Course Syllabus

 Academic writing I / 特殊講義(研究方法論入門)

[Lecture Course Basic Information]

Lecturer: F Bennett & Y Matsuura / フランク・ベネット & 松浦好治
Other Lecturers:
Course Type: Lecture
Semester: Fall
Year: M1&M2
Course Periods: Mon 4
Credits: 2
Whether mandatory or not: Compulsory
Classroom:

ALEP, Lecture Room 2

 

Outline of Lecture Course

This introductory course on thesis composition and research management is open to English- and Japanese-speakers. The course is taught in English.

論文執筆と研究方法論が課題で、講義が英語で行います。可否評価で英語による学術表現と議論になれる機会に、日本人学生の参加は大好評。

The syllabus covers issues in the first phase of a thesis project:

  • Topic selection
  • Research problem
  • Bibliography development
  • Literature review
  • Use of footnotes
  • Thesis organization
  • 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 Writing Guide of the Law Faculty

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

For students of Nagoya University, the course is marked Pass/Fail.

For visiting students, the course is marked by letter grade. 

Assessment is based on completion of the following:

  • Class attendance and participation (minimum 80% attendance)
  • Sentence composition quizzes.
  • Written assignments
  • Final presentation
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this course.
Instructions for Out-of-Class Study
  • Install the Jurism reference manager
  • Prepare writing assignments
  • Answer quizzes sent by email.
  • Study the Writing Guide of the Law Faculty
  • Comment on classmate assignments via Canvas
Responding to Student Questions
  • Enrolled students may post questions to the Canvas forum
  • Private questions can be sent to the instructor via email, to bennett@law.nagoya-u.ac.jp.
Other Notes

 

Date Session outline Prep/Homework
1

TBA

Introduction

  • Introductions (!)
  • Academic papers: purpose and structure
  • Course overview

Prep

  • None for this session.

Homework

2

TBA

Introduction to Jurism

  • Installing
  • Adding an item by hand
  • Item types
  • Adding an item from the browser
  • Creating a bibliography

Prep

  • Bring your PC to class.

Homework

3

TBA

Progress in Jurism

  • Word processor integration
  • Group libraries
  • Collections
  • Tags
  • Collaboration

Prep

  • Bring your PC to class

Homework

4

TBA

Research problem

  • Topics vs problems
  • Prior research and the research problem
  • Choosing the audience
  • Relevance
  • Non-obviousness
  • Interesting

Prep

  • Bring a copy of your summary memo to class

Homework

5

TBA

Word processing

  • Word vs LibreOffice
  • Styles
  • Table of Contents
  • Page formatting

Prep

  • Bring your PC to class

Homework

6

TBA

Revision (pair-work)

  • Points for evaluation
  • Peer review
  • Reviewer comments
  • Instructor feedback

 

Prep

  • Bring a copy of your research problem statement to class

Homework

7

TBA



Quiz and introductions

  • Quizzer quiz
  • Thesis structure
  • The role of the introduction
  • Project design issues

Prep

  • Review your Quizzer feedback

Homework

8

TBA

Crisis talk

  • Instructor reflections
  • Open discussion
  • Lecture on thesis introduction

 

Prep

  • Come prepared to speak and listen about thesis project challenges

Homework

9

TBA

Thesis structure and composition

  • Aim of the thesis
  • Organization
  • Composition dos and don'ts
  • Paragraph composition

Prep

  • Read the Writing Guide section on thesis structure

Homework

10 TBA 

Research with Jurism

  • Curation
    • Selecting sources
    • Metadata quality and curation
  • Technical
    • Multilingual records
    • Legal citation patterns
    • Abbreviations

Prep

  • Bring your PC to class.

Homework

  • None for this class.
11

TBA

Footnotes

  • Purpose of footnotes
  • Types of supporting authority
  • Primary and secondary sources
  • Strong and weak sources
  • When to footnote

 

Homework

12

TBA

Remarks on logistics and presentation

  • Milestones
  • Backups
  • Document management
  • The Elevator Pitch

 

Homework

13

TBA 


Short presentations and comments

Prep

  • Practice your presentation
14

TBA


Short presentations and comments

Prep

  • Practice your presentation

Homework

  • Submit your (revised) thesis introduction and initial bibliography
15

TBA

Final quiz and course feedback

 

※Students who wish to enroll as a member should access the URL below.
Log in using the Nagoya University ID and password, and click on "Enroll in Course".

https://canvas.law.nagoya-u.ac.jp/enroll/F78W7H

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