FOLK 541 640 Academic Writing & Research
CGS course - Permission required for undergraduates and
Have you every 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 and social
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.
Throughout the class, we will 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, leading to the completion
of a formal research proposal (15 pages), which can be used as
their Capstone proposal if they wish.
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