KU Leuven

Faculty of Social Sciences

Cultures and Development Studies



Program Information

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Format: Campus

Program Description:

This is an advanced Master’s programme in English that aims to enhance the multidisciplinary and intercultural expertise and skills of students and professionals involved or interested in advisory, policy or educational assignments in the international and intercultural co-operation sectors. Rooted in contemporary social and cultural anthropology, the programme draws on various disciplines and fields of study and deploys a wealth of relevant perspectives. Its approach builds on current insights into, for example, the complex dynamics of the ongoing economic and informational globalisation and the development of alternative modernities. Following multi-sited research conducted at the Institute for Anthropological Research in Africa (IARA) and the Interculturalism, Migration and Minority Research Centre (IMMRC), the programme counters the universalising Western master-narrative of modernisation and stimulates an integrated approach to development issues. Taking this into account, the programme does not offer its students a practical toolkit, but rather tends to question whether available tools are suitable and applicable in any given context.


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