Winter course Medicine and Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspectives

The Medical Anthropology and Sociology winter school courses 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. 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. 


Bregje de Kok

Course objectives

  • To discuss the role of culture in the application of human rights in conflict and post-conflict situations around the world and among survivors in European countries like The Netherlands;
  • To discuss the health effects of various forms of abuses;
  • To gain better understanding of human rights issues of individual patients in the context of public health;
  • To understand the generic principles of prevention and practice in low and middle income countries;
  • To relate prevention and intervention to the perspectives and needs of survivors and victims;
  • To get insight into the obstacles to the implementation of human rights;
  • To explore personal views and attitudes in relation to the participants’ work.


Core themes of the course are:

  • Philosophical and Historical foundations of Human Rights;
  • Medical Anthropology and Human Rights;
  • Health as a Human Right;
  • The Role of Medical Professionals in assisting Asylum seekers;
  • Violence, Health and Human Rights;
  • Public Services as a way to advance Rights;
  • Health Care in Humanitarian Crises;
  • HIV and Human Rights in South Africa;
  • Researching Medicine and Human Rights.

Course code






Monday January 9th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC-E0.10
Wednesday January 11th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC-E0.15
Thursday January 12th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC-E0.10
Monday January 16th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC-E0.10
Wednesday January 18th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC C C3.02

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

  • 3 EC course: € 1500
  • 6 EC course: € 1650

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.

Students can apply online:

Monday January 4th

Application deadline

30 November 2016.

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