Academic Writing for Public Policy

Aims & Outcomes

The aim of this course is 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. In addition to addressing issues related to academic writing, the course will also focus on other skills you will need to complete your graduate level work in English.


During the course, you will:

  • Become familiar with the genres of and enhance the skills related to research-based and policy writing
  • Improve your ability to use effectively the discourse patterns of academic English
  • Have the opportunity to develop your writing process through phases of generating ideas, drafting, peer evaluation and individual writing consultations
  • Learn to take into consideration the expectations of your readership with regard to discourse conventions in different communities
  • Learn to incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing within the requirements of English academic practice
  • Gaining confidence in expressing yourself in speaking and writing in English

By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • Identify the purposes, typical components and features of various genres in your field
  • Write for various audiences, adapting your writing to the expectations of these audiences
  • Structure a policy brief, an op-ed, a research paper, the thesis proposal and the thesis and a research paper at the macro and micro level
  • Think and write more clearly and incisively
  • Properly incorporate the work of other authors into your own writing, and understand the CEU policy on plagiarism
  • Edit and refine your own written work
  • Draw on a variety of skills and approaches when writing different papers


Academic Writing is a required course, which you need to pass in order to complete your degree. Although it will appear on your transcript, it is not for credit and we do not grade any work you do for us. Attendance is mandatory and you can only miss 2 classes. During the course, you will have to complete one piece of writing for the Center: a policy brief. You will be required to come for three mandatory consultations: in the fall term, you will have an introductory consultation on the assignment we give you (policy brief); and in winter term you will have to come for one mandatory consultation on your thesis proposal and the thesis respectively.