51003 Academic Writing: Apprentice Level, 2 cr

Language studies
Teaching language: 
Course Description: 

This online course teaches how to communicate ideas clearly in a written, academic format. More precisely, it introduces the essential theories, tools, and techniques for effective and efficient academic writing.

The target level of the course is CEFR C2.

This course provides the necessary skills to participate in the course 51004 Mastering Academic Writing.

The extent of the course is 2 ECTS from Aug 1, 2018.

Information för magisterstuderande på svenska (Information for students within the Swedish programmes only):
Kursen 51003 Academic Writing: Apprentice Level tillsammans med kursen 51004 Mastering Academic Writing är ett av sättena på vilka du kan få tillstånd av skriva magisteravhandling på engelska. Du ska då avlägga båda kurserna med minst vitsordet 70. Läs mera på webben.

Learning Goal: 

You have fundamental theoretical and practical academic writing skills.

After completing the course, you will be able to: 
  • communicate ideas clearly in a written, academic format.
  • utilize the fundamentals of academic writing: considerations of audience, purpose of writing, organization of information, style, flow of text, and presentation.
  • employ effectively the macro- and micro-tools of academic writing.
  • identify and employ different text structures of academic writing and patterns of argumentation.
Target Group: 

Degree students and incoming exchange students only.


Entry level CEFR C1/C2 (High operational proficiency level of English); target level is CEFR C2. Knowledge of Swedish not required.

Total Student Workload: 

53 hours divided into:
Scheduled (contact) hours: 2 h (online consultations with the teacher)
Non-scheduled work: 51 h (Independent studies)


Online modules, writing assignments, and individual consultations with the teacher.

Literature and Course Material: 
  • Swales, J.W. & Feak, C.B. (2012). Academic Writing for Graduate Students. 3rd Edition. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.
  • Turabian, K. L. (2013). A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations: Chicago style for students and researchers. 8th edition. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  • Additional material to be specified during the course.

Continuous assessment of written assignments 60%
Completion of online modules 30%
Participation in online consultations 10%

Limited Number of Participants: 

A maximum of 40 students in order of registration.

The current offering is planned to make the course available throughout the year, and meet the demand at Hanken; if it does not, more course places will be organised.

Recommended Time of Performance: 

It is recommended that this course be taken during the first year of Masters studies.

Equivalent Courses: 

Students who have completed the earlier course 5160 Academic Writing cannot take this course.