NB as of autumn term 2019, we do not admit any new students to the CREOLE program.

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CREOLE is a specialized master’s program focussing on three main areas: transnational processes, cultural differences and new forms of identity. These areas are treated within three main fields: new identities; material culture and consumption; and visual culture and popular culture.

The CREOLE program is developed by a consortium of six departments from six different countries and provides a comprehensive education in social anthropology.

The program includes an exchange component in which students will spend two terms abroad at one, or two, of the partner universities:

  • Universität Wien (Austria)
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain)
  • Univerza v Ljubljani (Slovenia)
  • Université Lumière Lyon 2 (France)
  • National University of Ireland-Maynooth (Republic of Ireland)

Studies are flexible and allow for the creation of individual programs tailored to each student’s interests. Optional courses vary from semester to semester.

Obligatory courses are:

  • History and Philosophy of Anthropological Theory, 15 credits
  • Key Themes in Contemporary Anthropology, 15 credits
  • Anthropological Methods, 7.5 credits
  • IP Intensive Programme 7.5 hp
  • Master's thesis, 30 credits

The thesis consists of one semester (30 credits) and is preceded by a period of fieldwork. The subject of the thesis is freely chosen within the overarching theme of the program, and is decided upon in consultation with the thesis advisor.

Examples of courses previously offered; these courses are only offered during spring terms (courses offered spring 2018 in bold):

  • Anthropological Perspectives on Organisations, 7.5 credits
  • Transnational Migration, 7.5 credits
  • Digital Anthropology, 7.5 credits
  • Media Anthropology, 7.5 credits
  • Fieldwork, 15 credits
  • Urban Anthropology: Cities in the Middle East, 7.5 credits
  • Medical Anthropology, 7.5 credits
  • Sustainable Futures: New Directions in Environmental Anthropology, 7.5 credits
  • Anthropology of the Global Economy, 7.5 credits

Program overview

The CREOLE program consists of one year of studies at the Department of Social Anthropology in Stockholm and one year at one or two of our partner universities. The exchange takes place during semester 2 and 3, or 3 and 4. In addition, the students take part in the Erasmus Intensive Programme (IP). For more information see the CREOLE program's international homepage

The following courses are given in Stockholm:

Term 1

  • History and Philosophy of Anthropological Theory, 15 credits
  • Key Themes in Contemporary Anthropology, 15 credits

Term 2

Optional courses offered that term

Term 3

  • Individual tutorial courses, 7.5 credit
  • Anthropological Methods, 7.5 credits
  • Fieldwork, 15 credits

Term 4

  • Master's thesis, 30 credits

Schedule and courses may change.

Learning objectives

After having satisfactorily completed the program the student should:

  • Have a profound knowledge of social anthropological theory of science, methods and theory
  • Have insight into a number of theoretical and/or regional areas of specialization with focus on transnational processes, cultural differences, and new forms of identity
  • Have written a longer thesis based on a solid field investigation
  • Be well-acquainted with and capable of academic writing
  • Be able to work professionally as a social anthropologist