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Suggested: 2-3 hours of study per week ...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Starting to write: Understanding definitions of identity

10 videos (Total 59 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
Thinking about your essay6m
Meet our student writers5m
Through the looking glass: Who am I?5m
Woodward on identity: I, me and the world11m
Woodward on identity: Roots and routes12m
How do definitions work?3m
Definitions in context3m
Drafting your definition1m
Giving feedback on definitions4m
5 readings
How this course works10m
Meet your instructors5m
Week 1: What to expect10m
Summary of Woodward's interview10m
Week 1 recommended readings10m
3 practice exercises
Is this course right for you?20m
Woodward Practice Quiz6m
Week 1 Graded Quiz8m
Week
2
3 hours to complete

Developing an argument: shifting identities

10 videos (Total 51 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
10 videos
Identity and mobility through the ages3m
Nelson Mandela: Terrorist or freedom fighter?3m
Reading strategies6m
Applying reading strategies: Sichone’s chapter4m
Applying reading strategies: Blommaert’s chapter7m
Understanding the course essay4m
Drafting your introduction6m
Giving feedback on introductions9m
Relationship between the introduction and conclusion2m
3 readings
Week 2: What to expect10m
Required reading - Xenophobia by Owen Sichone10m
Required reading - Discourse by Blommaert10m
3 practice exercises
Sichone and Blommaert practice quiz4m
Week 2 practice quiz12m
Critique an introduction10m
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Supporting the argument: situating identity within culture

12 videos (Total 62 min), 3 readings, 4 quizzes
12 videos
Case study of an international student1m
Pool of abundance: Understanding culture6m
Round table discussion on culture13m
Writing paragraphs3m
Quotes and paraphrasing3m
In-text referencing4m
Coherence and cohesion3m
Student writers drafting their paragraphs8m
Giving feedback on Ada’s paragraph5m
Giving feedback on Ziggy’s paragraph5m
Giving feedback on Joey's paragraphs3m
3 readings
Week 3: What to expect10m
Required reading: Culture: A contemporary definition by Thornton10m
Cohesive devices - Linking words10m
3 practice exercises
Thornton Quiz8m
Week 3 practice quiz8m
Paragraph development quiz12m
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Starting to finish: writing the first draft

8 videos (Total 46 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
8 videos
Round table discussion: Reflection on the readings14m
The essay building blocks5m
Referencing and managing sources5m
Giving feedback on Ziggy's draft7m
Giving feedback on Joey's draft3m
Giving feedback on Ada's draft3m
Looking forward2m
1 reading
Week 4: What to expect10m
2 practice exercises
Week 4 practice quiz6m
Critique an essay12m
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By APSep 4th 2018

The Corsera program really help me to acquire new skills for essay writing and to develop a sense of responsibility and regularity in my work. Thank you Corsera :)

By IPJun 14th 2019

It is a good course for those who want to know better how to qualify his/her skills to write essay for academic approach

Instructors

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Gideon Nomdo

Lecturer
Centre for Higher Education Development
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Aditi Hunma

Lecturer
Centre for Higher Education Development

About University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa and is one of the leading research universities on the African continent. UCT has over 25 000 students, of whom 30% are postgraduate students. We offer degrees in six faculties: Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law, and Science. We pride ourself on our diverse student body, which reflects the many cultures and backgrounds of the region. We welcome international students and are currently home to thousands of international students from over 100 countries. UCT has a tradition of academic excellence that is respected world-wide and is privileged to have more than 30 A-rated researchers on our staff, all of whom are recognised as world leaders in their field. Our aim is to ensure that our research contributes to the public good through sharing knowledge for the benefit of society. Past students include five Nobel Laureates – Max Theiler, Alan Cormack, Sir Aaron Klug, Ralph Bunche and, most recently, J M Coetzee....

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