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Sex, Reproduction and Development

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.

Source: 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  Master’s programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam. 


Prof. Dr. Eileen Moyer

Course objectives

  • To gain insight into a sexual and reproductive health and rights approach;
  • To gain an overview of the state of the art of anthropological approaches and methods in the study and analysis of sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health;
  • To promote the understanding and analysis of sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health in broad social, political and economic contexts;
  • To enhance critical thinking of theories and implementation models and practices currently used in this field;
  • To develop the ability of participants to contribute to culture and gender-sensitive solutions to sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health problems;

 Core themes

  •  Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights;
  • Disrupted reproduction: From Abortion to IVF;
  • Controlling Sexuality: Safe Sex, Fertility Regulation, Public Health;
  • Sexualities and sexual networking;
  • Youth Sexuality: Risks and Rights;
  • Ethnographies of AIDS;
  • Situating AIDS in Africa;
  • Treating HIV/AIDS: Adherence, Access and Activism;
  • Eliminating AIDS: Anthropological perspectives;

Course code






Monday January 10th 10:00 - 16:30


Wednesday January 12th 10:00 - 16:30  
Friday January 14th 10:00 - 16:30  
Tuesday January 18th 10:00 - 16:30  
Thursday January 20th 10:00  - 16:30  


UvA Master of Medical Anthropology and Sociology students take the course for 3 EC as part of their curriculum. VU Master Global Health students take the course for 6 EC as part of their electives. All other participants take the course for 3 EC.  

  •  3 EC course: attendance, readings and small assignment
  •  6 EC course: attendance, readings, and a more substantial paper

Tuition fee

Students enrolled in a full time Master’s programme at a Dutch university are legally exempt from paying extra tuition.


  • 3 EC course = € 820,-

Professionals and students from a non-Dutch university:

  • 3 EC course = € 1525,-

Lunch is not included.

Invoices can be paid by 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

1 November 2021

More information

For more information contact the study advisor via studyadvisor-mas@uva.nl


Facts & Figures
Type Contract teaching
Mode Full-time
Credits 3-6 ECTS, 2 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in January