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Writing in the Political & Social Sciences

This course is offered to SPS researchers in years 2, 3 and 4. The aim is to build your abilities in academic writing and presenting, using writing practice and targeted textual analyses. The work you do during the course will help you with your ongoing dissertation project, and, based on participants' needs, preparation and feedback on your 2nd year academic presentation will be offered. This course continues in January.


English 612

Writing in the Political & Social Sciences

SPS researchers in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th year

Time & Place

14 Oct. -  2 Dec.

12 hours

  • Wednesday 15.00-16.30



Writing in the Political & Social Sciences

The aim of this course is to build on your existing experience and, through input and practice, build your confidence in academic writing. The work you do during the course is conceived to dovetail with your December paper deadline in the department, and help you work towards your February paper deadline. This course continues in January.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, researchers will

  • have reinforced their abilities in academic writing within their chosen field of study
  • have grown more aware of any style issues in academic writing associated with their subject
  • have enhanced their knowledge of academic grammar and feel able to apply this satisfactorily in their writing

Course contents




Course materials are provided by the EUI English Unit


The sessions will address rhetorical and stylistic issues related to drafting and revising your work such as:

  • Defining terms and concepts
  • Rhetorical patterns in Social and Political Sciences
  • The use of narrative
  • Using corpora

They will also address practical concerns such as:

  • Grammatical accuracy
  • Research Paper structure & organisational features, e.g. paragraphs
  • Syntax in academic writing
  • Defining 'Style' in academic writing

You will be asked for your input and feedback on the syllabus in the first session.


Learning methods and activities

The teacher will provide targeted materials and activities to help you complete your writing within this timeframe. 

Each session includes both input and peer discussion. You will get feedback on your writing from the teacher, from your peers and from yourselves. 









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