Project Portfolio

If you have not submitted the necessary points of content before the Block 1 exam week or the portfolio submission course?


you would like to or need to improve your final portfolio grade?

Then you will write an in-depth, academic essay-style post as a retake.

Content and Form

You will pick one of the lecture themes to write about and make a substantial addition to it in the form of an essay with a clear inquiry-led introduction, context and overview (including referencing), your own intervention that is example, insight- and/or data-driven, and conclusion that synthesizes your argument in such a way that a clear take-away message or insight has been shared with your reader.

Referencing & Additional Sources of Information

Absolutely! Same rules apply as for the blogs: urls are an accepted way of referencing.

Furthermore, you will add substantially to the literature and information for the theme as it was supplied in the course. At least one of these additions is of a source that is academic in nature.


Yes. Still, this is not a short-form blog, but a longread, online essay. Keep it to relevant, argument supporting images: i.e. no multimedia for ‘decorative purposes’


The length of the essay depends on the following:

Block 1 (cut off date Monday 24-10)

  • 3 content points missing: 2000 words essay
  • 4 or 5 points of content missing: 4000 words essay

Block 2 (at portfolio submission date)

  • 1-3 content points missing or final porfolio grade of 4.5+: 2000 words essay
  • 4 or 5 points of content missing or portfolio grade between 1 and 4.5: 4000 words essay


Your retake essay should be online on this website by

  • 7 November 2022: for missed content during Block 1.
  • 21 February 2023: for missed content at the end of the course or portfolio re-do.

By that last date, you will also need to have submitted your portfolio via Brightspace.

Retake for other grades?

Did you get a failing grade or did you not complete your Course Material and/or Presentation parts of your course work?

In both these cases, you will get the pleasure of an examination in the form of a discussion with the lecturer. These will take place before 21 February 2023, in all likelihood in the third week of January.

Extenuating Circumstances

Like you, I want you to pass this course. Have there been any challenges (physical, mental, social, or otherwise), that reasonably prevented you from participating fully for the first take or re-take? Please make sure you communicate this to your student support services, ask them to contact me via e-mail.

If you like you can also separately contact me to fill me in on the situation, but this is not necessary.

Once I have received word about extenuating circumstances from your student support person, I will contact you and we can work out a course completion plan that will take into account your circumstances as best as possible.

Please note that due to Leiden University regulations, all coursework has to be graded by the end of this academic year 2022-2023. You cannot extend this into the next academic year.