Academic Skills 1


Course Objective

During this course, students are expected to acquire the following
• Write their own research paper, to be carried out in Academic Skills 2
• Carrying out a brief research project, including locating, evaluating,
analyzing, and integrating sources
• Displaying critical skills, both in speaking and writing
• Actively engaging in group discussion
• Giving and implementing constructive feedback, both in speaking and
• Evaluating their own work and the work of others critically.

Course Content

This is an introductory course for first-year students of Literature &
Society (English), which aims to acquaint students with the field of
literary research. Using the production of an academic research paper as
a framework, students will be introduced to such topics as: setting up a
project, finding and documenting sources, academic integrity, avoiding
plagiarism, and presenting research findings. In addition, through a
selection of various academic articles and argumentative essays, written
by professionals in the field of literary studies, the course offers
students the opportunity to study diverse modes of scholarly rhetoric
closely and, on the basis of that, enhance their own argumentative and
composition skills. This course is very much student-driven. This means
that students are responsible for their own learning process and
progress. Enthusiasm for literature, and a willingness to evaluate your
work critically are essential to your success in this course. Please
note that attendance is mandatory for
this course.

Teaching Methods

3 hours seminar per week.

Method of Assessment

Grades for this course are awarded on the basis of continuous
assessment. Throughout the course students will submit four written
assignments and participate in group discussions. Assignments will be
graded as either 'pass' or 'fail'. All assignments must get a 'pass' for
successful completion of the course.

Entry Requirements

Students must have taken part in the modules “Literature, Culture, and
Society” and “Literary Theory.”


To be announced in the course syllabus on Canvas.

Target Audience

First year BA students of Literature and Society: English.

Additional Information

Attendance in the course seminars is compulsory. If you are absent at
more than 20% of the seminars, you cannot pass the course. Exceptions
may be made in grave personal circumstances. Make sure to inform both
your lecturer and the academic advisor in such cases.
For this module, following and passing the English Language Test (L_ELT)
is a prerequisite for awarding the obtained credits.

Custom Course Registration

Sign up procedure: There is a slightly different enrollment procedure for this module. The standard procedure of the Faculty of Humanities has students sign up for (i) the module, (ii) the form of tuition (lecture and/or preferred seminar group), and (iii) the exam. However, for this module the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for (i) the module and (iii) the exam, but not for (ii) the seminar groups.

General Information

Course Code L_ELBALESAV1
Credits 3 EC
Period P2
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator dr. A.S. Raghunath
Examiner dr. A.S. Raghunath
Teaching Staff dr. A.S. Raghunath

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar*

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

Target audiences

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