Goals of the Course(JPN)
Goals of the Course
|The course exposes you to vital and necessary academic literacy and skills for your independent research projects. The course lays the foundation of academic writing in three principal stages: pre-writing, writing, and revision. Academic Writing II and III will help develop your foundation to higher levels. |
In Academic Writing I, you will:
Identify and evaluate academic literature;
Formulate your research topic into a viable research question;
Produce a research proposal; and
Embark on your mid-term report.
The primary target of the course is students enrolled in master’s program in the School of Law. However, the course remains open to students in other Schools. English is the medium of instruction. For more details and the class schedule, please consult the course syllabus posted on NUCT.
Objectives of the Course(JPN)
Objectives of the Course
|By the end of the course, students will have:|
Attended in more than 90% of the classes
Written your research proposal. The proposal features a well-defined research question, research method, tentative suggestion, full list of references, and bibliography.
Written your mid-term report
Course Content / Plan
|1 Pre-Writing (1)|
• What is academic writing?
• Time management
• Finding and evaluating academic literature (1): How and what to search
2 Pre-Writing (2)
• Research proposal (1)
- The elements of the research proposal.
• Finding and evaluating academic literature (2): how to read; type of reading.
3 Pre-writing (3):
• Finding and evaluating academic literature (3):
• Taking and making notes - summary and paraphrasing
• Managing sources
• Asking questions
4 Writing (1)
• Overall structure of the proposal Brainstorming: developing the outline
• Formatting your document (Margin, font, spelling, page numbering, line spacing)
5 Writing (2)
• From an outline to paragraph writing:
• The thesis statement
6 Writing (3)
• Paragraph structure: the topic sentence
7 Writing (4)
• Paragraph writing: from the topic sentence to the supporting evidence and ideas
8 Writing (5)
• Paragraph writing: reported speech and reporting verbs
• Avoiding plagiarism
9 Writing (6):
• Paragraph writing: connecting ideas
10 Writing (7):
• Writing the introduction
11 Writing (8):
• Writing the conclusion and the title
12 Writing (9): Footnotes and bibliography
13 Revising (1): Peer-editing and checking consistency in:
• Logic and coherence;
• Register (style); and
• Verb tense
14 Revising (2): Checking your bibliography
15 Revising (3): Giving feedback
Course Prerequisites and Related Courses
|No prerequisites. This course (Academic Writing I) is mandatory. Academic Writing II and III are not mandatory. However, the School of Law recommends students enrol and complete all three.|
Course Evaluation Method and Criteria
|Class attendance and participation (minimum 90% attendance). 10%|
Written assignments, 90% (an aggregate total)
|Writing Guide, Graduate School of Law, Nagoya University, 2019, 5th edition. |
https://gsl.law.nagoya-u.ac.jp/current-students/ (then click “Writing Guide”)
and keep the Writing Guide on your hard drive and storage devices
Instructor will distribute supplementary texts and worksheets on NUCT.
|Instructor will distribute supplementary texts and worksheets on NUCT.|
Study Load(Self-directed Learning Outside Course Hours)
|Students should come to class prepared. Written assignments should be submitted on time.|
Notice for Students
|Attendance is mandatory.|
Attendance is mandatory.
In case of absence, students must write to the instructor by 48 hours prior to the commencement of the class and obtain permission.
Lateness more than ten minutes after the start of the class will be marked as “absent”.
Come to class prepared: read, watch and listen to materials posted on NUCT for the class.
Submit assignments on time. Should you anticipate unforeseen delay in submission, you may seek an extension at least three days before the assignment due. However, the instructor reserves the right to approve or deny the request.
Lecture format, etc.
The courses are held as hybrid classes employing both face-to-face and remote teaching methods basically. If a course will be held by remote teaching methods only, please follow the instructor's directions. List of lecture rooms for face-to-face methods will be posted in the "News" of the homepage of the Graduate School of Law.
Additional measures for remote class (on-demand class)
Remote classes are conducted via NUCT basically. Questions to instructors should be asked using the NUCT "Message" function.
Student discussions will be conducted using the NUCT "Message" function. (If the instructor has added the "Forum" function, the "Forum" can also be used.)
Follow your instructor's directions if your instructor has any other directions