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Development and Diversity in a Sociological Perspective


Admission Requirements

This course is open to the following categories of students:

  • Bachelor’s CADS

  • Minor CADS

  • Premaster’s CADS admitted for this specific course during their application procedure

  • Exchange students admitted for this specific course during their application procedure

Language of Instruction

Lectures are given in English.
Tutorials: First-year bachelor’s students of CADS have chosen their preferred language of instruction for tutorials during their application. Minor, premaster’s and exchange students will follow the course entirely in English.

Exam(s) and assignment(s) are in the same language as the tutorials.

Course Description

This course offers an introduction to the discipline of sociology and development sociology with attention to basic theories and concepts, and the historical and geographical context from which they originate. The central terms here are ‘development’ and ‘diversity’ as aspects of societies that can be understood, valued and measured in various ways. In addition, we pay attention to the various actors who play a role in the development field: who are these actors, what shapes do they take, what interests do they represent and what challenges do they face? We further discuss core themes in development and diversity questions such as gender, health, and sustainability, using examples to ground these themes in the real world.

Course Objectives

Successful completion of this course will mean that students will be able to:

  • define and explain basic concepts of sociology and development sociology and apply them to new contexts

  • distinguish, name and recognize contrasting visions of development problems in concrete examples

  • distinguish and recognize contrasting visions of diversity issues in concrete examples

  • analyse constraints in development and diversity implementation in concrete examples


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Mode of Instruction

This is a 5 ECTS course, which means 140 hours of study (1 ECTS is equivalent to 28 study hours or sbu's). These 140 study hours are composed of the following components:

  • Lectures: 15 x 2 hours = 30 hours x 1,5 = 45 sbu

  • Tutorials: 2 x 2 hours = 4 hours x 2 = 8 sbu

  • Literature: 550 pages = 79 sbu

  • Written assignment (max. 600 words) = 8 sbu

Assessment Method

  • Interim test

  • Written assignment

  • Final examination

Only the final mark is registered in Usis. A final pass mark is 6,0 and higher; a final mark of 5,0 or lower is deemed inadequate. Final marks between 5,0 and 6,0 are never awarded. Only if the final mark is inadequate may the final exam be re-taken, during the re-sit.
N.B.: There is no re-take option for the interim test.

  • The lectures form an integral part of the course, which means there will be exam questions on the lectures.

  • Two mandatory tutorials form an integral part of the course. Failure to attend a tutorial results in refusal of access to the final exam, unless an additional assignment is done (submitted to and evaluated by the tutor). Only one of the two tutorials may be compensated this way.

Registering for Examinations

First-year students, exchange students and premaster’s students are not required to register for this course. Other students are required to register

Registration in uSis

  • First-year CADS students, exchange students and premaster’s students: registration for lectures, tutorials, exams is NOT required as students will be registered by the Student Services Centre (SSC).

  • Other students must register in uSis for all lectures and examinations and may do so up to 11 calendar days before the examination. Read more. Registration for tutorials is NOT required.

  • Division and enrolment in mandatory tutorials will be done by the student administration and announced via uSis in the first week of lectures.


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 made using Brightspace. Students are advised to check Brightspace daily to remain informed about rooms, schedules, deadlines, and details of 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 your courses in Brightspace you must be registered in uSis for those courses.

Course Literature

Willis, Katie 2011 Theories and Practices of Development. London: Routledge Publishers

Articles from electronic journals and encyclopaedias available through Leiden University’s digital library.


Dr. Tessa Minter