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Academic Skills (South and Southeast Asian Studies)


Admission requirements



A course on academic skills, viz.:

  • General study skills: time management, learning strategies, taking course notes, exam strategies.

  • Reading strategies: skimming, speed reading techniques.

  • Research skills: argumentation, evaluating academic sources, plagiarism prevention.

  • Oral presentation skills: speech and presentation techniques, various formats of presentation, advanced use of PowerPoint and making a screencast.

  • Academic writing techniques: essay structure , formulating a research question, academic writing style, layout (including advanced use of Word), plagiarism, giving and receiving feedback.

The sessions regarding Research skills are part of the course Histories of Modern South & Southeast Asia
The sessions regarding Oral presentation skills and Academic writing techniques are part of the course Classical Cultures of South & Southeast Asia: Seminar 1

Course objectives

  • Acquisition of adequate studying methods, planning and preparation;

  • Improved reading comprehension using reading strategies;

  • Selecting scholarly literature by means of digital tools (library cataloque, Google Scholar, WorldCat, Web of Science);

  • Evaluating sources (books, articles, websites) as to scholarly quality and reliability, using library databases and internet tools (Ulrich’s,;

  • Recognizing and using various types of argumentation, identifying logical fallacies;

  • Formulating a well-defined research question, including main and subsidiary questions;

  • Stucturing academic texts and oral presentations;

  • Clear and well-argued exposition of research, using an academic (writing) style, with advanced use of word processing and presentation tools (Word, PowerPoint), and academic methods of referencing sources.


See the timetable of the programme. An overview of all sessions will be placed on Blackboard.

Mode of instruction

  • Tutorial.

Course Load

Assessment method

Assessment takes place during the courses of which the academic skills sessions form part.


Blackboard is used for notifications, general course information, course material and information on course schedule.

Reading list

Materials will be placed on Blackboard.


For the the academic skills sessions no registration via uSis is required; students register for courses of which the academic skills sessions form part. Registration within the Blackboard course Academic Skills South and Southeast Asian Studies is necessary.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Dr. G.J. Rowicka


Not applicable.