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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


Wednesdays at 1pm
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
12 Oct
(week 1)
How to write an essay
19 Oct
(week 2)
Understanding the literature: how to read and assess articles
26 Oct
(week 3)
Anatomy of a paper: outlining and structuring
2 Nov
(week 4)
Developing an argument: how to argue convincingly
Lent Term
1 Mar
(week 6)
Dissertation writing: effective drafting and editing
Easter Term
3 May
(week 1)
Writing for exams