Structure of the programme
Structure of the Bachelor’s Programme CADS
The bachelor’s programme in CADS consists of 180 credits divided over 3 academic years. Each academic year comprises 60 credits or ECTS. (ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer System.)
The bachelor’s programme is composed of compulsory and elective courses. A number of elective courses (including internships) may be taken outside the programme and are therefore called the ‘free elective space’.
The first year of the programme consists of mandatory courses falling within the following three categories:
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (30 ECTS),
Research Laboratory (15 ECTS),
Academic Skills (15 ECTS).
The second year is a mixture of mandatory and elective courses:
Three mandatory courses on Anthropological Key Issues (30 ECTS),
The mandatory Research Lab, including Fieldwork Research (20 ECTS),
An elective Area Studies course (10 ECTS).
The third year consists of writing a thesis, a course focused on personal career development and elective courses within and outside the field of CADS:
Bachelor’s Thesis with Selected Bibliography (15 ECTS),
One elective 3rd year bachelor’s course (10 ECTS) offered by the institute CADS,
The course Personal and Professional Impact (5 ECTS),
Free elective courses for 30 ECTS; to be obtained by more third-year thematic courses at the department CADS, or a Minor programme, or a foreign exchange programme, or an internship, or a tailor made package of elective academic courses in other departments.
At the bottom of this page is a list of all courses from the first year CADS. Clicking on the title of a course reveals the course description with all information concerning the course. On the right-hand side of this page, under ‘Files’, is an overview of the schedule of each academic year, in order to get an idea about the spreading of the coursework over the year. The exact schedule (time and location) of a course can be found in the course description under the heading ‘Schedule’.
The first year of study is called the propaedeutic phase and completing it successfully is a prerequisite for participation in the second and third year. The propaedeutic phase is successfully completed when the student achieves pass-marks for each component of the first-year programme. Students who fail the propaedeutic phase but receive a Positive Binding Study Advice (BSA) may continue to the second year of the bachelor’s programme. However, students who have not successfully completed all parts of the ‘First-Year Research Lab’ and ‘Academic Skills’ are not permitted to participate in the ‘Second-Year Research Lab’.
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. Brightspace informs about announcements and changes in a course. It is advised to check Brightspace on a daily base to remain informed about rooms, schedules, deadlines, and details regarding assignments. Lecturers assume that all students read information posted on Brightspace.
How to login.
The homepage for Brightspace is: http://brightspace.universiteitleiden.nl
Please log in with your ULCN-account and personal password. On the left you will see an overview of My Courses.
To get access to your courses in Brightspace you need to be registered in uSis for these courses.
For those wishing to achieve more from their studies
Students who achieve high grades (7.5 and higher) in the first semester may consider starting to follow the Honours College in the second semester. Such students will in principle continue following the Honours College programme throughout their study. Completion of the Honours College is marked by an Honours certificate, which is added as a supplement to the bachelor's degree.
Instead of the Honours programme students with good results may consider following elective courses from other programmes. That option is called ‘extracurricular’, which means such courses are additional to the regular CADS programme.
Students should make sure that extracurricular activities are not followed at the expense of their main study: the most important thing is to complete the propaedeutic phase within one year. After the first year there is plenty of time to follow interesting additional electives!
At the bottom of this page is a list of all courses of the second year CADS. Clicking on the title of a course will reveal the course description which contains all the information about the course. On the right-hand side of this page, under ‘Files’, is an overview of the schedule of each academic year. This gives an idea of how the coursework is spread over the year. The exact schedule (time and location) of a course can be found in the course description under the heading ‘Schedule’.
Programme Second Year CADS and Study Plan
The following programme of the second year is applicable for students who have passed the propaedaeutic phase within one year. Students who may not participate in the second year's Research Lab (because they have not completed all courses of the first year's Research Lab and/or Academic Skills), should use their time to complete "free elective" courses, which are normally followed in the 3rd year. (You may read more about the free elective space on the tab of the 3rd year CADS.) Students who do meet the admission requirements for the second year Research Lab but who have not yet completed courses from the first year should take this into account when making their study plan for each semester and consult the study advisor.
The study plan is recorded by enrolment in uSis for the courses of one semester. All students must enrol for the 1st semester courses in July/August; registrations are seen as a study plan and are checked by the study advisor. If a study delay is expected, a written study plan must be submitted to the study advisor according to the guidelines. These guidelines will be announced in June by e-mail. The study plan for the second semester will be checked in December and January.
The website of the OSC presents the registration periods per semester.
Please Note: other faculties may apply different terms for following elective courses.
