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Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

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Why are some Dutch voters attracted to populist parties? How does climate change affect the lives of people in Bangladesh? What is really behind debates about controversial statues and street names?

During the bachelor's programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at VU Amsterdam, you learn to understand the world by seeing it through other people’s eyes. 

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During the bachelor’s programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at VU Amsterdam, you will study universal topics such as migration, globalisation, inequality and religion.

Together with your fellow students from near and far, you will work on local and global anthropological issues and will contribute to solutions to contemporary problems.

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  • Anthropology alumna and TV journalist Nadia Moussaid tops the ‘Colourful Top 100’ list in the media category. She fights for feminism, diversity, and equality.

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    Former VU student #1 in Colourful Top 100

  • Should the police be able to arrest someone on the basis of what he or she looks like, just to be sure that nothing suspicious is going on? In his lecture on the Universiteit van Nederland website, VU anthropologist Sinan Çankaya explains why he thinks they should not.

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    Is ethnic profiling by police justified?

  • Rigorous measures against the corona pandemic in Latin America affect the millions of Venezuelan migrants harder than local populations on the continent. The closure of borders with neighbouring countries also has far-reaching consequences for Venezuelans at home. International action is needed to avoid a worsening humanitarian drama. Assistant professor Anthropology Eva van Roekel analyses the situation together with correspondent Edwin Koopman.

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    COVID-19 measures in Latin America affect Venezuelans twice