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Personal and Professional Impact for CADS


Admission Requirements

Only CADS students who have completed all Academic Skills and Research Lab courses of the first and second year of the CADS bachelor programme can enrol in this course.

Course Description

PPI is the final course of the Academic Skills and Research Lab courses. Students are expected to use the knowledge and skills they have gained in previous courses to successfully participate in PPI. This means using relevant literature, lecture notes, documents, and PowerPoints from previous courses.

In PPI students will gain and train employability skills such as written and verbal communication, collaboration and teamwork, diplomacy, responsibility and reliability, planning, problem solving and project management. In addition, students will broaden and deepen their anthropological knowledge in an applied research context and use their knowledge and skills to contribute to society, thereby gaining insight in the practical and societal value of anthropology.

Reflecting on their personal and professional development will help students formulate their professional profile and goals for the future.

Course Objectives

On successful completion of the course the student has:
1. acquired knowledge of specific societal issues;
2. acquired a basic ability to manage their own research project;
3. acquired a basic ability to conduct applied research: to use their knowledge and skills to study societal challenges and contribute to finding solutions;
4. acquired a basic ability to professionally present their research findings and recommendations, both in oral and written form;
5. acquired a basic ability to reflect on their positionality and the ethical implications of their research.
6. acquired a basic ability to successfully collaborate in a team with fellow students;
7. acquired a basic ability to assess the development of their personal and team’s motivations, talents, competences, and skills;
8. acquired a basic ability to assess their own role in the project team.


Dates and room numbers can be found on our website.

Mode of Instruction

Total 5 ECTS = 140 study hours (sbu):

  • Seminars

  • Research

  • Assignments

Please note (!), as this course entails an applied research project, serious dedication and time management are a prerequisite to successfully complete this course.
Attendance is mandatory. Advance commitment is required to all scheduled times and dates. Absence will result in a lower participation grade or exclusion from the course.

Assessment Method

The assessment of Personal and Professional Impact will be a combination of your collective and individual achievements.

The final grade of the course is established through a weighted average of the grades given to the assignments and course participation. The weighted average should be 5.5 or higher with all final assignments not lower than a 5.5.

It is possible to redo failed final assignments.

Registration in uSis

Registration in uSis is obligatory for the lectures (H) for all participants. Please consult the course registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.

  • The registration closes five days before the start of the course.


All participants will be registered for this course on Brightspace. Please check if you are registered. If not, please contact OSC.
Brightspace will be used to communicate with students and to provide the necessary course documents. Turnitin will be used to submit assignments.

Study material

For this course you need to purchase the following book; either choose the Dutch or English edition:

Bakker, L., M. Cohen & W. Faaij (2020) Antropoloog Gezocht Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press.

Bakker, L., M. Cohen & W. Faaij (2021) Anthropologists Wanted: Why Organizations Need Anthropology Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press.

Information about additional readings will be made available through Brightspace.


Dr. S.W.J. Luning Anne Veens Willem van wijk