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2017 219 Academic Writing III

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: F Bennett
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Course Type: Lecture
Semester: Fall
Year: M2 only - GSL and Leading (however auditors are welcome)
Course Periods: Fri 2
Credits: 2
Whether mandatory or not: Elective
Classroom: Please see the Infomation Board

 

Outline of Lecture Course This course consists of 15 interactive lectures taught by Prof. Lawson. The lectures are held across October 29 through November 14, 2014.

Jean-Isamu Taguchi (D1) is the teaching assistant for this course.

To receive credit for this course students MUST attend AT LEAST 10 of the 15 classes, and complete all written homework and My Writing Lab assignments.



Course Objectives This course is now solely for M2 students.
However other students are welcome to attend as audit students.
AWIII has an 'open door' policy.

You MUST BRING A LAPTOP TO CLASS and digital copies of all your writing produced for or at NU.
This includes your proposal, outline, draft thesis and/or abstract.

This course will help you improve the logical structure of your thesis, and learn legal writing skills that will help you in your career.
For example, we will learn what your examiner panel will be looking for in your abstract, and how to write an abstract that meets their requirements.

And we will focus on issues like how to achieve well-structured paragraphs in legal writing, and ensuring those paragraphs are linked together coherently to create a logical flow of legal argument.
We will also learn how to write a fascinating introduction, and a convincing conclusion.

A few classes are devoted to learning and practicing good academic presentation techniques.
You will learn how to communicate complex legal ideas in a way that is clear and simple for all listeners to follow.



Textbooks 1) See the NU GSL Online Writing Lab webpage at http://law.nagoya-u.ac.jp/en/curriculum/tutors/.
This course refers to all the resources mentioned on this page, with special emphasis on the NU GSL Writing Guide, the AdTAT Concordancer tool and My Writing Lab.

2) Students should be familiar with the materials from the Writing Workshops offered in 2013.
Materials from each Workshop are available through the Online Syllabus under Course No. 802.


Course Materials/Supplementaries The Law Library has very kindly created a Legal Writing Reference Bookshelf for use by AW students.

This course recommends that students visit the Law Library to look carefully at all the books in this Legal Writing Bookshelf.
It may be worth purchasing a copy of any books you find particularly helpful.


Assessment This course is a two-credit course.
There will be 15 x 90 minute classes.

Students will be assessed as follows:
50% class participation
30% written homework assignments
20% My Writing Lab assignments




Prerequisites You must bring a laptop containing your thesis proposal, outline, draft and/or abstract - and any other writing you have produced at or for NU - to each class.


Other Notes This course does not teach English as a second language.
Good English language skills are assumed.

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[Subject: ACADEMIC WRITING]

 

Lecture Theme Lecture Course Description Learning outside the class Related page
1 Day 1: 29 Oct (1 pm - 4.15 pm) PLAIN LEGAL ENGLISH
Writing legal English may seem hard. But perhaps we can simplify the task from the very beginning...Lets focus in the first class today on writing plain legal English writing sentences and linking them inside paragraphs.

INTRODUCTIONS
In the second class we look at Introductions. Your Introduction is where your reader 'meets' you for the first time. What kind of impression will you make? And what essential elements must your Introduction always contain? This class teaches how to write a coherent, appealing Introduction.

See the files for today uploaded as Materials.
Please bring your laptop and your outline, abstract, coursework writing assignments and draft thesis (all in digital format) to class.
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT A is due by 8.45 am on Friday 31 Oct - submit online via this syllabus.

2 Day 2: 31 Oct (8:45 am - 12 noon) BODY: HEADINGS, PARAGRAPHS and SENTENCES
In the first class we learn how to use the basic building blocks: headings, paragraphs and sentences. They work together to guide the reader through your logical journey. We learn to make sentences connect smoothly, paragraphs flow in logical order and headings make sense. This means, for example, ensuring paragraphs have (1) unity, (2) topic sentences, (3) bridging words and (4) overlapping content...

CONCLUSIONS
You might have wondered why it seems so hard to write a good Conclusion. The Conclusion is what your reader will remember most, and it says a lot about the value of your research. The second class today shows how to break up a Conclusion into manageable elements to make sure it is logical and effective, giving your thesis maximum impact.

See the files for today uploaded as Materials.
Please bring your laptop and your outline, abstract, coursework writing assignments and draft thesis (all in digital format) to class.
3 Day 3: 5 Nov (1 pm - 4.15 pm) HOW TO REVIEW & POLISH YOUR THESIS
Your thesis will be checked for basic compliance with the Writing Guide and English academic writing conventions. But this person may not be a lawyer and definitely won't be an expert in your field. How can you be sure your legal argument will communicate clearly to all kinds of readers? For a 'native-check' to be worthwhile, the internal logic of the paper must be clear, and this depends on you.
The first class today demonstrates how to work through a careful checking and editing process to review and polish your paper.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY - The second class builds on the earlier instruction you have had on academic integrity. This time we look at why we bother to following proper citing and referencing conventions and avoiding plagiarism, reviews some principles you should know and gives you a chance to trial your knowledge using interactive online tools.

See the files for today uploaded as Materials.
Please bring your laptop and your outline, abstract, coursework writing assignments and draft thesis (all in digital format) to class.




4 Day 4: 7 Nov (8:45 am - 12 noon) PLAIN LEGAL ENGLISH - RECAP
Today we start by recapping and practicing plain legal English writing - either by editing your own work or by engaging in exercises that will build your skills.

ABSTRACTS
Then we put Plain Legal English to good use by learning how to write a good abstract for your thesis - starting with why we write abstracts in scholarly life. Understanding the uses abstracts fulfill will help you see what to put in, and what to leave out.

See the files for today uploaded as Materials.
Please bring your laptop and your outline, abstract, coursework writing assignments and draft thesis (all in digital format) to class.
5 Day 5: 10 Nov (8:45 am - 12 noon) ORAL PRESENTATIONS I
This week we turn to presentations. You may have given presentations before - but not in English or not in an academic context. These classes will help you adapt and polish your existing skills and avoid the common traps and pitfalls that face international research students in this area.

See the files for today uploaded as Materials.
Please bring your laptop and your outline, abstract, coursework writing assignments and draft thesis (all in digital format) to class.
6 Day 5: 10 Nov (1 pm - 4.15 pm)

ORAL PRESENTATIONS II
Now we are moving on to practicing the building blocks for good presentations. We will have a brief review of key points from last week, then spend most of our time working on creating a range of presentation building blocks you can use when you present in your field at NU.

See the files for today uploaded as Materials.
Please bring your laptop and your outline, abstract, coursework writing assignments and draft thesis (all in digital format) to class.
7 Day 6: 12 Nov (1 pm - 4.15 pm)

STRUCTURE & HOW TO REVIEW - RECAP
Today's class is for practical application of the key concepts taught in AWIII. We will do a quick recap of the concepts taught in large-scale and small-scale structure, then apply them to your existing work. You will see your own work, and others' work in a new light.
So how long do you need to revise a 30 to 50-page thesis? And what order should you follow? Today's class answers these and more questions in light of the NU GSL Writing Guide.

See the files for today uploaded as Materials.
Please bring your laptop and your outline, abstract, coursework writing assignments and draft thesis (all in digital format) to class.
8 Day 7: 14 Nov (one period only today: 8:45 am - 10:15 am) ORAL PRESENTATIONS III
Our bravest class members tackle the 3-minute Thesis format today and are rewarded with the frank feedback they need to improve.
See the files for today uploaded as Materials.
Please bring your laptop and your outline, abstract, coursework writing assignments and draft thesis (all in digital format) to class.


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