Event Details

This session is part of Bath WriteFest 2021

Please note that this course is run over two days, attendance is required on both days: 24 & 25 November 2021: 10:00 – 11:30

Highly recommended for: researchers in Social Sciences who would like to develop their critical thinking skills and create persuasive arguments in their writing

If you are a postgraduate student, please book onto this course here.

Thinking critically is essential for your research. Writing critically is then crucial in creating a confirmation report, doctoral thesis or a research paper. Together, thinking and writing critically are key transferable skills that you can apply to build your career, whether within or outside academia. In this workshop you will consider the kinds of critical thinking associated with your discipline. You will then explore how, using evidence and reasoning, you can develop and write a convincing argument. Through the stages of the writing process – researching and planning, composing, and reviewing and editing – this course helps you develop the thinking and writing skills expected of you as an academic in your field, and beyond.
By the end of the course you should be able, or better able, to:

  • explain the nature of critical thinking and critical writing
  • create persuasive arguments in a well-structured report, thesis or research paper
  • use evidence, reasoning and correct use of citations to strengthen your argument
  • review and edit your own and others’ writing, to strengthen its power and precision


“It was a very engaging, interesting, and informative session. Dr Trevor Day was an excellent trainer for the session and he was so good at explaining things in a very memorable way. Thank you very much and I would highly recommend Trevor’s session to others.”
“Trevor was very knowledge, great lecturer and gave some great tips on how to write critically.”
“Handouts were also useful. It was a lot to fit into the two 90 minute sessions…”


Dr Trevor Day is a writing specialist, with a research and teaching background in science and social sciences. He is author of Success in Academic Writing (Palgrave Macmillan) and has written many books, research articles, review papers, and newspaper and magazine articles, in different genres.

This session is managed by Researcher Development, contact resdev@bath.ac.uk with any queries.

A record of your attendance will be uploaded to iTrent for staff development purposes. Please indicate in the ‘Specific Requirements’ box when booking if you do not wish for your attendance to be uploaded to iTrent.

Thinking and writing critically: in the Social Sciences

Date(s) - 24/11/2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Not applicable – WEBINAR

Event Speaker/Organiser: Trevor Day
Course Code: RDP-TD-006
Topic: Writing; Critical thinking; WriteFest 2021
Curriculum Transformation: N/A
Bath Blend: N/A
Digital Capability: N/A
Target Audience: Staff who research

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