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英語(English)

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教學大綱 - 您將從這門課程中學到什麼

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完成時間(小時)
完成時間為 4 小時

Starting to write: Understanding definitions of identity

This week, we will consider practical aspects of academic writing, such as structure and the importance of defining key terms in an essay. The term we will focus on this week is identity. After hearing Kath Woodward’s ideas on identity, our three student writers, Ada, Ziggy, and Joey will write their own definitions of identity. Emphasising that writing is a process, we will give feedback on the students writers’ definitions. We will then provide you with the opportunity to draft your definition of identity, give feedback to other learners and receive feedback from them....
Reading
10 個視頻(共 59 分鐘), 5 個閱讀材料, 4 個測驗
Video10 個視頻
Thinking about your essay6分鐘
Meet our student writers5分鐘
Through the looking glass: Who am I?5分鐘
Woodward on identity: I, me and the world11分鐘
Woodward on identity: Roots and routes12分鐘
How do definitions work?3分鐘
Definitions in context3分鐘
Drafting your definition1分鐘
Giving feedback on definitions4分鐘
Reading5 個閱讀材料
How this course works10分鐘
Meet your instructors5分鐘
Week 1: What to expect10分鐘
Summary of Woodward's interview10分鐘
Week 1 recommended readings10分鐘
Quiz3 個練習
Is this course right for you?20分鐘
Woodward Practice Quiz6分鐘
Week 1 Graded Quiz8分鐘
2
完成時間(小時)
完成時間為 3 小時

Developing an argument: shifting identities

Week 2 further develops the concept of identity by considering the effects of mobility on one’s identity. Throughout history, as individuals moved across borders, they were either welcomed or perceived as an outsider or a threat. In South Africa during Apartheid, people within the country were further separated into ‘homelands’, and those who challenged the boundaries such as Nelson Mandela were labelled as criminals and terrorists. To help you formulate ideas on such concepts in your essay, we now consider the features of a good academic essay focusing on the introduction. We also introduce a three-part strategy to approach your readings: preview, overview and inview. The task for this week is drafting an introduction at university level. We identify key features of an introduction, then look at introductions written by our three student writers, and provide them with constructive feedback....
Reading
10 個視頻(共 51 分鐘), 3 個閱讀材料, 4 個測驗
Video10 個視頻
Identity and mobility through the ages3分鐘
Nelson Mandela: Terrorist or freedom fighter?3分鐘
Reading strategies6分鐘
Applying reading strategies: Sichone’s chapter4分鐘
Applying reading strategies: Blommaert’s chapter7分鐘
Understanding the course essay4分鐘
Drafting your introduction6分鐘
Giving feedback on introductions9分鐘
Relationship between the introduction and conclusion2分鐘
Reading3 個閱讀材料
Week 2: What to expect10分鐘
Required reading - Xenophobia by Owen Sichone10分鐘
Required reading - Discourse by Blommaert10分鐘
Quiz3 個練習
Sichone and Blommaert practice quiz4分鐘
Week 2 practice quiz12分鐘
Critique an introduction quiz10分鐘
3
完成時間(小時)
完成時間為 4 小時

