FOLK 541 640 Academic Writing and Research Design
in the Arts and Sciences
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 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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