The course develops skills of academic research writing and logical thinking. Its goal is to help graduate students understand how to incorporate sources into their writing and to write a literature review. Students produce an annotated bibliography and deliver an oral presentation relating their work to their field of study.
The course uses group discussion among students and the instructor. For this reason, all participants must be able to communicate in spoken and written English. Participants should be prepared to discuss actively. This includes asking questions and sharing ideas. There are also some course readings—typically short pieces written in English—to be read before class meetings.