Academic Writing and Rhetoric I
Course - first cycle - 1-7.5 credits
Admission requirementsGeneral entry requirements + English B.
For Swedish Upper Secondary Grades merit rating will be calculated according to Områdesbehörighet 6/A6
The aim of this course is to teach students to write short academic essays for a variety of audiences and purposes. Students will learn to write clear, concise and coherent university-level papers in standard written English using current academic citation practices.
This course is offered as part of program:
Course Code: EN208L
- Department of Language and Linguistics
- For students admitted
fall 2014, spring 2014, fall 2013, spring 2013, fall 2012, spring 2012
The course was established 09 February 2012.
This course syllabus (version 1) was approved 28 February 2012 by the Board of Studies at Faculty of Culture and Society (SMS).
The syllabus is valid from 01 September 2012.
Replacement for course syllabus ratified 17 June 2010.
Advancement in relation to the degree requirements
The course can normally be included as a part of a generall degree at undergraduate level.
The course content overlaps with the courses Academic Writing and Rhetoric (EN210E) and English I (EN101E)
General entry requirements + English B.
After finishing the course, the student:
- understands the basic elements of rhetoric, including the interaction of purpose, writer, audience, content, form and meaning;
- understands writing as a process that includes prewriting, drafting, writing, rewriting, peer review and editing;
- can use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, thinking and communication;
- can control such features as grammar punctuation and spelling;
- can write a well-crafted paper and give a well-crafted oral presentation in an accent that can be understood by the majority of English speakers;
- can evaluate learner texts or other texts on different levels in terms of basic rhetorical elements, and
- can demonstrate the ability to work to agreed timetables, manage workloads and meet deadlines..
AssessmentsThe course is examined through two graded written assignments, an oral presentation (done in groups), and a portfolio containing ungraded assignments. The student must receive a passing grade in all examination elements to pass the course.
Students who do not pass the regular course exams have the minimum of two re-sit opportunities. Re-sits follow the same form as the original exams, apart from re-sits for group work, which take the form of individual written assignments.
Course contentThe course focuses on the formal aspects of written and oral production: the general practices of both social science and humanities essays, and practical skills for giving oral presentations.
Learning activitiesLearning activities are lectures, seminars, writing assignments, oral presentations, and self-study of course literature.
Grading systemExcellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).
Reading list and other mediaDetails concerning the course literature (digital platform and E-book) will be given at the introductory meeting.
Additional photocopied material or electronic publications may be introduced by the teacher but no more than 50 pages.
Course evaluationEvaluation is an integral part of the course. A final written evaluation based on the learning outcomes is done at the end of the course. This evaluation is used as a starting point for an oral evaluation which includes a discussion of measures to be taken to develop the course. The result of the evaluation is summarized and made available in a report to be used as a basis for future courses.