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Academic Writing

2017/2018
Учебный год
ENG
Обучение ведется на английском языке
3
Кредиты
Статус:
Курс обязательный
Когда читается:
1-й курс, 1 семестр

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is about academic and scientific writing for doctoral students in sociology or social sciences. It is assumed that the participants have basic experience in scientific writing (course papers, master thesis, or publications). The course has three parts: (1) theory: principles and traditions of sociological and scientific writing, (2) practice: writing of monographs and articles - how to write effectively, concisely, and clearly; both parts include three sessions (each session two hours with lecture, discussion, group work, individual exercises); (3) training: individual writing and improving writing practices.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • To create awareness of the sociological traditions of scientific writing
  • To inform about procedures and requirements of publishing books and scientific articles in journal or the internet
  • To train scientific writing through reviewing and writing exercises
  • To improve the writing skills of participants for scientific texts of different type , including the thesis plan/research proposal for the individual theses of the participants
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • To understand sociological reflection of knowledge and writing
  • To practice critical reading and reviewing of scientific texts
  • To describe and explain the forms, components and specific qualities of scientific texts and their production (writing, reviewing, publishing)
  • To evaluate scientific work and texts
  • To reflect on ethical issues in relation to writing and the publication process
  • To write short sociological texts (connected to the thesis)
  • To present and effectively communicate his/her research (written and verbal communication)
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Theory - principles and traditions of sociological and scientific writing
    Introduction - Sociology and writing – theoretical reflection of sociological work (writing and other forms of sociological work and research); Traditions and norms of sociological writing – how sociologists reflected about research, communication and writing in the sociological discipline Scientific writing – general criteria, differences between disciplines, disciplinary and interdisciplinary writing, differences between scientific and other writing The process of writing a doctoral thesis – forms, methods, progress, difficulties Sessions include practical exercises in reviewing and writing texts
  • Practice – thesis writing, monographs and articles
    The writing of monographs and articles: Scientific monographs – structure, publication requirements, review and publication process (publisher and internet); quality criteria Scientific articles – structure, publication requirements, review and publication process (journal and internet); quality criteria Ethic of scientific writing – author rights, individual and co-authorship, scientific honesty and plagiarism, to be forced to publish, writing in the internet All sessions include practical exercises in reviewing and writing texts
  • Training - individual writing, review and supervision
    Writing of an individual examination paper, review seminars, individual supervision sessions, follow-up seminars after the course: Sessions: Review of scientific texts (working groups) Writing an individual examination paper (sociological essay) after the course sessions Individual meetings with the teacher to discuss and train participants´ thesis writing Follow-up seminars to improve writing and to discuss writing difficulties experienced
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Individual writing assignments
  • non-blocking Class participation
  • non-blocking Sociological essay
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 semester)
    0.25 * Class participation + 0.25 * Individual writing assignments + 0.5 * Sociological essay
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Becker, H. S., & Richards, P. (2007). Writing for Social Scientists : How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article: Second Edition (Vol. Second edition). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=268521
  • Hartley, J. (2008). Academic Writing and Publishing : A Practical Handbook. New York: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=224109
  • Shapin, S. (1995). Here and Everywhere: Sociology of Scientific Knowledge. Annual Review of Sociology, 21, 289. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.so.21.080195.001445

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Abbott, J. R. (2006). Critical Sociologies and Ressentiment: The Examples of C. Wright Mills and Howard Becker. American Sociologist, 37(3), 15–30. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12108-006-1020-x
  • VOLPATO, G. L. (2011). The Logic of Scientific Writing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.82A13DC8