Academic Writing

Term: 
Fall
Credits: 
2.0
Course Description: 

For your department, this course will be held during the pre-session and first semester. The idea behind this first part of the program is to introduce you to the kind of challenges and difficulties connected to English academic writing that you will meet in your study here and give you the chance to reflect upon and prepare for these challenges. The specific content of the course sessions is outlined on pages 6-7. During this course, we will be asking you to take an active role in the classroom by learning through discussing issues with other students in pairs or groups, reporting the results of these discussions to the class, solving problems, and generally sharing responsibility for what happens during the lesson. We will take you through issues involved in several different types of writing, ask you to look at examples of these types, and discuss their strengths and weaknesses before asking you to go through the process of writing your own papers, giving you the chance to express your own ideas within the conventions of English academic writing. The aim of this course is to help you develop as a writer within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. In addition to addressing issues related to academic writing, the course will also focus on the other skills you will need to complete your graduate level work in English. During the course, you will: • become more familiar with the genres of and enhance the skills related to critique and research-based writing. • acquire an awareness of and ability to use effectively the discourse patterns of academic English. • improve your critical reading skills. • have the opportunity to develop your writing process through generating ideas, drafting, peer evaluation and individual writing consultations. • learn to take into consideration the expectations of your readership with regard to academic English discourse conventions. • learn to incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing within the requirements of English academic practice. • develop your revising and editing skills. • gain confidence in expressing yourself in both spoken and written English, through in-class writing and speaking, homework and consultations.

The aim of this course is to help you develop as a writer within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. In addition to addressing issues related to academic writing, the course will also focus on the other skills you will need to complete your graduate level work in English.

During the course, you will:

  • become more familiar with the genres of and enhance the skills related to critique and research-based writing.
  • acquire an awareness of and ability to use effectively the discourse patterns of academic English.
  • improve your critical reading skills.
  • have the opportunity to develop your writing process through generating ideas, drafting, peer evaluation and individual writing consultations.
  • learn to take into consideration the expectations of your readership with regard to academic English discourse conventions.
  • learn to incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing within the requirements of English academic practice.
  • develop your revising and editing skills.
  • gain confidence in expressing yourself in both spoken and written English, through in-class writing and speaking, homework and consultations.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, you should be able to: • identify the typical purposes, components and features of various genres in the discipline. • structure an academic paper at the macro and micro level. • understand the importance of critical reading. • think and write more clearly and incisively. • have a variety of skills and approaches to draw upon when writing academic papers. • target the various audiences academics write for, and understand the expectations of these audiences. • properly incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing. • understand the CEU policy towards plagiarism. • use the American Sociological Association style guidelines. • edit and refine your own written work.

Assessment: 

Attendance is mandatory, and as this is a seminar you will be expected to fully contribute to each session. During the first semester you will be required to consult with us at least once on three different pieces of writing: (1) a critique that you will begin working on during the pre-session; (2) a mid-term paper for Key Issues in Sociological Theory and (3) a research paper for Key Issues in Social and Cultural Anthropology. For each piece we will provide qualitative comments during consultation and marking which are intended to help you to improve your writing. In addition to these three mandatory consultations, you may consult with us or any other member of the CAW as often as you wish on other assignments. As academic writing is a required support course (to help you with other courses) it is graded PASS/FAIL and so will not affect your GPA.

Prerequisites: 

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