A very limited number of places are available for this course so only the following categories of students may register:
Students enrolled for the Bachelor’s programme “CA-DS” at Leiden University who have passed the Propedeuse. Only ONE third year's course at level 300 is obligatory according to your programme.
Students enrolled for the Minor CA-OS who have not followed another CA-OS course at level 300.
If because of an excess of applications a selection of participants must be made, students who have already followed other "exploration" courses at level 300 will not be considered.
The following two categories will be registered by our administration after the admission procedure:
Pre-Master’s students who have completed the admission procedure for the Master of Visual Ethnography course and have been formally admitted to this course as part of the Pre-Master’s programme.
Students studying Cultural Anthropology at other Dutch universities and who have applied for the course as indicated below.
Please see below for the Registration Procedure for this course.
Students must bring their own SD-card and external hard drive to the course (500GB/1TB, USB 3.0 connection, price from 65 Euro). Specifications will be offered on BB. Owners of Apple equipment should ensure that drives are formatted for Mac & PC; i.e., exFAT..
This course provides a general theoretical introduction to visual methods, as well as hands-on training in the anthropological use of video. Students are introduced to how photography and video can be used in anthropological research through the production of a short ethnographic video. They are also introduced to the theory of visual anthropology and the history of ethnographic film.
NB: This course is also an admission requirement for the track Visual Ethnography as a Method within the MA programme in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology.
Students will acquire:
a general understanding of audiovisual methods and techniques that can be used in ethnography and an understanding of when to use which medium (word, audio, image, video) for research and reporting.
experience with using various audiovisual methods and techniques such as: (a) observing patterns of behaviour, technical processes and social interactions; (b) conducting photo and video elicitation and interview- recording, analysing and editing ethnographic film from an ethnographic perspective.
basic skills in the use of consumer video equipment and digital editing software.
basic knowledge and understanding of ethnographic film history & visual anthropological theory.
experience of presenting visual ethnographic research in an academic multi-media report, including a short edited video.
Dates and room numbers can be found on our website, under "3e Jaar, Semester 1, Hoorcolleges" and "Werkgroepen Visual Methods". Usis registration for Werkgroepen (Tutorials) is not necessary.
Methods of instruction
Total 10 ECTS = 280 study hours (sbu)
producing a short ethnographic video (approx. 10 min.) and an academic multi-media report (approx. 10 pp) in a team of two students
various assignments in text and image
literature self-study ca. 300 pages of selected reading
film and video lecture self-study ca. 10 hrs
Available through the Syllabus on Blackboard under Course Information (from 28/01 onward).
practical assignments (10 % of the final grade)
Theoretical essay, based on a selection from the viewing- and reading-list.(20%)
ethnographic video embedded in a website that contextualizes the film (70 %)
attendance at and active participation in lectures, workgroups and practicals is obligatory
If necessary, there will be one chance to re-do failed assignments or adjust the final project after assessment, before July 1st.
Please see “Admission requirements” above in order to see whether you are entitled to register for this course.
Registration in Usis is obligatory for the lectures (H). Please consult the course registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.
Registration for the exam is NOT necessary because this course does not have one final (classical) exam.
Registration for tutorials (werkgroepen) is NOT needed.
Registration on Blackboard is obligatory for all participants and will be possible after 28 January 2020.
Pre-master students who have been formally admitted to this course as part of their pre-master programme, will be registered in Usis by the faculty administration.
For issues related to registration/admission please sent an email to stucoanthropology@FSW.leidenuniv.nl.
After admission please contact: Drs. Metje Postma