MSc Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship

Utrecht University

Program Description

MSc Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship

Utrecht University

Explore the relationship between citizenship, cultural diversity, and social sustainability.

Violent protests against the 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil, the Occupy movements in Madrid and New York, and social unrest and protests from Cairo to Kiev – these developments have held the world in their grip and pushed governments to recognise the voices of their citizens. Small island developing states, such as Aruba and Tuvalu, are the frontrunners of the transition to a sustainable economy and social welfare. In transition towns in the Netherlands and elsewhere, active citizens are restructuring their own living environment and “participative society” to be more sustainable and social. The business world has also discovered the concept of sustainable and socially responsible enterprise.

Sustainability is not only about the environment, climate, or economy. The social component also demands attention – and requires actively involved citizens in various positions. Their roles span from social citizens to players in political decision-making, and from consumers to carers for health and the environment. In the Master’s programme in Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship, you’ll study these developments and citizenship initiatives through a focus on the triangle of People, Planet, and Profit.

Innovative methodology

Anthropologists continually focus on cultural diversity and differences based on ethnicity, class, gender, age, and health. This Master’s programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to evaluate these facets of life and their interrelationships. During your studies, you will learn traditional anthropological methods and techniques (fieldwork, participatory observation, and qualitative interviews). However, you will also work with innovative methodologies in the area of narrative and digital ethnography as well as the Sensory Ethnography Lab (SEL), which engages in cutting-edge combinations of aesthetics, digital media, and ethnography. You will also explore ethical dilemmas and your own social responsibility as an anthropologist.

International fieldwork and research

The programme offers you a comprehensive learning environment with an international and comparative perspective. You will have the opportunity to go abroad for your field research and internship, and you can attend seminars of the research group Sovereignty and Social Contestation, to which international researchers and lecturers are regularly invited. This Master’s programme is offered through the Department of Cultural Anthropology, and numerous staff members participate in the programme.

Best Master’s degree programme

This programme was rated the best Master’s degree programme in the Netherlands

Learn to integrate theory and practice


This Master’s degree programme will train you to work as an academic professional. Along with classic methods and skills, the programme allows you to acquire applied and practice-focussed skills, enabling you to flexibly switch between or integrate scientific theory and anthropological professional practice.

Do you want to pursue a career as a scientific researcher? If so, the Master’s programme in Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation might be a better fit for your goals. This programme concentrates on the issue of power and (violent) conflict versus the state, while the Master’s programme in Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship focusses on citizenship in relation to a sustainable living environment.

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Last updated January 12, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,951 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Utrecht
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,951 EUR
Statutory fee. Institutional fee: € 15,150 (2014-2015) € 15,330 (2015-2016)