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JS Text Seminar MACH


Admission requirements

This course accompanies the BA3 Seminar of the Media, Arts, Culture & History cluster to which the student was admitted. See the admission procedure outlined in Admission requirements to BA3 Seminar of each cluster. Exception will be made for students with a study delay who have already completed one focus seminar in the former BA3 curriculum.


The course trains students in the advanced reading, analysis and use of Japanese-language academic texts for academic research in the fields of media, arts, culture, and history. The material consists of academic texts in Japanese.

Course objectives

This course aims to develop skills essential for reading, analysis and scholarly deployment of longer academic texts in Japanese, specifically within the disciplines of history and visual arts and material culture. These skills comprise among others cursory reading, paraphrasing, and critical analysis, with special attention to:

  • techniques in cursory reading, such as recognition, analysis, and assessment of academic essay structure, keywords, and “signal”-words and -phrases of argumentation

  • skills in the critical analysis of academic texts, including familiarization with strategies of academic writing and argumentation

  • familiarization with field-specific contextual background

  • developing skills in critical reading, assessing, and presentation of academic texts in relation to the fields of media, arts, culture and history.


See timetable

Mode of instruction

  • Seminar

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 140 hours

  • Hours spent on attending seminars: 26 hours

  • Preparing webposts: 7 hours

  • Preparing class readings: 78 hours

  • Writing review paper (including reading / research): 29 hours

Assessment method

  • Participation element (attendance of minimally 70%; minimally 5 webpostings of ca. 500 words; participation in discussing the texts in class): 50%

  • Review paper (2,000-2,500 words): 50%

Het eindcijfer voor het onderdeel is het gewogen gemiddelde van de uitslagen voor de deeltoetsen, met dien verstande dat het onderdeel alleen voldoende kan zijn wanneer de student voor alle deeltoetsen een voldoende heeft behaald. Indien een of meer van de deeltoetsen onvoldoende zijn, ontvangt de student een onvoldoende (onv.) als uitslag voor het gehele onderdeel.

Debriefing exam:
Students may make an individual appointment with the instructor within 30 days of the announcement of the exam grades in order to view their exam.


Yes, see Blackboard for course information and uploading assignments

Reading list

See Blackboard


Registration through uSis. Not registered, means no permission to attend this course. See also the ‘Registrationprocedures for classes and examinations’ for registration deadlines and more information on how to register

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

A la carte


Dr. M. Buijnsters Dr. D. Müller A. J. van der Meer


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