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Sex, Reproduction and Development

Winter Programma

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 health or social sciences;
  • Master’s students in health or social sciences.

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. 


Dr. Bregje de Kok & Dr. Linda Musariri

Course objectives

To be able to:

  • Use classic and state of the art anthropological theory and methods to analyze:
    a)  Sexuality and reproduction;

b) Sexual, reproductive and maternal health issues;

c) SRHR policies, interventions and associated medical/reproductive technologies.

  • Scrutinize how sexuality, and sexual, reproductive and maternal health, are shaped by historical, socio-political, economic and postcolonial contexts;
  • Evaluate the possibilities, challenges and limitations of current sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) approaches;
  • Use anthropological insights to contribute to the development of contextualized and gender-sensitive solutions to sexuality, reproductive and maternal health problems.

 Core themes

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

Course code





Monday January 8th 2024 10:00 - 16:30


Wednesday January 10th 2024 10:00 - 16:30  
Friday January 12th 2024 10:00 - 16:30  
Tuesday January 16th 2024 10:00 - 16:30  
Thursday January 18th 2024 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.

PhDs at a Dutch university:

  • 3 EC course = € 820,-

Professionals and PhDs 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.


The winter schools have a limited capacity. Applications can be sent in from 1 October 2023. Students of the Medical Anthropology and Sociology Master programme are guaranteed a spot in one of the courses. You will be informed about the admission decision by 1 December 2023 latest. Applicants will send in a CV and motivation letter upon registration. Entry requirements for the winter courses are:

  • having a Bachelor’s degree or higher from a University or University of Applied Sciences 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.

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Only 29 days left!

Application deadline

1 November 2023

More information

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3-6 ECTS, 2 weeks
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