Course aims

The overarching aim of this course is to improve the productive (speaking and writing) skills of students for academic purposes with particular reference to participating in seminars, and writing a Master's thesis in English. Two broad subsidiary aims are to increase students' confidence in the use of academic English, and to provide them with an awareness of tools and resources for continued self-study and enhancement of their abilities. Throughout the course, students analyze texts from their own research field.

Course plan

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student is expected to be able to:

  • display understanding of the structure and organisation of key elements of thesis writing;
  • recognize and apply patterns of argumentation appropriate to general academic communication and her/his research field;
  • apply the formal documentation standards relevant to her/his field;
  • use academic English effectively in an appropriate style.

Course overview

The course plan comprises a number of seminars. The thematic organization of the course is systematically related to the task of thesis writing in English, but students also enjoy many opportunities to participate in seminar discussions. By the end of the eighteen-hour course, students will have written their own research proposal. Since many of the seminar activities and writing tasks focus on the participants' own research, students are advised to take this module in the third semester of their Master's programme or at an initial stage of their research.

Eligibility criteria and applications

Bachelor's Degree; English B.

Students within a Master's programme in the Humanities at Stockholm University, who are taking the course within their programme, also need to apply for the course via (or in English). Priority is given to these students when applications are made prior to the deadline and within the MA programme.

Course literature

Chapter 1 in Cooley, L. & Lewkowicz, J. (2003). Dissertation Writing in Practice: Turning Ideas into Text. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. (Available on Athena).

All other materials will also be provided at the start of the course through Athena. Students will get access to the Athena site for the course after registration.

Information spring term 2021