Justin A Young
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 serve as an introduction to interdisciplinary writing studies. Most generally, you will examine the ways that discourse—written and oral communicative expression—shapes identity, experience, and knowledge. As a university student you are required to navigate and participate in a range of diverse, and sometimes competing, scholarly and personal discourses. This course is intended to help you examine and take part in the varying forms of popular and academic communication you will encounter on a daily basis as a college student—at home, in the media, and in different scholarly fields. You will begin by exploring your experiences with literacy and writing in order to better understand the relationship between language and power. We will then examine how written and oral communicative practices help construct and shape communities within, and outside, the university. Finally, we will explore the various forms that scholarly arguments take across a range of academic disciplines. Throughout the quarter, we will explore how writing is used as a means of inquiry and persuasion across the academic disciplines, looking for common and divergent practices, and noting the ways that discourse shapes and defines disciplinary knowledge.
Student learning goals
Students will learn to apply critical reading strategies to academic and popular discourse
Students will learn to recognize writing as a process
Students will develop strategies for generating, revising, editing and proof-reading
Students will write in a variety of genres and learn common formats for a range of texts (across the academic disciplines)
Students will learn to use library resources to select appropriate academic and popular sources
General method of instruction
Reading, writing, discussion, group activities
Class assignments and grading
You will be required to complete both informal and formal writing assignments. You also be assigned to read numerous articles as well as a book.
Your grade will be primarily based upon three major writing assignments, and an in-class group presentation.
Inquiry Project 1: Literacy Memoir Inquiry Project 2: Discourse Community Analysis Inquiry Project 3: Persuasive Essay Collaborative Project: Class Presentation and Visual Argument