Research and Writing I
Full course description
"Research and Writing I" introduces students to the reading, writing, and research skills necessary to succeed at the University level. The course encompasses period 1, 2 and 3 (September until January). During period 1 and 2, students will complete three written assignments designed to develop and refine their reading comprehension, writing skills, and revising skills. The third assignment supports students in choosing a topic for the paper which they write in period 3. In parallel, they attend lectures by FASoS staff members introducting the field of Memory Studies and/or presenting their research on (cultural) memory. This "Memory Lecture Series" gives students an initial overview of possible topics in Arts and Culture research. During period 3, students focus on writing their own paper. They submit 5 assignments: a main research question and (sub-)questions; a table of contents including headlines and brief section summaries; a draft of their research paper; an oral presentation on their research results; and the final version of their research paper. During the tutorials in period 3, students present and discuss their research and writing progress. They will receive (individual) tutor feedback, and learn how to give peer feedback.
The goal of the initial group meetings and tutor feedback in period 1 and 2 is to endow students with reading and writing skills which will be invaluable as they proceed through the Arts & Culture programme. In period 3, students will have to master significant stages in writing an academic paper. The tutorials will support students in formulating a research question, structuring their paper and writing about their insights. Students will have to present their research results, while likewise providing and receiving peer feedback on oral as well as written presentations of their research.
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