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Culture and Society in Africa (BA and MA)

In conjunction with the department of anthropology, the department of development sociology provides students with an innovative course programme in African studies that is unique in the German context.

Both programmes have an interdisciplinary outlook and provide a comprehensive overview of key themes in the anthropology and sociology of African societies. At the same time, students participate in courses of their own choice in history, religion, Islamic studies, language, economics, law and geography.

By benefiting from the competences of more than 40 professors and research associates in the area of African Studies, students develop extensive and profound insights into key domains of different disciplines. In this context, development sociology focuses on making students familiar with current debates and central issues within development politics and policies (see “What is development sociology?").

While the BA programme offers basic qualifications in the disciplines mentioned above, the MA programme has a strong focus on research. It prepares students for a three months research project, which they prepare, conduct and evaluate in collaboration with their teachers. The training enables students to initiate a professional career in various fields such as national and international development organizations, culture and media with a focus on Africa, as well academic careers.


For more information, regulations on exams, application materials and deadlines, please see below as well as the homepage of the Institute of African Studies. For more information we kindly ask you to contact our department.


BA and MA programmes always start in the winter term.

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