GRSC6020 Introduction to Thesis Writing (Humanities) Homepage

GRSC6020 Introduction to Thesis Writing (Humanities) Homepage

Coordinator: Dr. Lillian L.C. Wong


The aim of this course is to enhance participants’ awareness of the various skills and the process of writing required in writing an M. Phil and a Ph. D thesis in the humanities and related disciplines so that students can approach the writing of a thesis more systematically and with greater confidence.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate awareness of devices used to create cohesive text and appropriate grammatical choices to clarify meaning and indicate relative importance of ideas;
  • identify and apply language features, rhetorical devices, and the citation and referencing format used by academics in writing up research in their discipline; and
  • apply knowledge of overall communicative organization in a thesis as well as linguistic and rhetorical features when writing about their own research


  • Introduction of features of targeted features used when writing about research
  • Critical analysis of texts from a variety of disciplines
  • Discussion of texts (whole class, small group, pairs)
  • Writing short texts
  • Peer and teacher feedback