Knowledge, Authenticity, Time
Master´s Elite Graduate Programme (non-consecutive)
The programme can only be started for the winter term. The next application deadline is July, 15th, 2017 to start in October 2017.
1. Study Programme
Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures (SDAC) as an interdisciplinary study program allows the students to acquire profound academic and methodological knowledge, as well as additional key skills regarding decision-making processes in East Asia. The MA degree program requires a BA degree of variable disciplinary orientation. The student can choose the academic focus (linguistic-cultural, comparative-philosophical, cultural-religious) by way of electing lectures during the semester abroad, as well as by selecting designated modules of required electives. During the stay at the European Centre for Chinese Studies (ECCS) in Beijing, the graduate learns to apply the theoretical knowledge to academic and everyday situations in China.
The programme is organised into four semesters. Students earn 120 ECTS credit points. Students write their Master's thesis during the fourth semester. The study plan includes lectures (including the IKGF lecture series), seminars and tutorials. All courses are taught exclusively in English.
The following modules are included:
- Modul 1: Theories of Decision-Making Across Cultural Contexts
- Modul 2: Concepts of Chinese Cultural Orientations and Decision-Making
- Modul 3: Comparative Philosophy / Fate, Freedom, and Prognostication I
- Modul 4: Influences of Cultural-Religious Variances on Decision- Making Processes / Fate, Freedom, and Prognostication II
- Modul 5: Specific Approaches of Selected Academic Disciplines - Europe
- Modul 6: Rationalities of Decision-Making
- Modul 7: Contexts of Decision-Making in China
- Modul 8: Specific Approaches of Selected Academic Disciplines - East Asia
- Modul 9: Developing Transcultural Sensitivities
- Modul 10: Master Thesis
A detailed description can be found in the catalogue of modules
Study Abroad Unit
Students are required to spend their third semester at Peking University (European Centre for Chinese Studies (ECCS)). No environment suits the purpose of learning Chinese as a foreign language better than China. Teaching is carried out by experienced language instructors which teach their classes almost entirely in Chinese and encourage students to speak, read and write actively from the earliest stages of their study process.
As one of Chinas leading Universities, Peking University is home to a great variety of study subjects and research fields. This reflects in the teaching provided by the respective institutions on campus. Though most classes at other institutes are not accessible for exchange students, for every term the ECCS will prepare a list of classes from different subjects mainly in English and mainly from the fields of humanities and social sciences, in which students can participate. During the stay at the European Centre for Chinese Studies (ECCS) in Beijing, the graduate learns to apply the theoretical knowledge that he/she has acquired during the first phase of the degree program to academic and everyday situations in China.
The graduate shall acquire profound academic and methodological knowledge, as well as additional key skills regarding decision-making processes in East Asia. Over the course of the degree program, the graduate receives profound insights into the processes of decision-making, e.g. in entrepreneurial, political, and cultural situations (in particular rational choice theories). Through a cross-cultural perspective, he/she will be able to provide decision-making processes with a new foundation, to make use of his/her knowledge in an interdisciplinary way, to analyze research questions from an academic perspective, and to cultivate his/her independent thinking and thereby the ability to delicately deal with intracultural and cross-cultural decision-making processes.
The acquired knowledge from the fields of sinology, history, philosophy, religious studies, economics, social and cultural anthropology, and the history of science will enable him/her to develop communication and critical thinking skills, as well as to work in an independent, solution-oriented, critical, analytical, and application-oriented manner in various professional circumstances requiring expertise from humanities, area studies, and social sciences.
Master´s Degree (Master of Arts)
The specific expertise opens up job perspectives for the graduate in professions concerned with culture, politics and business, as well as in interculturally defined areas of work at the intersections between the above-mentioned professional areas. He/she will be qualified to take a culturally sensitive and discerning stand in real-world decision-making processes, both internationally and in the Asian-European context and be equipped with the ability to act in an international environment and the expertise to fill leadership positions.
3. Study and examination rules
4. Academic admission requirements
Degrees that can be accepted for the Master’s degree programme are programmes (Bachelor, diploma, magister, master or state examination) with focus on philology, social sciences, historical sciences, pedagogy, philosophy, religious studies, ethnology, economic sciences, law, psychology or medical science.
Applicants with one of these degrees are admitted only on the basis of a successful selection interview if they have an overall grade of at least 2.00 or if they are one of the best 50 p.h. of their year. If they have an overall grade of 2.01-2.5 or if they are one of the best 60 p.h. of their year they have to prove further qualifications that are relevant for the Master’s degree programme, e.g. modules with trans-cultural topics or internships in a non-western civilisation, then they are admitted only on the basis of a successful selection interview.
Detailed information about the requirements can be read up on the degree programme and examination regulations for the Master's degree programme ‘Standards of Decision Making Across Cultures (SDAC) – Knowledge, Authenticity, Time' and the General Examination Regulations for the Bachelor's and Master's Degree Programmes at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology of Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
Knowledge of English language proficiency of at least level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages or comparable knowledge (UNIcert C2) must be proven if the school graduation or Bachelor’s degree is not acquired in English language.
Non-native German speakers need to prove their German language skills with a minimum of A1 of the CEFR (can be submitted within one year after the Master’s degree programme started).
Application is required via campo.
The next application deadline is July, 15th, 2017 to start in October 2017
6. Further Information
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