In the second year of the Bachelor's programme CADS three compulsory Key Issues courses must be followed, each with 10 ECTS. All parts of the Research Lab. (the two methodological courses and the Fieldwork NL) are likewise part of the compulsory programme. In total 50 ECTS of compulsory education must be followed.
In addition to taking the mandatory courses, in the second bachelor's year students must select a 10 ECTS area course in the context of Area Studies. There is a choice between the three courses offered by our staff or, with the permission of the CADS Examination Board, area courses outside the CADS institute. In the latter case the choice may consist of one 10 ECTS course or two 5 ECTS courses about the same area. Under the tab ‘Electives’ is an explanation of how to request the approval of the Examination Board, via uSis, for the inclusion of one or more area courses outside the institute.
Start Thinking about the Third Year
During the first semester of the second year information will be provided in the context of Tutorate on completing the third year's optional subjects, internships, and
studying abroad. See the schedule in the course description of ‘Tutorate Second Year Bachelor CADS’.
N.B. In many cases, students wishing to study abroad during their third year must apply for an exchange placing in the first semester of the second year!
The third year of the bachelor’s programme CADS (just like the first two years) consists of 60 ECTS. What is different is that half the credits are obtained within the free elective space, while the other half are mandatory components.
Mandatory Courses (30 ECTS)
- Selected Bibliography and Bachelor Thesis (15 ECTS)
- Disciplinary elective (10 ECTS) (choose one out of four)
- The course ‘Personal and Professional Impact’ (5 ECTS)
Free Elective space (30 ECTS)
The elective components should be concentrated in the 1st semester of the academic year. However, in certain cases – for instance in case of a study delay or an individual study-plan confirmed by the study advisor –the electives can be spread over both semesters.
In some cases official approval for adding elective courses to the bachelor’s programme CA-DS must be obtained from the Examination Board, while in other cases this will not be necessary.
There are 4 possible packages which may be selected to fill the elective space:
1. A minor from Leiden University or another Dutch university (see also
2. A package of electives compiled from courses offered by Leiden University or other Dutch universities - see below the conditions.
3. A combination of 3rd year elements offered by CADS: thematic courses, internship, and/or a winter course in the Philippines (see course descriptions below). This means that the free elective space is filled with CADS-coursework, so no explicit approval from the Exam Board is necessary if this package is chosen.
4. Study abroad (see Studying Abroad). Also see the heading ‘Free electives’ below, regarding the choice of courses when studying abroad.
Also important to know:
When compiling a third-year programme the need for a balanced spreading of the study load must be considered; that is, 30 ECTS of coursework per semester.
When all components of the bachelor's programme have been completed and a minimum of 180 ECTS has been obtained, graduation with a BSc diploma is possible. More information about graduation procedure can be found on the website of the Institute CADS .
It is possible to acquire more than 180 ECTS within a bachelor’s programme. If additional coursework is done beyond the 180 ECTS of the CA-DS bachelor’s programme, their ECTS will be listed on the official graduation transcript as extracurricular education (see also the Elective courses tab).
Any student who completes the Honours Programme will have the programme registered by the faculty's Student Services Centre and listed on the official graduation transcript.
Labour Market Preparation Tutorials
Labour Market Preparation Tutorials
Why did you choose to study Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology? What can you do with it after finishing your studies? Which direction is in line with your interests? How do you prepare yourself as well as possible for the professional field? These questions are central to the Labour Market Preparation Tutorials. The trajectory, which runs through the entire bachelor’s programme, supports you in your personal search within the multitude of choices and possibilities. The choices you make during your studies - the courses you take, the research assignments you carry out and the questions you ask yourself - determine the start of your future career. In this trajectory you look for your own strengths, wishes and possibilities.
Central to the programme are the questions ‘Who am I’, ‘What do I want?’, ‘What can I do?’ And ‘How do I achieve my goals?’. More specifically, you learn:
practical study skills, time management, and preparing for and taking exams;
practical application skills such as networking, producing a good CV, writing a letter of application and conducting job interviews;
linking knowledge, skills and experiences from the educational programme to possibilities and wishes in relation to your own future career;
making conscious study career choices by means of self-reflection that are in line with personal competences and work wishes.
The Labour Market Preparation Tutorials are to a large extent integrated into the curriculum and consist of various plenary meetings, group meetings and other activities that are offered throughout the bachelor’s programme. Questions asked and topics looked at are central to your study and your development. Within courses, guest speakers will talk about their work, there are excursions, and you will carry out practical research assignments. The courses with relatively most Labour Market Preparation Tutorials are Fieldwork NL (year 2), Personal and Professional Impact (year 3) and an internship (optional elective, year 3).
