Writing Skills

Faculteit Gedrags- en MaatschappijWetenschappen
Jaar 2018/19
Vakcode PSMRV-1
Vaknaam Writing Skills
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode hele jaar (a standard 7-week course, but spread across three quarters to ensure there's time enough for reading and editing)
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Writing Skills
Leerdoelen After this course students can
- recognize tasteful language and pretty prose, so that these can become tools in their toolkit. (Our focus will not be on correct comma placement or sentence structure; these are assumed.)
- reflect on their research
- share thoughts, ideas, and discoveries.
- find gaps in their own logic, and develop more convincing rhetoric.
- read, write and revise texts
Omschrijving Writing is the currency of the realm. If you can't write, then you don't have a future in academia. That's the hard but simple truth.

Bad writing doesn't get read, and bad writers aren't invited to contribute to high-quality venues. But good writing is cited more often. It's easier to understand. And it has a greater impact.

In this course, students will therefore be supervised in their writing process. They will read some of the best writing in the discipline, and they will learn to emulate aspects of those voices---substance and style---in their own work.

The intent is to do, though, not to talk about doing. We will therefore aim to say what's useful and helpful, while omitting what's wasteful or misleading. We also recognize that this is a process: nothing is perfect the first time, and that's a good thing. (It's freeing: don't worry, just put words on pages and then edit afterward!)

Assignments will push the limits of what's considered possible, but collectively: students will respond to catalyzing exercises in a closed wiki, collaborate to complete peer reviews, and revise constantly. Class time will be reserved for discussion and workshopping. Lecturing will be minimized.
Uren per week variabel
Onderwijsvorm practicum
Toetsvorm deelname, dossier, schriftelijke opdrachten
Vaksoort master
Coördinator J.T. Burman, PhD.
Docent(en) J.T. Burman, PhD.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
"Best American Science and Nature Writing" series held at RUG GMW library various
"Best American Science Writing" series held at RUG GMW library various
On writing: A memoir of the craft Stephen King 9781444723250 €  9,00
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Ma psychologie (EN)  (Ma psychologie (Reflecting on Psychology ) ) 1 hele jaar keuze S