African Studies Centre (ASC) De Universiteit Leiden biedt als enige universiteit in Nederland een bachelor waarin heel Afrika aan bod komt. De docenten behoren tot de internationale top van hun vakgebied. In het tweede semester van je tweede jaar ga je een half jaar naar een Afrikaans land om een tweede Afrikaanse taal te leren (Swahili leer je in je eerste jaar). De meeste studenten kiezen voor de mogelijkheid om naar Ghana te gaan. De opleiding is kleinschalig: het contact met de docenten is heel persoonlijk en je leert je medestudenten goed kennen.
Tijdens de bachelor Afrikaanse Talen en Culturen leer je niet alleen de talen, maar ook de achtergronden van de politieke, culturele en economische ontwikkelingen van het continent kennen. Je verdiept je in verschillende volkeren, de boeiende geschiedenis en literatuur en de vaak roerige politieke processen. Heel Afrika komt aan bod; je kunt je daarnaast richten op een regio van je persoonlijke interesse waarbij je je toespitst op geschiedenis, literatuur of taalkunde.
Studenten kunnen gebruik maken van de gespecialiseerde bibliotheek van het Afrika-Studiecentrum Leiden, het enige academische kennisinstituut van Nederland dat zich volledig richt op de bestudering van Afrika. Het ASCL is een interfacultair instituut van de Universiteit Leiden.
The Bachelor African Languages and Cultures is taught in Dutch. Start: September
African Studies Centre (ASC) The research master's in African Studies at Leiden University is unique in continental Europe for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and the variety of perspectives.
Why study African Studies (research) at Leiden University? The two year’s research master’s programme in African Studies at Leiden University bridges the often artificially drawn boundaries between the humanities, such as history and literary studies, and the social sciences, such as anthropology, political science and economics. As a result you have the opportunity to develop in-depth knowledge about different aspects of the African continent and its peoples, at the same time you are not bound by boundary constraints of any of the more traditional disciplines focusing on Africa. Small classes ensure that you have plenty of direct contact with your lecturers and a high level of guidance and support throughout your studies.
Develop and practise your research skills An important aspect of this programme is developing your ability to conduct original and interdisciplinary research. You will have the opportunity to spend an entire year (of which six months consists of fieldwork in Africa) to execute your own research project. This will provide you experiences into working and conducting research in Africa. You will take in-depth courses that will guide you through social theory, methodology development, and proposal writing; you will write a scientific publication, and practice your debating and presentation skills. This will enable you, upon graduation, to initiate independent PhD or policy research, advise and participate in policy development and implementation, or offer training to businesses wanting to do trade in Africa.
African Studies Centre (ASC) The master’s in African Studies at Leiden University is an advanced area studies qualification that combines world-class scholarship with practice-based learning.
Why study African Studies at Leiden University? This multidisciplinary programme offers you the opportunity to learn about Africa from a wide range of perspectives: historical, literary, cultural, socio-economical and political. At Leiden, relevance and real-world issues are at the fore, which means that you get to critically analyse current events as they unfold and from a broad, comparative and global perspective. Multi-modal research methods and mixed methods will also be introduced to you. You also get to study the subject areas that interest you most, by choosing electives, project topics, and the focal area of your thesis.
Benefit from an international network Within Leiden University (e.g. History Department, Linguistics) and the African Studies Centre (ASC), the MA in African Studies has a genuine area studies profile. During your studies you will gain access to the African Studies Centre’s extensive international network and high-profile events that will connect you to the leading researchers in the field.
Master of Arts; African Studies Centre (ASC) The Research Masters in African Studies, which is offered by the African Studies Centre in cooperation with Leiden University, is unique in the Netherlands and introduces students to a range of curricular and career options in the field of African Studies and a wide network of researchers and their current academic work.
African Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study that straddles the (artificial) divide between the humanities and the social sciences, and students following this programme will develop knowledge and skills that cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries. The Research Masters in African Studies is a broad and multifaceted programme in which an interdisciplinary approach is combined with in-depth study of a particular theme and region. It is intended for talented and highly motivated students who have already undertaken the required preparatory degree courses. Having successfully completed the Research Masters programme, students will be qualified to engage in research at an academic level in universities (PhD research), or work in state institutions or within the NGO sector.
The Research Masters in African Studies is taught by leading scholars from, among others, the universities of Leiden, Wageningen, Utrecht, Groningen and Amsterdam (UvA and VU) in the Netherlands and Louvain in the Flemish-speaking area of Belgium. The research projects of the participating staff members are central to the programme and students will come into contact with and work alongside scholars at the forefront of African Studies.