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Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology


Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology is a social science. Anthropologists investigate the ways in which people give meaning to different aspects of their life and the way they interact with each other, by looking at issues of diversity, gender, religion, economic and political behaviour, and use of (social) media. Students get acquainted with anthropological approaches to studying society by learning about (and practicing with) its research methods and its modes of representation.

Preparation for the Master CA-DS

Finishing this minor in combination with a Bachelor of Arts form the Faculty of Humanities (including International Studies) will grant admission to the Master in CA-DS, and specifically the specialisations “Global Ethnography” and “Sociology of Policy in Practice”. For admission to “Visual Ethnography” there are additional requirements.

In cases when this minor is combined with other bachelor programmes the Admissions Committee CA-DS will decide on individual bases whether the student still has deficiencies that need to be bridged by an additional pre-master programme.

Time table

This programme is spread throughout the year, with courses in each of the 4 blocks: 5 to 10 EC per block (15 EC per semester).

Time tables for each course, including the room numbers, are available from June 2019 via the course descriptions (below) and off course via Usis after course enrollment. Under Files you will find a schematic overview of the minor as spread through the academic year 2019-20.

The first two courses (in block 1) work with tutorial groups to which minor students will be enrolled by the student administration. (It is not possible to choose a specific group in advance.)


This minor is open in the first place to the bachelor students of Leiden University (with the exception of students who already study CA-DS as a major) and also students of TU Delft and Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Students from other universities can also participate if the available places are not taken by students from LU, TUD, and EUR and can apply by contacting the Student Services Center (link below) between 1 and 15 August.

The maximum number of participants is 40, including the reserved places for TUD and EUR students.

NB: Please note that minor should be completed within ONE academic year, because the programme can change next year. If by some chance you do not finish the minor within this academic year, you can try to finish it next year. IN this case, students of Leiden University do NOT need to enroll for the whole minor again. You need to contact Studen Services Centre by email ( and they will enroll you for the courses you need to re-take (you will only need to enroll for exams).

Students from EUR and TUD do need to apply for the whole minor again as they did once already, in order to be enrolled as student at Leiden University."


Registration for this minor in Usis is possible between May 1 (13.00 h) and August 1, 2020.

The Usis-code is 6000MCAOSN and the activity number needed for enrollment is 1047. (Students who wish to follow the 15 EC packeage also need to enrol for the minor, but register for fewer courses.)

After enrolling for the minor, students need to enroll for the courses following the deadlines and instruction described on the Social Science Faculty's website: Course and exam enrolment

  • Registration for the Lectures of all courses that comprise the minor is obligatory.

  • Registration for Tutorials (Working groups) is NOT necessary or possible: the students will be devided into groups and enrolled by the administratuion.

  • Registration for all classical Exams is obligatory and possiblie until 10 days before the exam. In the courses that have no classical exams but work with assignmens instead, the registration fo the exam is not needed.

You must complete a minor within one year because the range varies annually. In the unlikely event that you did not succeed, do not register again for the full minor. Send an email to the OSC with the courses listed that you still have to pass. You will then be registered separately for these courses. Please note, you must always register for (any) exams yourself.


For questions regarding the enrolment for the minor please contact the Student Services Centre of the Social Science Faculty.

For questions regarding the content of the programme or eligibility for the master programme, please contact the Study coordinator.

MInor 30 EC

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Culture and Comparison 5
Diversity and Development in a Sociological Perspective 5
Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology 5
Media Worlds 5
Diversity and Power 10

Version for 15 ECTS

This selection of courses is meant for students whose elective space in the bachelor does not allow a minor of 30 EC but only elective courses for 15 EC.

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2

Introduction in CA-DS - choose ONE course:

Culture and Comparison 5
Diversity and Development in a Sociological Perspective 5

Choose a total of 10 EC:

Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology 5
Media Worlds 5
Diversity and Power - dubbel - ongeldig 10