Short Courses in Social Sciences

Area & Cultural Studies

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Area studies comprise all fields of a society from a certain geographic spot. Research in this field usually involves social sciences combined with humanities, with aspects such as the diaspora community and emigration. Meanwhile, cultural studies focus on perspectives and practices in certain cultures from Asian, African, American or Latin regions, and pay a special attention to ideology, class structures, ethnics, generations and other important factors.

Students in a Bachelor’s programme in area and cultural studies can choose an international university and specialize in one of the main civilizations or study abroad and learn more about the roots of that local culture. Students will develop international cultural sensibilities, an open mind to what makes a culture unique, but also similar to others, as well as find new ways of effective communication.

Area and cultural studies is a discipline that constantly blends theory with research, in order to understand the meaning that humans give to the world around them. Graduates have high chances of becoming analysts of the society, sociologists, marketing specialists, teachers or lecturers, in the public or private environment.

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Short Course Managing Migration and Demographics

The Managing Migration and Demographics course offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam aims to instigate a current debate regarding migration, discuss its challenges and impact on demographic structures of nations by looking at case studies, and elaborate on theoretical explanations and practical underpinnings. 

Netherlands
Short Course English Language and Cultural Experience (ELCE)

This short-term English Language and Cultural Experience (ELCE) program from California State University Northridge combines language training with cultural activities and is typically three weeks long, providing 15 hours per week of morning in-class instruction, combined with various activities on and around the university campus.

United States