Master in Anthropology and Sociology of Development

Several methodology courses provide students with a firm disciplinary grounding in anthropology and sociology and their application in international and development studies. These include epistemology and hermeneutics, quantitative and qualitative social science methods, ethnography, network analysis, and research design. In the first semester, students will also take a compulsory course in social theory relevant to international and development studies. Another compulsory course will aim to reflect and reinforce the programme’s transversal emphasis on gender. The remaining compulsory courses are devoted to providing a theoretical grounding in the four defining themes of the programme, while the electives offer students the
opportunity to explore specific areas of interest related to them. The latter includes the possibility of obtaining the equivalent of up to 24 ECTS in the form of complementary courses from other academic units.

Power and conflict

Courses under this heading problematise issues such as violence, peace, conflict, conflict-resolution, peace-building, diplomacy, governance, and ideas such as transnationalism and postnationalism, using a broad conception of politics informed by sociology and cultural anthropology.

Space, population, mobility

With a twofold focus on demography and territory, this course cluster aims to give students a grounding in theories of migration (including refugeehood) and transnationalism. Special areas of interest include the social construction of space, the transformation of rural spaces, urbanisation and megacities, local governance, and tourism.

Social movements and transformations

The courses offered under this heading focus on non-State actors such as minorities, migrants, indigenous peoples, local and international NGOs, and social movements, with the purpose of exploring, both, how such collective actors foster social change (including in the field of development and humanitarian aid), and how these have contributed to shaping the history of international relations.

Culture and identity

Courses under this heading aim to illustrate the cultural dimension of globalisation, such as multiculturalism, legal pluralism, ethnicity, racism and cosmopolitanism, with the purpose of fostering a critical understanding of the workings of identity-based social action, as well as the instrumentalisation of culture ("strategic essentialism") in a variety of contexts.

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