CREOLE – Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes (Joint Master)

The objective of the MA CREOLE program is to provide students with a sound understanding of the interconnectedness of local, global and transnational social and cultural processes. Students are intensely trained in a specialised manner in three topics using theories and practical examples. The three topics are new identities, material culture and consumption and visual culture/popular culture.

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The MA CREOLE gives students, amongst other things, expertise in independent scientific work and a sound understanding of the significance of transnational, intercultural interconnectedness of social and cultural processes.

Possible professional applications for graduates include institutions for cultural heritage, management of social and cultural diversity, project design and management, and organisational research and consultation. Particular emphasis is given to expanded professional opportunities within the EU and its associated states based on the thematic orientation and intense academic experience at partner universities.

Duration and scope

The workload for the MA CREOLE programme amounts to 120 ECTS credits, which corresponds to a programme duration of four semesters. 1 ECTS credit is synonymous with a workload of 25 hours.


The MA CREOLE program is generally structured as follows (small variations are possible in each partner university):

  • General module - Scientific Methods (15 ECTS)
  • General module - Theory, History and Methods in Social and Cultural Anthropology (15 ECTS)
  • Thematic module to be chosen from a) New Identities, b) Material Culture and Consumption, c) Visual Culture and Popular Culture) 1 (15 ECTS)
  • Thematic module 2 (a second module to be chosen from the above) (15 ECTS)
  • Erasmus Module Mobility (15 ECTS: Intensive Program 10 ECTS, 2 Teacher Exchange Classes à 2,5 ECTS)
  • Thesis module 1: Research and Fieldwork Report (15 ECTS)
  • Thesis module 2: Master students’ seminar such as Anthropological Laboratory (5 ECTS)
  • Master's thesis (20 ECTS)
  • Master's examination (5 ECTS)

The courses for the MA CREOLE are primarily held in English and in the local languages of the participating institutions.