This course focuses on academic writing as a distinct discourse, with its own structures and register. To gain a better awareness of the features of academic writing, we will read selections from various academic texts which exemplify typical features of academic prose. On the basis of these readings, we will discuss the elements of good academic prose and work toward putting these elements into practice. Particular attention will be paid to those elements of prose style that students have not had the chance to perfect (e.g. appositions, modifiers, parallelism, effective punctuation.) Alongside issues of structure and style, we will take a close look at the writing and research strategies and examine how one uses references and puts together an effective outline.