Academic Writing for Political Science

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POLS 5015
Course Description: 

The course aims to cover certain genres that students will meet within the department. It begins with sessions on critical reading and writing, leading to an analysis of genres that respond to and evaluate other texts. The rest of the course is focused on research based writing, from term papers, to proposals and finally the thesis.

Course Objectives

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 learn to improve your critical reading skills, so you can think and write more clearly and incisively. You will have the opportunity to develop your writing process through phases of generating ideas, drafting, peer evaluation and individual writing consultations. Through an analysis of different genres you will become more familiar with features of various academic texts, and learn to use the discourse patterns and conventions of academic English effectively, taking into consideration the expectations of your readership. This also involves learning to incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing within the requirements of English academic practice.

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 an academic paper at the macro and micro level
  • Think and write more clearly, using appropriate style
  • 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 plagiarism
  • Edit and refine your own written work

The academic writing course is a mandatory course, which you need to pass in order to complete your degree, but as it is a support course to help you with other courses, it will not affect your GPA. As a part of the course, you will have introductory consultations on a written assignment we have given you, as well as a mandatory consultation on any departmental paper before mid-December. Consultations are, however, available to all students on an open sign-up basis throughout your studies here at CEU. We strongly recommend you see us with term papers, research proposals, thesis chapters, drafts for publications, conference papers and indeed career related writing.