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Academic Discourse


Admission requirements

Successful completion of the courses “Academic Writing and Representation” and “Data Management and Research Ethics”.

“Academic Discourse” is the third of three Academic Skills courses 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.
Tutorials: First years bachelor students of CA-DS have chosen the preferred language of instruction for tutorials during their application.
Exams (assignments) are in the same language astutorials.

Description/Course Objectives

  • To be able to apply knowledge and skills from previous courses, including those in research methods, by writing an original research design with a well-defined research question for research possible for an anthropologist working alone.

  • Students must be able to give an account of their own views in scholarly debate.

  • To apply advanced skills to searching and critically selecting academic literature, as well as skills in referencing.


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Mode of instruction

  • lectures 6 × 2 hours = 18 sbu

  • tutorials 6 × 2 hours = 24 sbu

  • written assignments 4,500 words = 60 sbu

  • additional literature 270 p. = 38 sbu

Assessment method

  • Obligatory attendance at lectures and tutorials.

  • Weekly writing assignments and a large final assignment for which, among other things, earlier assignments must be improved

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.

Absence from more than 1 lecture and 1 tutorial results in not obtaining the final mark, unless an additional assignment is done.

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


Brightspace will be the digital learning environment of Leiden University as of the 2020/2021 academic year. This means Brightspace will replace the current system Blackboard.

Students attending the first year of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology or resitting courses, will be the first working with Brightspace as their learning management system as of the academic year 2019-2020. Through Brightspace you can access news messages, retrieve study material and hand in assignments. You will need to visit Brightspace on a regular basis to be sure to have the latest information. Lecturers will assume that all students read the information provided in Brightspace.

How to login:
The homepage for Brightspace is:
Please log in with your ULCN-account and personal password. On the left you will see an overview of My Courses.

To get access to your courses in Brightspace you need to be registered in uSis for these courses.

Leiden University app
In this app, you can find most of your personal study information in one place. The Blackboard app will be replaced by the Brightspace app over time. Until then you have to use them both.

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.

Division of students in workgroups will be done by the education coordinator and announced via Usis.

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