The minor Citizenship, Identity and Globalisation (Burgerschap, Identiteit en Mondialisering)  offers an excellent preparation for the Master's degree programme Cultural Anthropology: Sustainable Citizenship.

In this Master's degree programme, you use theoretical analyses, case studies and ethnographic findings to gain knowledge and insight into citizen's initiatives in the areas of sustainable society, climate change, renewable resources, food security and safety, health, care, sociocultural integration and participation.

Working from the anthropological tradition of comparative ethnography, attention is paid to cultural diversity and differences based on imbalances of power, ethnicity, class, gender, age, health etc. in order to identify issues related to active citizenship and sustainable society.

Period 1

Cultural Anthropology 1 introduces you to a number of key areas in anthropology, anthropological concepts, with culture as a key concept.

In the course Culture, Trauma, Violence and Death, you explore from an anthropological perspective why people suddenly turn violent towards each other and the traumatic consequences of this violence. This course deals with expressions of violence, trauma and death that result in genocide, ethnic cleansing, state terrorism and counterinsurgency warfare.

Period 2

The course Religion, Media and Popular Culture gives insight into current forms of religion in society and you learn how religious ideologies are communicated through popular culture.

In the course Cities and Modernity: Citizenship, Inequality and Violence, you gain knowledge of and insight into the social, political and cultural dimensions of the city and urban society in an historical and global comparative perspective.

Period 3

The course Cultural Anthropology 3 explores the backgrounds and effects of globalisation and pluralism from an anthropological and comparative perspective.

The course Anthropology and sustainability: contemporary fault lines will develop students’ awareness of the strengths and limitations of anthropological perspectives on sustainability, and more generally how these influence larger debates on the anthropological study of economy, politics, environmentalism, globalisation, and citizenship.

Period 4

In the course Ethnicity and Nationalism, you gain insight into the intricacies of the complex identity, concentrating on ethnic, religious and national and transnational identities from a theoretical perspective and that of manifestations in society.

Code Course Block Level
201100014 Culturele Antropologie 1: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Dutch course) 1A 1
200300045 Culture, Trauma, Violence and Death 1A 3
201400040 Religion, Media and Popular Culture 2C 3
201500015 Cities and Modernity: Citizenship, Inequality and Violence (Dutch course) 2D 2
201100013 Cultural Anthropology 3: globalization and sociocultural complexity 3D 2
201800038 Anthropology and sustainability: contemporary fault lines 3B 2
200300019 Ethnicity and Nationalism (Dutch course) 4B 2

Entry Requirements

There are no entry requirements for this minor.

Utrecht University students

Apply for the minor and the courses online via OSIRIS Student.

Note: First you have to register for the minor to see if it is possible to enrol. Your subscription to the minor does not automatically mean that you are also enrolled to the courses within the minor. You will have to enrol in the courses separately. Please take into account the periods of enrolment. You will find the course descriptions in the OSIRIS Course Catalogue.

Students outside of Utrecht University

Enrol for the courses through our application form at OSIRIS Online Application (visit our subsidiary courses page for more information). Use the same application form to apply for the minor. After your form is processed, the Student Information Point will enrol you for the minor.

Minor declaration

When you have passed all courses in a minor, you can apply for a minor declaration in Osiris Case.

Would you like to know more?

For more information, please contact prof.dr. Wil Pansters, e-mail