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Research and Writing Preparatory Seminar

This introductory seminar introduces students to the fundamentals of academic research and writing. A prerequisite for beginning graduate study, it is recommended for all students who wish to express themselves more fluently. This course will break down the writing process. It will teach students how to write simple, cogent papers at first and how to progressively improve their research, précis-writing, and annotation skills so as to sustain more complex and nuanced arguments. In addition to the basic elements of style, we shall also learn the formal aspects of academic writing: how to correctly quote and cite sources, how to collect and referee previous scholarship, how to edit one’s own work, and how to incorporate existing research into one’s writing.

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Course Code: HSF 6000

Credit Hours: 3

Course Level: 500

This introductory seminar introduces students to the fundamentals of academic research and writing. A prerequisite for beginning graduate study, it is recommended for all students who wish to express themselves more fluently. This course will break down the writing process. It will teach students how to write simple, cogent papers at first and how to progressively improve their research, précis-writing, and annotation skills so as to sustain more complex and nuanced arguments. In addition to the basic elements of style, we shall also learn the formal aspects of academic writing: how to correctly quote and cite sources, how to collect and referee previous scholarship, how to edit one’s own work, and how to incorporate existing research into one’s writing.

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Learning Outcome

This course will address four main obstacles students face in writing papers: (1) finding a suitable topic for their paper, (2) developing that topic, (3) ensuring that the topic has a suitable scope for a paper, and (4) ensuring that sufficient literature exists on which to build their thesis. It will also teach them the essential skills for writing a persuasive and well-supported paper: (1) formulating the central inquiry of the paper, (2) developing arguments and supporting them with research, (3) structuring the paper and providing suitable headings and internal connections, (4) creating a bibliography, summarizing existing literature, and situating the paper’s thesis vis-à-vis existing scholarship.

Area of Study: Hindu Studies Foundations

Required / Elective: Required

Faculty: Dr. Joydeep Bagchee

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