Graduate Program (& Advanced Certificate) Status
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 how to use the work of others appropriately in your work. You will also have the chance to reflect on how these conventions influence the development of your own voice. The course will begin with a focus on critical reading skills, Genres of Critiques and move on to macro and micro level structures of argumentation in research papers. We will focus on the writing process from the critique to the thesis.
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
* Utilize different reading skills appropriate for graduate level
* Draft, edit and refine your own critique including context, summary, and evaluation
* Go through the research process and be able to structure your own research papers
* Properly incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing, and understand the CEU policy on plagiarism
* Expand and improve your ability to work independently by exploring new strategies for learning
* Draft a thesis proposal for your thesis
* Utilize crucial research, organizational, and writing skills in order to develop and complete your term papers and thesis for the MA degree
The class is for 2 CEU/4 ECTS Credits, mandatory and graded Pass/Fail. You are expected to fulfil all the requirements of the course and come prepared to the classes. You will have many opportunities to redraft, revise and improve your work, both in co-operation with peers and in consultation with your Academic Writing Instructor. We provide extensive qualitative comments during consultation which are intended to help you in improving your writing. You will also be expected to attend two mandatory consultations with your instructor. One for the piece of writing (Critique) for the academic writing course and another for a paper for your departmental courses.