MAHASSA is comprised of 7 different teaching modules. Each of these modules contains several courses, some of which are compulsory core courses and some of which can be selected from a variety of options. A detailed description of the different modules and courses that also includes an outline of the recommended study trajectories can be found in the download section below. The following compulsory core courses are taken by all students as part of MAHASSA:
Documents and Forms
Current Module Description and Examination RegulationsNew examination regulations valid from December 2021 (in German)
Module Handbook new programme structure, 2022 MAHASSA (in English)
Previous Examination Regulations (only valid for already enrolled students)Modul Handbuch (in German)
Module Handbook (in English) Modules and seminars Examination regulations valid from October 2015 (in German)
Examination regulations valid from October 2015 (in English)
Recommended schedule valid from October 2015
Old examination regulations valid until September 2015 (in German)
Old recommended schedule valid until September 2015 (in English)
Requirements for Recognition of Particular CoursesRequirements for Research or Internship as Part of the MAHASSA-Programme (Module 6, in German)
Requirements for Research or Internship as Part of the MAHASSA-Programme (Module 6, in English)
Recognition of Courses from previous Programmes of Study (in German)
Recognition of Courses from previous Programmes of Study (in English)
Recognition of Courses Completed During Studies Abroad as Part of the MAHASSA Programme (in German)
Recognition of Courses Completed During Studies Abroad as Part of the MAHASSA Programme (in English)
CoursesFor courses offered this term please visit LSF MAHASSA
MAHASSA is offered as a stand-alone, 2-year degree1 programme comprising a total of 120 credit points (CPs)2 and includes two different trajectories. Students who do not yet speak a South Asian language follow trajectory “a,” while students who are already fluent in one or more South Asian languages follow trajectory “b.” Alternatively, MAHASSA can be studied as a major subject for 100 CPs together with a second minor subject (trajectory “c”) or as a minor subject for 20 CPs together with another major subject (trajectories “d” and “e”). The MAHASSA programme for 120 or 100 CPs (trajectories a ,b , and c ) is structured as follows (detailed descriptions and recommended study schedules for the different study trajectories can be found in the document “Overview of new Programme Structure, Study Trajectories, and Teaching Modules 2022 MAHASSA” in the download section):The first semester provides students with a broad introduction to the field of Medical Anthropology with a focus on South Asia. All students are taking two core introductory courses: in the “Introduction to Medical Anthropology” course, students are provided an overview of the field of medical anthropology and introduced to both its foundational and its contemporary directions, theories, and approaches. The “Healing in South Asia” course introduces students to traditional approaches to understanding health, suffering, healing in South Asia, to concepts such as medical pluralism and medical integration, to a critical examination of ‘biomedicine,’ and to the impact of modern developments and changes on South Asian medical systems. Practices, and health-seeking behaviour. Students who do not speak a South Asian language also begin to study a South Asian language (trajectory a). In addition to these courses, students choose selective thematic and regional courses in medical anthropology, anthropology, and South Asian studies that reflect their interests. Thematic and regional modules vary from semester to semester (see examples above).
The second semester focuses on anthropological research methods and research ethics in medical anthropology in the core course “Research Methods in Medical Anthropology.” It further continues the investigation of dynamic relations between traditional concepts of health, healing, and modern developments and changes with an emphasis on the impact of science and technology in and beyond medicine and healing through the core course “Theory in Science and Technology Studies.” This course also introduces students to contemporary theories and approaches from Science and Technology Studies, such as ‘Actor-Network-Theory’ and ‘Enactment’. In the “Practical Seminar”, students are introduced to a range of thematic foci, approaches, and fields of employment in applied anthropology. Besides proceeding with their selected South Asian language, students choose additional regional or thematic courses.
The third semester focuses on designing an original research project. All students take the core course “Master's Thesis Preparation,” during which they choose a relevant topic for their anthropological inquiry, carry out an intensive literature research on their proposed topic, and design a proposal and schedule for its realization. Additionally, they attend further regional and thematic courses.
The summer vacations and the fourth semester are used for anthropological fieldwork or internship/work placement and for subsequently writing the Master's thesis. Former MAHASSA students have worked on interesting and diverse research topics such as infertility in Pakistan, the sexual health risks experiences by sex workers during the COVID pandemic in Greece, the role of Islam in mental health nosology in Bangladesh, or undocumented migrants' access to healthcare in Germany. While writing their Master’s Thesis, students attend the “Master’s Thesis Colloquium,” in which they present and discuss their work and hypotheses.