The following categories of students may register for this course:
Students enrolled for the bachelor’s programme CADS of Leiden University
Students enrolled for bachelor’s programmes of Leiden University
Erasmus exchange students and Study Abroad students who have been expressly admitted to this course
This course consists of weekly thematic lectures connected with the literature from the reading list. The lectures and literature have been organized around three main themes:
A critical reflection on the concepts used by anthropologists who have been studying Africa
Attention for the individual's own positioning when doing research in and about Sub-Saharan Africa
A critical examination of the ideas and processes through which ‘aid’ and ‘development’ have been constructed and claimed
These topics are tackled in the context of postcolonial North-South relations and from both theoretical and practical points of view.
Students who complete this course will have a deeper anthropological and sociological insight into both historical and contemporary forms of tradition and modernity in Africa, and the local, national, and global connections within which they are produced.
For dates, see our website.
Methods of Instruction
10 ECTS = 280 study hours (sbu):
Lectures 13 × 3 = 39 hours * 1,5 = 59 sbu
Written assignments, in total 7,500 words = 100 sbu
Additional literature to the assignments (830 pages) = 121 sbu
Bi-weekly written assignments of which one may be graded lower than 6,0 (=fail). Failure to submit an assignment will lead to the award of grade 1,0
Adichie, Chimamanda N. 2014 Americanah. New York, Anchor Books.
Articles from electronic journals and encyclopaedias are available through the digital university library (to be announced).
Luirink, Bart, and Madeleine Maurick 2015 * Homosexuality in Africa: A Disturbing Love* Soesterberg, Uitgeverij Aspekt.
Brightspace is the digital learning environment of Leiden University. Brightspace gives access to course announcements and electronic study material. Assignments will also be submitted in Brightspace. Announcements about and changes to courses are given via Brightspace. Students are advised to check Brightspace daily to keep informed about rooms, schedules, deadlines, and all details of assignments. Lecturers assume that all students read information posted on Brightspace.
- How to login
The homepage for Brightspace is: Brightspace
Please log in with your ULCN-account and personal password. On the left you will see an overview of My Courses.
For access to courses in Brightspace students must be registered for those courses in uSis.
Registration in uSis is required. Once registered for the course, students need not register for an exam because this course has no final classroom exam.