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What is a reflection blog?

In the next step, you will upload a blog, in which you reflect on what you have learnt. In this article, we will introduce the exercise and topic of the blog.

Why and what

Reflection is a crucial part of any learning process. Reflection enables us to critically reexamine our gained experiences, knowledge and competences. It enables us to see how we have changed and grown. In a reflective blog, a learner is asked to reflect on the obtained knowledge and competences in a critical review of his or her work.

You are asked to examine how you have improved due to the learning process. Also, try to identify your future goals and interests. Focus on the strengths that you have developed, the weaknesses you were able to identify and strategies how to improve these weaknesses.

In this particular reflection blog, we would like you to answer the following question:

Which insights and qualifications did I gain in the course ‘European Culture and Politics’ and how can I employ these in my daily life?

In answering the question, you can consider your daily life, your professional experiences, your encounters with the local, national, or transnational community and your position as member of a particular social group. These reflections can but do not need to be constrained by the experiences of and encounters with Europe.

Structure

Introduction

This should be no longer than 50 words and should familiarise the reader with the topic of the blog. Use the introduction to identify the topic and scope of the blog, identify the main argument and provide an outline of the blog. Include answers to the following:

a) what is the main aim of the blog?
b) why should one read your blog?
c) outline of the blog?

Body

This part introduces the reader to the central point of the blog: what did I learn and how did I change as a result of the learning process, what was the main cause of the change. The body states the central problem and central thesis of the blog, develops the thesis into several subsections and provides support (examples) for each of the subsections. Avoid using more than three subsections and keep the length under 400 words.

Answer the following questions:

a) What is the event/process you are reflecting upon?
b) What are the causes and outcomes of that event?
c) How does this event/process fit into the main argument of the blog (why is this important, different)?
d) How have you been affected by it and how did you respond, would you now act differently and why?

Conclusion

The conclusion is used to restate your central thesis and provide a summary of the argumentation. What was the main argument and how did you support it? This should be no longer than 50 words.

Style and format

Follow a direct, coherent, non-prosaic form of writing. Use descriptive style to outline the situation and analytical to evaluate your experience. You can use any of the referencing styles including MLA, APA, and Chicago Style.

Total length: no longer than 500 words.

Further information

You can find further information and some examples here.

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European Culture and Politics

University of Groningen

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