Amsterdam, Netherlands

Advanced Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society

online course
when 11 July 2021 - 5 August 2021
language English
duration 4 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 1000

The study of human sexuality involves understanding its complexity and how it represents changing interactions over time involving the self, the body, culture, and power -- and as well, how this complexity is conceptualized and organized culturally, politically and epistemologically.

During this four-week advanced programme, students will gain knowledge of sexuality as it intersects with ethnicity, nationality, class, and religion, and will become more familiar with how sexuality is conceptualized and practiced within research, programmatic, and advocacy venues.

Participants can apply for one or both subsequent two-week blocks.

Academic dates Block 1: Sunday 11 July - Friday 23 July 2021
Academic dates Block 2: Sunday 25 July - Friday 6 August 2021

Please see the course website for more information.

Course leader

Robert J. Davidson

Target group

PhD and MA students preferred, BA degree required. Selection of applicants is based on academic achievement, relevant work experience and commitment to the field of sexuality as demonstrated in the application form and submitted letters of reference.
The Summer Institute is open to students with a focused interest in sexuality research, MA and Ph.D. students, students at one of the Dutch research schools, and students or professionals from NGO's engaged in AIDS and/or sexuality research.

Students with no previous experience in the field should consider taking our introductory course prior to applying to the Summer Institute.

Course aim

Each year, the Summer Institute is comprised of a multidisciplinary international faculty and student body from a range of social and cultural backgrounds, offering a rewarding and challenging learning experience. Students engage with faculty and guest lecturers via a specialized program of course modules (twice daily), weekly get-togethers, and informal conversations during daily group lunches. Students benefit from an exceptional networking opportunity through the sharing of experiences, works in progress, research plans and diverse perspectives.

Credits info

10 EC
Participants who wish to earn credits (EC) receive an official transcript stating the course taken, credits earned and grade obtained. An official transcript will only be issued if the student successfully completes all necessary programme components.

If the student decides to participate in only one block instead of the full programme, 4 European Credits (EC) are awarded.

Fee info

EUR 1000: The tuition fee is €1000 per block. For participants who take both modules, the total tuition fee is €2000. Tuition fee includes all course materials and readings, access to the digital library at the UvA, welcome and wrap-up sessions, live and pre-recorded lectures, access to the digital learning environment, individual feedback from our instructors on all course assignments, and an official transcript or certificate of participation.


There are several scholarship opportunities. Please check the course website for more information and scholarship deadlines.