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Global Economy and Culture 2


Admission requirements

Only students who have finished the course “Global Connections 1” can take part in this course.


This course is a continuation of the course Global Economy and Culture 1.
In this course we will follow the movement of people and goods. We will pay attention firstly, on particular groups of people as they migrate from one country to another or from one area to another. We will examine the social networks, ideas of nationhood and the politics of belonging associated with economies of migration. Secondly, we will examine commodities such as coffee, tobacco, money, and gold, and analyse the process of value-making and the boundaries of markets. Geographically, this specialization focuses on the links between the countries in ‘the North’ and those in ‘the South’ and the links within these regions, in both the present and in the colonial past.

Keywords: globalization and capitalism; governance and sovereignty; migration and citizenship; commodity values and circulation; cultural meanings.

Course objectives

Students who follow this course will develop:

  • a firm foundation in political and economic anthropological theory,

  • academic skills necessary to analyze processes that affect different groups of people in society,

  • knowledge to connect issues that are politically relevant and urgent in the current world situation with local day-to-day events,

  • research skills and methodologies within the framework of global ethnographies,

  • skills which are relevant in policy making; NGO consultancy; social activism; or journalism.

Time table

November 5th – November 29th 2013, Tuesdays and Fridays 13-16 h

Tuesdays: – November 5th room SA23 – November 12th room 1A21 – November 19th room SA49 – November 26th room 1A21
Fridays room 1A03.
Pieter de la Court Building (Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden)

Mode of instruction

Total 5 ECTS = 190 study hours (sbu)

  • Lectures 12 hours (18 sbu)

  • Group discussions 6 hrs (12 sbu)

  • Study of literature 335 pp (56 sbu)

Assesment method

  • Weekly assignments (16 sbu) – 50% of final grade

  • Final paper 5 pp = 3000 words (40 sbu) – 50% of final grade

  • Presence and active participation in the discussions


Blackboard will be used to spread course-relevant information and assignments.

Reading list

To be announced. Students themselves will also be given room to select literature dicussed in assignments. The literature should connect the issues discussed in class to their own field of study.


Registration for the MA electives will be possible in September 2013 at the Secretariate of the Institute CA-DS (room 3A19, Pieter de la Court building) as well as on Blackboard.


Dr. Sabine Luning: sluning@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Rm 3A35

Dr. Ratna Saptari: rsaptari@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
Rm 3A33