- Academic Writing
This course is meant to build your research design skills. This is an essential skill set needed for executing any research paper, but this course is specifically geared towards how to approach your capstone. Our central theme is the western cultural construction of the child genius. From this starting point, we will engage with a variety of texts which seek to explain this phenomenon. This includes scientific articles, popular nonfiction, and fiction.
At the end of this course, students can:
Understand the basic principles of research design and literary analysis
Recognize the importance of epistemology and positionality in research design
Create a robust design for their own capstone projects, beginning with establishing an engaging and plausible premise
Timetables for courses offered at Leiden University College in 2023-2024 will be published on this page of the e-Prospectus.
Mode of instruction
The course is structured around honing your research design skills through engaging with a single (though generously broad) theme. The Tuesday session focus on the theoretical work of research design and the Friday session will be spent discussing the practical applications of that theory.
Midterm, critical literature review: 40%
Peer review input on final research proposal: 10%
Final research proposal: 50%
Galton, Francis. “Hereditary Genius.” Macmillan's Magazine 19, no. 113 (1869): 424–31.
Solomon, Andrew. Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. London: Vintage Books, 2014.
Mann, Thomas. 1914. Das wunderkind. Berlin: S. Fischer.
McCullers, Carson. 1951. Wunderkind. London: Penguin
Courses offered at Leiden University College (LUC) are usually only open to LUC students and LUC exchange students. Leiden University students who participate in one of the university’s Honours tracks or programmes may register for one LUC course, if availability permits. Registration is coordinated by the Education Coordinator, email@example.com.
Dr. Lenore Todd, firstname.lastname@example.org