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Academic Discourse


Admission Requirements

‘Academic Discourse’ is the third of three Academic Skills courses that are part of the first year of the bachelor’s programme CADS. Admission to the course is restricted to students enrolled in the CADS bachelor’s programme and or in a premaster’s programme that assigns this course.

Language of Instruction and Assessment

Lectures are given in English. Assignments can be written in English or Dutch (optional).

Description/Course Objectives

  • Understand the different writing skills required in the field of social sciences and the humanities

  • Understand and identify writing strategies used by anthropologists in their own research

  • Know the rules and norms of academic writing (formatting, referencing, bibliography, style, tone)

  • Acquire a solid practice of academic writing in the various forms required by the field

  • Develop the foundation to a personal method of research and writing

  • Acquire a transferable set of writing skills for academic and non-academic purposes


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Mode of Instruction

This is a 5 ECTS course (=140 study hours [sbu])

  • lectures 6 × 2 hours = 18 sbu

  • tutorials 6 × 2 hours = 24 sbu

  • written assignments 4,500 words = 60 sbu

  • additional literature 270 pages = 38 sbu

Assessment method

  • Mandatory attendance at lectures and tutorials.

  • Weekly writing assignments and a large final assignment for which, among other things, earlier assignments must be improved.
    Only the final mark is registered in uSis. The final pass mark is 6,0 and higher; 5,0 or lower is deemed inadequate. Final marks between 5,0 and 6,0 are never awarded.
    Absence from more than 1 lecture and 1 tutorial means the final mark will always be too low, unless an additional assignment is done.

Registration in uSis

First-year CADS students and premaster’s students: registration for lectures is NOT necessary as students will be registered by the Student Services Centre (SSC). Registration for examinations isn’t necessary for this course, as the course is assessed by a set of assignments. Second-year CADS students must register for the course, but not for tutorials.

Students will be allocated to workgroups by the education coordinator and the groups will be announced via uSis. Registration periods and further information about procedure is given on the website under ‘Course Registration’.


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 in Brightspace. Students are advised to check Brightspace daily to remain informed about rooms, schedules, deadlines, and details regarding 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 need to be registered in uSis for those courses.

Course Literature


Dr. Elsa Charlety