In addition to meetings integrated into the curriculum, you are advised to participate in extra-curricular activities such as some form of practical application training (networking, making a good CV, writing an application letter, conducting job interviews); the CADS Career Day and FSW Career Day (with lectures, workshops and meetings with alumni); and information afternoons (about studying abroad, minors, master's programmes and internships).
Tutoring for the first year
In the weekly mandatory tutor meetings, attention will be paid to: finding your way and place within the university and the CADS bachelor’s programme; time management skills; personal challenges, problems and wishes; and opportunities for anthropologists on the labour market.
In the second year two plenary sessions will focus on: electives, studying abroad, the possibility of doing an internship and study career planning. In addition, attention will be paid to CV development and reflection on your own wishes and competences.
In the third year you will organize the first semester according to your own preference. Studying abroad and doing an internship are possible; or you can choose to specialize further in a specific theme, through electives, with a view to your future Master's studies. In the second semester course ‘Personal and Professional Impact’ you will gain practical career skills.
The specified tasks of the Labour Market Preparation Tutorials must be executed properly, but no credits are awarded for them as they are assessed within the individual courses.
Study material, information and assignments are provided during meetings.
Coördinator: Simone de Boer MA, tel. 071-5273741
NB. The activities for labour market orientation are organized in collaboration with the Career Service FSW. For additional advice and/or specific courses, visit the
Requesting Exemptions within the Bachelor’s Programme CADS
Students who have already followed another academic education programme can apply for exemptions from certain courses of the bachelor’s programme CADS. An application for an exemption is made in two steps:
- submit the application ‘Exemption’ in uSis according to the steps described below,
- submit evidence at the Students Service Center. The required documents are specified below.
Before submitting any request for exemption (and especially in case of doubt) you are advised to contact the secretary of the Examination Board.
Submission of Documentation
Most exemptions are requested for one or more of the following four reasons:
- A student has completed an academic bachelor's programme other than CADS and holds a diploma. Such a student may apply for exemption from the 30 ECTS elective space of the 3rd year. This exemption can be applied for only after completion of the propaedeutic phase.
Required documents: a certified copy of the relevant diploma.
- A student has completed part of an academic bachelor's programme other than CA-DS. Such student may apply for exemption from all or part of the 30 ECTS elective space of the 3rd year. This exemption can be applied for only after completion of the propaedeutic phase.
Required documents: a certified copy of the an official (stamped) grade list.
- A student has completed all or part of an academic programme within social sciences. In such cases too, certain first-year courses might qualify for exemption (for instance, statistics, or writing training).
Required documents: an official (stamped) grade list and descriptions of completed courses.
- A students who has completed courses at other Anthropology programmes in the Netherlands might be eligible for exemption from courses of the Leiden bachelor’s programme CADS.
Required documents: an official (stamped) grade list and descriptions of completed courses.
Submission of Petition in Usis
- From the uSis home screen select the option ‘My study requirements’ which will reveal completed CADS courses per academic year, along with uncompleted courses on the Leiden University programme.
- Find and select the box for courses from which exemption is to be requested.
- Select ‘Submit petitions’ to obtain the Petitions menu, then select ‘Exemption’.
- Complete the petition by stating reasons for exemption from that course. Confirm too that the required supporting documents have already been submitted.
- After saving and submitting a petition, if applicable choose the other course(s) from the CADS programme from which exemption will be requested. Supporting arguments must be submitted for any such further exemptions.
- Exemption requests will be processed only after submission and only when accompanied by the supporting documents as stated above.
Addition of Electives and/or Minors to the Bachelor’s Programme CADS
This instruction is about adding electives and (external) minors to a Bachelor’s programme CADS.
It is important to read this thoroughly and to perform the actions in uSis as described here, when a petition is submitted in uSis.
Below is a short instruction, tailored to six situations applicable to students of the CADS Bachelor’s programme.
It is wise to submit petitions well before the start of the elective in order to know well in advance whether the course will or won’t be approved as part of your bachelor's programme.
Situation 1: Elective courses taken at Leiden University but outside CADS
In this case, elective courses must be added in uSis to your study requirements via the ‘replacement’ option. The conditions for recognition of electives to the bachelor’s programme CADS are described in detail in the ‘3rd year’ tab. NOTE: this step-by-step plan does not apply to minors; for minors, follow the instructions below - Situation 2.
1. Write down the course codes of the courses (ending in Y) as they are mentioned in the e-guide – the codes will be needed later in the petition procedure
2. From the uSis start screen, go to the option ‘My study requirements’. That page shows, per academic year, all CADS bachelor courses that have already been completed along with those bachelor courses not yet completed.
3. Under the heading ‘Bachelor Year 3 - Elective Courses’ a number of ‘dummy subjects’ become visible. They are called ‘Implementation of choice room’ and ‘Implementation of choice box VR ...’.
