73097 - Writing Lab (1) (LM) (G. B)

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SDGs

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

The English writing workshop has a threefold objective: i) the acquisition of basic skills for writing academic texts (reviews, papers, essays as well as covering letters and curricula); ii) the implementation of these skills, with a particular focus on the field of philosophical studies; iii) the ability to carry out an exhaustive bibliographical research on paper and digital directories and to be able to correctly set an essay of annotated bibliography. 

Course contents

In order to provide the student with the necessary tools for the internationalisation of his/her training, the contents of the English writing workshop will consist of (i) a theoretical thematization of academic writing, in the light of the relationship between the general idea of a philosophical text, its articulation and its realisation; (ii) a consequent thematization of the complementary moment of reading and textual analysis; (iii) the practice of writing at various levels of university life, both in relation to the student’s personal works and to the institutional exchanges that the student may be called upon to undertake in an international context along his/her future path. The workshop will therefore focus on: a) the conception and argumentative articulation of a philosophical text with reference to various types of academic texts; b) practical exercises, both written and oral, individual and in group session, starting from the reading of philosophical texts of various kinds. The student’s drafting of a short essay based on a theme and on texts agreed upon with the lecturer will represent the final work of the workshop.

The language level of reference for the workshop is European B2.

The course will be held in the fourth period, starting on the 22nd of March 2022: Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (room VII, 38); Wednesdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (room XI, 38); Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (room VII, 38).

 

Readings/Bibliography

Teaching materials will be provided during the meetings and will mainly consist of handbooks for academic writing (in English); monographs of both practical and theoretical nature on the topic of academic and philosophical writing; texts from the field of contemporary philosophy on which the exercises will focus.

Teaching methods

Working under the supervision of the lecturer, students will produce various types of texts in English. The workshop is intended to be interactive: in addition to lectures on the theoretical aspects of the subject concerned –including the introduction and explanation of the philosophical content on which the practical exercises will then focus– students will be asked to be willing to express themselves and to argue in classroom as well as work in group sessions. During the workshop, students will make an oral presentation (possibly with slides) on texts agreed upon with the lecturer. The theme of the oral presentation will then be developed into a short essay that the student will present and discuss during the final exam. The short essay must be delivered approximately two weeks before the exam.

Assessment methods

For attending students

In addition to (informal) ongoing assessment, the exam will consist of the presentation and discussion of a written short essay on a topic agreed upon with the lecturer during the workshop (the essay must be handed in approximately two weeks before the date of the exam).

The exam is conceived as to assess the student's achievement of the learning objectives, by verifying that he/she is able to produce and present an argumentative text in English, mastering the basic tools of philosophical writing.

The exam is considered passed if the written text presents the basic characteristics of a philosophical argumentative text.

The exam is considered failed if it contains serious conceptual errors and does not have the characteristics of an argumentative philosophical text.

For non-attending students

The exam consists of the presentation and discussion of a written text in English on a topic agreed in advance with the lecturer and handed in at least two weeks before the exam. To this must be added the reading of texts (chosen from the bibliography) of theoretical and practical nature on the subject of academic and philosophical writing.

The exam is conceived as to assess the student’s achievement of the learning objectives, by verifying that he/she is able to produce an argumentative text in English, mastering the basic tools of philosophical writing.

The exam is considered passed if the written text has the basic characteristics of a philosophical argumentative text.

The exam is considered failed if the text contains serious conceptual errors and does not have the characteristics of an argumentative philosophical text.

Teaching tools

During the workshop, the lecturer may use PowerPoint slides, as well as photocopies and computer facilities for exercises.

Office hours

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