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Immerse yourself in familiar and unknown worlds

Social and Cultural Anthropology

As a discipline, anthropology is not only interesting, it is also urgent.

Fruitful and meaningful encounters between people of different cultural backgrounds are crucial in the globalised world we live in. Anthropology is the discipline that studies and aims to contribute to such encounters through a deep understanding of their potential, as well as the tensions and clashes that go with them. The department does this in various regions of the world and on various topics. The department is not only actively engaged in research but also in teaching and training students, with the result that there is a close integration of research and education.

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Bachelor Dutch: Culturele antropologie en ontwikkelingssociologie
Bachelor English: Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology
Master English: Social and Cultural Anthropology

Education

The Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology offers a Bachelor’s programme in Dutch and a Master’s programme in English.

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Research

Anthropology is urgent. Fruitful and meaningful encounters between people of different cultural backgrounds are crucial in the globalized world we live in. Anthropology studies and aims to contribute through a deep understanding of the potential of these encounters, as well as the tensions and clashes that go with them. Our researchers do this in various regions and focus on various topics. 

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Marrije Prins, anthropologist and researcher at VU Amsterdam

“I think as an anthropologist you can create a better world, by giving people insight into what actually happens in the world." 

After having worked in the field for a number of years, Marrije decided to return to the university as a PhD candidate. She shares what anthropology means to her and how it can make a difference in today's society.

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