M.A. Anthropology and Sociology of Development

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva

Application deadline: January 15
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,035 / Year (EEA)
  • € 4,035 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
  • French
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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The Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Development (ANSO) offers cutting edge research and teaching in both disciplines on contemporary actors, institutions, processes and dynamics of transnationalization and localization. Critical of totalising views of globalisation and development, ANSO bridges the conventional North-South divide, and the worlds of academia and policy.

Research and teaching at the Department is premised on the understanding that problems affecting various regions yet experienced differently by men and women in different locations across the world can be productively examined by way of empirically sound and theoretically sophisticated comparative scholarship. Be it in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, as well as Europe, North and South America, our research is primarily geared towards the ethnographic analysis of social, political, economic, legal and cultural phenomena in the following domains:

* governance and the state; international organisations; law and policy;

* borders and displacement; migration and minorities;

* global security and everyday insecurity;

* bio-medicine and bio-technologies; reproductive health, and gender relations;

* markets, land, labour and corporations;

* urban studies; agriculture and food security

* violence, conflict and social movements.


General Outline of the Curriculum

5 compulsory courses 5X6=30 ECTS

Elective courses

* 36 to 48 in the discipline of specialisation 6X6, 7X6 ou 8X6=36, 42 ou 48 ECTS
* 2 to 4 in one or several complementary disciplines 2X6, 3X6 ou 4X6=12, 18 ou 24 ECTS
* Dissertation 30 ECTS

TOTAL 90+30=120 ECTS

Each student is allowed to spread out the elective courses over semesters 1 to 4, but must take into account the following regulations:

* Students must take a certain number of courses in their discipline of specialisation and in complementary disciplines;

* It is obligatory for students to obtain a minimum of 18 ECTS credits each semester;

* Failed courses cannot be repeated during the fourth semester of studies.

Students interested in the fast track option must obtain the 90 course credits required by the curriculum by the end of the third semester. They should also take the Doctoral Seminar I in the third semester of the master programme.

Students have the opportunity to spend the third semester at one of the Institutes partner universities as part of its exchange programmes. At the end of this period abroad, these students will be able to transfer a maximum of 30 ECTS credits and during the semester of exchange must substitute the compulsory course that is supposed to be taken in the third semester.


Semester 1: Autumn
(30 ECTS)3 compulsory courses
(3X6=18 ECTS)

* Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, Gabriel Pictet

* Social and Cultural Theory I, Filipe Calvão

* World Anthropologies: Uses and Abuses of Culture, Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff

2 elective courses
(2X6=12 ECTS)

Semester 2: Spring
(30 ECTS)2 compulsory courses
(2X6=12 ECTS)

* Qualitative Field Methods in the Social Sciences, Alessandro Monsutti, Françoise Grange Omokaro

* Social and Cultural Theory II, Grégoire Mallard

3 elective courses
(3X6=18 ECTS)

Semester 3: Autumn
(24 or 30 ECTS)4 or 5 elective courses
(4X6=24 ECTS or 5X6=30 ECTS)

including one strongly recommended elective course

* Research Design and Proposal Writing in the Social Sciences, Grégoire Mallard

The list of elective courses for the 2015-16 academic year will be available at the end of the spring 2015 semester.

Semester 4: Spring
(30 or 36 ECTS)1 strongly recommended elective course
(1X6=6 ECTS)

* Writing Workshop, Fenneke Reysoo



Semester 3: Autumn
(24 or 30 ECTS)4 or 5 elective courses
(4X6=24 ECTS or 5X6=30 ECTS)

including one strongly recommended elective course

* Research Design and Proposal Writing in the Social Sciences, Grégoire Mallard

Semester 4: Spring
(30 or 36 ECTS)1 strongly recommended elective course
(1X6=6 ECTS)

* Writing Workshop, Fenneke Reysoo



In the discipline of specialisation:
(36-48 ECTS, 6 to 8 courses)


* Anthropological Approaches to International Law, Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff

* Inégalités de genre, développement et théories féministes postcoloniales, Christine Verschuur

* Mobilities: Critical Perspectives on Forced and Volontary Migration, Alessandro Monsutti

* Research Design and Proposal Writing in the Social Sciences, Grégoire Mallard

* Socio-anthropologie du service public local en Afrique de lOuest, Jean-Pierre Jacob

* Structures anthropologiques du religieux, Yvan Droz, Françoise Grange Omokaro

* Topics in Globalisation and Postcolonialism, Alessandro Monsutti

* Violence, Memory and Cinema. Comparative Perspectives: Latin America and the Middle East, Riccardo Bocco

* Religion et politique en Afrique, Jean-François Bayart


* Anthropologie et développement: la contextualisation de laide, Jean-Pierre Jacob

* Lanthropologie francophone, Yvan Droz

* Cities and Citizenship, Isabelle Milbert

* The Corporation, Filipe Calvão

* Power, State and Violence, Riccardo Bocco

* Rights and Wrongs, Gender and the International Organisations, Christine Verschuur

* Work, Labour, Practice, Filipe Calvão

* Writing Workshop, Fenneke Reysoo (strongly recommended)

* Critiques des approches disciplinaires en sciences sociales, Jean-Pierre Jacob, Jean-Michel Servet

* Citizenship, Diversity and Exclusion : New Modes in the Politics of Belonging in Africa and Europe, Peter Geschiere

In one or several complementary discipline(s):
(12-24 ECTS, 2 to 4 courses)

The list of complementary courses is available in the curricula of the other departments.


The Institute has an English-French bilingual teaching policy. However, most of the classes are taught in English. Students can speak and write in either English or French.

The Institute values diversity and encourages students with no prior knowledge or only a basic knowledge of French to apply. We are happy to award these students a place, if they undertake to attend a free French course. Knowledge of French is not an admission condition or a condition for being awarded a diploma.


* All students must have an excellent command of English.

* Students whose mother tongue is not English, who do not have secondary or post-secondary qualifications taught in English, or who have not spent a minimum of one year studying at university level in English, must provide a certificate to prove their mastery of English.


* Students with no prior or a weak knowledge of French will have to attend an intensive French course lasting three weeks before the start of the first semester. They must register for this course at the time of their online application. This intensive course will be followed by a weekly course during the first year. (These courses are organised by the Institute and are free of charge.) At the start of the third semester, these students will have to sit a French test. In case of failure, they will have the opportunity to take a test again at the start of their fourth semester.

* Students with a basic knowledge of French must register for a French test at the time of their online application. This test will take place during the first week of the academic year. Students who fail this test will have to attend a French course organised by the Institute, free of charge, during their first year of study. They will then have the opportunity to take a test again at the start of their third semester.

* The above conditions do not apply to students whose mother tongue is French, or who have a secondary or post-secondary diploma totally taught in French, or who have spent a minimum of one academic year studying at university level totally in French, or who can produce a French language certificate equivalent to a DELF B2 level.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL paper-based test score : 600
TOEFL iBT® test: 100


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