Master – Social and cultural anthropology of the Indian Ocean

Domain: Cultures, territories and plural societies in the Indian Ocean

Course: Social and cultural anthropology of the Indian Ocean

ECTS credits


level of studies
at the end of training

Baccalaureate + 5

Teaching locations

Saint-Denis – Moufia Campus

Type of training : Master

Training regime: Initial formation

Training summary

Approaches from ethnology and anthropology are essential to understanding the societies, languages ​​and cultures of the southwest Indian Ocean.

This Master's degree in anthropology, social and cultural anthropology of the Indian Ocean, offers to strengthen and deepen knowledge acquired during the Bachelor's degree in social sciences or in other baccalaureate + 3 level training courses, linked to the humanities and social.

It also aims to train students in research in anthropology, with a view to writing a research dissertation but also with a broader perspective of professionalization or future registration in a thesis.

Training aims

The Master in Anthropology provides specialized teaching in cultural areas (Europe, Indian Ocean) and trains in and through research in courses and seminars led by researchers.

The objective of the Master in Anthropology is to show that anthropology is constructed in the back and forth between a precise ethnography of the societies studied and theoretical reflection.

This Master aims to give students the keys to decode and better understand the local context of Reunion Island as well as that of societies in the Indian Ocean.

Advantages of the training

  • In-depth knowledge of the social and cultural anthropology of Indian Ocean countries

  • In-depth knowledge of theoretical trends in anthropology

  • Knowledge of issues related to cultural and language mediation

  • Ability to read, analyze, synthesize and comment on a document

The intervention of international invited experts. and teacher-researchers from Europe and the Indian Ocean (ERASMUS+ program) at the Master's seminar level will make it possible to complete and diversify this training in and through research.

Links with university and professional bodies in Indian Ocean countries will allow students to do their internship in the island and territorial contexts of Indian Oceania.

Targeted skills

  • Use theoretical frameworks from anthropology to construct a research object

  • Implement a field survey adapted to a national, regional or local research theme. This requires knowing how to make observations, whether participants or not, and to carry out interviews.

  • Represent in writing (research report, dissertation, article) the results of a research

  • Orally present personal research or a synthesis of work carried out by others and respond in an argumentative manner to questions and criticisms formulated by listeners

    Students will be able to more specifically develop the following skills:

  • Analyze the meaning of the uses and rituals of the societies studied

  • Conduct effective research on a given topic

  • Build corpora, justify and analyze them

  • Argument, defend and promote your research work

  • Write dissertations, monographs and articles meeting the academic standards of university research

  • Produce research work according to established standards

  • Appreciate, understand, synthesize, summarize, analyze and comment on all types of documents

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Summary of lessons by course

The teaching contents of this Master are complementary.

The field approach through cultural mediation and language sciences complements and strengthens the quality of the training of the future anthropologist.

The main lessons relate to the following themes:

  • Social and cultural anthropology

  • Anthropology of Indian Ocean Kinship

  • Anthropology of religion

  • Semiology of painting, sculpture and architecture of the Indian Ocean

  • Ethnology of Creole spaces and the Indian Ocean

  • Cultural mediation

  • Introduction to sociolinguistics

  • Languages ​​in contact and contact languages

  • Research Methodology

  • Participation in scientific events


A 120-hour internship is mandatory in Master 2.

This structural period can take place in Reunion as well as in the territories and countries of the Indian Ocean.

Specific devices

Not concerned

Conditions of access to training

On file, baccalaureate + 3 or equivalent

Continuing Studies


Career opportunities

The Master opens directly or after additional training to jobs such as:
- Project manager in ethnology and anthropology in museums, companies, regional or national parks and natural reserves, conservatories, etc.
- Local authority agent responsible for tasks relating to mediation cultural, heritage enhancement, social affairs
- Contractual study manager or consultant for private organizations, public or semi-public

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