Anthropology and history of the contemporary world

Master's degree programme

General information

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


Anthropology and history of the contemporary world is an interclass master's degree programme unique of its kind. In fact, it gives students the opportunity to get a master's degree choosing between two options: Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, and Historical Sciences. Being it an interclass degree course, students are provided a common interdisciplinary base of knowledge on concepts, models and methodologies applied to social sciences.

Course content

All students will have to acquire the proper evaluation tools that will enable them to assess current issues with a comparative historical perspective, open to the whole range of human behaviours. The course main objective is to provide the suitable tools and methodologies to understand the complex contemporary world and analyse its intrinsic cultural conflicts by following a historiographical, ethnological and anthropological approach, along with the other human sciences: philosophy, sociology, and Islamic studies. The interdisciplinary approach allows students to better interpret this age of economic globalisation, migration processes, increasing intercommunication, racism, and new gender relations.

Career options

Graduates will find employment in international and non-governmental organisations, 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 pursue a professional career 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, museums, archives and libraries. Those who chose anthropology can find employment in institutions dealing with migration processes, cultural mediation, and social issues.

More information

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

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