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Bachelor's Programme European Ethnology

Faculty Faculty of Philosophy and History
Duration / ECTS-Credits 6 semesters / 180 ECTS-Credits
Academic Degree
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Qualification Level
Bachelor (First Cycle)
ISCED-11: Level 6, EQF/NQF: Level 6
ISCED-F 0314 Sociology and Cultural Studies
Mode of Study
Study Code
UC 033 623
Curriculum Information on the Curriculum  (2012W)*
Language of Instruction German
Admission Requirements
Secondary school completion certificate or equivalent and Language Certificates

* Information on the Curriculum (2012W)

The complete version of the curriculum reflects the currently valid version of the curriculum. It is for informational purposes only and is not legally binding. The legally binding version of the curriculum, including any amendments, may be found in the University of Innsbruck Bulletins.

In order to determine which version of the curriculum is applicable in your case, see the Catalogue of Studies

  available at:
  Section: Current Curriculum version.

University of Innsbruck Bulletins » (Click to open all University of Innsbruck Bulletins)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP)

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) starting winter term 2016 » 

(1) Within the scope of the Studies and Orientation Stage (STEOP) which takes place in the first semester, the following course examinations must be passed:

  1. Introduction to Research Fields and Positions in European Ethnology (CM 5 lit.a/2h/ 5 ECTS-Credits) 
  2. VO Fundamentals of Cultural Studies (CM 1/2h/ 5 ECTS-Credits) 

(2) Successful passing of all exams of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage entitles to passing all further courses and examinations as well as to writing the Bachelor’s Thesis.

(3) Before successful completion of the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage courses amounting to 20 ECTS-Credits may be passed. The requirements specified in the curriculum must be met.

Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) until december 2015 »

(1) The Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP), with a duration of one semester (30 ECTS-Credits), provides an overview of the study programme and its structure in order to give students an objective basis to assess their decision to pursue their chosen subjets.(2) During the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage, the followig course examinations, which may be repeated twice, must be completed satisfactorily:
  1. SL Introduction to research fields and positions in European Ethnology (5 ECTS-Credits) 
  2. VO Introduction to Cultural Studies (5 ECTS-Credits) 
(3) A positive result (passing grade) on the examinations specified in Paragraph 2 permits students to attend all courses and take all examinations following the Studies Induction and Orientation Stage (STEOP) and to write bachelor's theses as described in the curriculum. The registration requirements specified by the curriculum must be met.

General Information

Recommended Course Sequence

The exemplary course sequence given below is recommended for full-time students beginning their study programme in the winter semester. The table shows one possible course sequence for the bachelor's programme and is not compulsory. Delays resulting from repeated examinations are not taken into account.

The standard duration of the study programme is 6 semesters or 180 ECTS-Credits, whereby according to the Universities Act of 2002, a workload of 1,500 (real) hours per academic year must be fulfilled, corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits (one ECTS-Credit is equivalent to a workload of 25 hours).

First Semester »

    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Fundamentals of Cultural Studies
  15.0 ECTS-Credits: Introduction to Research Fields and Positions in European Ethnology
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Regional Culture > continue second semester
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Module

Second Semester »

    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Regional Culture
  15.0 ECTS-Credits: Methods and Approaches of European Ethnology > continue second semester 
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Cultural Differences > continue third semester
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Women and Gender Studies > continue third semester

Third Semester »

    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Cultural History I
  10.0 ECTS-Credits: Cultural Theory
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Cultural Differences
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Material Culture and Signs > continue fifth semester
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Women and Gender Studies

Fourth Semester »

  10.0 ECTS-Credits: Interculturality
  10.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules (Practice)
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Cultural Encounters and Conflicts
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Global History > continue fifth semester

Fifth Semester »

    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Empirical Research and Fieldwork > continue sixth semester
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Current Directions and Developments > continue sixth semester
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Material Culture and Signs
    5.0 ECTS-Credits: Global History
  15.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules

Sixth Semester »

      5.0 ECTS-Credits: Current Directions and Developments in European Ethnology
      5.0 ECTS-Credits: Empirical Research and Fieldwork
      5.0 ECTS-Credits: Elective Modules
    15.0 ECTS-Credits: Bachelor’s Thesis

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Qualification Profile and Skills

The Bachelor’s Programme European Ethnology is grouped among the humanities.Graduates have the competence to ethnographically observe and describe cultural processes and their effects in order to analyse them with cultural science theories and models. Students thus acquire abstraction abilities and learn to think in terms of comprehensive connections. In this context, they develop awareness of the questions of social constructions such as historicity, modernization, identity politics, globalization, gender etc., and they learn to relativize their own point of view. With its comparative and cultural-relativistic perspective, the Bachelor’s Programme in European Ethnology also promotes constructivist thinking and enables students to critically reflect their own assumptions and categories of perception.Until the completion of the study programme, students develop critical reflection skills which enable them to apply European-ethnological knowledge to cultural problems by formulating and substantiating scientific arguments.

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates are able to elaborate, evaluate and implement scientific issues in the fields of cultural studies and to apply the skills required in interdisciplinary contexts. They possess scientifically well-founded theoretical and methodical problem-solving skills and multidisciplinary competences such as presentation skills, information and self-management.

Future Prospects: Occupational Profiles and Career Opportunities

The Bachelor’s Programme European Ethnology prepares graduates for a wide range of occupational fields, such as in documentation, collecting, museums and exhibitions, libraries and publishing, public relations, cultural journalism, adult education, developmental work, cultural policy and administration, tourism as well as intercultural social work and cultural management.

Postgraduate and further Studies at the University of Innsbruck


As part of the Bachelor’s Programme, a Minor of 30 ECTS-Credits can be completed.

More information and a list of possible Minors can be found at:

Supplementary Programme

Within the scope of the Study Programme, a Supplementary Programme corresponding to 60 ECTS-Credits may be passed. Admission to the Supplementary Programme requires the admission to or the having passed of one of the selected Study Programmes. Detailed information:

Information about examination regulations, assessment and grading

Examination regulations

The examination regulation is an integral part of the curriculum, detailed information can be found under the paragraph examination regulations.

Description of the applied grading system (including the grade distribution table) »

The grade distribution table is a statistical representation of the distribution of all successfully completed examinations in a given programme of study or subject (based on all registered students for the programme or subject). The grade distribution table is updated in regular intervals.

Austrian grading
 Outstanding performance

= 100%
 2  GOOD:
 Generally good, but with some errors
 Generally sound work with a number of substantial errors
 Performance meets the minimum criteria
 Substantial improvement necessary; requirement of further work

December 2021

Overall classification of the qualification

Not applicable
Explanation: An overall classification (mit Auszeichnung bestanden/pass with distinction, bestanden/pass, nicht bestanden/fail) – is awarded only for examinations that conclude a programme of study and consist of more than one subject (an examination of this type is not specified in the curriculum of this programme of study). 

Information about the Programme (in German only)

Forms (in German only)

Contact and Information

Examination Office
Standort Innrain 52d Piktogramm barrierefreier Zugang

Associate Dean of Studies
Ass.-Prof. Priv.-Doz. Dr. Konrad Kuhn

Dean of Studies
Assoz. Prof. Mag. Dr. Brigitte Truschnegg

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