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Visual Methods


This course can be followed as part of a BA specialisation “Media and Culture”.
(onderdeel van BA Culturele Antropologie en Ontwikkelingssociologie)

Admission requirements

A maximum of twenty four (24) students can be admitted to this course.
Financial contribution for the use of the material € 50,- per student to be paid during the first week of the course.

Course description

This course provides a general theoretical introduction to visual methods, as well as hands on training regarding the anthropological use of video. Students are introduced to the ways in which photography and video can be used in anthropological research. They are also familiarized with the ways in which ethnographic films are made.


Wednesdays and Fridays 14-17 h
September 8 – December 15, 2010
Room 0A28 (Filmzaal), Pieter de la Court Building

Methods of instruction

Total 10 ECTS = 280 study hours (sbu)

  • 6 lectures (x3 h) = 27 sbu

  • 24 tutorials (x3 h) = 72 sbu

  • short video film 8 minutes = 104 sbu

  • written assignment (2000-3000 words / 3-4 pages) = 28 sbu

  • literature: ca.300 pages of selected reading = 50 sbu

Assesment method

  • written exam about the lectures and the literature (25 % of the final grade)

  • ethnographic film (50 %), accompanied by a short paper (25 %).

  • presence and active participation in lectures and tutorials is obligatory

Reading list

Available through Blackboard


  • BA students of the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Developmet Sociology of Leiden University:
    Inschrijving mogelijk van 1 juli t/m 20 augustus 2010 via het secretariaat CA-OS, kamer 3A19, tel. 5273469, e-mail:

  • Cultural anthropology students enrolled at other Dutch universities:
    Aanmelding mogelijk via het Secretariaat CA-OS (zie boven), maar plaatsing / inschrijving alleen bij voldoende plaats. Plaatsing geschiedt in dat geval op volgorde van aanmelding. Na 20 augustus 2010 krijgen alle aangemelde gaststudenten een plaatsingsbericht.

  • Exchange and Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply for the exchange programme.

Contact information

Drs. Steef Meyknecht, Pieter de la Bourt Building, room nr: 3A29A,