Middle Eastern Sociology/Anthropology and History (MESH): Master-Program
Historical change, cultural diversity and political change in the Middle East are among the central subjects of the binational Master program Middle Eastern Sociology/Anthropology and History. The joint studies with Lebanese students in Erfurt as well as a mandatory semester abroad in Lebanon are at the heart of the program to expand the students’ perspective and enable them to get a complete understanding of the region. The semester abroad is supported with scholarships by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
The interdisciplinary and intercultural study program is open to students from various fields, contributing to an exchange of different perspectives in the courses. Furthermore guest lecturers from Lebanon teach at Erfurt University regularly.
A key concept of the program is the Middle East in global historical context. Contents include historical and societal shifts in East and West, focusing on post colonialism, urban history and the history of space, minorities and gender as well as mutual transfers of knowledge and culture. The program is currently carried out by the University of Erfurt, Germany and Université Saint-Joseph (Beirut, Lebanon).
Students are provided with a unique and diverse set of qualifications, encompassing specialised scientific knowledge, as well as theoretical-methodical competences and language skills. Graduates receive an academic double degree (Master of Arts M. A./master recherche).
The study program is research-oriented and thus prepares the students to secure a doctorate and do research independently in one of the disciplines of the program or neighbouring fields. Moreover graduates will be qualified to enter international careers in diverse fields of expertise, such as integration and development work, journalism, cultural administration, political or business consulting, archive or library systems and international youth and further education.
Structure of the Study Program
1st semester: Courses at home university
Methods & Theories of History
Improving language skills
Deepening special expertise on the
Middle East and the Levant
2nd semester: Courses in history at the University of Erfurt
Deepening special and interdisciplinary knowledge
Improving cross-cultural competences and language skills
Comparing East and West as well as other world regions
Preparing for the semester abroad
3rd semester: Courses in sociology and anthropology at the universities in Lebanon
Sociology and Anthropology of the Middle East
Practising and improving language skills, as well as cross-cultural
4th semester: Interdisciplinary master thesis at home university
Scholarships for the term abroad
Support in the form of a limited number of monthly grants for the semester abroad, covering the expenses of living and health insurance in Lebanon as well as travel costs, is offered through the German Academic Exchange Service (subject to granting of funds by the DAAD).