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Overview

The Research Institute of Anthropology in the School of Social Development, East China Normal University, was established in the autumn of 2011, and has completed highly successful years of its existence. The institute now accepts applications from prospective international students for the 3-year MA programme or 4- year PhD programme in socio-cultural anthropology.

The graduate programme in socio-cultural anthropology at ECNU covers general socio-cultural anthropology and applied anthropology, with particular specialties and courses in the anthropology of development, the anthropology of religion, ethnicity and minorities in China, the anthropology of food, visual anthropology, and the anthropology of money.

The graduate programme is centered on the core courses of Anthropological Theory and Anthropological Methods. Major elective courses include Issues of Power and Religion; Anthropology of Money & Finance; the Anthropology of Food; Visual and Media Anthropology; Economic and Environmental Anthropology. Core courses cover anthropological classics, the history and theory of anthropology, ethnicity and Chinese minorities, and the anthropology of Chinese society. Other options in urban anthropology, anthropology of the state, and the anthropology of tourism are also available. The Institute also includes the Centre of Ethnicity and Development which concentrates research and teaching expertise in the areas of development and ethnicity. For international students in non-Chinese language taught programs, they MUST pass HSK-3 (≥180) or pass the "International Chinese Proficiency Standard Test" arranged by the university. 

Courses of Study

Students need 25 credits to complete the MA programme in anthropology. The MA programme is centered on the core courses of Anthropological Theory, Anthropological Methods and Ethnography of Chinese Society, all of which are taught in the first semester (September - January). MA students also need to choose another five selective courses in the second semester (March - June). The MA program includes a period (6 months) of intensive fieldwork, on which the thesis will be written in English.

Students need 18 credits to finish the PhD programme. The core courses include History of Anthropological Theories, Research Methods of Anthropology, Chinese Societies, and Advanced Topics in Anthropology. This programme requires students to conduct an intensive fieldwork for one year, on which the dissertation will be based. Dissertation will be written in English.

The master degree thesis should be 30,000-50,000 words while PhD degree thesis 80,000 – 100,000 words in length (excluding footnotes and references). Thesis must be based on original research and fieldwork, mark a new contribution to knowledge, show knowledge of relevant literature, and be well and clearly written and presented. Normally, in the third semester, original research for the thesis must be conducted normally based on fieldwork of 6 months (for MA students) and 12 months (for PhD students). A proposal for field research should be submitted before that for entrance to the field. Supervision of the thesis is by a Panel or Committee of up to 3 members with professional doctorate qualifications in Anthropology. The thesis will be examined by one internal examiner (from the institute) and one outside examiner (from another institute/department or another university), nominated by the Main Supervisor. Three or five professors will be organized for the MA or PhD thesis defense. 

Credits Requirements for MA Programme (≥25 credits)

Type of course
Course name
Credits
Time
General courses 
(6 credits)
Chinese language
2
1st semester
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
3
2nd semester
Discipline and Ethics in Academic Research
1
 
Fundamental courses 
(4 credits)
History of Anthropological Theories
2
1st semester
Research Methods of Anthropology
2
1st semester
Compulsory courses 
(6 credits)
Ethnography of Chinese Societies
2
2nd semester
Professional English
2
2nd semester
Tasting China
2
2nd semester
Selective courses 
(8 credits)
Political Anthropology
2
1st semester
Anthropology of Money & Finance
2
1st semester
Anthropology of Religion
2
2nd semester
Anthropology of Art
2
2nd semester
Economic Anthropology
2
2nd semester
Ethnic Study
2
2nd semester
Selective courses in other disciplines
(2 credits)
 
2

Credits requirements for PhD Programme (≥18 credits)

Type of course
Course name
Credits
Time
General courses 
(5 credits)
Chinese language
2
1st semester
Introduction to Chinese Civilization
3
2nd semester
Fundamental courses 
(2 credits)
History of Anthropological Theories
2
1st semester
Compulsory courses
(6 credits)
Chinese Societies
2
2nd semester
Research Methods of Anthropology
2
1st semester
Advanced Topics in Anthropology
2
2nd semester
Selective courses 
(5 credits)
Regional Ethnographies
2
3rd semester
Food Studies
2
2nd   semester
Anthropology of Religion
2
2nd semester
Economic Anthropology
2
2nd semester
Fieldwork and Research Proposal
2
3rd semester

Core Program Faculty

Chen Yun
Assistance professor, PhD in Sociology, City University of Hong Kong. 

Main Research Areas: ethnic minorities of Southeast China, Chinese religious organizations.

Huang Jianbo 
Professor, PhD in Anthropology, Central University for Nationalities in Beijing. 
Main Research Areas: anthropological theory, Christianity in China and Chinese folk religion, minorities of southwest China, Han Chinese society.

Liu Qi
Associate Professor, PhD in Anthropology, Peking University. 
Main Research Areas: anthropology of ethnicity and religion, political anthropology, southwest China regional research, theory and method of anthropology.

Todd Meyers
Adjunct Professor, PhD in anthropology, Johns Hopkins University. 
Main Research Areas: medical anthropology, public health, visual culture

Horacio Ortiz 
Associate Professor, PhD in Social Anthropology, EHSS (the School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences) in Paris. 
Main Research Areas: money, finance, globalization, ethnography and world history.

Wu Xu
Professor, PhD in Anthropology, University of Alberta, Canada. 
Main Research Areas: food, ethnobotany, mountain societies, culture and development.

Zhang Hui
Assistance professor, PhD in Education, University of California, Los Angeles. 
Main Research Areas: culture theories, media and visual anthropology, anthropology of art.

Zhu Yujing 
Assistance professor, PhD in anthropology, Chinese University of Hong Kong. 
Main Research Areas: economy anthropology, political anthropology, anthropology of money, migration, and globalization.

About the program

  “Being part of the first generation of the Master's program of Anthropology in English changed my life. Studying at ECNU improved my academic understanding of a discipline that was new to me. This happened due to the assistance of highly experienced professors who created a stimulating environment during the classes and the extracurricular activities organized by the department.

   As professors' knowledge involve several branches of Anthropology, my project on the anthropological experience of literary translation found its place.

  On top of that, the department of foreign students at ECNU does a good job in taking care of the students and the facilities bth, on campus and dorms are comfortable and adequate, creating a perfect environment for studying.”

——Olimpia Marroquín(Graduated in 2018)

Contact Information

Global Education Center, ECNU

Add: Room 253 Physics Building, 3663 North Zhongshan Road, Shanghai

Tel: (86-21)62232013/ 62238353

Master: Cassie ZHU (xnzhu@gec.ecnu.edu.cn )

Ph.D.: Ying YiIN (yyin@ied.ecnu.edu.cn )

Institute of Anthropology, School of Social Development

Tel: (86-21) 34756050;  Fax:(86-21)54345171

Email: shfz@soci.ecnu.edu.cn

Web: http://www.soci.ecnu.edu.cn/

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