Academic Writing for MPA students

Term: 
Fall
Credits: 
2.0
Type: 
Mandatory
Course Description: 

Mandatory for 1st year MPA students

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 other skills you will need to complete your graduate level work in English.

Aims

During the course, you will:

  • Become familiar with the genres of and enhance the skills related to research-based and policy writing
  • Improve your ability to use effectively the discourse patterns of academic English
  • Have the opportunity to develop your writing process through phases of generating ideas, drafting, peer evaluation and individual writing consultations
  • Learn to take into consideration the expectations of your readership with regard to discourse conventions in different communities
  • Learn to incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing within the requirements of English academic practice
  • Gain confidence in expressing yourself in speaking and writing in English

Learning Outcomes: 

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

  • Identify the purposes, typical components and features of various genres in your field
  • Structure a policy brief and a research paper at the macro and micro level
  • Think and write more clearly and incisively
  • Properly incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing, and understand the CEU policy on plagiarism
  • Edit and refine your own written work 
  • Write for various audiences, adapting your writing to the expectations of these audiences
Assessment: 

Academic Writing is a required course, which you need to pass in order to complete your degree. Although it will appear on your transcript, it is not for credit and we do not grade any work you do for us. Attendance is mandatory and you can only miss 2 classes. During the course, you will have to complete one piece of writing for the Center: a policy brief. You will be required to come for two mandatory consultations in the fall term: you will have an introductory consultation on the assignment we give you (policy brief); and later in the term you will have another consultation with us on a departmental paper of your choice.