Academic Writing Part 1 (2017/18)

Course Description: 

The course seeks 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. As well as an introduction to critical thinking and critique writing, the course will also develop your awareness of conventions of research-based academic writing, both regarding structural elements such as the introduction, literature review and conclusion, and also how to use the work of other authors appropriately in your work. You will also have the chance to reflect on how these conventions influence the development of your own voice. In the fall we will cover presentation skills, and critical writing, with a special focus on critiques, reaction papers and micro and macro-level argumentation for term papers. The winter session will focus on the thesis writing process with a workshop on literature reviews. 

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Understand the concept of genres and their features with particular focus on critiques and research papers
  • Draft, edit and refine your own critique including context, summary and evaluation
  • Utilize different reading and presentation skills appropriate for graduate level
  • Go through the research process and be able to structure your research papers
  • Incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing in keeping with the requirements of English academic practice
  • Develop your writing process through generating ideas, peer evaluation and individual writing consultations
  • Expand and improve your ability to work independently by exploring new strategies for learning
  • Draft a literature review for your thesis
Assessment: 

During the course, you will have to complete one piece of writing. You will have ample opportunity to redraft, revise and improve your work, both in co-operation with peers and in consultation with a Writing Center instructor. We provide extensive qualitative comments during consultation and when relevant annotations on your paper which are intended to help you in improving your writing. You will also be expected to attend two mandatory consultations on papers for your department. One of these must be for a final paper.   The class is for credit and graded pass/fail.