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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 CADS

Finishing this minor in combination with a bachelor degree in Social and Behavioural Studies, Cultural Studies, or Humanities from a recognised university (according to NUFFIC classification) will grant admission to the Master in CADS, for the specialisations “Global Ethnography” and “Sociology of Policy in Practice”. For admission to “Visual Ethnography” there is an additional requirement.
In cases when this minor is combined with other bachelor programmes the Admissions Committee CADS 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 2021 via the course descriptions (below) and via Usis/My Time Table after course enrollment. Under Files you will find a schematic overview of the minor as spread through the academic year 2020-21.


This minor is open in the first place to the bachelor students of Leiden University (with the exception of students who already study CADS 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.
NB: this minor is not open to students of Universities of Applied Sciences.
The maximum number of participants is 30, 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 Study coordinator and she will enroll you for the courses you need to re-take.


Registration for this minor in Usis is possible between 3 May and 15 July 2021.
The Usis-code is 6000MCAOSN and the activity number is 1040 needed for enrolment. (Students who wish to follow the 15 EC package also need to enroll for the whole minor, but register for fewer courses.
After enrolling for the minor, students will be enrolled automatically by the Student Services Centre for the courses, tutorials and exams.
For the tutorials the students will be divided into groups.


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 Minor programme please contact the Study Coordinator.
For questions regarding eligibility for the master programme please contact the Education Secretary.

Minor 30 EC

Course EC Semester 1 Semester 2
Culture and Comparison 5
Development and Diversity 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 CADS - choose ONE course:

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

Choose a total of 10 EC:

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