Supporting the argument: situating identity within culture

This week begins with a discussion of culture and its relevance when individuals become mobile, moving between geographical and social contexts. We look at a case study of a student from the United Kingdom who comes to Johannesburg, South Africa. The case study helps us to think about who owns culture and how different or similar we are across contexts. Next, we consider Thornton’s arguments about culture. He argues against the view that there are many cultures and notes that there is only culture. Thornton considers culture as a resource to which people have different degrees of access. Some examples of cultural resources are clothes, money, beliefs, ideas. Individuals draw on these to construct their identity, but unequal access to these resources that are valued gives some people more possibilities to construct identities that are dominant and more valued. This creates a semblance of difference between groups of people. As people move across borders, these differences may become heightened, because some of the cultural resources that an individual carries with her, may cease to be relevant or may be seen as threatening. So, when supporting one’s argument about what happens to identity as individuals move across borders, it is important to delve into culture and how culture creates differences, how it may accentuate boundaries, and how these may or may not impact on identity. Writing paragraphs in support of one’s argument requires close attention to how the paragraphs link with the position, and with other ideas across the paragraphs. Hence, we offer practical guidelines on paragraphing, coherence and cohesion. We give an example of a well-written paragraph and analyse its form to see why it is good. We then review paragraphs submitted by our three student writers and note what is strong and what could be improved in each. We introduce the core aspects of referencing in essays. We also explain why referencing is an important part of academic writing when we are referring to different people’s views (or voices) and distinguishing these from our own. ...
Reading
12 個視頻(共 62 分鐘), 3 個閱讀材料, 4 個測驗
Video12 個視頻
Case study of an international student1分鐘
Pool of abundance: Understanding culture6分鐘
Round table discussion on culture13分鐘
Writing paragraphs3分鐘
Quotes and paraphrasing3分鐘
In-text referencing4分鐘
Coherence and cohesion3分鐘
Student writers drafting their paragraphs8分鐘
Giving feedback on Ada’s paragraph5分鐘
Giving feedback on Ziggy’s paragraph5分鐘
Giving feedback on Joey's paragraphs3分鐘
Reading3 個閱讀材料
Week 3: What to expect10分鐘
Required reading: Culture: A contemporary definition by Thornton10分鐘
Cohesive devices - Linking words10分鐘
Quiz3 個練習
Thornton Quiz8分鐘
Week 3 practice quiz8分鐘
Paragraph development quiz12分鐘
4
完成時間(小時)
完成時間為 3 小時

Starting to finish: writing the first draft

This week we sum up the ground we have covered in this course. The week is about crafting your final essay draft. We recap the building blocks of writing an academic essay, relooking at the features of an introduction, body, conclusion and the purposes of cohesion, coherence and referencing. We also consider and provide engaged feedback on the draft essays written by our three virtual students. There is detailed feedback on the strengths, improvements and opportunities for further improvement on the essays. The feedback is aligned with the core skills introduced in the course, such as writing the topic sentence, linking sentences and ensuring coherence and cohesion. Thereafter we sum up the course with a discussion on the ideas of the four thinkers you were introduced to in this course, namely Woodward, Sichone, Blommaert and Thornton. ...
Reading
8 個視頻(共 46 分鐘), 1 個閱讀材料, 3 個測驗
Video8 個視頻
Round table discussion: Reflection on the readings14分鐘
The essay building blocks5分鐘
Referencing and managing sources5分鐘
Giving feedback on Ziggy's draft7分鐘
Giving feedback on Joey's draft3分鐘
Giving feedback on Ada's draft3分鐘
Looking forward2分鐘
Reading1 個閱讀材料
Week 4: What to expect10分鐘
Quiz2 個練習
Week 4 practice quiz6分鐘
Critique an essay12分鐘
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創建者 APSep 4th 2018

The Corsera program really help me to acquire new skills for essay writing and to develop a sense of responsibility and regularity in my work. Thank you Corsera :)

創建者 RWMay 31st 2018

it was very helpful with my writing skills my essay marks improved as I was able to apply what I learnt from the mooc

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Gideon Nomdo

Lecturer
Centre for Higher Education Development
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Aditi Hunma

Lecturer
Centre for Higher Education Development

關於 University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa and is one of the leading research universities on the African continent. UCT has over 25 000 students, of whom 30% are postgraduate students. We offer degrees in six faculties: Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, and Science. We pride ourself on our diverse student body, which reflects the many cultures and backgrounds of the region. We welcome international students and are currently home to thousands of international students from over 100 countries. UCT has a tradition of academic excellence that is respected world-wide and is privileged to have more than 30 A-rated researchers on our staff, all of whom are recognised as world leaders in their field. Our aim is to ensure that our research contributes to the public good through sharing knowledge for the benefit of society. Past students include five Nobel Laureates – Max Theiler, Alan Cormack, Sir Aaron Klug, Ralph Bunche and, most recently, J M Coetzee....

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