Academic Skills Workshop Political Science 1


Course Objective

The student is able to:
(1) distinguish scientific texts from non-scientific texts;
(2) paraphrase scientific texts;
(3) Connect and combine insights of different scientific articles with
each other;
(4) write a text that meets scientific standards of argumentation and
(5) explain a scientific puzzle;
(6) generate a comprehensive overview of academic insights on the
subject of political representation;
(7) critically reflect on scientific insights;
(8) engage with and analyse political issues;
(90 explain and demonstrate the difference between engaging with and
analysing political issues as a scientist and as a non-scientist.

Course Content

This course revolves around understanding and identifying political
science literature. Scientific texts differ from other texts in the way
arguments are put forward and sources are used and justified. Within
this course, we deal with questions such as: what does the structure of
a scientific text look like? How can scientific texts be distinguished
from non-scientific texts on the same issue? What makes a text
scientifically convincing? Dealing with scientific literature, reading
comprehension and correct writing of scientific texts are basic skills
that students must master in order to successfully complete the
Political Science: Global Politics programme.

The skills taught during ASL-POL-1
are broadened and applied during ASL-POL-2

Teaching Methods

Workgroup sessions twice a week 3 hours each. Attendance is mandatory

Method of Assessment

Parafrase: 40%;
Academisch essay: 60%.


Selection of scientific articles. These are published in the course
manual (see CANVAS).

Target Audience

First year's Bachelor's students in Political Science.

Custom Course Registration

In this course you cannot enroll yourself for the tutorials, but you will be assigned by the course coordinator. Note: You do have to register for the course!

General Information

Course Code S_ASWPS1
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
Course Coordinator R.L. Koetsier MA MSc.
Examiner R.L. Koetsier MA MSc.
Teaching Staff K.E. Rinaldi Doligez
R.L. Koetsier MA MSc.
T.J. Bogers MA

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Study Group*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.