Structure and Curriculum

Possible topics

  • Building and housing | Urban and spatial research
  • Customs and festive culture | Religion and spirituality
  • Tales and narratives | Visual anthropology | Popular entertainment
  • Material culture and museums | Non-material culture
  • Europeanisation/globalisation | Migration and identity
  • Body and health | Food and gastronomic culture
  • Clothing, fashion and traditional dress
  • Gender and diversity
  • Digitalisation of everyday life

This bachelor’s degree minor subject offers foundation modules on the history of European Ethnology and on current disciplinary discourses, as well as base modules on sources and approaches and on techniques of cultural analysis with regard to the past and the present. You’ll expand on your knowledge in the advanced modules.

To do so, you attend lectures where you acquire broad knowledge on cultural phenomena. In seminars, you learn how to reflect on and discuss topics from a cultural studies perspective. In practical training courses, you get a hands-on insight into research in the field of cultural studies as well as into potential professional fields for graduates of the programme in European Ethnology. It is also possible to discuss seminar topics in their actual surroundings on cultural studies field trips.


Different module handbooks apply depending on the start date:

If you have any questions, please contact the subject advisor of European Ethnology.

European Ethnology in the General Studies component

In the General Studies (Studium Generale) component, you are free to take additional courses in European Ethnology in order to gain further transferable skills. You can see which of our courses are available for the General Studies component in the overview of the courses offered. If you wish to attend additional or alternative courses, please get in touch with the subject advisor.

Required electives from other bachelor’s degree programmes

If the examination regulations of other bachelor’s degree programmes provide for a required elective component including course credit gained within European Ethnology, you can complete the Foundation Modules I and II and the Base Modules I to IV from the bachelor’s minor subject. You can find information on these modules in the corresponding descriptions. In all cases, the following applies: in order to be admitted to the module examination for the Base Modules III and IV, you must have passed Foundation Modules I and II.