Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten/ Schreiben
It is advised to attend the class as accompanying support while working on writing assignments (term paper, report, presentation, bachelor thesis, master thesis or others).
Aims and Content
“Learning to write in the academic world means to learn the rules of the game in order finally to be able to participate in it.” (Kruse, 2003)
Academic writing is a process, a product of that process and a set of skills necessary in the process. Acquiring complex academic literacy is the aim of this class while practicing English for Academic Purposes - for most of us English is not the native language.
The challenges raised by academic writing are linked with core strengths which students need to accomplish their study program satisfyingly. In class we will practice:
• linguistic processes: how can you put in accurate words what you have in mind?
• logic processes: how can you organize knowledge, time, ideas and text in a logical sequence while following a set of academic standards?
• standards to pertain to in the process: The existing knowledge that each new text builds on needs to be honoured and referred to. Academic texts have to be differentiated, clear, reliable, transparent, valid and so on.
• Comprehensive skills: critical thinking, self-management, exchange and feedback
A majority of students state to have problems with academic writing and working at some point in their career. The main approach of the class is to provide a structured space to address and deal with these concerns. There will be regular opportunities for dialogue, discussion and feedback.
The focus of the class is to support students to see themselves as writers who express themselves and participate in the academic world.
Macgilchrist, 2014, Academic Writing
Morley, 2014, Phrasebank
Pavlenko et al, 2014, Academic Writing Global Views
Wayne et al, 2008, The Craft of Research
2 SWS / ECTS 1