Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (BSc)
About the programme
To maximise your personal development, we ensure tutorials are small-scale and staff members extremely accessible. In year one, you’ll have an average of 12 contact hours, half of which comprise lectures (in English) and the remainder tutorials (optionally Dutch or English).
Bachelor's programme structure
During the first semester, you will learn anthropological theories and terms so you can study people in their daily lives and write about them. These courses pay attention to people’s resilience, creativity and the various ways they express themselves. In the second semester you will be taught hands-on skills in the use of interviews, surveys, and observation as research techniques, always integrating the visual dimension that has become Leiden’s signature.
These skills will then be applied in a fieldwork workshop, either in Leiden or The Hague. This second semester will consolidate your position as a socially engaged researcher, eager to collate information while not losing sight of people’s concerns and daily lives.
The second year comprises two components. The first of these covers three key courses that will broaden your knowledge of digitalisation, sustainability and diversity by showing how they are connected to politics, economy, the environment, and digital media. It also explores how practical research and having a cultural perspective enable anthropologists to make crucial and original contributions to debates on key issues.
The second component is centred around a month-long fieldwork project in or near the Netherlands. You will learn to analyse your own research data from different perspectives, link it to a societal debate, and present it at a conference in Leiden to which you can invite your research participants.
Year three will give you the freedom to tailor your programme. Next to writing a thesis on a topic of your personal preference, you will follow an elective and a course that will help you choose between continuing your academic studies or entering the professional environment. You could follow a minor in Leiden/The Hague, study for a semester abroad, or do an internship in the Netherlands, Asia or Africa.
Want to read more about the programme’s courses? Take a look at the programme structure.
The international bachelor's in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology uses various modes of instruction to augment your learning experience:
- Lectures bring the literature you read to life and build your knowledge of the subject at hand.
- In small (12 to 16 students) workgroup sessions, you delve deeper into and discuss the course materials. These sessions require active participation and attendance is mandatory.
- Practicals challenge you to develop hands-on skills in interviewing, observation and using statistical computer programmes, among others. Attendance is also mandatory in these sessions.
- In the online course environment, you review your peers’ assignments and prepare for examinations with online mock tests and recorded lectures.
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