Academic Writing

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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, 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 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 writing 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; and
•    gain more confidence in speaking.

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 writing;
•    think and write more clearly and incisively;
•    use a variety of skills and approaches 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; and
•    edit and refine your own written work.


During the course, you will have to complete one piece of writing for me as well as work on a paper for your Econometrics II course. For each piece, you will have ample opportunity to redraft, revise and improve your work, both in co-operation with peers and in consultation. I provide extensive qualitative comments during consultation, which are intended to help you in improving your writing. Academic Writing is a mandatory course and graded as Pass/Fail: you must pass the course in order to complete your degree but this grade will not affect your GPA

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