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Academic Reading and Writing


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme.


Academic Reading and Writing is a course in university-level writing. The course covers the stages of composition of an academic essay, such as close reading of sources, summary, citation and reference, identifying rhetorical aspects in a text or flaws in reasoning, developing a research question and thesis, finding and using textual evidence, organising ideas with clarity, signposting an essay, compiling and referencing bibliographic material, and finally, strategies for revision.

Course objectives

  • Read, analyse, and respond to assigned readings with an understanding of structure and mechanics

  • Employ quotation, paraphrasing, and summary

  • Employ correct CMS citation style.

  • Gather reliable and useful information for writing by conducting effective searches

  • Introduce, position, and integrate source material into the body of an essay

  • Demonstrate and apply knowledge of basic essay structure, including introduction, body and conclusion

  • Demonstrate ability to write for an academic audience

  • Improve the organisation and expression of arguments, evidence, and stance in writing

  • Students show intercultural awareness in giving and receiving useful (peer)feedback and offering and receiving constructive criticism.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • In-person seminars

  • Online tutorial modules

Assessment method

Assessment & Weighing

Assignment Percentage of grade
1: 5 Skills assignments 20%
2: Writing project 80%

Please note: Attending all tutorial sessions in both semesters is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence.

End Grade

To successfully complete the course, please take note of the following:

  • Students must have a passing end grade to pass the course. Additionally, students must have a passing grade for the final assignment (5.50 or higher).


  • If the end grade for the course or the grade for the final assignment is insufficient, students can re-submit the writing project. The deadline for re-submission will be published in the course syllabus.

  • There is no re-sit option for the skills assignments.

Retaking a passing grade

Retaking a passing grade is not possible for this course.
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2022 – 2023.

Exam review and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organised.

Reading list

To be announced.


The programme’s administration office will register all first year students for the first semester courses in uSis, the registration system of Leiden University.



This course of ten tutorials covers both the first and second semester.

Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.