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Master of Cultures and Development Studies

KU Leuven

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The aim of the programme is to increase the student's interdisciplinary and intercultural expertise with a view to fulfilling advisory, policy-making and educational functions within international and/or intercultural development and cooperation. This is achieved by providing them with conceptual and practical experience in the processes of information transmission, international cooperation, globalization and cultural assertiveness. The programme places the accent on anthropology, but is relevant to various academic disciplines.
By the end of the programme, the student will have acquired:
- knowledge and understanding of the scholarly framework in which intercultural problems can be clarified with respect to various academic and social themes;
- skill in the analysis of practical and theoretical problems from an intercultural perspective; setting up, executing and evaluating research projects; drafting diagnoses, plans and recommendations; use and/or design of instruments for the optimization of situations in practical situations; critical reflection on the content of practical interventions; linking theoretical concepts to practical acts; guiding and developing innovations;
- the skills necessary for adequate communication and reporting.


The Master of Science in Cultures and Development Studies programme (CADES) aims to enhance the multidisciplinary and intercultural expertise and skills of students and professionals involved in or interested in advisory, policy or educational assignments in the international and intercultural cooperation 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 the complex dynamics of on-going economic and informational globalisation and the development of alternative modernities, inter alia.

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.

This is an advanced Master's programme and can be followed on a full-time or part-time basis.

Niveau WO
Vorm Duaal
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Type MSc (Master of Science)
Kosten €1750
Titulatuur MSc (Master of Science)
Benodigde taalkennis Nederlands
Startmaand september
Afronding Diploma
Credits 60