General Information on Studies

Marking & Criteria
Written Paper
Oral Presentation
Citation & Bibliography
Research, Computer and Language Courses


The following criteria are obligatory for the BA-students.
Additional requirements for MA-students are to be respectively given by the course lecturers.


Marking & Criteria


All achievements required during your studies are part of you BA-degree ("cumulative exam") what means that every mark is integrated into your final BA-grade.

The mark scale includes the marks 1 (very good), 2 (good), 3 (satisfactory) and 4 (sufficient), each with intermediates. A course marked with a mark worse than 4,0 count as failed.

The following requirements are relevant for marking:

  • Written paper or written test
  • Oral presentation
  • Active participation and self-dependent preparation/postprocessing
  • Optional other contributions to be given by the course lecturer

The weighting of these elements is incumbent on the course lecturer. Criteria for marking and course requirements can be looked up in the module handbook and in the examination regulations (in German).

Regular participation in course sessions is obligatory. The claim to marking expires in case of more than twice absences without excuse.

If you need a Transcript of Records, please contact the examination office.

Written Paper/ BA and MA thesis


  • The written papers encompass 10-15 text pages or 4500 - 6500 words (WITHOUT cover, bibliography, etc.). for BA and 25-30 pages or 11 000 - 13 500 words for MA. The BA thesis has a length of 25-30 pages or 10 000 - 13 500 words; the MA thesis has a length of 40 to 45 pages or 18 000 - 20 000 words.
  • The topic is chosen by the students themselves in agreement with the course lecturer/ supervisor.
  • Guide - Formal criteria of a written paper (English)
  • Both written papers and BA/MA theses are to be handed in in electronical form, via e-mail as attachment both to the course lecturer as well as to including the following information:
    • Subject line:
      Hausarbeit_short course title_surname (student)

      Ex: Hausarbeit_Migration and Diaspora_Mustermann
    • Name of the document :
      Semester_Course Number_Matriculation number.doc
      (used semester code: WS 2014/2015: 20142, SS 2015: 20151, WS 2015/2016: 20152, SS 2016: 20161 etc.)

      Ex: 20121_10ETH123_1234567.doc

      A cover model (in English) for written papers can be acessed and downloaded here.
    • Furthermore the written papers have to contain a completed and signed Plagiarism declaration (in English).
    • Your BA and MA thesis also has to be handed in in printed form in triplicate for the two supervisors and the examination office.

Oral Presentation



Depending on the course lecturers instructions, the oral presentation encompasses a (short) talk of about 15-40 minutes or the moderation of the whole session. The respective topic has to be chosen in consultation with the course lecturers' course plan and requirements. A handout and a PowerPoint presentation has to be prepared in both cases. 

Presentation: A visually supported preparation of knowledge on a certain topic based on the seminar's reading texts that encompassed 15-40 minutes. The speakers prepare a handout and (PowerPoint) presentation, and give a lecture on this basis. The oral presentation's aim is to demonstrate the students' self-dependent examination of one or more academic texts or books and to (im)prove his*her ability to find inventive relations between the presentation topic and the topics / fields of studies discussed during the other course sessions. Usually the speakers also prepare and guide the discussion afterwards.

Moderation: The speakers are - in agreement with the course lecturers - responsible for the design of one session. A moderation has a diological concept, which means the speakers prepare a (PowerPoint) presentation, and inquire and test the knowledge in a direct dialogue with the other seminar participants.

Citation & Bibliography


In relation to the written papers as well as to other academic texts produced while studying, an accurate and consistent style of citation is indispensable. In this regard anthopology follows the Author-Date-System of the Chicago Manual of Style. An introduction can be acessed in the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guider (please follow Author-Date). In case of really difficult questions concerning this citation style the  whole manual can be acessed in the Reading Room of the Main Library Altstadt or online.

Research, Computer & Language courses


The University Library offers general introductions to literature research as well as reference management programme courses (Endnote, Citavi). On this visit the Librarys' website, keyword Courses and Learning Resources.

The Heidelberg University Computing Centre / URZ (Im Neuenheimer Feld 293) offers Computer courses for free - during the ongoing semester as well as during the semester breaks.

The Central Language Laboratory of Heidelberg University / ZSL (Plöck 79-81) offers different language courses during the ongoing semester as well as intensive courses during the semester breaks.The languages offered are Arab, Chinese, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish and Spanish.

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