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Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology


Admission requirements

Only students enrolled for the Minor or the Pre-master in Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology may register for this course.
See the Registration procedure below.


This course offers an introduction into and an overview of main research methods and techniques within social sciences and specifically cultural anthropology, with an emphasis on ethnographic methods. Students will learn to formulate a research question, collect data by using specific research techniques, and critically analyse the data.

Course objectives

  1. Formation of basic knowledge on seting up and conducting empirical research.
    1. Learning about the most common methods in social sciences and applying those in practice.
    2. Learning to define and operationalise anthropological and sociological concepts.
    3. Understanding the relationship between research question(s), methods, analysis and knowledge.


Time: February 3rd to March 23rd, 2016, Wednesdays 17-19 h.
Location: Pieter de la Court Building (Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden), room 1A-21, only on 24-feb room 5A-23.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures

  • Research

  • Literature

Course Load

5 EC = 140 study hours:

  • Lectures: 9 × 2 h = 18 h = 27 study hours

  • Research: study hours t.b.a.

  • Literature: number of pages of literature t.b.a.

Assessment method

Assessment and grading method (in percentages): t.b.a.

To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following:
1) the final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average
2) the final grade for the course is established by (i) determination of the weighted average combined with (ii) additional requirements. These additional requirements generally relate to one or more of the subtests always be sufficient.

Re-take: t.b.a.


Blackboard module of this course will be available for enrollment in the first week of the course.
All participants are required to enroll on Blackboard.

Reading list



  • For participants of the Minor CA-OS registration in Usis is obligatory for the lecture series (6492RESH). See the Registration info

  • The pre-master students will be registered by the coordinator N. Osterhaus if this course was explicitly listed in the Admission Statement as part of their pre-master programme.


Dr. Igor Boog
Mw. Jasmijn Rana, MSc