4. Click on the dummy box ‘Add to selection space’. On the next screen the button ‘Submit petitions’ will appear. Click on that button to receive a ‘Petitions menu’. Select ‘Replacement’.
5. It is possible to use one petition to apply for more than one elective course. Add the course codes one by one via the option ‘Add course part’ in the ‘Replace with’ field. In this case therefore it is convenient to have the previously noted codes at hand.
6. You cannot submit another petition in the same dummy box after saving and submitting the petition. For a second petition you must use a new dummy box. If you have already used the dummy subjects from the section ‘Bachelor Year 3 - Electives’, use the dummy course for applications, as described under ‘Bachelor Year 3 - Further floor’ or use one of the CADS third year electives that you’re certainly not going to select in the mandatory programme.
Situation 2: Following a minor at Leiden University
A minor is a coherent package of courses from another programme. A list of Leiden minors can be found elsewhere in the e-study guide. Most minors are worth 30 ECTS and have their own study guide code. As soon as enrolment for a minor from another Leiden programme has been approved, the student must tell the SSC [OSC] via an email to (email@example.com). The SSC staff will include this minor in uSis. N.B. This means that you must not use uSis to submit a petition for a minor.
Situation 3: Electives or minor followed at another University
Courses followed at other universities are also known as ‘external education’.
For these you must enrol as a guest student at the other university. The SSC can provide data and forms to support your enrolment.
Minors from other universities will be integrated into Leiden programmes as a set of elective courses because only Leiden Minors (with a Leiden study guide code) can be marked as minors in uSis and on official diploma transcripts.
To request recognition of optional courses from external institutions proceed as follows:
1. From the uSis start screen, go to the option ‘My study requirements’. That page shows, per academic year, all CADS bachelor courses that have already been completed along with those bachelor courses not yet completed.
2. Under the heading ‘Bachelor Year 3 - Elective courses’ a number of ‘dummy subjects’ become visible. They are called ‘Implementation of choice room’ and ‘Implementation of choice box VR ...’.
3. Click on the dummy box ‘Add to selection space’. On the next screen the button ‘Submit petitions’ will appear. Click on that button to receive a ‘Petitions menu’. Select ‘External education’.
4. Enter the details of the course and the name of the institution. If you are going to follow multiple courses at the same institution, you can petition for all of them together by using the green ‘Add external education’ button. If you are going to follow courses at more than one external institution, you must submit a separate petition for each institution, using a separate dummy box for each petition. If you have used up the dummy subjects from the section ‘Bachelor Year 3 - Electives’, then use the dummy course for applications found under ‘Bachelor Year 3 - Further floor’ or one of the CADS third year electives that you’re certainly not going to select in the mandatory programme.
5. Petitions will be processed but will be fully adjudicated only after the relevant courses have been completed or after the CA-DS Examination Board has received an official/stamped grade list, or the SSC has received a certificate or examination sheet clearly labelled that it is an appendix.
Situation 4: Following extra courses
If you have completed more elective courses than mandatory 30 ECTS, or more than one mandatory second-year area course or one third-year elective, the ‘surplus’ of courses can be added to ’Extracurricular education’.
1. From the uSis start screen, go to the option ‘My study requirements’.
2. Click on the ‘collapse’ button at the top. Choose the button ‘Extracurricular’ at the bottom of the screen with the bachelor’s programme CADS.
3. Open this and click on ‘extracurricular space’. A number of empty dummy boxes will appear, all called ‘Extracurricular study’ but with different codes (ending on B2, B3 ...).
4. Click on a dummy box, choose ‘Submit petitions’ and then ’Replacement’ (if you are adding Leiden courses, don’t forget to have the subject codes to hand!) If you are adding courses from other institutions click on ‘External education’. NOTE: DO NOT choose option 3 (‘extracurricular’), although it appears the most logical!
5. You can’t add another petition to the same dummy box after you’ve saved and submitted it. To add more petitions you must use another dummy box.
Situation 5: Two Bachelor’s programmes at Leiden University
Students following two courses of study at Leiden University should not submit petitions for Replacement but should instead apply for an exemption from the 30 ECTS free elective space of the CADS bachelor’s programme. For exemption requests, see the tab ‘Exemptions’.
Situation 6: Replacement of the area courses in the second year
To request replacement of an area course follow the instructions for ‘Situation 1’ or ‘Situation 3’ but with this exception: at step 3 do not replace a third-year elective course, but one of the second-year regional courses to be found under ‘Bachelor Year 2: Area Courses’. Then click on one of those courses and make further selections via ‘Submit petition’. Select the option ‘Replacement’ (to submit a Leiden course) or ‘External education’ (to submit a course followed outside Leiden University).