Winter course Medicine and Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspectives

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. 


Dr. Bregje de Kok

Course objectives

1.  Explain the relevance of cultural, institutional and political contexts for health related human rights and their enforcement.

2.  Describe different approaches to the promotion of health related human rights and social justice.

3.  Use anthropology to identify challenges and limitations of approaches and interventions which seek to ensure that human rights are respected, protected and fulfilled.

3.  Adopt a reflexive stance with regard to their own personal views and attitudes in relation to human rights

5. Apply legal, medical and international human rights principles and discourses to their (current or future) work situation.


Core themes of the course are:

  • Philosophical and Historical foundations of Human Rights;
  • Medical Anthropology and Human Rights;
  • Health as a Human Right;
  • Structural violence and social justice versus human rights
  • Conflict, Health and Human Rights;
  • The Role of Medical Professionals in assisting Asylum seekers;
  • HIV, anti-retroviral therapy and Human Rights;
  • Reproductive health and Human rights

Course code






Monday January 8th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC B3.03
Wednesday January 10th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC C1.06
Monday January 15th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC B3.05
Wednesday January 17th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC B3.05
Friday January 19th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC BK.02

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

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

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. 

Lunch is not included.

Invoices can be sent to 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

30 November

More information

For more information contact study advisor Mitchell Esajas via 

Contract teaching
3-6 ECTS, 10 days
Language of instruction
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Published by  GSSS

Graduate School of Social Sciences