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Tutoring for the First Year CA-DS


Admission requirements

This course is only open to the first-year Bachelor' students in CA-OS.

Language of instruction

For the tutoring groups the language of instruction will be English to stimulate exchange between all students. All tutors also speak Dutch fluently.


See also theTutoring and Labour Market Orientation tab.

Why do you study Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology? What options and choices do you have during your studies? Which direction in your studies is in line with your interests? How can you prepare yourself as well as possible for a Master’s programme and the professional field? These questions are central to the Tutoring and Labour Market Orientation module. This module, which runs through the entire bachelor’s, supports students in their personal search within the multitude of choices and possibilities on offer. The choices you make during your studies - the courses you take, the research assignments you carry out and the questions you ask yourself - determine the direction of your future career. In the Tutoring programme you look for your own strengths, wishes and possibilities.

In the first year of study there is also ample attention for familiarizing yourself within the university and for practicing study skills. The following questions and topics are central in the first year of this module:

  • Attention to familiarize yourself within the university and the CA-DS Bachelor’s: What is expected of me as a student? What can I expect from the programme? Where can I go with questions or problems?

  • Attention for study skills: How do I learn? What do I find difficult? What am I good at?

  • Reflection on study choice and motivation: Why do I want to study anthropology? What appeals to me about it? What do I want to get out of my studies?

  • Orientation on options within the study: Which region do I want to learn more about? Which themes do I find interesting? Do I want to do an internship or study abroad?

  • Orientation on the labour market: What can anthropologists do? Where do anthropologists end up? Where do I hope to end up myself?

Course Objectives

Central to this module are the questions "Who am I", "What do I want?", "What can I do?" And "How do I achieve my goals?".

More specifically, the student learns:

  • find his / her (own) way within the university;

  • practical study skills, such as reading, understanding and summarizing academic texts; oral and written communication; preparing and taking exams and time management;

  • linking knowledge, skills and experiences from the educational program to opportunities and wishes in relation to one's own (study) career;

  • making conscious (study) career choices by means of self-reflection that are in line with personal competencies and work wishes.

Mode of instruction

Seven compulsory tutoring tutorials will focus on: finding your way and place within the university and the CA-DS Bachelor’s; your motivation, study skills, problems and wishes; opportunities for anthropologists on the labour market.


Seven tutorials spread throughout the year. See our website for the timetable.

In addition to the compulsory tutoring meetings, students can use the POPcorner and Career Service FSW for further study support.

Various extra-curricular activities are also offered with regard to preparation for the labour market:

Autumn 2019: Job application training with attention to cover letters, profiling, CV, LinkedIn, networks and job interviews.

Spring 2020: Faculty Career Orientation day (FLO) with lectures, workshops, contact with alumni.

Spring 2020: Anthropologists Career day with lectures, workshops, contact with alumni.

Assessment method

Please note: attendance at the tutorials is mandatory.
No credits are allocated to the Labour Market Preparation Tutor Module. Nevertheless, attendance at the tutorials integrated into the curriculum is mandatory and the given assignments given must be performed properly.


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Study material

Students do not need to purchase any study material for this course. Information and assignments are provided during the meetings.

Contact and coordination:

Coordinator Tutoring: Jan Jansen

Simone de Boer, MA, tel. 071-527 3741.

Tutors: Ine Beljaars Simone de Boer Jemma Middleton Ruben Reus

NB: The activities surrounding labour market orientation are organized in close cooperation with the Student Career Service FSW.