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Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures (SDAC)

Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

SDAC

Degree: Master of Arts


Duration of Study: 4 Semesters, fulltime


Place of Study: Erlangen



Language of Instruction: English and German


Requirements: B.A. in a relevant academic field (application also possible during the final degree phase) or equivalent foreign degree.


Deadline: July 15

Standards of Decision-Making Across Cultures (SDAC) is an interdisciplinary study programme that allows the students to acquire profound academic and methodological knowledge, as well as additional key skills regarding decision-making processes in East Asia. The MA degree program requires a BA degree of variable disciplinary orientation. Students may choose their academic focus (linguistic-cultural, comparative-philosophical, cultural-religious) by selecting accordingly from the courses offered at the FAU Erlangen-Nuremberg as well as the ECCS in Beijing. During their obligatory stay at the European Centre for Chinese Studies (ECCS) in Beijing, students will be given the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to both academic and everyday situations in China.

Over the course of the degree program, students receive profound insights into the processes of decision-making, e.g. in entrepreneurial, political, and cultural situations (rational choice theories in particular). They will develop a new cross-cultural perspective on decision-making processes, utilize their knowledge in an interdisciplinary context, learn to approach research questions from an academic perspective and to cultivate their independent thinking. These qualities will eventually enable them to delicately deal with intracultural and cross-cultural decision-making processes.

The acquired knowledge from the fields of sinology, history, philosophy, religious studies, economics, social and cultural anthropology, and the history of science will enable them to gain skills in the fields of communication and critical thinking, as well as to work in an independent, solution-oriented, critical, analytical, and application-oriented manner in various professional circumstances requiring expertise from humanities, area studies, and social sciences.

The specific expertise opens job perspectives for the graduates in professions concerned with culture, politics and business, as well as in intercultural work environments where the aforementioned fields of study intersect. Graduates will be capable to take a culturally sensitive and discerning stance when participating in real world decision-making, both in an international and specifically Asian-European context. Their skills and expertise to operate in an international environment qualifies them for leadership positions.


Contact
Prof. Dr. Michael Lackner

Contact (Coordinator)
Anna Schneider, M.A.; Phone number: +49 9131 85-64366