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Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology: Sociology of Policy in Practice

Sociology of Policy in Practice is a specialisation of the master's programme Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology and is offerd by the Insitute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. It is a one year master's programme of 60 EC (European Credits).

This specialisation 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.

Admission and application:
For information regarding the admission to the master's programme Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Specialisation Sociology of Policy in Practice, please check our website.

Note: This Specialisation starts in September and in February

Schedules:
Use the link under Files to access the schematic time-table for Sociology of Policy in Practice. Room numbers and other details can be found at the website and in the course descriptions (see below).

September Intake 2019

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 2019: 2nd part of the programme

This is the content of the seconod part of the programme for students who started in February 2019.

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

February Intake 2020: 1st part of the programme

This is the first half of the programme for students who start in February 2020.
The specialisation Policy in Practice of the master's programme Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology takes one year (two semesters) to finish and consists of 60 EC (European credits), divided to 30 EC per semester.

Students starting with the programme in February 2020, 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 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 programme (September - January ) students will take the courses "Thesis Seminar" (5 EC, Sept-Oct) and "Large Issues, Small Places" (10 EC, Sept-Nov) and will write their MasterThesis (15 EC, Sept-Jan). The descriptions of these three programme components will be available in the e-Prospectus for 2020-21 but will be comparable to that in 2019-20.

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 Proposal 5
Research Design for Policy in Practice (February intake) 5
Policy Oriented Research Internship 20

Career Preparation

Description

By studying Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology you become an independent, critical thinker with a creative and problem-solving attitude. You are trained to adapt a broad range of social scientific methods to specific research problems, and use a comparative and holistic approach to both the big critical problems of our times and local manifestations thereof. This unique combination of skills and approach is highly valued and relevant to our fast changing and interconnected globalising world.

To help you prepare for your future career, you acquire valuable knowledge and skills during all your courses. These skills include: critical and analytical reading, thinking and writing; verbal, written and audio-visual communication; giving and receiving feedback; teamwork and working independently; and time-management. During fieldwork, you gain practical research experience and train skills such as interviewing, observing, intercultural awareness and communication, networking, rapport-building, problem-solving, self-reflection and budgeting.

Besides your coursework, the institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology and Study Association Itiwana organise meet-ups with alumni and excursions to relevant organisations.

To fully help you prepare for entering the labour market, the FSW Career Service offers career advice, workshops, and CV and cover letter checks.

More information

See for more information the University website .

Contact information

Coordinator career preparation programme CA-DS: Simone de Boer