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Diversity and Development in a Sociological Perspective


Admission requirements

This course is open to the following categories of students:

  • Bachelor’s CA-DS,

  • Minor CA-DS,

  • Pre-Master’s CA-DS admitted for this specific course during their application procedure,

  • Exchange students admitted for this specific course during their application procedure,

  • Contract students registered in accordance with the procedure set out on this page of the faculty website.

Language of Instruction

Lectures are taught in English.
Tutorials: First years bachelor students of CA-DS have chosen the preferred language of instruction for tutorials during their application. Pre-master, Minor and Exchange students follow the tutorials in English. Contract students may indicate the preferred language of instruction for tutorials during their application.
Exams are in the same language as tutorials.


This course offers a short introduction to the discipline of sociology with attention to basic theories and concepts, and the historical context from which they originate. The central terms here are "development" and "diversity" as ideas that might be historically and geographically different; as well as aspects of societies that can be measured in various ways. In addition, we pay attention to the various actors who play a role in the development field, and to core themes in development and diversity questions such as gender, health, insecurity and sustainability.

Course Objectives

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

  • analyze visions of diversity and diversity implementation problems in concrete examples


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Mode of instruction

D&D is a 5 EC course, which means 140 hours of study (1 EC is equivalent to 28 study hours or sbu's)
This number is composed as follows:

15 lectures of 2 hours = 30 hours x 1,5 = 45 study hours (sbu)
3 tutorials of 2 hours = 6 hours x 2 = 12 hours of study (sbu)
Written assignment 500-600 words = 8 hours of study (sbu)
Monograph Willis 280 pages (6 pages per hour for reading, learning and assessment) = 46 hours of study
Various articles ca. 170 pages (6 pages per hour for reading, learning and assessment) = 29 hours of study

Assessment method

  • Interim test: 20% of final mark

  • Essay: 20% of final mark (this grade must be at least 5.5 to complete the course)

  • Final examination: 60% of final mark (this grade must be at least 5.5 to complete the course).

Only the final mark is registered in Usis. A passing final mark is 6,0 and higher; inadequate final mark is 5,0 or lower. Final marks are never between 5,0 and 6,0. Only if the final mark is inadequate, the final exam may be re-taken during the re-take test. N.B. There is no re-take option for the Interim test.

  • Fifteen lectures form an integral part of the course, which means that there will be exam questions on the lectures.

  • Four mandatory tutorials form an integral part of the course. Failure to attend a tutorial, results in having no access to the final exam, unless an additional assignment is done (submitted to and evaluated by the tutor). Only one out of three tutorials can be compensated this way.

Exemptions can be requested to the Examination Board in a motivated latter or mail.

Registering for examinations

First years students, Exchange students and Pre-Master students are not required to register.
Other students are required to register in uSis for every examination and may do so up to 11 calendar days before the examination. Read more

Registration in uSis

  • First-year CA-OS students, Exchange students and Pre-Master students: registration for lectures, tutorials, exams is NOT necessary as students will be registered by the Student Services Centre (SSC).

  • Other students must register for all lectures and examinations (see above), but not for tutorials:

  • Division and enrolment in mandatory tutorials will be done by the student administration and announced via Usis in the first week of lectures.

Registration periods and further information about procedure is given on the website on course registration.


Brightspace will be the digital learning environment of Leiden University as of the 2020/2021 academic year. This means Brightspace will replace the current system Blackboard.

Students attending the first year of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology or resitting courses, will be the first working with Brightspace as their learning management system as of the academic year 2019-2020. Through Brightspace you can access news messages, retrieve study material and hand in assignments. You will need to visit Brightspace on a regular basis to be sure to have the latest information. Lecturers will assume that all students read the information provided in Brightspace.

How to login:
The homepage for Brightspace is:
Please log in with your ULCN-account and personal password. On the left you will see an overview of My Courses.

To get access to your courses in Brightspace you need to be registered in uSis for these courses.

Leiden University app
In this app, you can find most of your personal study information in one place. The Blackboard app will be replaced by the Brightspace app over time. Until then you have to use them both.

Study materials

Willis, Katie
2011 Theories and Practices of Development. London: Routledge Publishers

Additionally, various articles will be used.


Dr. Jan Jansen