Your studies will be focused on acquiring the skills to decode the logic systems of different cultures and analyze how people behave in social contexts. You will also be encouraged to subject your own ideas and certainties to critical examination.

At the Institute of Social Anthropology, research is carried out into topical and politically relevant subjects such as climate change, land grabbing, human rights and national borders, precarious work, transnational production, the global social movement of people and the role of the new media in creating cultural identity, as well as into traditional areas such as gift-giving, family relationships, religious practices and ecology.

The Institute offers a bachelor’s study program at basic level, three master’s study programs at a more advanced level, with different areas of specialization, and, in partnership with other institutes of anthropology in Switzerland, a doctoral study program.

Course registrations for WS2020 are possible from 14 June 2020 at 2pm until 16 August 2020!

Information for new Master students in Social Anthropology in Bern

 If you don't have a Campus Account yet, please send you course list to the student coordinator Studienkoordinatorin Claudia Schauerte.


Academic student advice service

You can sign up for an academic advice session at any time.  For all administrative questions, please contact the study program coordinator, Claudia Schauerte. For questions relating to course content, enter your name on the lists for consultation sessions to be found outside the offices of lecturers and assistants.  Please bring all relevant materials to the academic advice session with you, for example your study profile sheet.

Summer School 2017 with Reto Stamm
Members of the Summer School 2017 "The Practice of Field Recording" with Reto Stamm

Equipment and editing:

We encourage our staff and students to use audio-visual methods for their course work, theses (BA, MA, PhD) and research. We have technical equipment available ranging from voice/sound-recorders, photographic cameras to filming equipment (DSLR and camcorders). We also have two edit suites that can be booked after consultation.

Language courses in non-Germanic and non-Romance languages are also offered by the following institutes:

To find out how to register, please contact the relevant institute.