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Writing your World: Finding yourself in the academic space (Coursera)

In this course, we provide useful and practical insights into how to write an academic essay. We show you how to develop the academic skills needed to be a competent academic writer. You will have an opportunity to engage with texts written by academics, and to see how some of the ideas in these texts are used by students in constructing an academic essay.

We address some of the challenges these students face with respect to academic writing and offer you the opportunity to practice and to develop your own writing style. For this course, we centre our lessons around a specific topic – the concept of identity, since it forms such an important feature of how we locate ourselves in an ever-changing global world. In other words, this course teaches academic writing skills through getting you to write and reflect on your understanding of identity. So if you are thinking about studying at a tertiary institution, or if you just want to brush up on your academic essay writing skills, this course is for you!

Who is this class for: This is a gateway course aimed at anyone exploring their options to study at university. Students in their final year of high school, those taking a gap year or professionals moving back into the academic space could use the course to familiarise themselves with university expectations, particularly with regard to academic writing in English. The course may also be of interest to anyone wishing to engage with debates around identity, culture and mobility in an ever-changing world.