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Academic Writing and (Re) Presentation


Admission requirements

The course is Part I of three courses in Academic Skills that are part of the first year of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology (CA-DS). Admission to the course is restricted to students enrolled in the CA-DS Bachelor’s programme.

Language of Instruction

Lectures are taught in English.
Practicum: The three practicals attended by all students at once are supervised in English; the Library practical can be folowed in either Dutch or English.
Exams (in the form of assignments) can be written in either Dutch or English.

Description / Course Objectives

  • To introduce a number of different academic techniques of presentation

  • To offer an introduction to critical appreciation of sources as representations

  • To create awareness of the problems of plagiarism and fraud in present-day academic life

  • To teach analysis of a range of academic formats, such as journal articles, reviews, edited volumes and monographs

  • To learn skills required to search and select literature in academic libraries and databases.


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Mode of instruction

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

  • lectures 14 × 2 hours = 42 sbu

  • practicals 3 × 2 hours = 6 sbu

  • library practical 1 × 2 hours = 2 sbu

  • written assignments 3000 words = 40 sbu

  • additional literature 50 p. = 50 sbu

Assessment method

  • weekly writing assignments with compulsory re-sits within three weeks in cases of inadequate performance

  • testing in practicals

  • attendance at lectures, practicals and tests

  • mandatory presence at library practicals

  • library practical test

Only the final mark is registered in Usis. A passing final mark is 6,0 and higher; inadequate final mark is 5,0 or lower. Final marks are never between 5,0 and 6,0.

Lectures form an integral part of the course, which means that there will be assignment questions on the lectures.
Absence from more than 3 lectures results in not obtaining the final grade, unless an additional assignment is done.

Exemptions can be requested to the Examination Board in a motivated latter or mail.


Weekly assignments follow a syllabus given at the beginning of the course. Any changes to the syllabus will be notified on Blackboard. Participants may register on Blackboard up to 2 weeks before the course begins

Study materials

T.b.a. on BrightSpace

Registration in uSis

  • First-year CA-OS students: registration in Usis is NOT necessary as students will be registered by the Student Services Centre (SSC).

  • Second-year CA-OS students must register for all lectures, but not for tutorials.

Registration periods and further information about procedure is given on the website on course registration.


Course coordinator [Dr. Jan Jansen]