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Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology


Admission requirements

Only the following categories of students can register for this course:

  • Students enrolled for the Minor CA-OS

  • Exchange students who have been explicitly admitted to this course

  • Pre-master students who have completed their Admission procedure for the master CA-DS and have been formally admitted to this course as part of the pre-master programme.

This course is NOT meant for the students of the Bachelor Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology.

See the Registration procedure below.


This course offers an introduction into and an overview of main research methods and techniques within social sciences and specifically cultural anthropology, with an emphasis on ethnographic methods. Students will learn to formulate a research question, collect data by using specific research techniques, and critically analyse the data.

Course objectives

  1. Gaining basic knowledge on seting up and conducting empirical research.
  2. Learning about the most common methods in social sciences and applying those in practice.
  3. Learning to define and operationalise anthropological and sociological concepts.
  4. Understanding the relationship between research question(s), methods, analysis and knowledge.


Dates and room numbers can be found on our website, under "Minor CA-OS, Semester 2 Hoorcolleges".

5-11-2019 09:15 11:00 PDLC 1A01
12-11-2019 09:15 11:00 PDLC 1A01
19-11-2019 09:15 11:00 PDLC 1A01
26-11-2019 09:15 11:00 PDLC 5A47
3-12-2019 09:15 11:00 PDLC 0A28
10-12-2019 09:15 11:00 PDLC 0A28
17-12-2019 09:15 11:00 PDLC 0A28
24-12-2019 09:15 11:00 PDLC 0A28

Mode of instruction

5 EC = 140 study hours:

  • Lectures: 8 × 2 h = 16 h = 24 study hours

  • Research and assignments

  • Literature: number of pages of literature t.b.a. on Blackboard

Assessment method

Assessment and grading method (in percentages): t.b.a.

To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following:
1) the final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average
2) the final grade for the course is established by (i) determination of the weighted average combined with (ii) additional requirements. These additional requirements generally relate to one or more of the subtests always be sufficient.

Re-take: t.b.a.


Blackboard module of this course will be available for enrollment in the first week of the course.
All participants are required to enroll on Blackboard.

Reading list

  • Bryman, A. 2012. “Social Research Methods”, Oxford University Press


  • Registration in Usis is obligatory for the lectures (H) or all participants who have been granted admission for this course. Please use the study activity number and consult the course registration website for information on registration periods and further instructions.

  • Registration on Blackboard is obligarory for all participants.

  • The pre-master and exchange students will be registered by the student administration if this course was explicitly listed as part of their study programme.


Dr. John Boy