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Academic Writing and (Re) Presentation


Please note: this course description is not fully up-to-date for the academic year 2023-2024. Updates will be published shortly.

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.

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. Tests are in English.
Assignments may be written in English.

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 discourse

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


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Mode of Instruction

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

  • Lectures 15 × 2 hours = 45 sbu

  • Written assignments 3,000 words = 40 sbu

  • Additional time for reading literature = 55 sbu

Assessment Method

  • Written assignments

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

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.

Confirming your exams

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


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Course Literature

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


E.C. Charlety B. Schuurman MSc