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Academic Skills in Japanese Studies


Admission requirements

Only students Japan Studies majors.


This course focuses on improving student’s academic reading and writing. Students will be introduced to a variety of entry-level texts in the field of Japan studies as they are taught critical thinking and reading skills. The course will also teach basic essay format, including citation criteria, as required in other courses at the department, and will reinforce students’ sentence skills, vocabulary and paragraph development. The approach of the course is process-driven: Students will be required to submit coursework throughout the semester, leading to a final paper at the end of the semester. Most of the course will cover the skills for composition in the English language, but there will also be a Dutch component.

Course objectives

  • To acquire a general understanding of key issues in Japan studies.

  • To develop the ability to synthesize and assess assigned reading materials.

  • To develop academic writing skills.

-To develop research skills, first of al in an academic context but also in more general contexts like journalism, or social research projects in government or business context.


Tuesday 13-15 hrs.

Mode of instruction


Course Load

  • 5 ects=140 hours – contact hours; 2 hours per week=13 weeks = 26 hours – Reading: approx. 25 pages = 4 hours x 13 weeks= 52 hours – assignments, final paper = 62 hours

Assessment method

Midterm: 40%, Final paper: 50%, assignments (4): 10 %
Het eindcijfer voor het onderdeel is het gewogen gemiddelde van de uitslagen voor de mid-term opdracht en de eindopdracht, met dien verstande dat het onderdeel alleen voldoende kan zijn wanneer de student ook voldoende assignments heeft gemaakt, en voor de deeltoetsen een voldoende heeft behaald. (4). Indien een of meer van de deeltoetsen onvoldoende zijn, ontvangt de student een onvoldoende (onv.) als uitslag voor het gehele onderdeel.


Blackboard access is essential in order to complete this course. All important information about the course, including the syllabus, course requirements, information about readings and assigments, and announcements will be available on the course Blackboard-website.

Reading list

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. 3rd ed. Chicago & London: The University of Chicago Press, 2008.

other literature will be available through Blackboard (course documents) or Open Access


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