Despite strong forces of globalization, sociocultural sameness does not increase. Power tensions and violent conflicts continue to persist and even erupt. Why? To answer this question, we need an anthropological analysis of the relation between cultural diversity and power within the process of sociocultural transformation. The Master's program Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation (CASTOR) equips you with the knowledge and skills to make this analysis.
This two-year Master has a strong international focus, and it introduces you to the complex interplay of cultural diversity and power in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. You’ll conduct ethnographic fieldwork abroad.
Several courses offer an interdisciplinary setting, in which you can explore topics that relate not only to anthropology, but also to other areas, such as political sociology, social justice, and psychology.
This program is firmly embedded in local, national, and international research contexts demonstrated through national and international collaboration. Research and Ph.D. training is situated in the KNAW-accredited research school CERES. Courses are taught by staff members with strong international reputations and standing, such as Prof Rebecca Bryant, Dr. Kees Koonings, Dr. Hans de Kruijf, Dr. Geert Mommersteeg, Dr. Martijn Oosterbaan, Prof Ton Robben, and Dr. Gerdien Steenbeek.
Best in the field
The renowned Keuzegids Masters 2018 rated Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation at Utrecht University as the Best Master’s Program in its field in the Netherlands.
The Master's Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation prepares you for a research career, in academia (including further Ph.D. training), in other research institutes or in private companies. On the foundation of your Bachelor’s degree, this Master’s program trains you to operate as a qualified cultural anthropologist. As a science practitioner, you'll develop the academic skills and knowledge necessary to initiate and develop groundbreaking research on the relationship between cultural diversity and power within the process of sociocultural transformation. Being educated at Utrecht University guarantees that you are equipped with a strong methodological basis.
If you wish to have a career that is less focused on research, then the Master's program Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship might interest you. The substantive focus of this program is on citizenship in relation to a sustainable environment, while the Master's Cultural Anthropology: Sociocultural Transformation focuses on issues of power, (violent) conflict and the state.