Global Ethnography

The Global Ethnography specialisation provides students with the opportunity to do their own three-months field research, create their own research networks and build on the experience of our specialised researchers, gaining excellent social scientific skills.

Global connections

Our globalising world increasingly demands for a comparative and holistic approach to all things cultural. In the specialisation Global Ethnography you will study the ways global processes manifest themselves in often very particular and local instances, both in far away places but also closer to home in one’s own society.

Ethnography as a method

Using ethnography as a method, you will be able to analyse and report on a wide range of everyday practices of individuals, groups and societies as they find themselves embedded within complex processes of social change. Students of our programme obtain an insight in some of the more widely felt vulnerabilities of our time, including ecological change and a call for sustainability, economic precariousness and the deep impact of media culture, whilst scrutinising and learning from often very local forms of resilience to such challenges.

Situating social change and global challenges

On completion of this programme you will be able to investigate, analyse and report on pressing and contemporary societal issues, using in-depth ethnographic research methods, and to formulate conclusions and recommendations that are relevant to policy makers. You will learn to situate the everyday practice of individuals within the complex processes of the social changes and global challenges that confront societies worldwide today.

International network and field schools

The research of our Leiden staff is conducted all over the world and stimulates you in preparing and realizing your own three months ethnographic fieldwork, examining how large issues manifest themselves on a local level.

You can conduct your research project through our extensive partnerships at the field schools connected to the University of Ghana at Legon and the Universitas Gajah Mada in Indonesia, or you can opt for joining our field school in the Netherlands. Alternatively you can avail of the research networks our Leiden staff elsewhere in the world.

Optional track: Visual Ethnography

In addition to our methodological training by means of our field schools, this is the only master’s programme in CA-DS in the Netherlands that offers a methodological track in visual ethnography. This track provides you with the opportunity to use visual methods, such as film and websites, as a tool for analysis as well as representation of your own ethnographic thesis project.

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology
  • Degree Master of Arts in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60156

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