Culture and Society of Modern South Asia (Master)

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The interdisciplinary master’s programme in Culture and Society of Modern South Asia at the University of Vienna aims at equipping students with extensive interdisciplinary knowledge of the cultural, regional, linguistic and social diversity of the South Asian continent in the present, as well as of the historic developments that have shaped it since the beginning of the modern period. This also includes the acquisition of a critical understanding of the symbolic worlds, actions and ideas of different actors. Students actively use the linguistic competences in modern Indian languages that they acquired in previous studies to deal with written texts and/or oral accounts from the modern era. This way, they expand their knowledge of the cultural and social processes in the modern and present period.

Master of Arts

Degree Programme Code: 066 685

4 semesters / 120 ECTS credits

Language: German

NO entrance examination

Curriculum

Attention

Instruction Language German

Please note that the instruction language of this programme is German. To start the degree programme, you need to hold a certificate of German proficiency on C1 level.

Study Programme

The master’s programme consists of modules covering the following subject areas: compulsory modules on modern South Asian society; basics of modern South Asian cultural and intellectual history; alternative compulsory module (A: cultural studies of modern South Asia in practice; or B: modern Indian language in practice); history of modern South Asia; alternative compulsory module (A: basics of contemporary South Asian cultures; B: South Asia in a global context); languages of modern South Asia in practice; and linguistic traditions of modern South Asia). In addition, students have to complete a research seminar for master’s students, write a master’s thesis and pass a master’s examination.

Five Concepts

which you will deal with during your studies (examples):

  • Hindi
  • Nepali
  • Modern Indian
  • Conversion
  • Sociality

 Overview of the programme structure & topics

Here you find the current offer of courses for this programme to gain better insight into the topics and structure. For more information please click on the respective level.



After Graduation

Students directly experience the living culture of South Asia and develop practical intercultural competences. Graduates are qualified to pursue a career in the following occupational fields:

  • university and non-university teaching and research institutions
  • archives, museums, libraries
  • media, publishers, public relations
  • development cooperation
  • diplomatic service, international organisations.

Graduates' Perspective on the Degree Programme

Graduate Survey

The University of Vienna regularly surveys graduates after the completion of their degree programmes about their experience with their degree programme and the university itself. The survey gives you insight into graduates perspectives of their studies from a subject and organizational related point of view.

Information about the Graduate Survey

Career Tracking of Graduates

The alumni tracking provides information on the career progression of the graduates of the University of Vienna and provides orientation for entry into the profession after graduation (e.g. search duration of first job, salary development and sectors in which graduates are active).

Information about the Career Tracking of Graduates