Academic Writing Program Fall 2017

This course consists of 9 classes (8 classes at Kinugasa Campus) which are divided into 3 steps. All graduate students are encouraged to partake in the step which best suits their academic writing needs concerning the concepts of academic writing and areas in which improvements may be necessary.

Step 1 (week 1 - 3)

Preparing Step

This is a preparatory writing step that is designed to help graduate students develop the linguistic, rhetorical, and strategic competencies that they will need to succeed at Ritsumeikan University. The focus of this step is to raise awareness of and increase familiarity with the conventions of academic discourse and to improve students’ general skills in academic writing.

Step 2 (week 4 - 8)

Developing Step

This step will help graduate students cope with specific requirements of academic reports and research papers. Topics include problem areas in style and accuracy, word choice, development and organization of ideas, writing abstracts and literature reviews, and incorporating sources and quotations.

Step 3 (week 9)

Finalizing Step

Finalizing Your Academic Paper This is a step for graduate students to help finalize their English academic reports and research papers. The objective is for them to check their own writing making sure that the content and language used is prefect before submitting the final paper.

Course Outline

1Essay and Assignment Planning
2Paragraph Structure and Cohesion
3Common Errors and Writing Accuracy
4Components of a Research Paper
5Paraphrasing, Quoting, and Referencing
6The Introduction and Thesis Statement
7The body and Conclusion
8Writing the Abstract
9Revising and Final Editing

Time and Place

KICSaturday Nov 4 
Saturday Nov 11
10:40 - 17:50    KOSHINKAN 725
BKCEvery Friday
Oct 13 - Dec 15
Period 5
16:20 - 17:50
OICEvery Tuesday
Oct 17 - Dec 12
Period 3
13:00 - 14:30


Graduate students officially enrolled at Ritsumeikan University
*There is no tuition fee for taking this non-credit program.

How to apply

Applications can be made online through the following website:




*Application period: Sep26 - Oct 10 (Oct 30 for the Kinugasa Campus program )
*We will stop accepting applications when the application reaches its quota.


Office of Graduate Studies
TEL : 075-465-8195