Advanced Academic Writing

Numbering Code Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 1 Course Type
Target Year Target Student
Language English Day/Period Tue.3
Instructor name IVINGS,Steven (Graduate School of Economics Associate Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course This course focuses on linking elements of research design with the development of writing skills for the purpose of writing academic research papers, proposals and dissertations. It utilizes a number of the “gold standard” textbooks for this purpose, covering, among other things, topics such as how to formulate research questions and structure writing, how to engage sources and present evidence, how to cite different types of sources, how to format and effectively edit writing, and how to publish papers in international academic journals. In addition to these manual-based contents for academic writing, the course also provides PhD students with basic but crucial knowledge about a wide range of ethical issues discussed in the social sciences, such as those involved in conducting field research, dealing with private information, processing acquired data and information (e.g. avoiding research falsification and fabrication), and managing referencing (e.g. avoiding plagiarism).
Course Goals After completing the course, students should be able to act confidently and proactively in the planning and writing up of their academic work. The course aims to improve both their technical skills and to make them aware of the various steps/hurdles encountered in seeing a work through to publication in an international academic journal.
Schedule and Contents The course is divided into two parts. The first provides students with an outline of issues in academic writing, research design, etc., via interactive lectures. In the second part students are placed in writing/editing groups based on their areas of research and/or analytical approaches to receive tailored instructions.

Session 1 Course Introduction & Elements of Writing Style
Session 2 Using evidence, making citations, structuring writing
Session 3 Writing/Editing a Conference Paper; Avoiding plagiarism
Session 4 How to Get Published
Session 5 Writing Group Meeting 1
Session 6 Writing Group Meeting 2
Session 7 Open Discussion Session/Feedback Session
Evaluation Methods and Policy The grade for this course is assigned on the basis of:
Class Participation and Discussion (40%) / Final Essay (60%)
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Required readings, and the related schedule, will be made available during class. Students are required to read all assigned literature in advance of each lecture.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Several textbooks will be used or referred to in the lectures.
Students need not purchase a textbook but for reference the following is highly recommended: Turabian, Kate. 2013. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (8th Edition). Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
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