Research skills: Introduction to Academic Research & Writing
Full course description
Students in the Bachelor in European Studies will encounter many writing assignments during their studies, culminating in their final Bachelor Thesis. This skills training course 'Research Skills: An Introduction to Academic Research & Writing' introduces students to academic research and writing, particularly in the interdisciplinary field of European Studies. It also serves as a prelude to other skills training courses, during which several major research skills and methods will be addressed in more detail. Introduction to Academic Research and Writing starts by discussing what makes academic research and writing different from other forms of writing. In subsequent tutor meetings we will discuss the importance of good research questions, various choices and decisions that have to be made during the academic research and writing process, acquiring and using different sources, the organisation of both the research process and the actual paper, and the importance of connecting to readers. In addition, lectures will introduce students to interdisciplinarity in European Studies, as well as to the uses of concepts, theories and methods in academic research. Throughout the course students will have to complete several hands-on assignments and at the end of the course they will have to submit their first academic paper.
At the end of this skills training course you will possess the basic skills to:
- Identify and apply conventions of academic writing, such as the guidelines set by the American Psychological Association (APA);
- Organise your research process;
- Structure an academic piece of writing;
- Draft suitable research questions;
- Acquire and use different types of sources effectively and correctly;
- Make informed judgments and choices based on the knowledge and understanding acquired through your research;
- Build a balanced and convincing argument based on your research;
- Constructively and eloquently communicate the knowledge and understanding acquired through your research to academic and non-academic audiences;
- Assess and react to feedback from others, in particular your fellow academics in European Studies (fellow students, supervisors and tutors).
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Wisker, G. (2009). The undergraduate research handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.