FAS1101 - Writing Academically: Arts and Social Sciences


This module develops and applies the core strategies that underlie successful academic writing. These include writing with clarity and precision, analysing how authors argue, organizing and expressing ideas to guide readers through a line of reasoning, citing and documenting sources, revising the content, wording, and organization of a paper, as well as surface features such as spelling and punctuation. Students gain an appreciation of the basics of academic writing through three units, which correspond to the three stages of writing - introduction, body, and conclusion.

This module is taught over 1 semester with 1 two-hour tutorial per week.


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

  • Write with clarity
  • Organize ideas thematically
  • Write cohesive texts
  • Write argumentative texts
  • Cite sources.


FAS1101 is a 100% Continuous Assessment module.


Students who are required to read ES1000 Foundation Academic English and/or ES1103 English for Academic Purposes must pass those modules before they are allowed to read this module.


  1. Non-FASS students
  2. Students who have read and passed ES1531/GEK1549/GET1021 or ES1501%.

Note: FASS students in USP/UTown can use the relevant writing modules, UWC2101%, UTW1001%, or UTW2001% to fulfil the FAS1101 requirement.

Modular Credits