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Introduction Anthropology and Development Studies - Shifting Solidarities

In this Master programme, students will gain a multidisciplinary perspective on one of three thematic domains – concisely: diversity, nature or civil society – which encompass urgent social issues and are subject to intense academic debate. Students combine fine-grained analysis of localised questions with an assessment of possible avenues for change.

The Master’s in Anthropology and Development Studies allows you to specialize in one of three topical domains. These are: Living and governing diversity; Living with nature: socio-ecological resilience and ruptures; and Mobilising Change: Citizens’ initiatives and institutional responses. All themes implicate urgent social issues, which affect the living conditions of many people and produce various forms of wanted and unwanted social change. Following introductory lectures to the themes in the first week of the Master, you choose one theme to further delve into in order to prepare a solid grounding in the relevant academic debates and to be able subsequently to develop your own research project.

All research projects in this Master are required to address a question that is not only of academic relevance, but also of societal interest. You are encouraged to formulate the research question in cooperation with organisations such as municipal authorities, NGO’s, embassies, educational or healthcare institutions. For each project a critical reflection of the social implications of the research findings will be required, and you will learn how to communicate those to various audiences.

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