The course seeks to help you develop as a writer within the English-speaking academic community by raising awareness of, practicing, and reflecting upon the conventions of written texts. As well as an introduction to critical thinking and critique writing, the course will develop your awareness of conventions of research-based academic writing, both regarding structural elements such as the introduction, literature review and conclusion, and how to use the work of other authors appropriately in your work. You will also have the opportunity to reflect upon how these conventions influence the development of your own voice. In the Fall, we will focus on critical writing, as well as micro and macro-level argumentation for term papers. The Winter sessions will concentrate on the thesis writing process, helping you develop and present a topic, situate your research within existing theoretical and topical scholarship, and prepare for the final stages of thesis research and writing.