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Research Preparation


Admission Requirements

The following two categories of students are entitled to participate:

1. Bachelor students of CADS who have passed the following first-year courses:

  • Social Scientific Research in Practice

  • Statistics in Practice

  • Academic Writing and (Re-)Presentation

  • Data Management and Research Ethics/Ethics in Contemporary Ethnographic Research

  • Academic Discourse

2. Archaeology students from the bachelor’s programme Heritage and Society who have successfully passed Social Scientific Research in Practice.

Language of Instruction

Lectures are given in English.
The exam can be taken in Dutch or English.

Course Description and Course Objectives

This course focuses on preparation of tasks for Fieldwork NL. How should a research design be written? How should a research question be translated into action? What methods should be used and why? What is the best way to prepare for fieldwork? The programme offers a thorough, methodical and practical preparation and deals with scientific-philosophical questions. On the basis of a number of practical methods and techniques such as participatory observation, life stories, case studies, network analysis and internet research, students are challenged to think about which method best suits their own research questions.

The emphasis is on both the precise application of research methods and on the theory and practice of knowledge and the philosophy of science.


Dates and room numbers can be found on the website.

Mode of Instruction

Total 5 ECTS = 140 study tax hours (sbu)

  • lectures 10 × 2 = 20 hours * 1,5 = 30 sbu

  • literature ca. 770 pages = 110 sbu

Assessment Method

  • Mandatory participation in lectures

  • Written examination

  • Written exercises

Only the final mark is registered in uSis and tests may be re-taken if results of the first attempt are deemed unsatisfactory (grade 5 or lower).


All participants must register in Usis for lectures and the exam. Students may register for the exam up to 11 calendar days before it takes place. Registration periods and further information about the procedure are given on the website on course registration.


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 regarding 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 you need to be registered for those courses in uSis.

Course Literature

Bryman, Alan 2012 Social Research Method, 4th edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Articles from electronic journals and encyclopaedias are available through the digital university library (to be announced).


Dr. Erik Bähre