Each workshop covers a topic in academic writing and uses actual student assignments as examples from previous years. The workshops allow time for the students to work with their own texts.
We offer workshops on the following topics:
What characterizes a good project outline? How do you get from theme to research problem and research question? The aim of the project outline is to design the thesis you are about to write. A good project outline can be used as a map to structure your thesis and your work ahead.
Literature review is an introduction to your subject area, in which you position yourself regarding the research you are about to do in the light of what has been previously done in the field. An important point in reviewing literature is to engage in a dialogue with your research field and show how your research can contribute to the field.
In this workshop we practice how to carry out a thorough research retrieval and make an outline of your literature review.
The method is the tool you use to collect and handle your data. Which research tools are best suited to answer your research question? Will you use interviews or observations, or are you comparing texts? We will present different methods you can apply, and you will get an opportunity to make an outline of the method section in your thesis.
A well written chapter on method gives a structured presentation of your data and also includes ethical considerations.
Scholarly writing often takes the form of an argument. The workshop in argumentation will focus on developing your research problem, or research statement, and the main arguments in your thesis.
What are the premises for your research? What are the main claims of your thesis? Who do you argue with and against, and how do you do that? What is the academic purpose of your thesis?
We work on recognising and evaluating different types of argumentation in scholarly texts, including your own.