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Cultural Anthropology and Development Studies, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
The advanced Master of Cultural Anthropology and development Studies (CADES) brings together students and professionals from all over the world, involved in consultancy, policy, education and research in the international development sector. It offers you a large international and interdisciplinary platform to deal with development issues from an anthropological perspective.

About

This programme is rooted in contemporary social and cultural anthropology. It draws both on research conducted at the Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa (IARA) and the Interculturalism, Migration and Minority Research Centre (IMMRC) and welcomes a variety of perspectives to enhance students’ multi-disciplinary and intercultural expertise and skills. You can choose elective courses from the following disciplines and thematic specialisations:

  • architecture and urban planning
  • economics
  • gender studies
  • post-colonial theory
  • comparative religion
  • agriculture and engineering
  • education
  • politics
  • psychology
  • philosophy

International

During the programme, students have the opportunity to carry out an internship and acquire international experience. The internship can be included in the curriculum provided that it covers at least 6 weeks and starts after classes have finished (end of June). Students taking up the internship can only complete the CADES programme after 1 and a half years.

Objectives

The aim of the programme is to increase the student's interdisciplinary and intercultural expertise with a view to fulfilling advisory, policy-making and educational functions within international and/or intercultural development and cooperation. This is achieved by providing them with conceptual and practical experience in the processes of information transmission, international cooperation, globalization and cultural assertiveness. The programme places the accent on anthropology, but is relevant to various academic disciplines.

By the end of the programme, the student will have acquired:

  • knowledge and understanding of the scholarly framework in which intercultural problems can be clarified with respect to various academic and social themes;
  • skill in the analysis of practical and theoretical problems from an intercultural perspective; setting up, executing and evaluating research projects; drafting diagnoses, plans and recommendations; use and/or design of instruments for the optimization of situations in practical situations; critical reflection on the content of practical interventions; linking theoretical concepts to practical acts; guiding and developing innovations;
  • the skills necessary for adequate communication and reporting.
Career perspectives

As a holder of a CADES degree, you have a scientific, critical, and culture-sensitive understanding of development. You are able to relate domain-specific knowledge in the constantly evolving North-South debate, and in organisations that defend, project or evaluate collective and cultural interests, expectations and movements. You will have the tools to understand and deal with development from the viewpoint of local realities, cultures and knowledge systems. 

You may work as

  • policy-maker
  • project leader
  • consultant

in 

  • ngo’s
  • international organisations
  • bilateral development co-operation
  • migration
  • minority organisations

or take up a position in

  • education
  • social and medical services
  • think tanks
  • international relations
  • enterprises 
  • research
Questions about student life in Belgium, life at KU Leuven or more information about a specific course? Chat with our students: www.kuleuven/be/chatwithourstudents.

Programme Structure

Mandatory Courses

  • Culture, Ecology and Development
  • Development: Actors and Paradigms
  • Economic Anthropology
  • Political Anthropology 
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology: Basic Concepts and Theories
  • Anthropology of Religion 
  • Ethnographic Fieldwork: Exemplary Research 
  • Race, Ethnicity and the Postcolonial Condition
  • Current Issues in Social and Cultural Anthropology 

Seminar

  • Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology and Development
  • Interdisciplinary Research Seminar: Development Processes and Proposals

Master's Thesis

Electives

  • Thematic Electives
  • Internship/Training
  • Visual and Experimental Anthropology

              Audience

              Ideal prospective students have an interest in advocacy, policy or educational assignments in the international and/or intercultural cooperation context. They are interested in anthropological and cultural-specific views on sustainable development and opt for an interdisciplinary academic preparation towards a better understanding of development paradigms.

              Detailed Programme Facts

              • Programme intensity Full-time
                • Full-time duration 12 months
              • Credits
                60 ECTS
              • Languages
                • English
              • Delivery mode
                On Campus

              English Language Requirements

              • Minimum required score:

                7

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              • Minimum required score:

                100

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              General Requirements

              • Applicants should be holders of a master's degree. The board of admission will assess the equivalence of a four years bachelor's degree on a case-by-case basis. 
              • Applicants should have outstanding academic results. 
              • Relevant professional experience is an asset. 
              • Sufficient knowledge of English is a pre-requisite and must be proved by a TOEFL- or IELTS-test.
              • All applicants are invited to submit an application file. 
              For more information on the admission requirements, please visit the homepage of the programme.

                Tuition Fee

                • International

                  1750 EUR/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 1750 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
                • EU/EEA

                  1750 EUR/year
                  Tuition Fee
                  Based on the original amount of 1750 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
                We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

                Living costs for Leuven

                • 810 - 1280 EUR/month
                  Living Costs

                The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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