Academic Writing for the Humanities - ARTS5503

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

School: School of the Arts and Media

Course Outline: School of the Arts and Media

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequisite: Enrolment in a postgraduate Arts and Social Sciences program

Excluded: ARTS2050

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This course develops students’ capacity to write academic essays according to the conventions of the Humanities. It provides the knowledge and vocabulary by which students can critically analyse the work of others as well as their own. The course focuses sustained attention on various modes of academic writing that are used in essay writing and shows how these may be deployed to present a strong argument. The course includes analysis of a range of exemplars as well as essays from academic journals researched by students and related to their disciplinary interests. This study will be accompanied by writing exercises, writing workshops and detailed feedback from both peers and staff. The course may be taken as an additional elective for students enrolled in any Postgraduate Coursework Program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, but it will not contribute credit toward those programs.

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