Arctic Social Sciences

This master's program is a variant of the Cultural Anthropology program, and is distinct in its orientation toward contemporary issues of Arctic anthropology. Here, the term Arctic is understood broadly, and includes both the Far North and related areas such as Siberia.


The program is interdisciplinary in nature and is intended for students interested in social issues present in the Arctic, the Far North and Siberia. This interdisciplinary nature broadens students’ horizons and allows them to apply methods and procedures in their research that are often used in neighboring areas of the humanities, such as folkloristics, sociolinguistics and semiotics.

Priority research areas include

  • The anthropology of everyday life for inhabitants of the Arctic, Far North and Siberia;
  • The anthropology of religion and contemporary shamanism;
  • The anthropology of northern (mono)cities;
  • Researching the contemporary cultural and linguistic situation in Siberia and the North;
  • The anthropology of the interaction between humans and technology.

Graduates of the program will possess skills for conducting fieldwork in Northern regions and independent anthropological research, as well as necessary knowledge of contemporary issues in cultural anthropology, northern studies and the adjacent areas of the humanities and social sciences, as well as methods of analysis specific to anthropology.

Note that the program is carried out in Russian, so an advanced level of Russian is required to be able to apply and study at the department.

Program details

Academic level(s)Master
CountryRussia
Language of instructionRussian
InstitutionEuropean University at St Petersburg
Fields of studyHumanities (others)Sociology and cultural studies
Tagsmultidisciplinarysocial studiesantropology
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