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Look critically at culture and its role in the world

The Minor Anthropology at the VU distinguishes itself by focusing on ‘applying anthropology’, on putting anthropology to use in understanding others and engaging with the social world around you.

The Minor Anthropology provides you with the tools to combine anthropology with other disciplines in a time when cross-disciplinary approaches are ever more important.

More information about each course can be found in the study guide.

Overview of courses

  • Development and Globalization

    The aim of this course is to get introduced to main debates in relation to development and globalization. Students gain insight into issues of poverty and global inequality, and will develop an anthropological perspective on developmental issues in the Global South. Main themes discussed include urbanization, migration, gender, environment and natural resources, and political relations.

  • Core themes in Anthropology

    The goal of anthropology is to describe, analyse and explain different cultures, to show how groups have adapted to and modified their environment, and to understand how people try to make sense of their world and give meaning to their lives. Core themes in anthropology is an introduction to the discipline. It discusses the way anthropologists study cultural and social aspects of societies near or far.

  • History and Theory of Anthropology

    This course aims at introducing students into the range of theoretical and methodological perspectives in social and cultural anthropology, their historical development, their philosophical grounding and their relevance for contemporary theory. It covers theory formation as part of a continuous and historically situated debate on questions about the 'other', difference, identity, power, and representation.

  • Nation and Migration

    This course introduces students to the study of international migration and how the phenomena, perceptions, and policies towards migration reflect and shape the governance and self-perception of nation-states. It particularly discusses migration in relation to identity concerns, development, and international political issues.

  • Urban studies

    This course discusses the way cities developed along the twin goals of social and ecological sustainability.  The course starts off with a theoretical introduction, followed by a full-time research project in an urban context.