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Academic Literacy


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme.
Please note: this course takes place in The Hague. Traveling between University buildings from Leiden to The Hague may take about 45 minutes.


Academic Literacy is a course in academic skills. The topics covered include close reading of sources, summary, citation and reference, identifying rhetorical aspects in a text, organising ideas with clarity, source identification and evaluation, and academic integrity.

Course objectives

  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the university’s library services.

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

  • Employ quotation, paraphrasing, and summary.

  • Employ correct CMS citation style.

  • Evaluate the quality of sources and information.

  • Encourage self-reliance in attaining skills and finding information.

  • Develop good academic practice and promote academic integrity.


The timetables are available through My Timetable.

Mode of instruction

  • In-person seminars

  • Online tutorial modules

Please note: Attending all seminar sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutorial-lecturer in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. ? Being absent at any seminar session may have a negative impact on the grade of the assignment due for that particular seminar session. This is at the discretion of the tutorial-lecturer.

Assessment method

Assessment & Weighing

Assignment Percentage of grade
Mid-term exam 45%
Final exam 45%
Seminar assignments 10%

End Grade

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

  • Students must have a passing end grade to pass the course.

  • The average of the Midterm Exam and the Final Exam grade needs to be 5.50 or higher.

  • This means that an average failing Exam grade cannot be compensated with a high grade for the seminar assignments.


  • If the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), or the average of the Midterm Exam grade and the Final Exam grade is lower than 5.50, there is a possibility of retaking the full 90% of the exam material, replacing the Midterm Exam and Final Exam grade. No resit for the seminars is possible.

  • Please note that if the Resit Exam grade is lower than 5.50, you will not pass the course, regardless of the seminar grade.

Retaking a passing grade

Retaking a passing grade is not possible for this course.

Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2024 – 2025.

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.

General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.

Registration Exchange

For the registration of exchange students contact Humanities International Office.



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