master's degree choosing between two options: Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, and Historical Sciences. As an interclass study programme, students are provided with a common interdisciplinary base of knowledge on concepts, models and methodologies applied to contemporary social sciences.

Programme contents

Students will be able 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 behaviours. The programme main objective is to provide adequate tools and methods for understanding the complexity of the contemporary world and for analysing the conflicts between cultures that characterise it, following the perspectives of historiographical, ethnological and anthropological approach, along with 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.

Job opportunities

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, in social volunteer associations and in cultural tourism. Specialisation in the history field can give access to jobs in the public administration, museums, archives and libraries; specialisation in anthropology facilitates access to institutions that are dedicated to the phenomenon of migration, cultural mediation, social problems. Students will be able to continue their studies through advanced master programmes dedicated to anthropological and historical studies - including the particularly innovative one in Public & digital history, launched in 2015-16 in the DSLC - and in PhD schools. The programme also enables the acquisition of credits that, with possible additions, allow access to training internships and participation in selections for the teaching qualification in the history of philosophy.

More information

Course Director:
prof.ssa Vallori Rasini
tel. 059 2055925
Tutoring delegate:
dott. Enrico Fiandri
tel. 059 2055888

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