Faculty of Humanities

Master of Arts "Cultures of the Global South / Culturas del Sur Global / Cultures du Sud global"

Students in the Master of Arts degree in “Cultures of the Global South” graduate equipped with a solid knowledge of the literary and cultural histories of the so-called “Global South” and with a thorough familiarity with the specific historical, sociopolitical and theoretical complexes pertaining to this cultural zone. On the basis of the interdisciplinary orientation of the degree scheme, they become adept at crossing disciplinary boundaries and thereby at bringing various methodologies and thematic perspectives into dialogue with one another.

Alongside the acquisition of a broad range of academic competencies pertaining to the Global South, the degree scheme also offers a specific research orientation. Graduates are familiar with current advances in the field and are equipped for independent research in the area of Global South Studies.

The introductory theoretical module „Theories of the Global South“ is taken together by all students in the scheme and provides, across the entirety of the cultures encompassed by the Global South, a common theoretical and methodological framework. On the basis of this foundation, students can acquire expertise with a clear regional focus-profile. Two such foci are currently available:

The degree scheme also includes a project module where students acquire relevant key qualification on the basis of problem based learning in projects (for example related to in the area of the media, theatre, or curatorship). These components of the degree aim to reinforce students’ own initiative with regard to project- and team-oriented learning. Alternatively, the project module may include a professionally oriented internship.

The MA degree scheme introduces students to an inherently transnational and transcultural research area, and for this reason, a semester abroad is mandatory. The semester abroad takes place within the structure of a „mobility window“ that permits students to complement their interdisciplinary profile at one of our partner universities.

Teaching languages: English, Spanish and French. Required language learning levels (CEFR):

Please attach to your application a 1500-word description for a possible MA thesis project.