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Anthropological Research in Practice


Admission Requirements

This course is open to the following categories of students:

  • Bachelor’s CADS

  • Bachelor Heritage and Society (Archeology)

  • Premaster’s CADS admitted to this specific course during the application procedure

Language of Instruction

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

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

Course Description

This course focuses on acquiring practical knowledge of data collection procedures in social science research and on contextualising scientific research within certain knowledge paradigms. Students will learn how to formulate questions, collect data, apply specific methods and techniques of research and to look critically at the relationship between data and knowledge.

Learning Objectives

Specific objectives:

  • Preparing and executing basic knowledge about research

  • Applying the methods and techniques generally accepted within social sciences

  • Defining and operationalizing concepts

  • Understanding, applying and critically viewing relationships among questions, methods, analysis and knowledge.

  • Learning to apply scientific-philosophical critiques


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Mode of Instruction

This is a 10 ECTS course, which means 280 hours of study (1 ECTS is equivalent to 28 study hours or sbu's). These 280 study hours are composed from the following components:

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

  • Tutorials: 7 x 2 hours = 14 hours x 2 = 28 sbu

  • Practicals/exercises = 87 sbu

  • Literature: ca. 840 pages = 120 sbu

Assessment Method

  • Mandatory participation in all lectures, practicals and tutorials. Absence is permissible only with the explicit permission of the lecturer.

  • Written examination on lecture material and literature, with closed and open questions

  • Assignments to the tutorials and practicals

Only the final mark is registered in uSis. The final pass mark is 6,0 or 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.

Registering for Examinations

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

  • Archaeology students (specialization Heritage & Society) must register before Christmas in uSis for all lectures and for the examination; students may register for the examination up to 11 calendar days before the examination takes place. 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 given in 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 need to be registered in uSis for those courses.

Course Literature

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

Cramer, Katherine J. 2016 The Politics of Resentment: Rural Consciousness in Wisconsin and the Rise of
Scott Walker
. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

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


Jasmijn Rana and Andrew Littlejohn