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Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology


Admission requirements

Only the following categories of students can register for this course:

  • Students enrolled for the Minor CA-OS

  • Exchange and Study Abroad students who have been explicitly admitted to this course

  • Pre-master students who have completed their Admission procedure for the master CA-DS and have been formally admitted to this course as part of the pre-master programme.

  • Leiden University Bachelor students (2nd en 3rd year) who wish follow this course as an elective ("keuzevak")

This course is NOT meant for the BA students in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology.

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.
  2. Learning about the most common methods in social sciences and applying those in practice.
  3. Learning to define and operationalise anthropological and sociological concepts.
  4. Understanding the relationship between research question(s), methods, analysis and knowledge.


Dates and Time: Tuesdays, February and March 2018,
Location: Pieter de la Court Building (Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden), room number t.b.a.

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

  • Bryman, A. 2012. “Social Research Methods”, Oxford University Press


  • Registration in Usis is obligatory for the lectures (H) or all participants who have been granted admission for this course. Please use the study activity number and consult the course registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.

  • Registration on Blackboard is obligarory for all participants.

  • Those interested in following this course as a contract student should apply following the prcedure described on the website of the Faculty of Social Sciences

  • 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.


Freek Janssens