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ONLINE & PARTICIPATIVE: Jumpstart your literature review writing (Humanities and Social Sciences)


About this workshop

Whether you've just registered, are starting out, haven't written a word yet, or want to know more about literature reviews, students at any stage of their writing are welcome to our online workshop.

Input on what a literature review is and how to decide what sort of one to construct within your thesis, will be given.

You will be guided in the use of the Scopus search tool to find peer reviewed articles for your literature review.  Students are then facilitated and guided to start writing the review.  The writing will raise issues and questions and the facilitator will assist students with these to develop confidence in writing the literature review.

There will be a brief overview of some techniques and tools for mapping the “shape” of the literature – finding out when your topic was written about and how the literature developed over time, in what countries or disciplines – and identifying the most highly cited or most prolific writers on your topic and the key journals discussing that topic.  This knowledge will help you tell the story of the development of literature on this topic.

* Due to UCT being a contact university and with Covid restrictions easing, there is an in person and online option for this particular workshop in semester 2.  Please ensure that are registered for the one you wish to attend.


What previous attendees have said about the workshop:

  • “If it was up to me this session should be given as a module or an orientation starter pack for postgrads…”
  • “It was excellent can't change anything.”
  • “Thank you for a job well done!”


About the presenter

Ms. Bastienne Klein, Academic Mentor and PhD Candidate

Has mentored students to write thesis arguments on this programme since 2012, and privately ongoing, through her mentoring consultancy.



Online via MS Teams*

*While this workshop is currently scheduled to take place on-line, we may change it to a face-to-face workshop as campus restrictions ease, venues become available, and further consideration is given to the pros and cons of online offerings.


What level of study is the workshop aimed at?

Postgraduate Diploma








Postdoctoral Fellow


Junior Research Fellow



Which faculty/faculties is the workshop aimed at?



Commerce (including GSB)








Health Sciences


* Although this workshop is for Humanities students, anyone in a prose writing discipline who wants literature review thinking skills, is most welcome. This workshop cannot address faculty specific writing requirements outside of the Humanities.



Preparation for the workshop

Please bring:

  • Your thesis topic/direction/keywords/argument & assumptions
  • Electronic & downloaded copies of peer reviewed key texts for review or printed copies of these articles.

Level of participation at the workshop

This is an online and interactive workshop.  A PDF of the presentation will be shared with those who have attended and participated significantly.

MS Teams

  • It is recommended that you install the MS Teams software onto the device that you will be using to join the workshop, so that you have full functionality of the software features.
  • If you require any technical assistance with this task or require guidance in using the software, please contact the ICTS helpdesk at icts-helpdesk@uct.ac.za or on +27 21 650 4500.
  • When registering for this workshop, you will be prompted to input your UCT credentials, including UCT e-mail address, for security reasons.  A confirmation e-mail will then be sent to the UCT e-mail address with which you registered and will contain the MS Teams link to join the workshop on the day.
  • To join the online workshop on the day, log into MS Teams via the profile linked to the e-mail address with which you registered and not a personal or company profile, to avoid access issues.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022
2:00pm - 5:00pm
Ms. Bastienne Klein
OPGS workshops

Registration is required. There are 87 seats available.

Event Organizer

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Fazeela Felton



Room 2.04  Level 2 Otto Beit Building

University Avenue, Upper Campus

University of Cape Town

Rondebosch 7700


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