‘Critical’ is a word that is frequently used in academic discourse. Students are advised to think, read and write ‘critically’. But what does ‘critical’ actually mean in an
academic context? In this workshop we identify qualities that are core to a critical engagement with academic work, and we explore through examples how you can apply critical values to your reading, writing and academic practice.
You will be required to bring along a printed copy of a short academic article that is relevant to your research interests.
Being a masters student is challenging, not just because of the level you will be learning at but also the amount of work (e.g. reading and writing) you’ll be expected to do, and all the while being ‘critical’. With so much to do, using effective strategies will help you to manage the different demands of your masters.
This workshop will focus on practical strategies for masters-level effective reading and writing, and developing your critical thinking during these. Participants will be able to practice some strategies in short exercises during the workshop.
This is an interactive workshop and discussions and questions by participants are warmly encouraged.
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The Institute for Academic Development offers advice and resources to support students with writing effectively at postgraduate level.
The eWriting online course (open-access) is specifically developed for postgraduate students, it covers many aspects of writing successfully at University. It is a self-study course, and you can complete it at any time.
Writing at postgraduate level is a step up in your thinking and writing. You are expected to make accurate attribution of ideas from others, written pieces to be logically structured with fluid expression of thought, and with deeper and more critical engagement with the subjects and ideas you are reading and learning about.
Critical thinking can be applied to:
Bring together different sources of information to serve an argument or idea you are constructing.
Make logical connections between the different sources that help you shape and support your ideas.
Comprehend the key points, assumptions, arguments and evidence presented.
Transfer the understanding you have gained from your critical evaluation and use in response to questions, assignments and projects.
Develop arguments, draw conclusions, make inferences and identify implications. (The Open University, 2009)