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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Mondays at 3pm on Teams: Seminar Room 1

Course instructors: Milena Ivanova, Emma Perkins

This workshop for Part II students aims to support you in writing supervision essays as well as your longer research pieces and engage in original writing. Part IB students may also find them helpful.

Michaelmas Term will be geared to help you with your primary source essays, while Lent and Easter Terms will focus on dissertation writing and preparing for the end of year examinations in HPS.

Each session will review important concepts at the basis of academic writing, and tackle concrete problems of essay composition, including how to structure an essay, how to write a persuasive introduction and conclusion, how to harness your evidence correctly, and how to develop a compelling argument.

Every week will include a practical element, with in-class exercises designed to help you improve your reading, writing and analytical skills.

See the Moodle site HPS Part II Essential Information for further details and resources.

Michaelmas Term

Week 1 (Tuesday 13 Oct) How to write an HPS essay (part of the Research Methods series)
Week 2 (19 Oct) Understanding the literature: how to read and assess articles
Week 3 (26 Oct) Anatomy of a paper: outlining and structuring
Week 4 (2 Nov) Developing an argument: how to argue convincingly

Lent Term

Week 6 (1 Mar) Dissertation writing: effective drafting and editing

Easter Term

Week 1 (3 May) Writing for exams