Winter course Culture, Psychology and Psychiatry

The Medical Anthropology and Sociology winter school course takes place annually in January. These short, intensive courses are designed to offer participants both an overview of and insight into the state of the art of medical anthropological research in three essential themes in health care.

Henk Strikkers

The courses are open to:

  • Health and health-related professionals
  • PhD students in social science
  • Master’s students in social science

The courses are taught in English. Participants will be exposed to the latest thinking in medical anthropology and will be stimulated to discuss and exchange ideas. The winter school courses are part of the  Master’s programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam. 


Prof. Joop de Jong

Course objectives

After this course participants should be able:

  • to formulate some major insights from and approaches in cross cultural psychology and psychiatry;
  • to discuss the contributions of medical anthropology to the field of psychology and psychiatry;
  • to discuss the implications of insights from the social sciences for therapeutic interventions and the structure of care;
  • to summarize current debates in the borderland between the three disciplines and formulate an informed opinion on their own position within these debates.


This course is an intensive programme, providing students with insight in the relationship between cultural, and psychological and psychiatric disciplines, and enhancing their ability to contribute to culture-sensitive diagnoses, treatment, and community and public mental health interventions.

In this course students will gain knowledge of various theoretical approaches in the field of culture, psychology and psychiatry. They learn to adequately interpret specific complaints and experiences in relation to culture, and gain insight into the influence of culture on cognitive and emotional processes, as well as on therapeutic practices. Major themes to be discussed include:

  • the cultural construction of mental health and mental illnesses;
  • the role of culture in the expression of psychopathology (e.g. in idioms of distress and in classification systems), in guiding help seeking, and in shaping the therapeutic relationship;
  • the place of culture in working with immigrants and refugees as well as in the field of global mental health and public mental health;
  • the role of culture, psychology and psychiatry in the social reconstruction after disaster, war and political violence;
  • methods of cross-cultural research: ethnography and the basics of epidemiology.

Course code






Tuesday January 9th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC C3.06
Wednesday January 10th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC B3.03
Friday January 12th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC C3.06
Monday January 15th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC B3.03
Friday January 19th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC C3.06 


UvA Master of Medical Anthropology and Sociology students take the course for 3 EC as part of their curriculum. Other participants may choose between these options:

  • 3 EC course: attendance, readings and small assignment 
  • 6 EC course: attendance, readings and a 5000 word paper

Please note: you have to specify your choice in your application. After admission, you will be registered for the 3 EC course or the 6 EC course. Switching after the start of the course or partial allocation of credits will not be possible. 

Tuition fee

The course fee is € 820 for internal PhDs and € 1525 for external professionals. For the 6EC version the tuition fee is €1675.

Participants enrolled in a full time master’s programme at a Dutch university will be registered as a ‘bijvakstudent’  and are legally exempt from paying extra tuition. 

Lunch is not included.

Invoices can be sent to employers, research institutes or individuals.


Entry requirements for the winter courses are: 

  • having a Bachelor’s degree or higher from a Dutch HBO or University related to health or social science, or the equivalent thereof
  • and/or a minimum of 2 years of relevant working experience.
  • or being a PhD candidate

Are you an international participant? Please note that housing/hotel and visa arrangements need to be made individually and are not included in the tuition fees. In case you need a visa, please start procedures as soon as possible.


Application deadline

30 November

More information

For more information contact study advisor Mitchell Esajas via 

Contract teaching
3-6 ECTS, 10 days
Language of instruction
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Published by  GSSS

Graduate School of Social Sciences