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Justin A Young
B CUSP 134
Bothell Campus

Interdisciplinary Writing

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.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites

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


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Justin A Young
Date: 09/05/2007