Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (BSc)
The international bachelor's programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology covers three years. From a broad base you increasingly specialize in topics that you find interesting.
Develop critical thinking
The first year is an excellent representation of how you will develop yourself. You will enhance your thinking about difference, inequality, and cultural impact. You will coach yourself in a wide range of research skills, after which you’ll be able to apply them in fieldwork research. You’ll receive a firm base in academic writing, referencing, and literature research techniques, which will be invaluable later, in either an academic or professional career path. You will acquire a profound understanding of issues of privacy, data management, and research ethics.
Course overview (2018-2019)
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A few subjects highlighted
- Diversity & Development
The first semester course of Diversity & Development exemplifies how anthropologists can critically analyse societies by exploring how people think about human differences and how they relate this to processes of change, both in their personal lives and their communities. This course is key to understanding differences and how inequalities are created.
- Media Worlds
This course is about the roles that media play in gathering, processing, and presenting knowledge. It explores how anthropologists can use images and objects to communicate with, and the significance nowadays of
digital communication and social networks. The course is an introduction to the visual and multimodal approaches that form part of Leiden's signature methodology of the international bachelor's programme in Anthropology
- Key issues
The three key issue courses in the second year will help you understand the deeply rooted connections between politics, economy, the environment and digital media, from what can sometimes be surprising perspectives. For example, the link between Fair Trade merchandising and land grabbing in Africa, or between fashion and social media and the emancipation of female Muslims, racism and national heritage, or tourism and halal consumption. They will hone your analytical skills and give you the necessary content knowledge to optimally tailor your third year.
- Democracy, human rights and social change
Explore social movements and collective actions through historical and contemporary examples including for example the Arab Spring and Occupy. You will study these movements as a way into an analysis of the larger political questions of our time by exploring the meanings of notions such as democracy, human rights, crisis, terrorism, the state, violence and social media.
- Visual methods
This course provides a general theoretical introduction to visual methods, as well as hands on training regarding the anthropological use of video. You are introduced to the ways in which photography and video can be used in anthropological research through the production of a short ethnographic video.
- Area study sustainability Philippines
The objective of the course is to gain experience with working in an international, interdisciplinary team on a problem-oriented research assignment. Apart from gaining knowledge about water issues and water management in a developing country, you will learn practical fieldwork skills and the application of research methods and techniques.
How will you fill your electives space?
Where you will work after your study, (partly) depends on the direction you choose. The first year of your study, the propedeuse is determined: you will get an introduction to the field of study. From your second year, you will specialise. You will then have electives space which you can fill with electives, a minor or studying abroad.
You can choose from a series of electives offered by the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology or by other institutes. They allow you to broaden or deepen your study. For more information on electives, see here.
You also have the possibility to choose between more than 30 minors, covering topics from Culture and Society in Morocco to Museums, Heritage and Collections to Religion in a Changing World. In this way, you create your own unique study path that will fit your future perfectly.
More information about minors can be found here.
Within the programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology you are encouraged to study abroad for a semester, or do an internship in a museum, company, NGO or a fund-raising organisation in the Netherlands, Africa or Asia. Our study-abroad- and internship coordinator will help you make the right choices, give you practical advice and arrange for a staff member to act as a supervisor.
More information about studying abroad can be found here.