Anthropology and history of the contemporary world

Master's Degrees

General information

Disciplinary areaSocial Sciences and Humanities
Duration 2 years - 120 ECTS Credits
Admission Accesso Libero No limited access
Language Italian
Teaching method Lectures
Regulation Main Teaching Regulations


This degree program provides conceptual and methodological tools so to under stand the complexity of the contemporary work as well as to analyze its cultural and interest conflicts. Students will deal with nowadays problems and their roots in the past using historiographical tools (political, social, diplomatic and military, religious and cultural) and also tools of ethnology and anthropology (economic, political, related to migration an to gender relations). Other subjects from humanities will be also considered: philosophy, sociology, linguistics and Islamic culture studies. Through an historical approach, an anthropological perspective and a close anthropological analysis, students will be able to investigate the real world, characterized by the economic globalisation, migrations, an increased intercommunication, racism and new gender relations where old and new cultural issues rise again.

Course content

During the first year students will choose from among the several optional subject and will learn how to apply historiographical, anthropological and sociological tools to their studies. Core modules are: modern Europe political history and social history, along with theoretical anthropology (history of anthropological theories) and applied anthropology (anthropology of migration, economic anthropology). The first part of the program also includes the subjects: sociology of intercultural conflicts and cultures of contemporary Islamic countries. During the second year students will chose between two academic paths: Anthropology or History. On the one hand, the first includes subject such as political anthropology, ethnography, philosophical anthropology or ethnolinguistics and the ethno-anthropological research seminar. On the other hand the second path focuses on countries and nationalisms, history of social and political movements, research methods in history, and history of philosophical thinking. At the end of the program and thank to the acquired knowledge and competences, students will be capable of planning and carry out autonomously an original research project interconnected to other social sciences. The academic path in History will enable them to analyze contemporary conflicts, their roots in the past and possible peace-keeping solutions. The final dissertation will be evaluate for its accurate bibliography and the priority given to original primary sources. The academic path in Anthropology are asked to show a deep understanding of the theoretical structures of political and economic anthropology, and of the phenomena of complex societies (gender relations, family structures, relationship of dependency and social inclusion, cultural heritage and dynamics of migratory movements). The final dissertation consists in an original ethnographic field research.

Career options

Graduates will find employment in international and non-governmental organizations, 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 go on to careers in cultural and research institutions, in social volunteer associations and in cultural tourism. Graduates who chose history will also find job opportunities in the public administration, research centers, museums, archives and libraries. Those who chose anthropology can find employment in institutions which deal with the migratory phenomena, cultural mediation, with social issues (racism and discrimination in general), cultural and identity changes and dynamics, and with the heritage of popular culture.

Access to further studies

More information

Course Director
prof.ssa Vallori Rasini
tel. 059 205 5925 - fax 059 205 5933
Course Contact
dott.ssa Daniela Longo
tel. 059 2055883 & - fax fax. 059 2055931

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

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