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2017 217 Academic writing I

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: F Bennett & Y Matsuura
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Course Type: Lecture
Semester: Fall
Year: M1&M2
Course Periods: Mon 4
Credits: 2
Whether mandatory or not: Compulsory
Classroom:

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Outline of Lecture Course

This course covers issues in the first phase of a thesis project:

  • Topic selection
  • Basic research strategies
  • Bibliography development
  • Literature review
  • Proper use of footnotes
  • Table of Contents
  • Drafting an Introduction

In addition to the topics above, class members will have the opportunity to submit short writing samples at intervals for grammar and style review, with short quizzes to confirm progress.

Course Objectives Class members will have organized a set of materials relevant to a well-defined research problem by the end of the semester.
Textbooks The Writing Guide of the Law Faculty

Course Materials/Supplementaries Materials will be distributed as required via Canvas and Juris-M reference manager libraries
Assessment

Assessment will be based on the following:

  • Class attendance and participation
  • Mid-term based on Quizzer feedback questions
  • Final exam based on Quizzer feedback questions
  • Final statement of a research problem
  • Literature review submitted at the end of the course
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this course.
Other Notes

 

Lecture Theme Lecture Course Description Preparation for this session
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1

3 Oct.

Orientation

  • Accessing Canvas (important!)
  • Review of the Writing Guide
  • Research collections
  • Introduction to Quizzer
  • Introduction to Juris-M
  • Purpose of an Academic Paper
  • Plagiarism, authorship and originality
  • No advance preparation

10 Oct.

(holiday)

  • Sports Day
Sports Day
  • Send us your email (bennett@nagoya-u.jp).
  • Short essay: "How I chose my research topic" (Canvas)
  • Try Quizzer (sent by email)
2

17 Oct.

Workflow

  • Thesis writing as performance
  • Refining a research problem:
  1. Topic ➔ Problem
  2. Materials collection
  3. Prioritizing
  4. Reading
  5. Go to 1.
3

24 Oct.

Juris-M

  • Introduction to Juris-M features
  • Installing
  • Signing up for a Zotero account
  • Group library
  • Saving items from online
  • Tags and folders
  • Citing items in a document
  • Send us (1) a description of your problem; and (2) a list of five important articles on your topic (Email)
  • Know the articles in your list well!
  • Install Juris-M on your personal computer (before class)
  • If you get stuck, send mail to bennett@law.nagoya-u.ac.jp and drop by for support (in advance of class!).
4

31 Oct.

Problem statement

  • Peer discussion of five-article list based on questions distributed in class.
  • Outlining sub-issues in light of the problem statement
  • Q&A: discussion of common difficulties
  • Building a research library in Juris-M
  • Add your five-article bibliography to the AW1 shared library.
5

7 Nov.

Research Methodology

  • Introduction to Resources for Comparative and International Law
  • Formation of subject-area groups
  • Organizational strategies
  • Explanation of RCIL exercise
6

14 Nov.

Past Discussion

  • Pair review of past-discussion summaries
  • Class discussion
  • Instructor comments
  • Submit a summary of past discussion on your topic (Canvas)
7

21 Nov.

Quizzer

  • In-class Quizzer quiz
  • Q&A: writing issues
  • Tips on style and grammar
  • Review Quizzer problems!
  • No other homework for this class.
8 28 Nov.

Analysis of resources

  • Peer discussion of five-article list based on questions distributed in class.
  • Setting a line of argument
  • Submit a revised problem statement (Canvas)
  • Submit a list of five influential works relevant to your topic (Canvas)
9

5 Dec.

Paper Organization

  • Organization of the writing project
  1. Chapter organization
  2. Paragraph structures
  3. Summary of events and discussions
  4. Arguments from authority
  5. Arguments from evidence
  • Submission of subject-group reports.
10

12 Dec.

Footnotes

  • What should be footnoted?
  • What should footnotes provide?

 

  • Literature review with bibliography (Canvas)
11

19 Dec.

Defense

  • The role of academic training and discussion
  • Common criticisms of academic work
  • Pitfalls and how to avoid them
  • No homework for this session (but you should be preparing your presentation ...)
12

26 Dec.

Presentations

  • Lightning talks
  • Submit slides (Canvas)
13

16 Jan.

Presentations

  • Lightning talks
  • Comments
  • No additional assignments for this session
14

23 Jan.

Quizzer

  • Quizzer quiz
  • Course review, Q&A and discussion
  • Review Quizzer questions before class.

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