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Academic Writing and (Re) Presentation


Admission Requirements

The course, ‘Academic Writing and Representation’ is Part I of three courses in Academic Skills that are part of the first year of the CADS bachelor’s programme. Admission to the course is restricted to students who are either enrolled in the CADS bachelor’s programme or have been assigned to the course from a premaster’s programme.

Language of Instruction and Assessment

Lectures are given in English. Tests are in English or Dutch (optional). Assignments may be written in English or Dutch (optional).

Course Objectives

  • Understand academic sources as both presentation and representation of the academic standards of their discipline.

  • Identify a wide range of academic texts (journal articles, reviews, edited volumes, monographs) and engage with them on an analytical level.

  • Gain awareness of the rules and stakes of academic publications (plagiarism, fraud, style guide, publication formats).

  • Gain theoretical understanding of academic discours

  • Perform basic tasks of academic research (library search, organization of sources, referencing)

  • Use basic research and organization software (Zotero, TaskPaper, Brightspace, Toggl)


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Mode of Instruction

A total of 5 ECTS = 140 sbu (study hours):

  • lectures 15 × 2 hours = 45 sbu

  • library practical, including preparation = 5 sbu

  • written assignments 3,000 words = 40 sbu

  • additional time for reading literature = 50 sbu

Assessment Method

  • written assignments

  • tests (library skills, awareness of fraud, awareness of authenticity)

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.

Lectures form an integral part of the course, which means there will be assignment questions on the lectures and test instructions in the lectures.

Registering in uSis

First-year CADS students and premaster’s students: registration for lectures is NOT necessary as students will be registered by the Student Services Centre (SSC). 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 published in Brightspace. Students are advised to check Brightspace daily to remain informed about rooms, schedules, deadlines, and details of 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 must be registered in uSis for those courses.

Course Literature

Desmond, Matthew 2016 Evicted – Poverty and Profit in the American City. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltd.

Goffman, Erving 1990 [1959] The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltd.

Moderbacher, Christine 2018 Hamuda, the Wood and I. Etnofoor 30(1): 77-96 (text available as PDF in Brightspace, with kind permission of the editors of Etnofoor).

Van Wolputte, Steven 2018 Desire Paths. Etnofoor 30(1): 97-108 (text available as PDF in Brightspace, with kind permission of the editors of Etnofoor).


Dr. Jan Jansen