Master of Arts in Anthropology - Tribhuvan University


MA in Anthropology, now under the semester system, offers the core disciplinary courses on theory, ethnographic research, and applied/engaged anthropology. Along with the courses on the traditional four-field anthropology (cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology, and archaeological anthropology), the MA level semester courses include specialized seminar classes on kinship studies, economic anthropology, medical anthropology, disaster anthropology, anthropology of development, gender and feminism, historical anthropology, climate change,courses on the Nepal, Himalayan region and South Asia studies and caste, ethnicity and cultural diversity. All of these courses emphasis the integration between the global and local perspectives in a comparative framework. In the spirit of the semester system, the MA classes are interactive and participatory whereby each student is encouraged to develop reading, writing, analytical, and presentation skill.

The course for Master of Arts in Anthropology offers altogether 32 papers, of which 15 are required (including ‘thesis writing’ in the fourth semester) and 17 are optional. Students may opt for optional courses in the third and fourth semesters as per their own choices which will be offered as per the departmental decision made on the basis of the availability of human resource. However, the regulation of Dean’s Office states that there must be at least 10 students willing to opt for one optional paper.

Objectives of the course:

  • To impart up-to-date knowledge of the theories and methods of anthropology discipline among students along with the advanced anthropological training in ethnographic field-work
  • To produce skilled human resource needed for Nepal’s developmental needs
  • To inculcate the spirit of human rights and principles of social justice in the minds of graduate students

Evaluation System:

Evaluation system has two components, that is, internal and external. Forty and 60 percent weightage is accorded to the internal and external evaluation, respectively. The 40 percent internal evaluation will be done by the department/faculty on the basis of the following criteria:

  1. Class attendance -10 marks
  2. Class participation, discussion and presentation with précis -10 marks
  3. Term paper writing- 10 marks
  4. Class test (writing) -10 marks

The 60 percent external evaluation will be done by the Dean’s Office on the basis of final written examination.

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Admission criteria

An applicant seeking admission to M.A. in Anthropology must appear in an Entrance Examination of one hour’s duration conducted by the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Tribhuvan University. The applicant who fails to appear in the Entrance Examination or to obtain a minimum qualifying score will not be given admission. 

Admission of the students will be strictly based on the merit list and the enrollment capacity of the Central Department of Anthropology, University Campus, Kirtipur and other anthropology departments of constituent and affiliated colleges of the Tribhuvan University.


Eligibility

A student holding a Bachelor Degree in any of the following subjects recognized by the Tribhuvan University is considered eligible to apply for admission:

  • Anthropology; Sociology; Social Work; Nepalese History, Culture and Archaeology; Psychology; History; Home Science; Geography; Economics, and Political Science
  • Any discipline from Faculty of Education, Science, Management and Law
  • Any discipline from Institute of Medicine, Engineering, Forestry, Agriculture and Animal Sciences



Curricular structure

The duration of the study of the courses offered is of two years (with four semesters). There is an examination in the duration of six months (at the end of each semester). Eighty percent of the attendance in the class is compulsory.

Download: Detail Curriculum MA in Anthropology-Tribhuvan University.pdf

First Semester Courses

Paper

Code No.

Title of Courses

Credit hours

Remarks

1.

AN 561

Introduction to Anthropology

3

Required

2.

AN 562

Classical Theories in Anthropology

3

3.

AN 563

Kinship Studies

3

4.

AN 564

Research Methods in Anthropology

3

5.

AN 565

Anthropology of Nepal and the Himalaya

3

Second Semester Courses

Paper

Code No.

Title of Course

Credit hours

Remarks

1.

AN 571

Contemporary Theories in Anthropology

3

Required

2.

AN 572

Recent Trends in Kinship Studies

3

3.

AN 573

Caste, Ethnicity &Nationalism

3

4.

AN 574

Advanced Research Methods in Anthropology

3

5.

AN 575

Economic Anthropology

3

Third Semester Courses

Paper

Code No.

Title of Courses

Credit hours

Remarks

1.

AN -581

Linguistic Anthropology

3

Required

AN 582

Physical Anthropology

3

Required

2.

AN -583

Anthropology of Religion and Ritual

3

Optional any three

3.

AN -584

Anthropology of Natural Resource Management

3

4.

AN-585

Medical Anthropology

3

5.

AN-586

Anthropology of Development

3

6.

AN-587

Anthropology of Disaster and Resilience

3

7.

AN -588

Society, Culture and Climate Change

3

8.

AN-589

Political Anthropology

3

9

AN -590a

Culture and Economics in the Age of Globalization

3

10

AN-590b

Social Inequality, Inclusion and Affirmative Action

3

11

AN-590c

Visual Anthropology (To be developed)

3

Fourth Semester

Paper

Code No.

Title of Courses

Credit hours

Remarks

1.

AN -601

Archaeological Anthropology

Required

2.

AN -602

Research Design and Writing: A Practicum

3

Required

3.

AN -603

Thesis

6

Required

4

AN -604

Historical Anthropology

3

Optional Any one

5

AN -605

Culture and Environment in Nepal

3

6

AN -606

Marxist Anthropology

3

7

AN -607

Food, Culture and Symbol (To be developed)

3

8

AN -608

Anthropology and Globalization

3

9

AN -609

Ecological Anthropology

3

10

AN-610a

Anthropology of Feminism and Gender Studies

3

11

AN-610b

Indigenous Peoples in Asia

3

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