|The course develops skills of academic research writing and logical thinking. Its goal is to help graduate students understand how to incorporate sources into their writing and to write a literature review. Students produce an annotated bibliography and deliver an oral presentation relating their work to their field of study.
The course uses group discussion among students and the instructor. For this reason, all participants must be able to communicate in spoken and written English. Participants should be prepared to discuss actively. This includes asking questions and sharing ideas. There are also some course readings—typically short pieces written in English—to be read before class meetings.
|Tentative schedule (may change)
1. Introduction, orientation
2. What is an annotated bibliography?
3. What is a thesis statement?
4. What is a literature review?
5. Logical arguments
6. Using logical argumentation in writing
7. Using sources to support or challenge your thesis
8. Writing a literature review
9. Consultation with the instructor
10. What is plagiarism, and why is it a problem?
11. Citing sources; Writing paraphrases and summaries
12. How to prepare an oral presentation
13. Student presentations
14. Student presentations
15. Annotated bibliography
|A website will be introduced during the first class.|
|Students who enroll for course credit are required to meet the following conditions: Attend at least 80% of meetings; write an annotated bibliography; deliver an oral presentation. Students who wish to observe the course for no credit may request to do so.|