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Regular version of the site

190068 Saint Petersburg
123 Griboedov channel, Room 123

Phone:+7 (812)786-92-49 

Postal address: 
190068 Saint Petersburg
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Department Head Adrian A. Selin
Academic Supervisor Evgeniy Anisimov
Remembering the Neoliberal Turn: Economic Change and Collective Memory in Eastern Europe after 1989

Gökarıksel S., Gontarska O., Hilmar T. et al.

L.: Routledge, 2023.

Book chapter
Colonies in Interwar Europe? The Balkan Communist Parties as Precursors of Anticolonialism

Gužvica S.

In bk.: Decolonial Politics in European Peripheries: Redefining Progressiveness, Coloniality and Transition Efforts. L.: Routledge, 2023. P. 297-318.

Working paper
The Image of the Past in Ciro Spontone’s ‘Historia Della Transilvania’

Khvalkov E., Levin F., Кузнецова А. Д.

Working Papers of Humanities. WP. Издательский дом НИУ ВШЭ, 2021

Academic English Writing

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Delivered by:
Department of History
Optional course
4 year, 1-3 module


Cherkaev, Xenia

Cherkaev, Xenia

Course Syllabus


This course teaches key principles of effective and efficient academic writing. It provides students with key techniques for improving oral and written English academic communication skills and guides them through the creation of their BA Project Proposals. The course gives hands-on experience in drafting, organizing and revising academic texts; organizing and delivering oral project presentations. Specific areas of focus include: abstracts and strong thesis statements; transitions and flow; bibliographies, embedding and modifying citations; literature reviews; peer-review and constructive criticism of others’ work.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • practicing clear, concise and graceful academic writing
  • developing a writing project through multiple drafts
  • developing strong argument-driven essays
  • creating a BA Project Proposal and effectively presenting it to the class
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Plans and prepares a detailed outline of an academic essay,
  • Students how to develop strong thesis statements
  • Students learn about direct quotations: quotes embedded and paraphrased, modified quotes, styles of in-text citation
  • Students learn conventions of peer review. How to give constructive criticism, how to generously engage a colleague's text. Practice written and oral review forms
  • Students learn how to write an argument-driven essay
  • Students learn how to write strong topic sentences and how to create compelling transitions between body paragraphs.
  • правильно оформляет список источников и внутритекстовые ссылки
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Bibliography
  • The Academic Writing Range . Generic Research Paper: The Structure and Order of Writing
  • Peer-review
  • Argument-driven essay
  • Thesis statement
  • Topic sentences, transitions.
  • Working with quotes.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking BA Project Proposal
  • non-blocking Project presentation
  • non-blocking Peer review
  • non-blocking Classroom participation
    Short writing exercises will occasionally be required to be completed in class or at home. These will not be graded separately, but will comprise part on your participation grade, as they will be workshopped in class: if you do not complete them, you will not be able to participate in the workshop.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 3rd module
    0.5 * BA Project Proposal + 0.2 * Peer review + 0.1 * Project presentation + 0.2 * Classroom participation


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bizup, J., & Williams, J. M. (2014). Style: Pearson New International Edition : Lessons in Clarity and Grace: Vol. Eleventh edition. Pearson.
  • Joni Cole. (2006). Toxic Feedback : Helping Writers Survive and Thrive. University Press of New England.
  • Puckett, J. (2017). Zotero : A Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Educators (Vol. Second edition). Chicago, Illinois: Association of College and Research Libraries. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1561980

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Harvey, M. (2013). The Nuts & Bolts of College Writing (Vol. 2nd ed). Indianapolis, Ind: Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=590706