Why is it worth to study ethnology?
Ethnology at the University of Gdańsk is a modern course. Students can get acquainted with the latest results of field research and contemporary reflection on ethnic problems (related to both native issues and the latest achievements of the humanities in the world). Thanks to the University's cooperation with the main Polish ethnologic centres, students have access to the leading experts specialised in non-European and European issues as well as in theoretical reflection on contemporary global ethnic processes. The University takes pride in the students of Ethnology, especially the members of Studenckie Naukowe Koło Etnologów (Academic Society of Ethnologists) who received the Red Rose Award for the best academic association in the Tricity in 2013. The society issues its own periodical named "Tam Tam".
Ethnology is conducted both full-time and part-time when it comes to the BA studies and full-time regarding the MA studies. There are two specialisations which can be pursued during the BA studies: Anthropology of Sea Peoples and Anthropology of Kashubia and Pomerania. Ethnology at the University of Gdańsk is designed as the knowledge of "little homeland" culture, i.e. Kashubia, an ethnographic region with rich, diverse tradition and dynamically developed contemporary cultural animation. This course also imparts knowledge which facilitates understanding of cultural contexts in the international relations between coastal states.
The courses provided during the BA studies include, among others: Field Research Methodology, Ethnography of Poland, Ethnography of Europe, Anthropology of Modern Times, Urban Anthropology and specialisation courses: e.g. Ethnology of Pomerania, Ethnology of Sea Peoples.
The courses provided during the MA studies include, among others: Cultural and Social Anthropology, Contemporary Orientations in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, Theories of Culture, Theories of Society, Ethnological Workshops, Anthropological Interpretations of Culture.
Graduates have extensive humanistic knowledge, good understanding of the issues related to cultural phenomena, organisation and functioning of culture, its importance and the historical variability of cultural forms. A graduate of Ethnology can find employment in cultural and educational institutions, museums, travel agencies, tourist information centres, offices requiring specialists in cultural and social matters and people able to interpret socio-cultural phenomena using tools provided by anthropology. Thus, degree holders can find work in administration, local self-governments, non-governmental organisations, relief agencies or even in advertising, marketing and diplomacy.