Course code SDSK1149
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
3 4.5 48 30 18 72
E-courses SDSK1149: Introduction to Academic Studies and Research
Course annotation The course familiarises students with the place and role of an academic bachelor’s study programme for Oriental Studies in the higher education system of the Republic of Latvia and the Block of Humanities, the structure and internal management of the University of Latvia and the Faculty of Humanities, as well as issues related to the study process. During the course, attention is given to selecting a study theme within the programme, developing a plan, analysing research methods and tools, as well as written and oral presentation of the study.

The aim of the course: is to develop students’ academic and research competence so that they can fully participate in academic studies and research.

During the course, students master study skills, strategic and research methods aimed at the development of their academic and research competence in an international context.

Results Knowledge
1. Information about the methodological structure of academic work, scientific apparatus and its completion.
2. Comparative information about the methods of scientific work, especially in the context of Asian Studies.
3. Knowledge about information databases, depositories of sources and literature for the needs of Asian Studies.
4. Cultural and historical knowledge about the genesis of academic Asian Studies and Oriental Studies in Europe and globally.
5. Knowledge about the critique of Orientalism and disputable issues in the research areas of Western Orientalism.

6. To plan and carry out research activities in the chosen field and branch.
7. To apply research methods according to the level of the course.
8. To find and document information from different sources.
9. To use modern technologies for presentation of research results.
10. The skills to write articles acceptable for scientific publications.
11. The ability to work in a team and individually.
12. The ability to assess one’s own and other students’ performance.

13. To perform academic functions in writing and orally by applying the acquired study skills and strategies.
14. To apply the acquired knowledge about the respective academic developments in particular situations and context.
15. To demonstrate knowledge about the role of Oriental Studies within the context of other disciplines,
as well as the ability to critically assess the themes of Orientalism in the context of intercultural cooperation.
Course plan 1. Understanding the aims of the course, the results to be achieved and requirements for obtaining credit points, explanation of basic concepts. Management of UL and FH. Organising the study process at UL. L3
2. Skills and strategies for academic and professional studies. Academic (public) speech. L5 S3
3. Resources of FH and UL libraries. L3
4. Working with theoretical literature. Strategies for academic reading. Creating the list of literature. Plagiarism problems. L4
5. Introduction to research methods. Quantitative and qualitative approach to research. Research tools. L4 S3
6. The role of written communication in academic studies and research activities. Choice and formulation of research subject. L5 S4
7. Academic study programme in Asian Studies. L2
8. Academic Master’s study programme in Oriental Studies. L2
9. Skills and methods of learning. Applying the teaching methods of history, ethnography, religious studies, literary criticism and languages in Asian Studies. L2
10. Concept of the course project. Argumentation and proof in the presentation of research. Application of academic and research skills in course reports. S5
11. Presentation and self-assessment of academic and research skills. S3.

L - lecture, S – seminar

Requirements for obtaining credit points Interim assessment:
1. Interim test – experimentally selected presentation of the subject and contents of academic work with argumentation and group discussion - 30%
2. Project work - two group presentations involving modern technologies -20%
Final assessment:
3. Examination:
individually written course report (8000 characters) based on the results of group research 50%
Study programmes Asian Studies