Publishing about Contemporary Challenges
Full course description
Once you have learnt how to write a literature review, and to position yourselves within academic debates (via blog), you can move forward and launch a research project of your own (as usual, based on the challenge you previously selected). The selection of challenge will take place before the course starts, out of a list provided by the course coordinator. Through lectures, tutorials, and peer review sessions, you will also learn how to organise your work, to collaborate on academic research as part of a group, and to develop different a more academic writing style (in this case, aimed at signing a book contract to publish your work). Finally, students will reflect on and extend their existing study strategies and skills, so as to manage their own time and function adequately in the second year of the Bachelor in European Studies.
The aim is to make students able to submit a research proposal of sufficient quality that is accepted for publication (in this case to an academic editor). As a skills training, this course lays the groundwork for later modules that will teach specific research methods, thus preparing you to actually carry out your own research (not just proposing it). Successfully concluding this course will contribute to students acquiring the following building-blocks of their final ES qualifications:
Students will be able to come up with a comprehensive research design
The ability to raise a proper research question, based on the way you positioned yourself within the field (via the blog).
Students will be able to embed the topic in the existing literature.
Students will provide the reader with an analytical framework suitable to answer the selected research question
Students will be able to show both the academic and the societal relevance of their work
Students will be able to map out the most important primary sources
Students will be able to deliver a detailed workplan, with clear deadlines for the different deliverables.
Give constructive, useful feedback to peers;
Revise, edit and proofread your written work building on (peer) feedback and on individual priorities developed on the basis of past writing tasks;
Understand and apply conventions of academic writing, including the guidelines set by the American Psychological Association (APA).