Study Programme

Academic year 2022–2023: education and COVID-19

Our education activities will take place on campus when possible, and only online when necessary. All students should therefore expect that they will need to be on campus.

Programme outline

Period 1Period 2Period 3 and 4
  • Anthropology of Globalization 5 EC
  • Sustainability and Social Contestation 5 EC
  • Doing Ethnography
    2.5 EC
  • Security, Violence and Sovereignty 5 EC
  • Research Design 2.5 EC
  • Elective 5 EC
  • Ethnographic Fieldwork and Thesis 30 EC
  • Academic Professional, period 1-4, 5 EC
  • Academic Professional
  • Academic Professional

Below, you will find an overview of courses from the current academic year of this Master's. This overview is meant to give you an idea of what to expect. The course offer may change in the coming academic year.

Content

The theoretical core courses will provide you with specific insight in social issues. These core courses are:

  • Anthropology of Globalization
  • Sustainability and Social Contestation
  • Security, Violence and Sovereignty

In Doing Ethnography (period 1) you will gain knowledge and insight in the practice of doing fieldwork. You will focus on the various research methods and techniques, such as participant observations, ethnographic interviewing, and  more innovative methodologies like the area of multimedia and ethnographic audio-visual and digital media. Furthermore, we will discuss ethical issues by doing research.

The course Research Design (period 2) will teach you how to translate your theoretical and methodological insights into a concrete problem and research questions. On the basis of an accepted research proposal, you will gather ethnographic data during a fieldwork period or research internship of approximately fourteen weeks. You will report on your findings in period 3 and 4, which will eventually lead to your master thesis.

Both in Doing Ethnography as in Research Design and in the continuous Academic Professional module (periods 1 to 4) you will learn to make connections between conducting research and translating findings into practical recommendations. Along with classic anthropological methods and skills, you will gain more in-depth knowledge of applied and practice-focused skills from these two courses.

Masterclasses

Along with classic anthropological methods and skills, you will gain more in-depth knowledge of applied and practice-focused skills in a series of masterclasses to carry on e.g. engaged, applied and corporate anthropology. You will meet and learn from professional anthropologists and other experts.

International internship and research

During your field studies (internship, research abroad, etc.), you will gain experience in a national or international professional context.

Bring Your Own Device

If you are taking any computer-based classes, please bear in mind that you might be expected to bring your own laptop. As a UU student, you'll have access to practically all study software via your own laptop, free of charge, wherever you are. Read all about BYOD.

Below, you will find an overview of courses from the current academic year of this Master's. This overview is meant to give you an idea of what to expect. The course offer may change in the coming academic year.