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Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

Education

Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University is renowned for its internationally oriented expertise and provides a very broad range of theoretical, methodological, and regional interests.

Students can focus on a specific region or theme of their choice and develop themselves as skilled social scientists. Under the guidance of experienced researchers, they have the possibility to participate in various innovative and ongoing research projects by our staff anywhere in the world. 

BSc: Global challenges and field experience

Our three-year Bachelor’s programme incorporates the latest approaches in Cultural Anthropology, Sociology, and Development Studies. We train students to critically examine the impact of global processes on equity/inequity and how people deal with it. Our key concepts are Diversity, Environment, Digitalisation and Social Resilience. With the possibilities of both domestic and international field experience, students learn what sorts of socio-scientific research methods - quantitative, qualitative, visual, or digital methods - to use when, and in what situations.

MSc: Field research and research internships

Our one-year Master’s programme is a research-oriented programme. It provides students with the unique opportunity to carry out independent ethnographic research. Either by choosing a topic or theme of their choice, or by affiliating themselves to ongoing research projects by our staff. Students can also opt to affiliate themselves (via staffmembers) to conduct research for a societal partner. 

For our three specialisations, Global EthnographySociology of Policy in Practice and Visual Ethnography, we offer specialised Field Research and Training (FR&T) in The Netherlands, Ghana, and The Philippines. The Sociology of Policy in Practice specialisation provides students with the opportunity to do a research internship either at a company or organization. Students with advanced skills in audiovisual methods can opt for the specialisation Visual Ethnography and graduate with a (partially) audiovisual project.

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