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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.

N.B.: Completing this course is required to register for the second-year courses Fieldwork NL, Research Preparation, and Multivariate Analysis.

Language of Instruction

Lectures are given in English. Assignments can only be written in English.

Course Discription and 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 for lectures and tutorials. Weekly assignments build up to home assignments testing knowledge and mastery of Academic writing techniques.

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 2 lecture and 1 tutorial means the final mark will always be downgraded, unless an additional assignment is done.

Registration in My Studymap

All students will be registered for the lecture and the exam (including re-sits) by the Student Services Centre (SSC). Students do need to confirm the registration for their exams in My Studymap as described below.

Division and enrolment in the mandatory tutorials will also be done by the SSC and announced via uSis in the first week of lectures.

Confirming your exams

Registration for examinations isn’t necessary for this course, as the course is assessed by a set of assignments.


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 My Studymap for those courses.

Course Literature

Course literature is made available to students on Brightspace


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