Academic Writing Workshop
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleFTR-FIPPSB106
Credits (ECTS)5
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies; Opleiding Filosofie;
dr. Y.M. de Boer
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dr. Y.M. de Boer
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B.R. van Meurs, MA
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Contactperson for the course
B.R. van Meurs, MA
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Academic year2023
SEM1  (04/09/2023 to 28/01/2024)
Starting block
Course mode
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
At the end of this course you will be able to:
  • develop and present philosophical arguments in a written form;
  • formulate research questions and answer them in a structured and methodical way;
  • plan and write short and medium-length academic texts;
  • write clearly, concisely, and according to basic academic standards;
  • revise texts on the basis of (peer) feedback;
  • distinguish between various types of academic texts;
  • find, quote and reference academic/philosophical sources.
How do you develop a convincing philosophical argument on paper? What is the best way to write a comparative essay? How to conduct research and present your findings in an academic text? And how to find and use academic sources for your research? The aim of this Academic Writing Workshop is to develop and practice the basic writing skills required for an academic training in philosophy. In the course of the semester, students will be writing and revising a number of different texts: a short conceptual paper, an argumentative essay and a comparative paper. In weekly workshop meetings, they will compare and discuss their texts with peers, and learn the basic rules of academic writing.

NB: Course content is subject to slight changes.
As this course is introductory, we expect no foreknowledge about academic writing. However, this course does presuppose an advanced level of English, as you will be writing in English.
Presumed foreknowledge

Test information
In the course of this workshop, the students will write and revise several academic papers. The last versions of these will be examined by the end of the semester. This is a pass/fail course, so students do not receive a specific grade for this course on a scale from one to ten.

Required materials
A course guide and texts will be provided on Brightspace.

Instructional modes
Attendance MandatoryYes

Test weight1
Test typePaper
OpportunitiesBlock SEM1, Block SEM2