Critical thinking

Workshop topics

Deepen your ability to independently analyse, evaluate and connect ideas.

Academic Writing

Effective writing strategies and examples

Suitable for all students

Format:
A series of five 90-minute workshops. You are welcome to attend individual workshops although it is beneficial if you are able to attend all workshops.

A series of five workshops. Each workshop will include:

  • Effective writing strategies
  • An example of student work
  • Critical thinking and writing activities

Re-use Your Seminar Reading

Re-use your reading efficiently in your essay.

Evidence and Referencing

How to use evidence, quotes and references.

Writing about Theory

How to get theory under control in your writing.

Argument and Plan

How to build an argument.

Introductions and Conclusions

Make the beginning and end powerful and convincing.

Dates:
4:00 PM on Mon, 24 February, RHB 274 - Re-use your Seminar Reading
4:00 PM on Mon, 2 March, RHB 274 - Evidence and Referencing
4:00 PM on Mon, 9 March, RHB 143 - Writing about Theory
4:00 PM on Mon, 16 March, RHB 143 - Argument and Plan
4:00 PM on Mon, 23 March, MMB 220 - Introductions and Conclusions

For further information please email Academic Skills

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Advanced Essay Writing

Build on your existing writing techniques

Suitable for all Goldsmiths students with current deadlines.

Format:
This is a 2-hour workshop.

This workshop presents:

  • Examples of feedback from lecturers
  • Strategies for strengthening argument
  • Examples and models of critical writing
  • Strategies for editing professionally

Dates:
3:00 PM on Wed, 1 April, MMB 221 - Book here
1:00 PM on Tue, 21 April, RHB 138 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Critical Thinking for Essays

Learn how to apply critical thinking skills to your academic learning and writing.

Recommended for all students.

Format:
This is a 90-minute workshop.

Critical thinking is the key to learning and is at the heart of all academic writing. Critical writing involves considering and analysing evidence to make reasoned conclusions. It is therefore important to ask questions instead of accepting things at face value. This workshop will help students develop critical thinking skills which they can apply to their academic writing.

Dates:
2:00 PM on Wed, 4 March, MMB 109 - Book here

For further information please email Academic Skills

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Decolonizing Research Methods

The relationships between Western academic research and colonial practices.

Available to all students in all years.

Format:
A series of ten 2-hour interactive workshops. You are welcome to attend individual sessions (e.g. only Part 1, or only Part 2 and Part 5, etc.), although it is beneficial if you are able to attend all workshops.

These workshops are based on the premise that Western academic research is an activity that occurs in a set of historical, political and social conditions that are tied to colonial and imperial practices. 

Taught by an academic lecturer, each workshop involves:

  • Generating and reflecting on ideas and experiences related to the theme of the workshop.
  • Discussing attitudes, assumptions and motivations that underpin academic study and research practices.
  • Engaging with academic writing produced by peoples who have traditionally been marginalized in Western academia.
  • Analysing participants’ own values in relation to these contexts.

Part 1: The Enlightenment

This workshop focuses on the core principles of the Enlightenment which underpin research motivations and legitimacy.

Part 2: History

This workshop facilitates a deconstruction of whose history is prioritised and validated through research practices.

Part 3: Borders

This workshop examines the impact of borders on the production of knowledge.

Part 4: Religion

This workshop focuses on the religious foundations of identity and social relations, and how they influence moral and ethical choices.

Part 5: Language

This workshop considers the role of language in social, cultural and political relations, particularly in the legitimization of academic research.

Part 6: Education

This workshop highlights and interrogates dominant attitudes and practices that form the basis of a ‘good’ education, including its structure and goal.

Part 7: Gender

This workshop looks at socially patterned categories of gender identification, and how these contribute to knowledge of the self and the other.

Part 8: Capitalism

This workshop explores how a dominant economic logic is intertwined with historical and contemporary social relationships.

Part 9: Democracy

This workshop investigates the intentions and consequences of universalizing contemporary Western political structures.

Part 10: Progress

This workshop explores the possible contributions of academic research to disrupting colonial formations, and reconceptualizing the social order.

Dates:
2:00 PM on Tue, 25 February, St James Block Garden Room / Part 6: Education - Book here
2:00 PM on Tue, 3 March, St James Block Garden Room / Part 7: Gender - Book here
2:00 PM on Tue, 10 March, St James Block Garden Room / Part 8: Capitalism - Book here
2:00 PM on Tue, 17 March, St James Block Garden Room / Part 9: Democracy - Book here
2:00 PM on Tue, 24 March, St James Block Garden Room / Part 10: Progress - Book here

For further information please email Sara Ewing.

Directions to St James Garden Room: walk down Laurie Grove towards the Laban Centre, turn left through the security parking gates as if to go to the College Green, then turn right and walk down behind the Whitehead Building towards Lockwood Annexe. Go through the gates into the St James Hall courtyard and the Garden Room is directly in front of you. You can find this building on the Campus Map.

Please note, there are three steps down into this room. If you have accessibility requirements, please contact us in advance of the workshop.

Resources for this workshop can be found on the Decolonizing Research Methods Learn.gold (VLE) page. Please note that each week’s readings are available by Wednesday afternoon prior to the class on the Decolonizing Research Methods Learn.gold page.

