Winter course Materialities in Practice

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 three essential themes in health care.



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. The winter school courses are part of the Master’s programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam. 

Lecturer

Prof. Dr. Annemarie Mol

Course objectives

After this course participants should be able to:

  • recognise various ways in which social/material and culture/nature divisions tend to be made in academia and beyond;
  • not take the results of (biomedical) research for granted, but instead investigate the contexts from which it emerges;
  • differentiate between the effectiveness and the effects of technologies;
  • discuss the pros and cons of the methods of holism (adding aspects of reality together) and contrasting (situating, specifying and differentiating between versions of reality).

Content

From the bodies of humans via the flesh of apples and oranges, through to bacteria; from sewage systems via needles through to wheelchairs; and so on: a lot of stuff is relevant to health and disease. Caring for self and others is as physical as it is emotional. Whether in the high tech practices of modern hospitals or the mundane practices of sleeping, eating and working: materialities are everywhere. How to analyse them? How to account for them in anthropological studies; in sociological analyses? How to not take what natural and medical sciences have to say about materialities for granted, but situate it in their socially embedded knowledge practices? These are the questions that in this course we will address.

Course code

739400070Y

Schedule

Date

Time

Location

Monday January 7th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC JK1.27
Wednesday January 9th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC JK1.27
Monday January 14th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC B3.04
Wednesday January 16th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC JK1.27
Friday January 18th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC JK3.85

Credits

UvA Master of Medical Anthropology and Sociology students take the course for 3 EC as part of their curriculum. Other participants may choose between these options:

  •  3 EC course: attendance, readings and small assignment
  •  6 EC course: attendance, readings and a 5000 word paper

Please note: you have to specify your choice in your application. After admission, you will be registered for the 3 EC course or the 6 EC course. Switching after the start of the course or partial allocation of credits will not be possible.

Tuition fee

Participants enrolled in a full time Master’s programme at a Dutch university will be registered as a ‘bijvakstudent’ and are legally exempt from paying extra tuition. 

The course fee is € 820 for internal PhDs and € 1525 for external professionals. For the 6EC version the tuition fee is €1675.

Lunch is not included.

Invoices can be sent to employers, research institutes or individuals.

Application

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

30 November

More information

For more information contact study advisor Yvette Jansen via studyadvisor-mas@uva.nl. 


Type
Contract teaching
Mode
Full-time
Credits
3-6 ECTS, 10 days
Language of instruction
English
Starts in
January

Published by  GSSS

Graduate School of Social Sciences