The course is divided into three main parts:
In the first part it provides a brief historical sketch of anthropological thinking. Thereby the main traditions in Social and Cultural Anthropology are explained: from 'Social' Racism, (Neo)-Evolutionism, American Diffusionism to Functionalism, the British and French Structuralism, etc. At the same time it will also focus on the theories and methodologies associated with these research traditions.
The second part focuses on contemporary social and cultural anthropology. The student is familiarized with the contemporary aspirations of anthropology and the theoretical basis of its objectives. Special attention will be paid to the possibilities and limitations of the specific methodologies that are used in Anthropology. In addition, the course focuses on a number of central concepts from anthropology, such as 'culture', 'nation', '(trans) nationalism' and 'ethnicity'.
The third part of the course finally makes the students familiar with some contemporary problems in Social and Cultural Anthropology. In this part of the course, sufficient space and time is provided for discussions and guest lectures. On the basis of selected issues a picture of current applications of anthropological knowledge is painted in different domains: minority studies, urban anthropology, acculturation phenomena, multiculturalism and pluralism, migration studies, etc. The selected case studies will be clear illustrations of the theoretical insights, the methodological approach and the different research populations discussed in the first two parts of this course.