Creative expression and technological innovation are processes occurring in some form all around the globe, and the creations and inventions resulting from these processes impact not only the sciences and arts, but also the everyday life of essentially everyone. The concept of intellectual property (IP) refers to the rights and limitations connected to the access to, enjoyment of, and exploitation of these creations and inventions. This academic writing course places the development of academic research and writing skills in the context of an introduction to intellectual property. The broad headings of copyright, patent and trademark are treated in turn through lecture and discussion, first in regard to legal detail and then through an interdisciplinary lens implicating social and normative perspectives. An objective of the course is to make the subject of intellectual property accessible for students from all disciplines.