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Cluster welcomes MA Students

Oct 17, 2014

A new batch of MA students has arrived at the Karl Jaspers Centre to pursue an M.A. in Transcultural Studies (MATS). About 90 students, which is the largest first year MATS cohort ever, have taken up their studies in the MATS this winter semester. The welcoming and introductory session took place on Monday.

At the opening session, the programme coordinator Jule Nowoitnick introduced herself and the MA’s aims and structure and guided the students through the steps of their first semester. Also, the student representatives talked about their work and welcomed the new arrivals. At the end, the new students had the chance to ask questions.

The M.A. starts every winter semester with a broad range of courses, mainly taught by the HCTS Professors. This year, they cover topics such as "Global Economic History of Europe and Asia", "The world in a glass-case –museums of art, ethnography and industry in Japan, India and Europe", "Sites of Knowledge in Asia and Europe", and "Buddhism I: the arising and development of Buddhism on the Indian subcontinent".

Since the M.A. in Transcultural Studies started at the Cluster in 2011, it has attracted growing interest from around the world. This has resulted in about 160 applications from Germany and abroad this year. About 90 of which have been accepted. The new students are coming from about 16 different countries from all over the globe, such as China, Russia, Finland, Portugal, Korea, or Iran.

The M.A. Transcultural Studies is a two-year full-time programme. The students will select one study focus of the following: "Society, Economy and Governance", "Knowledge, Belief and Religion", or "Visual, Media and Material Culture".  In the first two semesters they will attend seminars and lectures which will introduce them to the methods and theories of Transcultural Studies. The third semester may be used as a mobility window; while the forth semester is spent writing the master thesis.

You can find more information on the M.A. Transcultural studies website.


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