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Admission requirements



This course which is obligatory for all freshman (first year’s) students of the BA South and Southeast Asian Studies is designed to offer students instructions around and practice in academic skills, as well as generate scope for presentation and discussion of academic topics. The idea is to create space for students to learn new skills around university-level reading, listening, writing, note-taking and basics of academic research.
The course will, for instance, help students to access and use the South and Southeast Asia collections of the University Library, the library of the KITLV, etc. It provides library instructions on how to find various sources of information pertaining to South and Southeast Asia. Students will also be introduced to collections of local museums, like the National Museum of Ethnology.
The course will be a forum for the presentation and discussion of academic research, whether in the form of guest lectures or viewing of and discussions around films. Students will also be trained to organise their time strategically, to make maximum use of their university experience.

Course objectives

  • To find scholarly literature with the help of traditional and digital methods and techniques.

  • To evaluate their general quality and reliability.

  • To identify main topics and main ideas in academic lectures and publications.

  • To apply formal guidelines on the writing of academic papers.

  • To use academic English at a basic level.



Mode of instruction

  • Workgroup

Course Load

48 hours (partly part of the course load of Classical Cultures).


Handouts and information will be posted on Blackboard


Students are requested to register through uSis, the registration system of Leiden University for this course. General information about uSis is available in English and Dutch.


Mw. Dr. M.J. Klokke