Introductory Academic Writing (2YMA History Students), Group 2

Course Description: 

The aim of this course is to help you develop as a writer within the English speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. In addition to addressing issues related to academic writing, the course will also focus on the other skills you will need to complete your graduate level work in English.

Most of the reading and in-class materials you need for this course are included in this reader. These include a number of reading assignments in preparation for the classes. It is important that you complete the assigned reading before class because they contain information that will be essential in that session. Some other materials needed for the course will be handed out in class. This material will mostly be discipline specific texts, which you will analyze to get further insight into the specific aspect being addressed in that class.

Learning Outcomes: 

During the course, you will:

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

•  acquire an awareness of and ability to use effectively the discourse patterns of academic English.

•  improve your critical reading skills

•  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 academic English discourse conventions

• learn to incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing within the requirements of English academic practice

•  develop your revising and editing skills


During the course, you will have to complete one piece of writing for the Writing Center in the Fall Term. There will be one mandatory consultation on this writing and subsequent consultations if further improvement is desirable. We provide extensive qualitative comments during consultation, which are intended to help you in improving your writing. Furthermore, you will have two mandatory consultations before the end of the first semester related to your departmental work. Drafts will need to be submitted to CAW before final submission to the department. You will therefore have ample opportunity to redraft, revise and improve your work. Consultations on a voluntary basis will be available for all papers throughout your time here at CEU.

The academic writing course is a required course for ultimately 3 credits, 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.