Heyang Julie Kae
B CUSP 134
Offers an interdisciplinary approach to composition, including generating a compelling topic; the articulation of a thesis; the development of supporting evidence; the ability to draw conclusions from the evidence, clear organization of the essay, correct mechanics; awareness of audience, and knowledge of resources for research. Prerequisite: may not be taken for credit if previously earned a minimum grade of 2.0 B CUSP 101, B CUSP 114, or ENGL 131. Offered: AWSp.
This course will explore the intersections of race, gender and property in a variety of contexts. Emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing and writing about literary works, we will read Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, an account of an black woman’s life and afterlife as crucial material for scientific research, and Octavia Butler’s Dawn, a science fiction novel about a black woman’s struggles to adapt to life as one of the few human survivors living among another species. These two texts will anchor our class’ discussion and writing about the ways constructions of property, race and gender enable and disable claims about other people’s bodies and raise questions about individual rights and the ethics of social advancement.
In terms of writing, this course focuses on building analytical reading and writing abilities through cross-disciplinary inquiry. By sharpening your critical reading skills, you will strengthen your ability to write persuasive academic arguments that draw from a variety of sources. In both independent and cooperative settings, you will be expected to: â€¢ read and critically respond to challenging texts in order to articulate complex claims that matter in academic discourse â€¢ develop those claims, paying special attention to effectively situating your argument to address an academic audience â€¢ strengthen your arguments through the application and integration of outside/supplementary material â€¢ revise, edit and proofread your writing, incorporating comments by your peers and myself in order to clarify your arguments Since this is a writing intensive course you will be expected to think about your writing as a cumulative process. In other words, you will be graded on how you identify your writing strengths and weaknesses and how you then apply particular strategies to improve your writing over the course of the quarter.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Seminar style discussion, group work and lecture
Success in this class will require your commitment to learning: challenging your preconceptions, offering your own experiential knowledge, defining your own critical perspectives through active participation in discussions, offering and incorporating constructive feedback on writing.
Class assignments and grading
3-4 short writing assignments and a final paper (6-8 pages)
Classroom engagement (30%) Short writing assignments (30%) conference (10%) and final paper (30%)