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Academic Writing B2+

General data

Course ID: 4219-ZP201 Erasmus code / ISCED: 08.9 / (0229) Humanities (except languages), not elsewhere classified
Course title: Academic Writing B2+ Name in Polish: Academic Writing B2+ (Pisanie tekstów akademickich B2+)
Department: American Studies Center
Course groups: All classes - weekday programme - 2nd cycle
ECTS credit allocation (and other scores): 4.00
Language: English
Type of course:

obligatory courses

Short description:

The course prepares students to read, analyze and respond to academic texts and take part in academic discussions concerning various academic and social issues. The aim of the course is to teach students how to put in writing arguments and opinions derived on the basis of research.

Full description:

This course will equip students with skills needed to write in a formal, academic style in English. It focuses on research skills and provides students with the means of finding, evaluating, using, and responding to sources in academic writing. Using selected academic essays, students will learn how to read, understand, structure, and produce academic texts.


- class meetings (detailed schedule is presented to students prior to first meeting by each group's instructor).

- individual consultations with instructor.

- group work and work in pairs, where students correct each other's papers


- research paper proposal

- revised research paper


Eric Hayot, The Elements of Academic Style

Gregory Colomb et al., The Craft of Research

Helen Sword, Stylish Academic Writing

Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations

Learning outcomes:

Upon completing this course a student:


- has knowledge of academic writing style and structure;

- understands what is meant by research and use of sources, is aware of standards of academic honesty;

- knows the rules and conventions of bibliography, footnoting etc.

- is aware of several key debates taking place in academic writing;


- is able to distinguish between texts written in different styles and registers (academic and non-academic)

- is able to recognize sources that are appropriate in academic research

- is able to produce an academic essay with the full complement of scholarly apparatus, including proper use of source notion and bibliography;

- has basic skills and enhanced vocabulary for speaking and writing about culture;


- is able to work in a group;

- is open to conflicting visions of culture;

- is able to formulate his/her opinion on several key controversial issues in US culture;

- can evaluate the work of his/her colleagues as well as suggest corrections/improvements in their written work

Assessment methods and assessment criteria:

50% Research paper

20% Homework

30% Classwork

Classes in period "Winter semester 2020/21" (in progress)

Time span: 2020-10-01 - 2021-01-31
Choosen plan division:

see course schedule
Type of class: Class 2 - academic level writing, 30 hours, 70 places more information
Coordinators: Matthew Chambers
Group instructors: Matthew Chambers, Blanka Kotlińska, Agnieszka Kotwasińska
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Examination: Course - Grading
Class 2 - academic level writing - Grading
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