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Dissertation Search Strategies

This workshop introduces search strategies and useful resources to access at Goldsmiths Library and beyond

Suitable for all students.

Format:
This is a 90-minute workshop.

You will learn how to:

  • Use advanced search techniques and construct planned searches in Library Search and specialist databases
  • Filter searches for relevancy and evaluate resources for academic quality
  • Identify relevant resources held outside Goldsmiths Library
  • Obtain books, articles and other resources that Goldsmiths Library does not hold from other libraries

Dates:
12:00 PM on Tue, 18 February, RUTHB 008 - Book here
3:00 PM on Tue, 10 March, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please email Academic Skills

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Filter Bubbles and Exploiting Search Engines

How to use online tools to burst your filter bubble and find better information

Suitable for all Goldsmiths students 

Format:
This is a 60-minute workshop

This workshop will encourage you to be critical of the way search engines and social media present information.

By the end of the workshop participants should be able to:

  • Understand how search engine algorithms affect search results and create filter bubbles
  • Understand how social media echo chambers influence yours and others world views
  • Use methods to find information outside of filter bubbles

Dates:
10:00 AM on Thu, 12 March, RUTHB 103 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Finish Your Essay

Manage procrastination and get words on the page.

Suitable for all Goldsmiths students with current deadlines.

Format:

This workshop presents:

  • Strategies for managing procrastination
  • Strategies for generating writing
  • Models and examples of essay plans
  • Models for a conclusion

Dates:
3:00 PM on Mon, 30 March, MMB 221 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills 

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Introducing Resistance Researching

Who is missing from your library collection? Come along to these sessions to find out what the library is doing through Liberate our Library and how you can use resistance researching techniques in your work.

Suitable for all Goldsmiths students.

Format:
A series of three 60-minute workshops. You are welcome to come to as many as you like and stay for as long as you like. No booking required.

Liberate our Library

Come along to find out more about Liberate our Library. Suggest books to diversify the collection and help us expand our library collection.

Critical Information Gathering

Come along to find out more about Resistance Researching. Take part in an activity to encourage you questioning how books are organised in the library.

Inclusive Citation

Come along to find out more about Resistance Researching. Take part in an activity to help you thinking about who you reference and why.

For further information please contact Academic Skills 

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Resistance Researching: Inclusive Citation

Practical approaches to decolonising library research practice.

Suitable for all Goldsmiths students.

Format:
This is a 60 minute workshop.

This 60 minute workshop aims to enable participants to understand that academic references and citations have a purpose (and a power) beyond plagiarism, and provide practical tips on how to resist privileging dominant voices by engaging in a practice of inclusive citation.

By the end of the workshop participants should be able to:

  • Understand how citation practices can privilege certain voices whilst marginalising others
  • Critically review their research process for “inclusive citation”
  • Navigate and evaluate citation trails using Library Search, and databases such as Web of Science
  • Establish an ongoing practice of “inclusive citation” in their own research as a means to effect change

This workshop supports the Liberate our Library initiative, as part of Liberate Our Degree.

This workshop is part of Resistance Researching, workshops designed to suggest practical steps we can take to decolonising our library research practice.

Dates:
3:00 PM on Wed, 4 March, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Resistance Researching: Open Access for Resistance Researching

Practical approaches to decolonising library research practice.

Suitable for all Goldsmiths students.

Format:
This is a 60 minute workshop.

This 60 minute workshop aims to empower participants to explore how alternative publishing practices and platforms such as Open Access and social media can extend your academic engagement and promote open and inclusive scholarship

By the end of the workshop participants should be able to:

  • Explain how the ethos of Open Access can contribute to the practice of ‘decolonisation’ in research
  • Understand how current mainstream academic publishing privileges and maintains primacy of dominant voices
  • Locate and use inclusive resources from non-western sources e.g. SciELO, African Journal Online
  • Critically evaluate academic social platforms such as ResearchGate, Academia.edu, Mendeley

This workshop supports the Liberate our Library initiative, as part of Liberate Our Degree.

This workshop is part of Resistance Researching, workshops designed to suggest practical steps we can take to decolonising our library research practice.

Dates:
3:00 PM on Wed, 26 February, RUTHB 008 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Undergraduate Dissertation Writing: Structure and Argument

Effective strategies for building argument in a long project

Suitable for undergraduate students who are currently writing dissertations.

Format:
This is a 120-minute workshop.

This workshop presents:

  • An overview of all the parts of a thesis
  • Strategies for making a question or title
  • An example Introduction
  • Strategies for building argument using topic sentences

Dates:
3:00 PM on Tue, 31 March, MMB 221 - Book here
1:00 PM on Fri, 17 April, PSH 305 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills

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Undergraduate Dissertations Writing: Conclusion

Provide a powerful and convincing ending

Suitable for undergraduate Goldsmiths students who are currently writing dissertations. 

Format:
This is a 2-hour workshop.

This workshop presents:

  • Strategies for writing the discussion and conclusion
  • Strategies for macro-editing a long piece of writing
  • An example conclusion

Dates:
3:00 PM on Thu, 2 April, MMB 221 - Book here
2:00 PM on Wed, 22 April, RHB 138 - Book here

For further information please contact Academic Skills 

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