Academic Writing and Rhetoric I


The aim of this course is to teach students to write short academic essays for a variety of audiences and purposes. Students will learn to write clear, concise and coherent university-level papers in standard written English using current academic citation practices.

Admission requirements

General requirements for university studies.


credits 32% final grades 34% national university aptitude test 34%

This course is offered as part of program:


Syllabus for students autumn 2020, autumn 2019

Course Code:
EN208L revision 3.1
Level of specialisation
Main fields of study:
Language and Cultural Studies
Date of ratification:
18 June 2019
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
02 July 2019
Replaces Syllabus ratified:
27 May 2015

Entry requirements

General requirements for university studies.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course can normally be included as a part of a general degree at undergraduate level.


The aim of this course is to learn to write clear, concise and coherent university level essays in an internationally recognized format in the humanities and social sciences.


The course focuses on the formal aspects of written production through the general practices of both social science and humanities essays. Students learn to use writing for inquiry, learning, thinking and communication. Further, writing is approached as an individual and collaborative cyclical process which involves pre-writing, drafting, peer-reviewing and editing. Writing is practiced through the students’ own writing, and a digital portfolio of assignments and peer reviews.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student:
1. Understands writing as a process, and the basic elements of rhetoric in academic writing;
2. Can control for the formal and technical elements of writing;
3. Can review peer texts, and respond to other students’ peer reviews with reference to purpose, audience, content and form;
4. Can demonstrate the ability to work to agreed timetables, manage workloads, and meet deadlines.

Learning activities

Learning activities are lectures, seminars, writing assignments, peer reviews, and exercises.


The course is examined through one written assignment (4.5hp, A-U), and a portfolio (3.0hp, pass-fail). The student must receive a passing grade in all examination elements to pass the course. The written assignment assesses learning outcomes 1, 2, 4. The portfolio assesses learning outcomes 2, 3, 4.

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Graff, Gerald, and Cathy Birkenstein. They Say / I Say: The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing. 4th ed. W.W. Norton & Company, 2018.
Additional material will be made available online.

Course evaluation

Evaluation is an integral part of the course. A final written evaluation based on the learning outcomes is done at the end of the course. The result of the evaluation is summarized and made available in a report to be used as a basis for future courses.


The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the School of Arts and Communication.

Further information

Studentservice, K3 - Malmö universitet,


09 November 2020 - 17 January 2021 Day-time 50% Malmö This course is offered as part of a program

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 13000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 13000 SEK