HIST 5076 - Academic Writing II, for both 1YMA and 2YMA students

Course Description: 

Starting in November we will begin to look at a range of issues connected with your thesis. The first two sessions in the Fall semester focus on (thesis) proposal writing.  First of all aiming to identify what it involves and looking at the requirements of writing an effective proposal. In the Winter semester we focus on different aspects of the thesis and address the special concerns of this specific genre.


During the course, you will:

•  become more familiar with the genre of the thesis and enhance the skills related to evaluative and research-based writing

•  have the opportunity to develop your writing process through generating ideas, drafting, peer evaluation and individual writing consultations

• learn to take into consideration the expectations of your readership with regard to thesis writing

• learn to incorporate and review the work of other authors related to your topic

• become more aware of the need to inform your reader of what you are planning/offering by being more explicit about the internal structure of longer pieces of writing

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

•  identify the purposes, typical components and features of the thesis

•  structure the thesis at the macro and micro level

•  think and write more clearly and incisively

•  have a variety of skills and approaches to draw upon when writing longer papers

•  target the various audiences academics write for, and understand the expectations of these audiences

•  properly incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing

•  edit and refine your own written work


During the course, you will have to complete the thesis proposal due for submission in early December to the department. There will be one mandatory consultation on this writing and subsequent consultations if further improvement is desirable. Furthermore, you will have another mandatory consultation on a thesis chapter of your choice. Further consultations on a voluntary basis will be available.

The academic writing course is a required course, which you need to pass in order to complete your degree, but as it is a support course (to help you with other courses) it will not affect your GPA although it will appear on your transcript.