Academic Writing for Political Science

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September 22, 2014 to December 12, 2014
Course Description: 

The aim of this program is to equip students with the writing skills they need to carry out graduate level work at CEU, as well as in any professional or academic English-speaking environment. The program includes a taught course and individual writing consultations.

The taught course introduces the basics of academic writing, including the concept of genre, structure and style. We will analyse issues involved in several different types of writing, asking students to find and to look at examples, before going through the process of writing their own papers.

The second element of the Writing Center program is one-to-one writing consultations. These are available to all CEU students from the beginning of the first semester to the time they hand in their thesis. During an individual consultation that they sign up for using WCOnline ( students will work individually with their instructors on a piece of writing, in order to identify and work on those areas of their writing that need improvement.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, students should be able to: • identify the typical components and features of various genres in the discipline. • structure an academic paper at the macro and micro level. • understand the importance of critical reading. • think and write more clearly and incisively. • have a variety of skills and approaches to draw upon 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 their own writing. • understand the CEU policy towards plagiarism. • use the Turabian style guidelines. • edit and refine their own written work.