JK30001Research 2-Advanced English

Numbering Code G-LET36 7JK30 PJ36 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 1 Course Type
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Tue.3
Instructor name ERICSON, Kjell David (Graduate School of Letters Program-Specific Assistant Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course *************
IMPORTANT: At least during October, this class will be offered in an online or hybrid format. Please check “Class support” or PandA for detailed information.

This course will introduce graduate students to different approaches to the craft of historical writing in English. Topics to be covered include grant/fellowship proposal writing, journal article submissions, and academic presentations. The central concern is to hone the historian's most important skill for international communication: the writing of clear, persuasive, and gripping English-language prose. As noted below, there are multiple reasons for taking this kind of course.

(Students from different research backgrounds are likely to participate. Thus, depending on student preferences, in-class discussion can be in English, Japanese, or a combination thereof.)
Course Goals Objectives for the course include:
Preparing and delivering a spoken conference-style presentation.
Writing a short research proposal for an overseas fellowships.
Identifying concrete steps for submitting your research to English-language journals (as well as, of course, working to improve your writing in general).
Schedule and Contents The precise outline of the course will be determined in concert with student preferences. Here is one possible format:

Week 1: Introduction
Week 2: The Craft of History Writing
Week 3: Identifying Your Research Goals
Weeks 4-6: Preparing a Research Proposal with Peer Review Feedback
Week 7: Mini-presentation of Research Proposals
Weeks 8-11: Working on a Longer Paper Topic
Weeks 12-14: Developing Presentations and Peer Review Feedback on Papers
Week 15: Final Presentations
Evaluation Methods and Policy Evaluation will consist of the following components:
Attendance, assignments, peer-review assessments, and discussion 40%
Shorter in-class presentations and final presentation 20%
Final paper 40%

This course is intended for graduate students with interests in historical research. Registration is capped at 8 students in order to ensure plenty of time for individualized discussion and feedback.
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Please be sure to make time to prepare the written and oral assignments outside of class.