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Course module: 201900070
Academic writing Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Course infoSchedule
Course code201900070
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / Level3 (Bachelor Advanced)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Social Sciences; Undergraduate School Sociale Wetenschappen; Interdisciplinary social and behavioural sciences;
Contact personI. Lolomari
dr. F.M. Cramwinckel
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dr. C. Liu
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Contactperson for the course
I. Lolomari
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Teaching period
2  (11/11/2019 to 31/01/2020)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slotC: MON-afternoon, TUE-afternoon,THU-morning
Study mode
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
The goals of this course are learning to:
1. Collect and analyze relevant scientific literature regarding an social scientific research question;
2. Detect gaps in the literature;
3. Formulate a good research question;
4. Write a short theoretical/empirical background regarding this research question;
5. Write a good research proposal;
6. Gain insight in ethical issues surrounding the proposed research project and data collection:
7. Write a research proposal to be evaluated by an ethical committee
8. Use provided feedback to improve one's work
9. Provide feedback to peers on their written work

In order to achieve these goals, students will write a research proposal which consists of an introducation and method section. Students can ask questions during small-group sessions and will receive feedback from their supervisor as well as their peers on their written assignments.
In the course academic writing (block 2), students will write a research proposal that fits within an existing (or to be developed) line of research. If possible, students will be able to select a topic of interest from an available list of topics. In other cases, the supervisor will determine the topic. Students will conduct a literature search in order to formulate a relevant social scientific research question. The research proposal is an individual product, and can be seen as the introduction and method section of a scientific article. During this course, students will work together in small groups on a joint project, on which they will report individually.

The reserach proposal--when satisfactory-- can be used as a starting point for the datacollection report and research report that will be written during the course premaster thesis (block 4). 
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Faculty of Social Sciences
  • At least 1 of the courses below must have been passed
    • Risk behavior and addiction (201800007)
    • Key challenges to the welfare state (201800294)
Prerequisite knowledge
Deze cursus staat alleen open voor studenten van het instroomprogramma voor één van de twee masters van Algemene Sociale Wetenschappen, te weten Arbeid, Zorg en Participatie en Jeugdstudies.
Required materials
Burton, L.J. (2009). An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in psychology (3rd ed.). John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd. ISBN 978-1-74216-649-0
Recommended materials
Buunk, A.P. & Van Vugt, M. (2013). Applying Social Psychology: From Problems to Solutions (2nd ed.). London, UK: Sage Publications Ltd.
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.
Instructional formats

General remarks
During the lectures, general information about the course and the research proposal will be discussed, as well as knowledge and skills that are necessary for writing a research proposal.

office hours

General remarks
Individual supervision by means of office hours


General remarks
During the library practical, knowledge and skills necessary to search for, and find, relevant scientific literature will be discussed and practiced

Small-group session

General remarks
During the small-group sessions, students will work on a joint project on which they will report individually.

Class session preparation
Students are expected to make assignments that they hand in before the session, or take with them to the session

Contribution to group work
During these sessions, students are expected to actively participate

FETC proposal
Test weight10
Minimum grade5.5

FETC proposal

Research proposal
Test weight90
Minimum grade5.5

research proposal

Aspects of student academic development
Academic thinking, working and acting
Information study and analysis
Synthesizing and structuring of information
Research reports - written

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