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Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology: Sociology of Policy in Practice

This is a one-year programme that focuses on policy-oriented research either abroad or at home, in the Netherlands. It offers students a mix of social scientific skills and the opportunity to work on an own personal three-month research project in the field of policy at an organisation or company.

During your three month research practice, you will research – in close collaboration to your host organisation – a problem or challenge that your organisation is facing. The institute of Cultural anthropology and development sociology has a longstanding tradition in mixed research methods and policy oriented research, you thus will be supervised by our experienced staff.

Through our mix of social scientific skills, you will be able to investigate, analyse, and report on issues regarding human rights, inequality, and sustainability, formulating conclusions that will be relevant to policy makers.

The information about the current internship projecdts can be found on the Institute’s website .

Successful completion involves the following components:
- 3 compulsory courses
- 2 elective courses (only in 2016-17)
- writing a solid Research proposal
- policy-oriented research internship
- writing an MA thesis.

NB: The electives will not be a part of the programme in 2017-18 and for students starting their MA in February 2017.

September 2016 Intake

Use the link under Bestanden to access the schematic time-table for the September-intake of the programme Sociology of Policy in Practice. Room numbers and other details can be found in the course descriptions below.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Large Issues, Small Places: Theorizing Ethnographic Research 5
Research Design CA-DS 5
Research Proposal CA-DS 5

Choose the electives (part 1 and 2):

Environment and Development 1 5
Environment and Development 2 5
Global Economy and Culture 1 5
Global Economy and Culture 2 5
Media and Material Culture 1 5
Media and Material Culture 2 5
Policy Oriented Research Internship 15
Writing Seminar: Telling your story 5
Master Thesis (CA-DS) 15

February 2016 Intake: 2nd part of the programme

Use the link under Bestanden to access the schematic time-table for the February-intake of the programme Sociology of Policy in Practice. Room numbers and other details can be found in the course descriptions below.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2

SECOND HALF OF THE PROGRAMME (for students who started in Febr. 2016)

Large Issues, Small Places: Theorizing Ethnographic Research 5
Writing Seminar: telling your story (for February intake) 5
Master Thesis CA-DS (February intake) 15

Choose the electives (part 1 and 2):

Environment and Development 1 5
Environment and Development 2 5
Global Economy and Culture 1 5
Global Economy and Culture 2 5
Media and Material Culture 1 5
Media and Material Culture 2 5

February 2017 Intake: 1st part pf the programme

The MA programme takes one year (two semesters) to finish and consists of 60 ECTS (European credits), divided to 30 ECTS per semester.

Students starting with the MA programme in February 2017, will take the components listed below in the first part of their programme. Please click on the course title in order to read the detailed description an dto access the time table.

The months of July and August are lecture-free and can be used for wrapping up the research and sorting out the data.

In the second part of the MA programme (September 2017 - January 2018) students will take the courses "Writing Seminar" (5 EC, Sept-Oct) and "Large Issues, Small Places" (10 EC, Sept-Nov) and will write their MA Thesis (15 EC, Sept-Jan). The descriptions of these three programme components will be available in the e-Prospectus for 2017-18.

Please use the link under Bestanden to access the schematic time-table for the programme of February intake. Room numbers and other details can be found in course descriptions below.

NB: Students who start in February can not make use of ‘Visual Ethnography as a Method’.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Research Design CA-DS (February Intake) 5
Research Proposal CA-DS (February intake) 5
Fieldwork / Research Internship (February intake) 20