This course is open to the following categories of students:
Premaster’s CADS admitted for this specific course during their application procedure
Exchange students admitted for this specific course during their application procedure
Language of Instruction
Lectures are given in English.
Tutorials: First-year bachelor’s students of CADS have chosen their preferred language of instruction for tutorials during their application. Minor, premaster’s and exchange students will follow the course entirely in English.
Exam(s) and assignment(s) are in the same language as the tutorials.
This course offers an introduction to the discipline of sociology and development sociology with attention to basic theories and concepts, and the historical and geographical context from which they originate. The central terms here are ‘development’ and ‘diversity’ as aspects of societies that can be understood, valued and measured in various ways. In addition, we pay attention to the various actors who play a role in the development field: who are these actors, what shapes do they take, what interests do they represent and what challenges do they face? We further discuss core themes in development and diversity questions such as gender, health, and sustainability, using examples to ground these themes in the real world.
Successful completion of this course will mean that students will be able to:
Define and explain basic concepts of sociology and development sociology and apply them to new contexts
Distinguish, name and recognize contrasting visions of development problems in concrete examples
Distinguish and recognize contrasting visions of diversity issues in concrete examples
Analyse constraints in development and diversity implementation in concrete examples
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Mode of Instruction
This is a 5 ECTS course, which means 140 hours of study (1 ECTS is equivalent to 28 study hours or sbu's). These 140 study hours are composed of the following components:
Lectures: 15 x 2 hours = 30 hours x 1,5 = 45 sbu
Tutorials: 3 x 2 hours = 4 hours x 3 = 12 sbu
Literature: 550 pages = 75 sbu
Written assignment (max. 600 words) = 8 sbu
Final exam: 75%
Only the final mark is registered in Usis. A final pass mark is 6,0 and 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.
The lectures form an integral part of the course, which means there will be exam questions on the lectures.
Three mandatory tutorials form an integral part of the course. Failure to attend a tutorial results in refusal of access to the final exam, unless an additional assignment is done (submitted to and evaluated by the tutor). Only one of the two tutorials may be compensated this way.
Registration in My Studymap
All students will be registered for the lecture and the exam (including re-sits) by the Student Services Centre (SSC). Students do need to confirm the registration for their exams in My Studymap as described below.
Division and enrolment in the mandatory tutorials will also be done by the SSC and announced via uSis in the first week of lectures.
Confirming your exams
It is mandatory for all students of Leiden University, including first-year bachelor students, to confirm registration for each exam (this includes re-sits) in MyStudymap. This is possible up to and including 10 calendar days prior to the examination. You cannot take an exam without a valid pre-registration and confirmation in MyStudymap.
The following groups of students do not have access to MyStudymap, their registration and confirmation of participation of the exam will be conducted by the SSC: Premaster students, Exchange students, Contract students, Minor students from other universities than Leiden University.
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 made using 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 must be registered in My Studymap for those courses.
Willis, Katie 2020 Theories and Practices of Development. London: Routledge Publishers.
Articles from electronic journals and encyclopaedias available through Leiden University’s digital library.