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Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology: Sociology of Policy in Practice

The specialisation Sociology of Policy in Practice of the master's programme Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology focuses on policy-oriented research either abroad or in the Netherlands. It offers students a mixture of social scientific skills and the opportunity to work on an own personal three-month Policy Oriented Research Internship in the field of policy at an organisation or company.

During the Policy Oriented Research Internship, students will perform research – in close collaboration with the host organisation – a problem or challenge that the organisation is facing. The institute of Cultural anthropology and Development Sociology has a longstanding tradition in mixed research methods and policy oriented research. Thus, students will be supervised by our very experienced staff.

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

The information about the available internship projects can be found on the Institute’s website .

Successful completion involves the following components:
- finishing 3 courses
- writing a Research Proposal
- performing a Policy Oriented Research Internship
- writing a Master Thesis

September 2017 Intake

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

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Large Issues, Small Places: Theorizing Ethnographic Research 10
Research Design for Policy in Practice 5
Research Proposal 5
Policy Oriented Research Internship 20
Thesis Seminar 5
Master Thesis Project 15

February Intake 2017: 2nd part of the programme

This is the programme of the second half of the MSc Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology which started in February 2017.

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.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Large Issues, Small Places: Theorizing Ethnographic Research 10
Thesis Seminar February Intake 5
Master Thesis Project 15

February Intake 2018: 1st part of the programme

The master's programme Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology takes one year (two semesters) to finish and consists of 60 ECTS (European credits), divided to 30 ECTS per semester.

Students starting with the programme in February 2018, 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 to access the time table.

The months 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 programme (September 2018 - January 2019) students will take the courses "Thesis Seminar" (5 EC, Sept-Oct) and "Large Issues, Small Places" (10 EC, Sept-Nov) and will write their Master Thesis (15 EC, Sept-Jan). The descriptions of these three programme components will be available in the e-Prospectus for 2018-19 but will be comparable to that in 2017-2018.

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.

Vak EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Research Design for Policy in Practice 5
Research Proposal 5
Fieldwork / Research Internship (February intake) 20