FOLK 541 640 Academic Writing and
Research Design in the Arts and Sciences
Seminar: Monday 6:30-9:10 p.m.
Have you ever noticed that scholars in different
academic disciplines seem to speak different languages? Have you
wondered how scholars put together a plan for their research explain
their findings and organize and write their
papers? This class is designed to introduce MLA students and other
advanced students to the research and writing conventions used by
scholars in the arts and sciences. With special attention to
disciplines in the humanities social
sciences and sciences we will identify and explore some of the theories
sources language and qualitative and quantitative methodologies that
scholars use as they conduct original research in their fields.
the class we'll also discuss writing conventions across the arts and
sciences with special attention to the structure of argument; the use
of evidence; voice and style in both traditional academic writing and
more innovative forms of writing; and documentation conventions.
Students will develop an original research project through incremental
writing assignments and will write a formal research proposal (15-20
pages) which can be used as their Capstone proposal if they wish.
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