Name of specialty: Ethnology﹒Anthropology
Credit system: 2 years
Tuition fee: yuan (RMB)
1. The goal of the programme is to nurture practice- and research-oriented professionals who gain competence in anthropology through acquiring basic anthropological knowledge, theories and research methods provided in offered courses and through, in particular, conducting fieldwork. As a pioneer in the field of anthropology in China, the Department of Ethnology﹒Anthropology in the SES (School of Ethnology and Sociology) has cooperated and communicated extensively with counterparts at home and abroad and has made remarkable achievements in ethnic and cultural studies, to which both academia and government authorities have given close attention.
2. Through a selection of courses, students are expected to gain a deep and systematical knowledge of anthropology and develop skills in research methods, so that they can gain the ability to make research independently. Based on a solid foundation of anthropological theories and skills in research methods, students are expected to make innovative achievements on anthropological studies. The courses are mainly organized in the form of seminars, in which led by the teacher, the students discuss about relevant topics after a thorough reading according to a given booklist. The students must fulfil assignments and hand in papers on time and reach the minimum requirement of credits.
3. A practice- and research-oriented teaching mode is adopted to emphasize a mixture of rigorous academic training, research design, and assessed practice placement, so as to develop student’s ability in innovation and practice. Thus the students can further their knowledge of anthropology and its application to the contemporary world, carrying out research professionally on some particular area with a focused theme. Before each student conducts his or her fieldwork, an oral examination should be taken to ensure a good quality of thesis writing based on rich ethnographic data collected in the field and innovative analysis.
4. Physically and mentally healthy, whilst acquiring five abilities (i.e. good writing, data collection, independent thinking and analysis, self-study and usage of foreign languages).
1. The TOEFL iBT score of 70 points at least, or IELTS score at least 5.5, or the relevant certificates of English as the working and learning language for university study.
2. Possess bachelor degree or above.
3. Provide undergraduate diploma notarized copies and the score report’s transcripts or notarized copies of undergraduate courses. When the diploma is neither Chinese nor English, you should provide notarized Chinese or English translated document.
4. Provide research and study plan in China (1500 words at least), written in Chinese or English. The main research areas include but not limited to: anthropological theories and methodology; branches of anthropology; and anthropology and contemporary society (such as cultural industries; societal and cultural studies on Chinese ethnicities; religious and cultural studies; comparative studies on Chinese and Western cultures; Chinese border studies, and so on).
5. Provide recommendation letters by two professionals with the title of professors or associate professors.
1. Curriculum Requirements:
The master course requires 25 total credits. In order to intensify the learning and practice of Chinese, overseas students are encouraged to take some Chinese optional courses.
2. Research Requirements:
Every student is required to conduct fieldwork. The field site and investigation should be related to the topic of thesis. The duration of fieldwork should be more than 2 months. A fieldwork report should be handed in by each student upon returning to school after the investigation is fulfilled.
2.2 Social practice:
The fieldwork report would be regarded as a form of social practice which is compulsory and is taken as 1 credit. The choice of topic and place for social practice should be made jointly by students and their tutors.
2.3 Academic lecture and seminar:
At least 4 times of lectures or seminars related to ethnological themes should be attended by every student.
2.4 Research proposal:
The oral examination of research proposal should be taken by the end of the second semester or in the middle of the third semester. If the examination fails for the first time, another one should be taken again in 1 to 3 months.
3. Thesis Requirements:
3.1 The subject of thesis, chosen by each student together with his or her tutor, should have some academic or practical significance. Students should try to select pioneering project or valuable ones which contribute to the development of anthropology. Students should be aware of creativity, practicability and progressiveness, which are essential elements for selecting a subject.
3.2 The format of research proposal and thesis should follow The Requirements of Research Proposal for Postgraduates’ Scientific Thesis in Minzu University of China and The Format of Scientific Thesis in Minzu University of China. Each thesis should not be less than 30,000 words in total.
3.3 After the thesis is finished, each student, with tutor’s agreement, can apply for an oral debate after relevant offices have checked that the student is qualified.
I. Chinese Ethnography
Part 1 Xinjiang Studies
Part 2 Tibetan Studies
Part 3 Studies on Ethnic Groups in Northwest China
Part 4 Studies on Ethnic Groups in Southwest China
Part 5 Studies on Ethnic Groups in Northeast China
Part 6 Studies on Ethnic Groups in Southeast China
II. Anthropological Theory and Methodology
III. Ethnicity and Nationalism
Part 1 Ethnicity and Ethnic Studies
Part 2 Nationalism Theories
IV. Case Studies of Social Research in Ethnic Areas
V. Classic Readings in Anthropology of China Studies
In addition to the well-established scholars in our school, famous scholars across the world also participate in teaching. In the past, quite a few well-known anthropologists have taught here. Among them are Prof Dimiter Tzvetanov Tzanev from Sofia University, Prof Roberto Malighetti from University of Milano -Bicocca, Prof Dru C. Gladney from Pomona College and Prof Lisette Josephides from Queen’s University, to name a few.
Graduate Degree: Master of Laws
Contact Information: +86-10-6893 0328 (School of Ethnology and Sociology, MUC)