Academic Writing and Rhetoric I

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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.


Kursens förkunskapskrav är grundläggande behörighet samt områdesbehörighet 6: Engelska B och Samhällskunskap A. Applicants are exempted from the Civics A requirement.


högskolepoäng 20% betyg 40% högskoleprov 40%


Kursplan för studenter höst 2009, vår 2009, höst 2008

EN208E version 1,1
Engelsk benämning:
Academic Writing and Rhetoric I
Språk och kulturstudier
06 mars 2008
18 juni 2008
Beslutande instans:
Fakulteten för kultur och samhälle
Gäller från:
18 juni 2008
Ersätter kursplan fastställd:
06 mars 2008

Fördjupning i förhållande till examensfordringarna

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) andEnglish I (EN101E)


Kursens förkunskapskrav är grundläggande behörighet samt områdesbehörighet 6: Engelska B och Samhällskunskap A. Applicants are exempted from the Civics A requirement.


Knowledge and understanding
After finishing the course, the student:

  • understands writing as a process that includes prewriting, drafting, writing, rewriting, peer review and editing;
  • understands the basic elements of rhetoric, including the interaction of purpose, writer, audience, content, form and meaning;
  • understands the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes, and
  • can show knowledge of Malmö University’s perspectives: International Migration and Ethnic Relations, Nature and Resource Management, and Equality and Gender.

Skills and ability
After finishing the course, the student:
  • can use writing and reading for inquiry, learning, thinking and communicating,
  • can control such surface features as syntax, grammar, punctuation and spelling;
  • can address rhetorical situations by appropriately controlling purpose and audience in relation to voice, tone and format;
  • can write a well-crafted paper;
  • demonstrates the ability to work to agreed timetables, manage workloads, and meet deadlines, and
  • can apply knowledge of IMER’s perspectives to issues pertaining to English in academic settings.

Critical skills and approach
After finishing the course, the student:
  • demonstrates confidence in their abilities to communicate effectively in a variety of formal contexts;
  • applies a variety of strategies including diplomacy and compromise to solve problems, and
  • can speak English in an accent that is understood by a majority of English speakers.

Formerna för att bedöma studenternas prestationer

The 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.

Innehåll eller kursinnehåll

The 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 activities are lectures, seminars, writing assignments, oral presentations, and self-studies of course literature.


Underkänd (U), Godkänd (G) eller Väl godkänd (VG).

Kurslitteratur och övriga läromedel

Ramage, John D., John C. Bean, and June Johnson. The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing. 4th ed. New York: Pearson and Longman, 2006. ISBN: 9780205598748.

Additional photocopied material or electronic publications may be introduced by the teacher, but no more than 50 pages.


Evaluation 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.


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