Course Description/Goals

Course Description

This course is designed to increase the student’s ability to construct written prose of various kinds. It focuses on methods of organization, analysis, research skills, and the production of short argumentative and expository essays; readings consider issues of contemporary social and cultural concern. A passing grade is C.

Course Goals

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Engage in writing as a process, including various invention heuristics (brainstorming for example), gathering evidence, considering audience, drafting, revision, editing, and proofreading
  • Engage in the collaborative, social aspects of writing, and use writing as a tool for learning
  • Use language to explore and analyze contemporary multicultural, global, and international questions
  • Demonstrate how to use writing aids, such as handbooks, dictionaries, online aids, and tutors
  • Gather, summarize, synthesize, and explain information from various sources
  • Use grammatical, stylistic, and mechanical formats and conventions appropriate for a variety of audiences
  • Critique their own and others’ work in written and oral formats
  • Produce coherent, organized, readable prose for a variety of rhetorical situations
  • Reflect on what contributed to their writing process and evaluate their own work
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