For an overview of the subjects offered by this programme in the current year, check out the e-Prospectus: http://studiegids.leidenuniv.nl/studies/show/african_studies_research. The subjects can vary from year to year.
You start with an introduction to current debates on African Studies through two interdisciplinary courses in the fall semester (September-December): 'The field of African Studies and interdisciplinarity, part 1: Aims and results of Africanist research' and part 2: 'Processes of Africanist Research'.
During the spring semester (February-June) you focus on a particular region on the African continent as well as you acquire an in-depth understanding of theoretical and methodological perspectives on the field of African Studies through participation in the thematic course Theories and the Empirical in African Studies.
The second year is a research year. You will work under the supervision of a senior researcher from your chosen field and will have access to specialist international academic connections. Your research project will be carried out in collaboration with a university in Africa, an organisation – such as an NGO or ministry -, a museum or a specialised archive.
You will conclude your research by producing a thesis, policy document or Ph.D. research proposal. Hands-on research seminars will guide you through the writing-up phase.