lecturer of 2021/2022 Spring semester
Miriam Anne McIlfatrick-Ksenofontov (language of instruction:English)
Brief description of the course
The course advances the academic writing skills which have already been acquired and used at Master’s level towards the preparation of a comprehensive thesis. The aim of the seminar is to experience the meaning of writing for the academic community. Collectively we will ask: Who is/are the addressee/s?; What should be considered in working out arguments and personal opinions?; How to follow conventional academic styles and when to explore new developing opportunities within rapidly changing higher education structures. Attention is paid to how to create the framework for a study based on critical analysis of source material, effective use of empirical evidence, and appropriate citational practice. We will scrutinise the main text-types of academic writing (position paper, critical review, argumentation, article, book chapter, thesis section, abstract, etc.) with a view to understanding the diversity, complexity and connectedness of writing for – and making a contribution to – the academic community.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
is able to identify the stylistic, structural and argumentation features and discourse patterns of texts produced within the English-language academic community;
- has developed proficiency in (i) evaluating and editing texts in which they articulate their position, objectives and findings in appropriate academic style for a given readership and (ii) critiquing others’ scholarly work.