Argumentation Theory and Academic Writing
- to shift students from intuitive writing, commonly a disorderly technique of expressing thoughts in a language, to rationalized writing—a conscious procedure of creating academic knowledge within a language.
- Awareness of major characteristics of academic writing in English
- Ability to approach writing consciously
- Ability to create academic texts
- Introduction to Academic Writing IAcademic writing. Academic communication. Rational vs. intuitive writing. Thinking on paper.
- Introduction to Academic Writing IIAcademic and creative writing. Composition.
- Practice 1: Academic English ConventionsStyle. Flow.
- Practice 1: Academic English Conventions (cont.)Target audience. Organization.
- Patterns of Thinking and WritingStructures of academic narratives. Elements of a text.
- Practice 2: Writing ParagraphsInductive and deductive reasoning. Evaluative, descriptive, illustrative, contrasting paragraphs.
- How to Write a Sentence?Sentence as a though patters. Subordinating and coordinating styles of writing.
- What is an Argument?Nature of academic discourse. Designing a research, asking worthy academic questions. Moving from questions to hypothesis and research statements.
- Practice 3: Designing a researchCreating sample research questions and thesis statements.
- MetaphorLimits of using metaphors within academic discourse. Metaphor as an epistemological tool.
- Critical ThinkingScience vs. pseudo-science. “Alternative history.” Techniques of validating data.
- Academic Communication: GenresOral and written genres. Structuring an academic utterance.
- SourcesPlagiarism. Approaching primary and secondary sources.
- Academic Business: Proposal and Grant WritingProcedures and strategies of advancing a research.
- Participation in class discussions
- Writing assignments
- ExamThe exam is taken in the form of defending written project proposal. The grade for the exam is made both from the essay and discussion of essays held at the final seminars.
- Interim assessment (3 module)0.2 * Exam + 0.2 * Participation in class discussions + 0.4 * Proposal + 0.2 * Writing assignments
- Strongman, L. (2013). Academic Writing. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=816736
- WILLIAM STRUNK, J. (2017). The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition (Vol. FOURTH EDITION). [S.l.]: William Strunk Jr. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2181327
- Quinn, M. E. (2007). A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. Booklist, 104(1), 160. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=f5h&AN=26761076
- Sawaki, T. (2016). Analysing Structure in Academic Writing. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1243326