Uusi opinto-opas (sisältäen myös opetusohjelmat) lukuvuodelle 2018-2019 sijaitsee osoitteessa https://opas.peppi.utu.fi . Tältä sivustolta löytyvät enää vanhat opinto-oppaat ja opetusohjelmat.

The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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KIEN3221 Englannin kieli: Advanced Academic Writing, Social Sciences 4 op
Organised by
Centre for Language and Communication St./English
Person in charge
Jane Honka
Preceding studies
Students should have completed the English language courses (CEF level B2-C1) that are compulsory for the Bachelor's degree, and also the Finnish writing skills course (in the case of Finnish students).


Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: C1

General description

The course covers many of the aspects to be taken into account in writing an academic research paper in English.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should:
- be able to assess themselves as writers
- be more familiar with Anglo-American academic writing conventions
- be able to compare and discuss cultural expectations
- be more aware of style and appropriateness in writing
- be able to analyse an English academic text and write a summary
- be able to construct a research paper in English building on their previous knowledge
- be able to write a text in English in terms of unity, focus and coherence
- be able to use collocations (fixed phrases) from reading of English texts
- be more certain about use of sentence structure, connectives, punctuation, articles
- be more critical and able to ask questions about academic writing, own writing in particular.


- Discourse approach.
- Anglo-American writing conventions;
- style and appropriateness;
- handling references and avoiding plagiarism; -
- organising text; constructing a research paper;
- coherence and cohesion;
- sentence structure;
- academic vocabulary;
- grammar; use of articles; punctuation.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 12 h 0 h
Personal instruction 2 h 0 h
Independent work 80 h 0 h
Exercises 12 h 0 h

Usually held as an intensive course. Interactive discussion based on material pack.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English
  • In English
Option 2
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Competence-based examination
  • In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Attendance is not compulsory, but students are expected to attend the course and/or be familiar with the material provided by the teacher. Instructions will be given in class about the tasks below. Tasks during the course will include: - a letter of self-assessment (using grid); - a short essay on a controversy in own field; - a short plan of longer assignment (or work in progress) and a paragraph from within plan; - definition (for an expert and a non-expert reader). Tasks to be completed shortly after the course ends - Summary of an article of own choice; - Introduction to longer paper. - Longer assignment about 12 pages (practice essay) in discourse style presented on the course/in the materials pack; deadline to be negotiated; feedback on early draft from the English tutor. Verbal feedback on final version from teacher (face-to-face).

Recommended year of study

4. year autumn
4. year spring
5. year autumn
5. year spring
6. year autumn
6. year spring

This course is compulsory for students from all departments in the faculty who are already writing or intending to write their master's thesis (pro gradu) in English. The course is especially relevant for Finnish and international students on the English-medium Master's Degree Programmes.

Study materials

A material pack from the teacher (small photocopying charge); Moodle 2.

Belongs to following study modules

Kieli- ja viestintäopintojen keskus
Yhteiskuntatieteellinen tiedekunta
Language and Communication Studies (Yhteiskuntatieteellisen tiedekunnan opintoja)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Kieli- ja viestintäopintojen keskus