Course code SDSK1106
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Credit points, number of lectures
Credit points ECTS Credit points Total number of auditorium hours Number of lecture hours Number of seminars and practical work hours Number of student independent work hours
2 3 32 20 12 48
E-courses SDSK1106: Introduction to Academic Studies and Research
Course annotation The course introduces the students with the place and role of the academic bachelor study programme in Asian studies in the higher education system of the Republic of Latvia and in the field of the Humanities, the structure of the University of Latvia and the Faculty of Humanities and their governance, as well as with the study process related questions. The goal of the course is to develop the students’ academic and research competence enabling them to participate fully in their academic studies and research activities. The students acquire study skills, strategies and research methods, aimed at the development of their academic and research competence in the international context. The course deals with planning and designing research, analyzing research methods and instruments as well as with written and spoken presentation of research results.
Results On successful completion of the course, it is expected that the students will have developed the necessary academic and research competences.
Having acquired the academic competence at the relevant level, the students are able to:
1) plan and perform relevant research activities in the chosen field and discipline,
2) use their knowledge of the academic procedures in relevant situations and contexts,
3) demonstrate knowledge of the relatedness between Asian studies and other disciplines,
4) work individually and in groups,
5) reflect on one’s own and others performance.
Having developed the research competence at the relevant level, the students are able to:
1) plan and perform relevant research activites in the chosen field and discipline,
2) use research methods,
3) search for and document information from a variety of sources,
4) use modern technologies as tools for presenting research results.

Course plan 1.Setting the course goals, explaining the requirements for awarding credit points, clarifying the basic notions. Governance of the UL and the FoH. L2
2. Academic and professional study skills and strategies. Academic (public) speech. L4 S2
3. Library resources at the University and Faculty. L2
4. Literature review. Academic reading strategies. Bibliography/references. Plagiarism. L2
5. Introduction to research methods. Qualitative and quantitative research perspectives. Research instruments. L2 S2
6. The importance of written communication in academic studies and research. Selecting a research theme and its formulation. L2 S2
7. Introducing the academic programme in Asian studies. L2
8. Introducing the academic master’s programme in Orientalistics. L2
9. The notions learning skills and teaching methods. Interplay of methodology used in historical studies, ethnography, the study of religions and literature. L2
10. The concept of course project. Argumentation and evidence in a research paper. Using academic and research skills when writing a course report. S2
11. Presentation and self-assessment of the acquired academic and research skills. S4

Requirements for obtaining credit points 1. Marks for completed tasks - 30%
2. Project work :
a) two group presentations using modern technologies - 20%
b) exam: individual written course report (1000 words) based on group’s research results - 50%

Study programmes Asian Studies