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 focus on critical writing as well as micro and macro-level argumentation for term papers.
In the Academic Writing course we will cover the following topics:
Pre-session, Zero Week and Fall • Introduction to Academic Writing • Critical Reading I – Identifying Key Ideas • Critical Reading II – Evaluating a Text • Genres of Critical Writing – Writing the Critique • Reading Skills and Peer Review • Micro-Level Argumentation • Using Sources: Voice and Authority – Incorporating Sources in your Work and Citation Styles • Library Session I – Online Sources • Library Session II – ZOTERO or Citation Management • Writing Research Papers: Introductions, Conclusions and Structuring your research papers: The use of Meta-Discourse