Winter course 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 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  Master’s programme in Medical Anthropology and Sociology offered by the Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Amsterdam. 


Dr Eileen Moyer

Course objectives

  • To gain insight into a sexual and reproductive health and rights approach;
  • To gain an overview of the state of the art of anthropological approaches and methods in the study and analysis of sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health;
  • To promote the understanding and analysis of sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health in broad social, political and economic contexts;
  • To enhance critical thinking of theories and implementation models and practices currently used in this field;
  • To develop the ability of participants to contribute to culture and gender-sensitive solutions to sexuality, HIV/AIDS, and reproductive health problems;

 Core themes

  •  Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights;
  • Disrupted reproduction: From Abortion to IVF;
  • Controlling Sexuality: Safe Sex, Fertility Regulation, Public Health;
  • Sexualities and sexual networking;
  • Youth Sexuality: Risks and Rights;
  • Ethnographies of AIDS;
  • Situating AIDS in Africa;
  • Treating HIV/AIDS: Adherence, Access and Activism;
  • Eliminating AIDS: Anthropological perspectives;

Course code






Monday January 7th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30

REC B3.04

Wednesday January 9th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC JK1.19
Friday January 11th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC JK1.19 
Tuesday January 15th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC JK1.19
Thursday January 17th 10:00 - 12:30 & 14:00 - 16:30 REC JK1.19


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.


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


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

Graduate School of Social Sciences