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Bachelor Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

In the Bachelor’s in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, you will learn to understand the role of culture in people’s everyday lives. Culture refers to the way people learn to value, believe, behave and express themselves. It plays a decisive role in how global developments are experienced at the local level. Are you interested in cultures in other parts of the world? Or do you want to understand better what's happening right around the corner? Either way, anthropology will give you a new perspective on the world around you.

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Why study cultural anthropology and development sociology?

Why do people do what they do and think what they think? In the Bachelor’s in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, you’ll learn to study how global developments are experienced locally, by taking an insider’s perspective. You will investigate local reactions to global developments, and look at how and why they differ so much in different parts of the world. By comparing different societies and cultural phenomena, you’ll learn to understand the world from other persons’ perspectives. Several Bachelor’s courses will help you to prepare yourself for your future possibilities on the labour market.

How are global developments commented upon in street language or rap? What role do past colonial relations play in the state of current segregation in US cities? Why do young people in Russia choose to be active in Soviet-inspired youth organisations? What role do Indian soap operas play in the emancipation of lower class women? Why do Middle Eastern youth choose to play different computer games than their peers in the USA?

These kinds of anthropological research questions produce new, exciting and inspiring knowledge, which will make you realise that what you think is ‘normal’ might actually be quite unusual from another person’s perspective.

Does anthropology appeal to you?

If you are curious and find it interesting to analyse all kinds of cultural phenomena from different perspectives, then anthropology might be right for you.

Does the following apply to you?

  • You like to immerse yourself in other groups, cultures and societies.
  • You are willing to reflect on your own ideas and prejudices.
  • You are interested in people’s motives and behaviours, even if they do or want something that you, at first sight, think is strange or even reprehensible.
  • You like to read, think and write analytically.
  • You are interested in working as an intermediary between cultures; or you can imagine working as a journalist, government policy advisor, researcher, project leader, country specialist or documentary filmmaker.

Get acquainted with the studies

In addition to this website, there are several opportunities to learn more about the Bachelor's in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology. You can visit one of our information days, where you can meet teachers, students and the student advisors and see the kind of literature that is used, among other things.

Do you want to get to know the Bachelor’s in more depth? Join the one-day introductory programme.

Find out more on the information sessions

If you have any specific questions about the programme, you can always contact the study advisor: studieadviseur-ca@uva.nl    

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Fast track Bachelor for HBO graduates

Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology
Diploma BSc
Vorm Voltijd
Studielast 180 EC, 36 months
Voertaal Engels
Start September
CROHO-code 50035