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Data Management and Research Ethics


Admission requirements

Admission to this course is restricted to students enrolled for the CA-DS Bachelor’s programme who have completed the “Academic Writing and Representation” course. The course Data Management and Research Ethicsis the second of three courses in Academic Skills that are part of the first year of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (CA-DS).

Language of Instruction

Lectures are taught in English.
Tutorials: First years bachelor students of CA-DS have chosen the preferred language of instruction for tutorials during their application.
Exams (in the form of assignments) can be written in either Dutch or English.

Description/Course Objectives

To offer a critical look at sources, other than academic texts, as representations
To develop awareness of processes of self-positioning during the writing of an academic text
To deepen knowledge of a number of academic formats
To increase the skills required for the search and selection of academic literature
To sharpen referencing skills
To reflect on the academic value of oral presentation and peer review


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Mode of instruction

A total of 5 ECTS is 140 sbu (study hours):

lectures (incl. a test) 4 × 3 hours = 12 hours = 18 sbu
tutorials: 5 × 2 hours = 10 hours = 20 sbu
excursion ca. 6 hours = 12 sbu
written assignments 4,500 words = 60 sbu
additional literature 180 p. = 30 sbu

Assessment method

  • Weekly writing assignments with the right to re-submit within two weeks after receipt of the mark.

  • Obligatory attendance at lectures, tutorials and excursions

  • Excursion - date and location will be announced via Brightspace.

Only the final mark is registered in Usis. A passing final mark is 6,0 and higher; inadequate final mark is 5,0 or lower. Final marks are never between 5,0 and 6,0.

Absence from more than 1 lecture and 1 tutorial results in not obtaining the final grade, unless an additional assignment is done.

Exemptions/exceptions can be requested to the Examination Board in a motivated letter or email.


Brightspace will be the digital learning environment of Leiden University as of the 2020/2021 academic year. This means Brightspace will replace the current system Blackboard.

Students attending the first year of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology or resitting courses, will be the first working with Brightspace as their learning management system as of the academic year 2019-2020. Through Brightspace you can access news messages, retrieve study material and hand in assignments. You will need to visit Brightspace on a regular basis to be sure to have the latest information. Lecturers will assume that all students read the information provided in Brightspace.

How to login:
The homepage for Brightspace is:
Please log in with your ULCN-account and personal password. On the left you will see an overview of My Courses.

To get access to your courses in Brightspace you need to be registered in uSis for these courses.

Leiden University app
In this app, you can find most of your personal study information in one place. The Blackboard app will be replaced by the Brightspace app over time. Until then you have to use them both.

Study material


Registration in uSis

  • First-year CA-OS students: registration in Usis is NOT necessary as students will be registered by the Student Services Centre (SSC).

  • Second-year CA-OS students must register for lectures, but not for tutorials.

Division of students in workgroups will be done by the education coordinator and announced via Usis in the first week of lectures.

Registration periods and further information about procedure is given on the website on course registration.


To be announced during the first semester.