15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module aims: i) To introduce students to the specific skills required when writing an essay at MA level; ii) To examine the structure of an essay at MA level; iii) To demonstrate the skills of critical analysis when reading and writing at MA level; iv) To consider methods of constructing a well-reasoned and balanced argument when writing an essay at MA level; v) To demonstrate the difference between descriptive and critical writing; and vi) To demonstrate the importance of applying theoretical approaches to data. By the end of the module we expect that students will be able to: i) Structure an academic essay at MA level; ii) Gain an understanding of the techniques used in academic writing; iii) Comment from their own perspective on theoretical works; iv) Present a well-reasoned and balanced argument; and v) Use the insights gained from this module as a basis for writing academic essays on other modules.

Staff Contact: Dr L Hamaidia
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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