Organizations and Anthropology

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Learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding. Students will have knowledge and
understanding of:
(1) the added value of anthropology for the analysis of social and
organizational issues

Application. The student has acquired the competences to:
(2) to design a shared research plan that fits a specific social /
organizational issue.
(3) to analyze an organizational or societal issue in a short time as a
team, and to translate anthropological knowledge and insights into a
concrete policy advice and/or solutions.

Communication. The student has acquired the skills to:
(4) to report in a structured manner on the research results of the
research and to translate these into a concrete advice for the client.

Making judgements. The student demonstrates:
(5) the ability to reflect on their qualities, skills, norms, values and
behavior as a researcher, in relation to the other team members, the
client and the respondents, and on the possible consequences of the
results of the research.

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The central question in the course Organization and Anthropology is: how
can anthropologists contribute to analyzing and solving problems or
issues for organizations and/or companies? The practical added value of
our knowledge, skills and experience is not always clear to ourselves
and the outside world. Anthropology as a discipline focuses on the
diversity of people's everyday realities and seeks to gain insight into
the perceptions and meanings of these realities. Anthropologists pay
special attention to power differences and to the, sometimes,
conflicting interests and perspectives of individuals and organizations.
We often forget our focus on the everyday lives of people and the
apparent informal and ad hoc nature of our research approach offer all
kinds of essential insights when analyzing (complex) social and
organizational issues and when formulating solutions. The starting point
for this course is that the world needs anthropologists. The challenge
is how to use our knowledge and skills and to formulate a convincing
story of our added value as anthropologists for ourselves and the world
out there.

The purpose of this course is two-fold. Students become aware of the
added value and application of anthropology as a science in the world
outside the university. In addition, they practice applying their
knowledge and skills. In order to be doing so, thorough academic
research and reporting are not enough. In this course students also
learn how to translate the results of their study into accessible and
useful policy advice and/or other forms of input.


The course consists of a combination of interactive lectures, working
groups and practicals


Written assignments, group presentations and a research report,
including a policy advice.


To be announced in the course manual (see Canvas)


2nd year students in the bachelor Cultural Anthropology and Development

Overige informatie

This course is part of the Social Sciences for Society (SS4S) program.
The course starts with meetings in P4 and P5 every other week. P6
requires full-time engagement.

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

You cannot register for the working groups yourself. This will be done by the course coordinator. NB, you do need to register for the course.

Aanbevolen voorkennis

Ethnographic research methodology; Research Lab Anthropology

Algemene informatie

Vakcode S_OAA
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P4+5+6
Vakniveau 300
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. E.W. Bal
Examinator dr. E.W. Bal
Docenten dr. G. Sinatti
dr. M.C. de Regt
dr. E.W. Bal

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