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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.

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 role played by writing in the development of ethnographic work.

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

  • Understand the link between the theory and the practice of ethnographic writing.

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

  • Develop practical and theoretical writing skills specific to the field of anthropology.


Dates and room numbers can be found on the website.

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

  • Weekly assignments for both lectures and tutorials. Weekly assignments are designed to set the foundation for the two main assignments. They help build a strong knowledge of the literature needed for the second assignment and cement the skills required for both.

  • First Assignment: Ethnographic Vignette

  • Second Assignment: Research Essay

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 lectures by the Student Services Centre (SSC).

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

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


E.C. Charlety