Anthropology and Sociology of Development

The Master in Anthropology and Sociology of Development is a two-year programme designed for students interested in the comparative study of global issues from below, from the margins, and across borders. It explores development in a critical and forward-looking manner as pertaining to all regions in the world including the Global South.

Courses in the programme equip students with analytical and methodological tools in anthropology and sociology to explore four key themes:

  • Power and conflict
  • Space, population and mobility
  • Social movements and transformations
  • Culture and identity.


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Meeting UN anthropologists and sociologists

event_generic_img2.jpgOn Tuesday 18 March 2014,students and faculty of the ANSO department met with UN anthropologists and sociologists to discuss what role the disciplines have played in their professional carreers. You can find the audio recording of the session here.

Moderated by Alex Mundt, PhD student ANSO and Senior Donor Relations Officer (USA and Canada) at UNHCR in Geneva, the meeting included

  • Jyoti Sanghera, Section Chief, Human Rights and Social and Economic Issues at OHCHR,
  • Alanna Armitage, Director UNFPA Office in Geneva
  • Guido Ambroso, Senior Officer at UNHCR
  • Claire Somerville, applied Medical Anthropologist and Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate Institute
  • Antonio Donini, research associate at the Global Migration Centre and senior researcher at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University


Important: Course offer and credits academic year 2013-14

There may be some fluctuations in the number of mandatory and elective courses offered by the ANSO Department
 from one academic year to another. The total number of credits that students must obtain for a MA or PHD, however, remains unchanged:
120 credits for MA (90 credits for courses and 30 credits for dissertation; 54 credits for PhD (24 credits for courses and 30 credits for Preliminary Thesis Dissertation)

For MA Students: 
Once the mandatory classes (6 courses for 36 credits) have been completed, the remaining credits can be obtained by a mixture of:
- Elective classes offered by ANSO (5-7 courses, 30-42 credits) ;
- AND complementary classes offered by other departments (2-4 courses, 12-24 credits);
OR, if necessary, 1 or 2 "hors plan" classes which should be approved by the director of studies and should not exceed the regulatory limit of 12 credits (to be deduced from the total of required credits for elective or complementary classes).
Students are encouraged to take at least 
5 classes from among the electives offered by ANSO every year so as to maintain a strong disciplinary focus but also to take advantage of the unique interdisciplinary offer at the Institute by choosing several elective classes outside the Department as well.