This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme.
Academic Reading & Writing is a course in university-level writing. The course covers the stages of composition of an academic essay, such as close reading of sources, summary, citation and reference, identifying rhetorical aspects in a text or flaws in reasoning, developing a thesis, finding and using textual evidence, organising ideas with clarity, signposting an essay, compiling and referencing bibliographic material, and finally, strategies for revision.
- Students can write a nuanced and critical thesis statement or problem question, and can answer this question in the body of their essay, using a logical structure and clear argumentation.
- Students can use both primary and secondary sources critically, and can find their own niche in a discussion.
- Students can formulate counter-arguments, and are able to rebut these.
- Students are aware of the appropriate academic register used in essay writing, and can use this effectively.
- Students are able to use the Chicago-stylesheet when presenting their written work.
- Students master close reading techniques and develop the skill to analyse and summarize the main argument of a text in a critical and nuanced manner.
- Students can conduct library research, gather and assess academic sources, and acknowledge academic work by others by referencing sources in accordance with recognised academic citation protocol.
- Students have developed a nuanced view on the workings of rhetoric.
- Students show intercultural awareness in giving useful peer-feedback and offering constructive criticism.
The timetable is available on the BA International Studies website.
Mode of instruction
This course will begin with one plenary lecture, on “How to study International Studies?” and “Why study International Studies?” These are followed by a series of 9 weekly tutorials and two workshops. At the beginning of the course students will be provided with an introductory text into the field of International Studies. Subsequently, students will be offered a choice from two case studies. Each case is accompanied by two or more texts. These texts offer a basis for students to write an essay on an issue in the field of international studies. For the essay assignment, students will be asked to find and analyse additional sources and submit an argumentative essay. They will be given feedback on their analysis and argumentation by their tutors as well as their peers, enabling them to critically assess their own argumentation. In addition to the texts, study materials include a guide to writing with sources and practical writing skills-oriented materials made available via Blackboard.
Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC = 28 hours), which equals 140 hours, broken down by:
- Attending lectures: 2 hours
- Attending tutorials: 18 hours
- Completing assignments: 44 hours
- Essay: 76 hours
Assessment & Weighing
|Assignment||Task Deadline||Percentage of grade|
|1: Online Library Tutorial||By Saturday 6 October||10%|
|2: Critical reflection of introductory article, including all relevant references in Chicago format||Hand in during the tutorial in week 5 also to be uploaded via Turnitin||20%|
|3: Bullet-point list of arguments for essay, including all relevant references in Chicago format||Hand in during the tutorial in week 7||20%|
|4: Final essay, also to be uploaded via Turnitin||Thursday 13 December at 16.59||50%|
Please note: Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. For each tutorial that you have been absent without valid reason, 1 point will be deducted from your tutorial grade.
- There is no re-sit option for assignments 1, 2 and 3.
- If you fail this course, you can re-submit an improved version of your final essay. Resubmitting the final essay (insufficient grade only) will lead to a deduction of 1 point. The deadline for resubmission is 10 days after receiving the grade for the final essay.
Retaking a passing grade
Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2018 – 2019.
How and when an exam review takes place will be determined by the examiner. This review will be within 30 days after official publication of exam results.
The reading materials for this course will be made available via Blackboard.
- Enrolment through uSis for Tutorials and Lectures is mandatory.
Students will be enrolled for Exams by the Administration Office, as long as they have a valid Tutorial enrolment.
The programme’s administration office will register all first year students for the first semester courses in uSis, the registration system of Leiden University.
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
When contacting lecturers or tutors, please include your full name, student number, and tutorial group number.
Attending all tutorial sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. For each tutorial that you have been absent without valid reason, 1 point will be deducted from your tutorial grade.
Passing this course is an additional requirement for a positive Study Recommendation at the end of the year.