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Academic skills (Archaeology)


Admission requirements



This lecture series teaches general basic skills for conducting academic research: how do you start your research and where do you find the right literature? And how do you subsequently write a well-founded thesis?
During the lectures, the focus is on written and verbal reporting of research and the critical reading of academic texts by means of short exercises. The book The Human Past is used in the tutorial.
The course is completed with a presentation and essay relating to a small literature survey.

Course objectives

  • Ability to search independently for academic literature.;

  • Ability to formulate a research question;

  • Ability to use digital media and printed sources under supervision in order to answer a research question; bility to write an essay under supervision;

  • Knowledge of the most common review symbols;

  • Ability to critically review an essay by a fellow student;

  • Ability to present academic data;

  • Knowledge of the faculty’s technical guidelines regarding the form of essays/theses and the ability to apply them.


Course schedule details can be found in the propedeuse/first year time schedule.

Mode of instruction

  • Lectures;

  • Tutorial;

  • Practical session.

Course load

The course load will be distributed as follows:

  • 14×2 hours of lectures (2 ects);

  • 14×2 hours of tutorials (2 ects); |* approx. 100 pages of literature (1 ects).

Assessment method

The assessment grade comprises the average of the following components:

  • Assignments (including discussion about them during tutorials);

  • Presentation;

  • Essay.
    The essay must also be satisfactory and comply with faculty guidelines.

All exam dates (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the examination schedule.

Reading list

To be handed out during class.




Registration for the course is not necessary, registration for the exam is mandatory. For instructions, see the Registration in uSis page.


For more information about this course, please contact mw. dr. J.A. Mol.


Compulsory attendance.