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

The aim of this course is to help you strengthen your position as a writer within the academic community by raising awareness of, practising, and reflecting upon the genres and conventions of written texts. The course will also address other strategies needed for graduate level work.

During the course, you will become more familiar with features of various academic and non-academic texts, as well as the discourse patterns and conventions typical for them, effectively taking into consideration the expectations of your readership. Along the way you will have the opportunity to improve your own writing process through drafting, peer evaluation and individual writing consultations. You will also learn the nuances of incorporating the work of other authors into your own writing in line with the requirements and ethics of 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 and non-academic genres,
  • structure certain specific academic genres at the macro and micro level,
  • think and write more clearly and incisively,
  • employ effective strategies and approaches when writing papers,
  • understand the nuances of working with and effectively incorporating the work of other authors into your own writing in line with the CEU Policy on Student Plagiarism,
  • edit and refine your own written work.




All Academic Writing courses are mandatory. For two-year Master’s students the course is for Pass/Fail and for three credits in total. The first sessions of the course prepare you to write a short assignment, i.e., a position paper on two or three 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 in the fall term. You may have further mandatory consultations on two pieces of thesis-related writing (e.g., the proposal and a thesis chapter) in the spring term of year one and the winter term of year two, respectively. Beyond them, consultations are available throughout the academic year to all students on an open sign-up basis.



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