Sharon E. Crowley
B CUSP 114
Focuses on college level writing and research skills across a range of media. Addresses an important issue through an interdisciplinary perspective and continues to build collaborative, creative, and critical skills. Prerequisite: may not be taken for credit if previously earned a minimum grade of 2.0 B CUSP 101, B CUSP 134, or ENGL 131. Offered: W.
We'll focus primarily on your own writing, with a close second focus on critical readings of different kinds of texts Class reading and writing activities will be focused around a core social issue, and our discussions will help us work toward a) understanding how the issue has been addressed; and b) what opportunities and limitations go along with addressing the issue from different perspectives and using different "tool kits."
Student learning goals
Critical Thinking: You will learn how to identify the key ideas, arguments, and stakes of various kinds of texts; to express those key ideas/arguments in your own words, and to put them into critical conversation with each other. You will also learn how to express your own position and stakes in relation to what you're analyzing.
Argumentation: You work on the skill of presenting your ideas and arguments in clear, coherent prose form. You will learn how to develop a claim that is well supported with evidence, and how to "pitch" your writing to different audiences. We'll also work on understanding and expressing the parts of an argument that are often "beneath the surface," and with clearly identifying our own stakes in the issues we examine.
Revision and Collaboration: Academic communities are collaborative spaces. Neither knowledge nor writing emerges fully formed from peoples' foreheads, but instead must be grappled with, shaped, and honed through a process of active conversation, collaboration, and revision. I focus on research and writing as active processes in which the writer gradually builds knowledge, using writing at every stage to organize and sift through information, do preliminary analyses, and explore ideas.
General method of instruction
Seminar-style class discussion, some lecturing, lots of hands-on classroom activities.
Bring a healthy desire to work on your own writing!
Class assignments and grading
Assigned readings; light research tasks; in-class writing assignments; 4-6 short papers (2-3 pages) in various genres; 1 midterm response paper and 1 final argumentative paper (6-7 pages). All written work will be submitted electronically *except* for in-class writing assignments. Final project of an e-portfolio with cover letter and revisions of selected assignments.
e-Portfolio: 70% of final grade Preparation and Participation: 30% of final grade