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Globalisation, Infrastructure, Ideology


NB: The language of instruction of this course is English, but the communication in class will be held in Dutch. Examination will also be in Dutch unless the exam board has decided differently upon explicit request of the student.

Admission requirements

Only the following categories of students can register for this course:

  • Students enrolled for the BA programme “CA-DS” at Leiden University

  • Pre-master students who have completed their Admission procedure for the master CA-DS and have been formally admitted to this course as part of the pre-master programme.
    Please see the "Registration" instruction below.


This course examines global connections through the flows of ideas, people and things facilitated by the built networks and infrastructures that allow for (or obstruct) their movement through space. These infrastructures (in the form of technologies, material culture, policy regulations, social networks) involve economic, political and cultural processes shaped by existing power structures. They are not just the medium in which ideas, people and things move, but they are also objects which are given different meanings by different groups of people. Instead of looking at ‘the global’ and ‘local’ as fixed divides, we will examine how the movement of capital and ideas, people and commodities, operate at multi-scalar levels and how they strengthen or weaken social inequalities; the sovereignty of states and markets; and the boundaries of cultural identities and nationhood. How do these flows offer channels to understand the ways in which ideologies (based on class, gender, ethnicity etc) and power relations are shaped and reinforced? How do international and state institutions formulate and regulate policies of improvement and empowerment? What are the infrastructures that contribute in shaping the landscape of people’s everyday lives? How do different social groups frame their movements to embrace, negotiate or counter the introduction of various ‘projects of improvement’ and what strategies do they undertake to deal with existing modes of governmentality and control?

Keywords: globalization; power structures; nationalism and nationhood; governance and sovereignty; migration and citizenship; cultural heritage

Course objectives

Students who follow this course will develop:

  • a firm foundation in anthropological and sociological theories related to the various key concepts discussed in the course.

  • academic skills necessary to analyze processes of global-local interaction, the movement of ideas, people and things through different types of borders and boundaries and modes of governmentality and resistance

  • research skills and methodologies within the framework of global ethnographies knowledge to connect issues that are politically relevant and urgent in the current world situation with local day-to-day events,

Time table

Please see the Faculty website

Mode of instruction

10 ECTS = 280 study hours (sbu)

Lectures (12 x 2 h = 24 uur / 36 sbu)
Written asssignment ca. 3 pages (24 sbu)
Literature ca. 1300 pages (220 sbu)

Assesment Method

Assignments and final exam. [Registration](Please consult the course registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.) for final exam in Usis is obligatory.
Only the final grade gets registered in Usis.


Blackboard registration is obligatory; the module will be available aroun th estarting date of the course Blackboard.




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


Dr. Ratna Saptari