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Bachelor 2019/2020

Academic Writing

Area of studies: Public Policy and Social Sciences
When: 1 year, 3, 4 module
Mode of studies: Full time
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is designed to introduce the students to college writing, specifically to the peculiarities of the academic essay. The course focuses on the key elements of English for Academic Purposes such as the lexis and grammar typical of academic genre. The course is tailored to the specific needs of the International Relations major, hence the activities build on the topics relevant to IR. The course activities highlight the peculiarities of various types of academic essays with the special emphasis on argumentative type. Additionally, the use of sources is practiced through the application of the APA style of referencing.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To build the basic skills of academic argumentation in English and written representation of undergraduate research in the sphere of international affairs
  • To acquire the basic skills of Academic Writing (structural elements, academic register peculiarities, academic vocabulary)
  • To apply AW skills to the specific subject area of International Affairs
  • To master academic presentation
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • The skills of outlining an essay
  • The skill of synthesizing information
  • Awareness of the academic genre peculiarities, criticizing a paragraph based on genre
  • The skill of proofreading the essay for the correct use of the punctuation signs
  • The skill of using transition signals to signpost the flow of ideas
  • The skill of using formal style in academic writing
  • The skill of evaluating sources
  • The skill of using concordancers to check collocations
  • The skill of comparing and contrasting using appropriate transisions
  • The skill of making an APA style list using academic sources
  • Familiarity with APA style
  • The skill of using paraphrasal strategies
  • The skill of using the academic sources in preparation for the literature review
  • Familiarity with various types of claims
  • The skill of identifying logical fallacies
  • The skill of using hedging devices
  • The skill of using definitions
  • The skill of using cause and effect connectors and structural elements
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Essay plan
    Pre-writing strategies such as mapping, clastering, outlining
  • Academic genre
    Academic style, dos and don't list, sample paragraph critique
  • Punctuation
    Proofreading for punctuation, rules for using commas, semi-colons, colons and other punctuation signs
  • Relationships and connectors
    Patterns of organization and relationships between ideas as sturctural elements of the essay
  • Formal and Informal style
    The distinction between formal and informal writing through the vocabulary and sentence structure
  • Facts vs opinions
    Selecting evidence to support the thesis of the essay
  • Academic collocations
    Exploring the academic vocabulary and concordancing tools
  • Comparison and contrast
    Exploring the comparison and contrast pattern of organization and its transision, as well as structural elements
  • Selecting and evaluating sources
    The distinction between various types of references
  • Incorporating references in APA
    Workign with in-text citations in APA style
  • Ways to avoid plagiarism
    Paraphrasal and citation strategies
  • APA reference list
    Creating an APA reference list for literature review
  • Literature Review
    Building the skill of synthesizing
  • Types of Arguments
    Exploring fact, value and policy claims
  • Logical Fallacies
    Exploring logical fallacies
  • Hedging
    Hedging instruments as ways to avoid logical fallacies
  • Definition
    Using defining language to introduce the key concepts of the essay
  • Cause and effect
    Exploring the causality as a pattern organization
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking writing (e.g. essays)
  • non-blocking quizzes
  • non-blocking speaking (e.g. presentations)
  • non-blocking portfolio
  • non-blocking final in-class paper
    You will have a written exam which will be held Google document (with authorized user)
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.2 * final in-class paper + 0.2 * portfolio + 0.2 * quizzes + 0.2 * speaking (e.g. presentations) + 0.2 * writing (e.g. essays)
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Johnson, A. P. (2016). Academic Writing : Process and Product. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1222793
  • Tusting, K., McCulloch, S., Bhatt, I., Hamilton, M., & Barton, D. (2019). Academics Writing : The Dynamics of Knowledge Creation. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2138179
  • Wallwork, A. (2016). English for Academic Research: Grammar, Usage and Style. New York: Springer. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=528290

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Bailey, S. (2017). Academic Writing : A Handbook for International Students (Vol. Fifth edition). London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1650435
  • Write Here, Right Now : An Interactive Introduction to Academic Writing and Research. (2018). Place of publication not identified: publisher not identified. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsotl&AN=edsotl.OTLid0000681
  • Казарова, Е.И. Writing Practice. Учебное пособие по развитию навыков письменной речи [Электронный ресурс] / Е.И. Казарова. — 3-е изд., стер. — Москва : ФЛИНТА. 2019. — 102 с.. – ISBN 978-5-9765-2004-2. – Режим доступа: https://new.znanium.com/catalog/product/1047957