SDAC Study Program
Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures is part of the Elite Network of Bavaria. The program can only be started in the winter term. The next application deadline is July, 15th, 2019
Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures (SDAC) is an interdisciplinary study programme in cultural studies with an emphasis on East Asian societies. It 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. This non-consecutive Master’s program draws from the fields of anthropology, philosophy, political science, economics, history, and Chinese studies. In addition to core courses, students have the possibility to further shape their curriculum around linguistic-cultural, comparative-philosophical, or economical & political academic focuses.
During their obligatory stay at the European Centre for Chinese Studies (ECCS) in Beijing, students will be given the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to both academic and everyday situations in China.
The programme is organized into four semesters. Students must acquire a total of 120 ECTS credit points. The Master’s thesis is due at the end of the fourth semester. The study plan includes lectures (including the IKGF lecture series), seminars and tutorials. All courses are held in English.
For a detailed description please refer to the catalog of modules.
Master´s Degree (Master of Arts)
The programme opens job perspectives for graduates in professions concerned with culture, politics, and business, as well as in intercultural work environments where the aforementioned fields of study intersect. Graduates will be capable of taking a culturally sensitive and discerning stance when participating in real-world decision-making, both in an international and specifically Asian-European context. Their skills and expertise to operate in an international environment qualify them for leadership positions.
Students are required to spend their third semester at Beijing University (the European Centre for Chinese Studies [ECCS]) as no environment suits the purpose of engaging with Chinese culture better than China itself. As one of China’s most prestigious universities, Beijing University is home to a great variety of study subjects and research fields. This is reflected in the teaching provided by the respective institutions on campus. Although most classes are not accessible for exchange students, the ECCS will prepare a list of classes for every term. It will comprise a variety of courses with different subjects (mainly in English and mainly from the fields of humanities and social sciences) for students to choose from. Chinese language courses are carried out by experienced language instructors who teach their classes almost entirely in Chinese and encourage students to speak, read and write from the very beginning of their stay. During their time at the European Centre for Chinese Studies (ECCS) in Beijing, graduates learn to apply their theoretical knowledge from the first phase of the degree program to academic and everyday situations in China. For more information on how to plan your abroad semester in Beijing, please click here
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Students acquire valuable academic and methodological knowledge, as well as additional key skills regarding decision-making processes in East Asia and beyond. Over the course of the degree program, students receive insight into the processes of decision-making in cultural, political, and entrepreneurial settings. They develop a new cross-cultural perspective on decision-making processes, utilize their knowledge in an interdisciplinary context, learn to approach research questions from an academic perspective and to cultivate their independent thinking. These qualities eventually enable them to develop intercultural sensitivities and to facilitate cross-cultural decision-making processes. The acquired knowledge from the disciplines of anthropology, philosophy, political science, economics, history, and Chinese studies will enable them to gain skills in the fields of communication and critical thinking, as well as to work in an independent, solution-oriented, critical, and analytical manner in various professional circumstances requiring expertise from humanities, area studies, and social sciences.
As a non-consecutive program, the SDAC opens perspectives on both academic and non-academic professions. For example, outstanding students can receive support from faculty members to apply for a Ph.D. program in related fields. The proximity of our program to the IKGF offers a favorable environment for academic networking and research. Depending on their background and interests, students may also qualify for internships and job positions in a variety of fields related to their chosen orientation in the program. In particular, they would be eligible to work in an international environment where they could apply their intercultural sensitivity, interdisciplinary academic expertise, and communication proficiency.
Graduates with either a Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Magister in a subject that focuses on philology, social sciences, historical sciences, pedagogy, philosophy, religious studies, ethnology, economic sciences, law, psychology or medical science are eligible for the Master’s degree program. Applicants with one of these degrees are admitted only after a successful selection interview if they have an overall grade of at least 2.00. If they have an overall grade of 2.01-2.5 they have to prove further qualifications that are relevant to the Master’s degree programme, e.g. modules with trans-cultural topics or internships in a non-western culture, then they are admitted only after a successful selection interview. Detailed information about these requirements can be found in the examination regulations for the Master’s degree programme and general examination regulations for Master’s degree programmes at the Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Theology of Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg can be found here.
- 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 has not been acquired in English.
- German language proficiency: Foreign speakers of German need to prove their German language skills with a minimum of A1 of the CEFR (can be submitted within the first year of the program).
The application is required via campo. The current application deadline is July, 15th, 2019 for the winter term of 2019/2020.