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FAQs on the 2020/2021 winter semester in times of COVID-19

01.10.2020 - October update by Prof. Behrends and Prof. Schramm

What will this new semester look like?Hide

Despite of the measures to prevent the further spreading of COVID-19, we try to offer as many seminars as (safely) possible on-site. In our opinion, particularly first-year-students profit from getting to know the university atmosphere in person including campus life, interesting debates in their seminars and of course socialising in our canteen or spending time in the library. That is why we decided to structure our courses the following way: some seminars and tutorials will be held weekly on-site, others in a bi- or tri-weekly change between online and on-site teaching and some courses are exclusively online.

If two courses share the same date and time, e.g. Tuesdays from 10 to 12 a.m., those two alternate in the same room. In the case of our example, the "BA Einführungsvorlesung" will start in the first week of the semester on-site and Mrs Nur's "Handwerk und Innovation" will be held in the same room the week after. While Mrs Nur's course is taking place on-site, the other one is held online and vice versa. To find out which model is used in the seminars you are interested in, please check our weekly overview, as well as your course on cmlife and on e-learning.

We hope that this plan enables us to offer you attractive studies and to get in touch with you personally in spite of all the restrictions. However, we have to remain cautious and to find other solutions if the situation concerning COVID-19 changes. All important information will be updated on our website and announced via our KuGeA mailing list.

When and where do I register for my courses?Hide

Unfortunately, the restrictions to cope with COVID-19 have required us to limit the flexibility of your studies: seminars will be taking place at the same time and you will have to choose which one you'd like to take. Furthermore, it is now necessary that you register for your courses on the platform cmlife as room capacities are quite limited. If a seminar has already been fully booked when you want to enroll, you are automatically placed on a waiting list. Should other students decide to withdraw from their previously booked seminar spot, these open spaces will be filled with students from the waiting list. Therefore please deregister from your course until 07.11.20 if you decide to not take part in it, giving your fellow students the chance to move up. We rely on your cooperation and of course also try to cater for your needs in this situation.

All information concerning the content of your seminars is going to be released on e-learning. We work hard to make sure that you will have access to seminar plans and other details in the following weeks, to make it easier for you to structure your curriculum (and to choose the courses you want to register for). Please use this opportunity prior to the beginning of the new semster.

Who are the persons I can turn to?Hide

Questions concerning your studies:
Your programme advisors are happy to answer all content-related questions on your studies.

For structural questions and the organisation of your study programme please contact our study programme coordinator Barbara Polak

Technical advice concerning e-learning: Joshua Friedrich - contact details will be released soon.

Anti-discrimination: Diversity Service Point.

becks - Office of the Commissioner for Students with Disabilities and Chronic Illnesses

International affairs: International Office 

EduCare - Responsibility for studies and quality of studies

Student life: Arbeitskreis Kultur und Gesellschaft Afrikas und Ethnologie (AK)

How do I receive my exam results?Hide

All results will be transferred to CampusOnline. Afterwards, you are able to see them on your transcript of records.

Important linksHide
  • Corona FAQs of the UBT - regularly updated general information (including exam-related information if influenced by COVID-19).

  • Access to data bases, electronical media, newspapers and prints from outside the UBT network possible via VPN - information on VPN provided by our central university library.

  • How do I install VPN? (sample browser Firefox) - you can use the following offers of the UBT to download ebooks and electronical magazines as well as to watch anthropological documentaries when VPN is installed and active.

  • Ebooks: you can look for ebooks in our normal library catalogue. Please limit your search options to online resource.

  • Other information of the UBT and links concerning further ebook offers.

  • Electronical magazines – which am I allowed to access?

  • Online Data bases of the UBT.

Particularly relevant for us:

Many specific data bases can be found under the "Ethnologie" section: http://dbis.uni-regensburg.de//dbliste.php?bib_id=ub_bt&colors=1023&ocolors=40&lett=f&gebiete=29

Selection of the most important:

  • JSTOR is a search platform for electronical magazines in humanities and social sciences.

  • OLC Ethnologie - Online Contents is a data base filled with selected magazines in special collection areas of anthropology and cultural and social anthropology (updated by Humboldt University Berlin).

  • EVIFA is the virtual library of anthropology-related topics and gets updated frequently.

  • Anthrosource is the online data base of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) hosting various professional journals. Most of them are accessible via the library.

  • Web of Science - data base for more than 3.45 million papers in the fields of humanities and social sciences.

  • Specific data bases for African studies can be found here.

Interesting for Hausarbeiten/essays or boring times at home:

Ethnographic Video I and II: cover mostly anthropological movies, cinematic reports of field research and global documentaries - mainly in English:


Is there an opportunity to take part in online teaching in rooms of the UBT?Hide

Yes there is. CIP pools and special "study rooms" are accessible when they are not used for teaching. Please find more information here.

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