Masters

Cultural Diversity in an Interconnected World

Despite strong forces of globalisation, socialcultural sameness does not increase. Power tensions and violent conflicts continue to persist and even erupt.

Why?

To answer this question, we need an anthropological analysis of the relation between cultural diversity and power within the process of sociocultural transformation. The Master's programme Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation (CASTOR) equips you with the knowledge and skills to make this analysis.

International fieldwork

This two-year Master has a strong international focus, and it introduces you to the complex interplay of cultural diversity and power in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. You’ll conduct ethnographic fieldwork abroad.

Interdisciplinary character

Several courses offer an interdisciplinary setting, in which you can explore topics that relate not only to anthropology, but also to other areas, such as political sociology, social justice, and psychology.

Research schools

This programme is firmly embedded in local, national, and international research contexts, demonstrated through external professorial appointments and national and international collaboration. The research programme Sovereignty and Social Contestation  participates in the University’s research focus area of Cultures, Citizenship, and Human Rights. Research and PhD training are situated in the KNAW-accredited research school CERES. Courses are taught by staff members with strong international reputations and standing, such as Dr Cristina Grasseni, Prof Ivan KomproeDr Kees KooningsDr Hans de Kruijf, Dr Geert Mommersteeg, Dr Martijn Oosterbaan, Prof Ton Robben, and Dr Gerdien Steenbeek.

Best Master

This programme was rated as one of the Best Master’s Programme out of a total of thirteen MA programmes in anthropology and development studies.

The relation between cultural diversity and power

Programme objective

The Master's Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation prepares you for a research career, in academia (including further PhD training), in other research institutes or in private companies. On the foundation of your Bachelor’s degree, this Master’s programme trains you to operate as a qualified cultural anthropologist. As a science practitioner you'll develop the academic skills and knowledge necessary to initiate and develop groundbreaking research on the relationship between cultural diversity and power within the process of sociocultural transformation. Being educated at Utrecht University quarantees that you are equipped with a strong methodological basis.

If you wish to have a career that is less focused on research, then the Master's programme Cultural Anthropoloy: Sustainable Citizenship might interest you. The substantive focus of this programme is on citizenship in relation to a sustainable environment, while the Master's Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation focuses on issues of power, (violent) conflict and the state.

Summary

Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: MSc
  • Master's degree in: Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation (research)
  • Programme: Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation
Accreditation:
Accredited by the NVAO
Croho code:
60378
Language of instruction:
English
Part- or full-time status:
Full-time
Duration:
2 years
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
120
Start of studies:
September
Tuition fees:
  • Statutory fee - fulltime 2017-2018: € 2,006 (NL/EU) (for exceptions see Tuition Fees and Financial Support)
  • Institutional fee 2017-2018: € 15,167 (non EU/EEA)
Faculty:
Social and Behavioural Sciences
Graduate school:
Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Janita Visser - alumna
    “This programme has been a value for me because it increased my interest to work towards a more just world, and it gave me the skills to do so."

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