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Winter Programma

Sex, Reproduction and Development

The Medical Anthropology and Sociology winter school course takes place annually in January. These short, intensive courses are designed to offer participants both an overview of and insight into the state of the art of medical anthropological research in essential themes in health care.

Source: Henk Strikkers

The courses are open to:

  • Health and health-related professionals;
  • PhD students in social science;
  • Master’s students in social science.

The courses are taught in English. Participants will be exposed to the latest thinking in medical anthropology and will be stimulated to discuss and exchange ideas. This winter school is part of  Master’s programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam. 


Prof. Dr. B.C. (Bregje) de Kok

Course objectives

To be able to:

  • Critically analyze the possibilities, challenges and limitations of current sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) approaches;
  • Use classic and state of the art anthropological theory and methods to analyze:
    a)  Sexuality, HIV,  reproductive and maternal health issues;
    b)  Current SRHR interventions, associated medical/reproductive technologies, and ‘theories of change.’
  • Analyze how sexuality, and sexual, reproductive and maternal health, are shaped by historical, social, political, economic and postcolonial contexts;
  • Use anthropological insights to contribute to the development of culture and gender-sensitive solutions to sexuality, HIV, reproductive and maternal health problems.

 Core themes

  • Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
  • Controlling Sexuality: From Safe Sex to Fertility Regulation
  • Sexualities
  • Disrupted reproduction: From Abortion to infertility
  • HIV
  • Maternity and maternity care
  • SRHR programmes and associated medical & reproductive technologies: Anthropological perspectives.

Course code






Monday January 9th 2023 10:00 - 16:30


Wednesday January 11th 2023 10:00 - 16:30  
Friday January 13th 2023 10:00 - 16:30  
Tuesday January 17th 2023 10:00 - 16:30  
Thursday January 19th 2023 10:00  - 16:30  


UvA Master of Medical Anthropology and Sociology students take the course for 3 EC as part of their curriculum. VU Master Global Health students take the course for 6 EC as part of their electives. All other participants take the course for 3 EC.  

  •  3 EC course: attendance, readings and small assignment
  •  6 EC course: attendance, readings, and a more substantial paper

Tuition fee

Students enrolled in a full time Master’s programme at a Dutch university are legally exempt from paying extra tuition.


  • 3 EC course = € 820,-

Professionals and students from a non-Dutch university:

  • 3 EC course = € 1525,-

Lunch is not included.

Invoices can be paid by employers, research institutes or individuals.


Entry requirements for the winter courses are:

  • having a Bachelor’s degree or higher from a Dutch HBO or University related to health or social science, or the equivalent thereof
  • and/or a minimum of 2 years of relevant working experience.
  • or being a PhD candidate

Are you an international participant? Please note that housing/hotel and visa arrangements need to be made individually and are not included in the tuition fees. In case you need a visa, please start procedures as soon as possible.

Application deadline

1 November 2022

More information

For more information contact the study advisor via


Facts & Figures
Type Contract teaching
Mode Full-time
Credits 3-6 ECTS, 2 weeks
Language of instruction English
Starts in January