From Analysis to Text
Argumentation, Form and Process

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Course Objectives
The aim of this course is to develop participants’ ability to produce and reflect on an academic text. You will learn how to develop an argument in a text (a draft of a chapter or and article), and to place it in the wider context of the overall argument of the thesis. The course will explore different styles of writing to allow you to critically reflect on the implications of your stylistic choices for the validity and ethics of your thesis.

Methodology
Day 1 will present analytical tools for dissecting the form and argumentation of scientific texts. This will be applied to precirculated drafts of excerpts  of participants’ theses (a chapter or an article, max. 20 pages) in the “aquarium model” in order to identify specific strategies for improving the text “de tre benspænd”. These should be incorporated and the revised text precirculated before the second meeting. Two participants are assigned as discussants to each paper for the second meeting.

On Day 2, revisions will briefly be discussed in the aquarium model. It is explored how the argument relate to the overall structure, and the process of revision is analysed and discussed.

The second part of the day we will discuss the implications of different styles of writing based on readings of short paradigmatic texts. These are selected on the basis of the needs identified at the first seminar.

Readings:
Before day 1: thesis excerpts from all participants, material on form and argumentation in a scientific text.
Before day 2: two revised thesis excerpts and stylistically paradigmatic texts.

The participants are requested to forward a thesis excerpt (20 pages) and a contextualisation (1 page) on February 25. The participants are kindly asked to circulate it among each other and the lecturers. Before day 2 all participants are expected to prepare a revised text, prepare for two “revised text dissections” and to read three paradigmatic texts.