Bachelor in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

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Program Description

Studying Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology?
Why are Dutch voters attracted to populist parties? How does climate change affect the lives of people in Bangladesh? How are ethnic or gender identity constructed and given meaning around the world? The Bachelor's in Cultural Anthropology and Sociology trains you to understand the world by seeing it through other people's eyes.

VU Amsterdam's Bachelor's programme in Anthropology is rated the highest in the Netherlands, according to the 2019 Options Guide for Higher Education (Keuzegids Universiteiten). You will study universal topics such as immigration, globalisation, inequality and religion as well as untangle present-day dilemmas by deepening your understanding of how different groups of people live their lives. As a student of this Bachelor programme you are part of an international classroom with students and teachers from various (national) backgrounds. All courses are English-taught and designed from an international perspective.

As an anthropologist, you can find a job as a researcher at a social organisation, as a cultural specialist in the public or private sector, as a journalist, or as a policy advisor at a national or international institute. Are you interested in a specific issue, such as sustainability or identity? This bachelor’s programme offers you the opportunity to specialise in your area of interest.

This is what you will be doing

You will explore how groups of people live as well as what choices they make and why. Your own senses will be your research tools as you observe people, interview them and even follow them for months. Your aim is to discover what is happening below the surface.

  • Contact hours: ± 14 hours
  • Independent study: ± 28 hours
  • Total: ± 42 hours

First year - In the first year, you will become familiar with important themes in anthropology, such as culture, ethnicity, nationalism, power, religion and inequality. You will work on different techniques that you will use for the rest of your study programme, such as open interviewing, observing and ethnographic writing.

Second year - In the second year, you will explore current anthropological issues, such as economics, politics, development, diversity, religion and migration. You will also do two research projects on issues related to large cities and organisations. During the second semester, you will take the course Social Sciences for Society along with students from other disciplines. You will choose one of the three major themes from Social Sciences: globalisation, diversity or digitisation. In lectures and workgroups, you will work towards thinking about solutions for societal challenges of the world today.

Third year - The first semester is yours to design. You can complete a minor, do a work placement or study abroad. In the second semester, you will learn more about digital anthropology, work on practical research as part of a team and conduct your own ethnographic research, culminating in the writing of a Bachelor’s thesis.

Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to over ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to over 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 122 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Curious about student life at VU Amsterdam? Click here to ask our International Student Ambassadors. Read less