ENSb1122 Academic Reading and Writing

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2021
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: z (credit).
Taught in person.
Mgr. Jan Dostalík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. PhDr. Jan Činčera, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Patrik Gažo (seminar tutor)
Mgr. et Mgr. Sandra Silná (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Tereza Špinková (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Jan Činčera, Ph.D.
Department of Environmental Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Kateřina Müllerová
Supplier department: Department of Environmental Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Tue 14:00–15:40 U23
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No prerequisities are needed.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 50 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 36/50, only registered: 0/50, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/50
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The main objective of the course is to acquire skills for critical analysis of texts and the creation and presentation of scientific texts.
Partial objectives of the course is to improve the following skills: - To distinguish between different types of texts according to purpose and content
- Identify the main idea of ​​the text
- Analyze the bases, assumptions and attitudes of the author
- Evaluate the quality of argumentation of the author
- Assess which topic is professionally important, insufficiently described but achievable to the author
- Construct text based on the specific plan with clearly formulated main idea
- Look for resources in different types of databases and on-line catalogs
- Cite sources properly and according to the academic norms
- Collect relevant information from   various sources and use them in a search  
- Understand the process of drafting the wording of the questions to the final version of the manuscript
- Get inspire by support systems for reading and writing texts
- Concisely present work outputs
- To provide quality feedback to texts
Learning outcomes
Student will be able to: - understand professional text using support tools; - analyze the structure of the text, its starting points, arguments and conclusions in terms of consistency and relevance; - identify problematic aspects of the text in terms of discourse and logic presented; - reflect his own points of departure and to formulate their own assumptions, arguments and conclusions in the text; - create a text structure in a clear way to with appropriate link to other places of own text and ideas of other authors.
  • 1.Introduction to work with text   (1 hr.)
  • 2. Analysis of texts (4 hrs.)
  • 3. Process of drafting (1 hr.)
  • 5. Basics of writing a scientific text (4 hrs.)
  • 6. Presentation of scientific work (2 hrs.)
  • 7. Practice of acquired skills (1 hr.)
    required literature
  • BROOKFIELD, Stephen. Teaching for critical thinking : tools and techniques to help students question their assumptions. 1st ed. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012. xix, 280. ISBN 9781118146729. info
    recommended literature
  • Cottrell, S. „Critical Thinking Skills: Developing Effective Analysis and Argument.“ Palgrave Study Skills. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
  • Cooper, S., Patton R.: „Writing Logically, Thinking Critically.“ San Francisco: Pearson/Longman, 2013.
  • ŠANDEROVÁ, Jadwiga and Alena MILTOVÁ. Jak číst a psát odborný text ve společenských vědách :několik zásad pro začátečníky. Vyd. 1. Praha: Sociologické nakladatelství, 2005. 209 s. ISBN 8086429407. info
Teaching methods
In this course we will mainly work actively with & nbsp; specific texts and directly practice individual skills. Practical exercises will be combined with the & nbsp; interpretation of the relevant information.
Assessment methods
Students will during the course work on specific tasks related to their topic related to their Bachelor's diploma work. The evaluation will be assessed by a combination of work in lessons (active participation in the solved exercises) and evaluation of submissions.
Conditions for completion of the course:
Active participation in seminars, submission of interim and final task according to specified criteria.
Maximum possible points gained: 60 Minimum number of points needed to pass: 50
Active participation in lessons: 0-5 points
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
General note: Tento předmět je určený pouze studentům bakalářského studia. Pro magisterské studenty je nově otevřen předmět s obdobnými cíli a obsahem – HEN448.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2019, Autumn 2020, Autumn 2022.
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