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Academic Writing for International Relations for one-year MA students
Graduate Program (& Advanced Certificate) Status
Course Description

The aim of this course is to help you develop as a writer within the English-speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practising, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. The course will also address other skills needed for graduate level work in English.


During the course, you will become more familiar with features of various academic and non-academic texts, and learn to use the discourse patterns and conventions of academic English effectively, taking into consideration the expectations of your readership. Along the way you will improve your critical reading/writing skills to help you think and write more clearly and incisively, and develop your writing process through drafting, peer evaluation and individual writing consultations. You will also learn to incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing within the requirements of English academic practice. Ultimately, you will become a more informed writer, one able to analyse others’ writing, to be more aware of the choices available to you when approaching any given writing task.


Learning Outcomes

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

  • Identify the purposes, typical components and features of various (academic) genres
  • Structure certain specific academic genres at the macro and micro level
  • Think and write more clearly and incisively
  • Employ effective skills and approaches when writing papers
  • Properly incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing, and understand the CEU Policy on Student Plagiarism
  • Edit and refine your own written work

All Academic Writing courses are mandatory and attendance at class is obligatory. The course is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis.   Regardless of whether an absence is excused or unexcused, you might be expected to make up any missed work and participation in class.

The first six sessions of the course prepare you to write a short assignment on two related texts. All students must submit this paper and come for at least one consultation on this assignment. As a part of the course, you will have one mandatory consultation on the position paper, but beyond this, consultations are available at all times throughout the Fall Term on an open sign-up basis. You are also encouraged to attend a consultation on your preliminary research proposal.

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