Academic Reaserch in English Made Painless!

Data rozpoczęcia i zakończenia wydarzenia

2021-01-15 - 2021-01-17


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KN The American Law Society z Wydziału Prawa i Administracji UAM, Center For American Studies

Opis wydarzenia

The Center For American Studies affiliated with the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan would like to invite you to participate in an intense weekend course with an English native speaker (USA) and scholar titled Academic Reaserch in English Made Painless!

There is no one-size-fits-all “academic research process” that works for everyone, nor is there a single type of academic research that is appropriate for all audiences. While there is no substitute for experience and repetition, it is possible to find one's own style and rhythm for research, improve one’s research and academic communication skills, as well as broaden one’s own horizons through exploring different types of academic research and communication. And this is exactly what you'll learn during the Academic Reaserch in English Made Painless! weekend course.
The course begins on Friday afternoon at 6 pm (January 15) and ends on Sunday afternoon at 4.30 pm (January 17).


Because our Academic Reaserch in English Made Painless ! course taught by an English native speaker and scholar is strictly practical.

• You will achieve a broader understanding of the academic reaserch process from beggining to end
• You will understand the differences and similarities between various types of academic projects 
• You will master the use of reaserch tools and techniques that will make your works pass the highest academic scrutiny in the English-speaking world
• You will learn how to organize your reaserch and develop your own rhythm and style
• You will learn how to structure your arguments in English
• You will gain confidence in communicating your reaserc to a broader, English-speaking audience


Module I Types of Academic Reaserch

1. Descriptive: survey, historical, content analysis, qualitative work

2. Associational: correlational, causal-comparative

3. Intervention: experimental, quasi-experimental, action research

Module II What is Your Reaserch Trying to Achive?

1. Explorative research (example: literature review)

- self-education and learning about a topic

- informing the research audience and pointing out to gaps in the literature

- searching for new ideas and perspectives (academic „behind the scenes”)
2. Provocative research (examples: op-ed, advice columns, [negative] book reviews)

- academic critique

- academic rhetoric and stirring up debate

- supporting arguments with opinion vs. evidence
3. Persuasive research (examples: journal articles, books)

- proving your point and structuring arguments

- proving others’ research wrong
4. Supportive research (example: book review, memorial articles)

- supporting or confirming another author or author’s work via replicating studies and experiments or writing positive reviews

Module III Types of Arguments and When to Make Them

1. Dialectics

2. Textualist/literalist

3. Scientific method

4. Immanent critique (Kant-post-Kantianism-Critical realism)

5. Genealogy/Archaeology (Nietzsche-Foucault)

6. Hermeneutics

Module IV Reaserch Tools and Self-Organization

1. Knowing your research style (“what works for you”)
2. How to use JSTOR/Ceeol/Google Scholar/Worldcat
3. How to build a literature review 

3a. Patrick Higgins style: Grounded theory -> Source Saturation -> Feedback Loop

Module V How to Structure an Argument from Beginning to End

1. Historical analysis
2. Critiquing the literature
3. Formulating a general hypothesis
4. Prebuttal/prolepsis
5. Narrowing of terms/definitions/field of research/standards of evidence
6. Evidence
7. Conclusion

Only at CFAS: Draft Review!
You may submit a draft of your piece of academic writing in English to be worked on during the course. There will be a practical session into which you may bring research that you have personally worked on (draft of a chapter or a journal article) for the group to review together. The instructor will then give feedback and suggestions.

Mr. J. Patrick Higgins (USA) is an interdisciplinary scholar working across the fields of law, economics, history, sociology, and political science. An alumnus of George Mason University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, he is currently associated with the University of Łódź, Faculty of Law and Administration, and the Alexis de Tocqueville Center for Political and Legal Thought.Mr. Higgins is the author of many articles and scholarly essays. He has many years of experience in editing books, papers, and other academic documents. His American approach to teaching makes our course understandable for everyone who possesses at least a basic command of the English language (being at the B1/B2 level is recommended).

The Academic Reaserch in English Made Painless! course is taught entirely in English.


Your participation in the course will be officially certified.Each participant chooses which version of the certificate he or she wishes to receive (digital or traditional).

In order to apply to the  weekend course, Academic Reaserch in English Made Painless! please register using the following form:

The final​ deadline for registration: January 6, 2021.

Please send all of your questions to the Center For American Studies Facebook page via a private message.See you online on January 15!

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Opłaty za uczestnictwo:

259 PLN / 59 EUR

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Academic Reaserch in English Made Painless!
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