Kristine E. Kellejian
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 help you further develop academic critical thinking, reading, writing, and research skills. The first part of the quarter is dedicated to developing basic knowledge of academic literacy practices, while the second part invites you to produce your own project in several stages. You will present your work at the end of the course to your classmates.
Student learning goals
Research Methodology: To demonstrate engagement in a clear project of critical inquiry from initial questions and research to a final project.
Critical Thinking: You should be able to apply a set of analytical frameworks to texts and events.
Argumentation: You should be able to present your ideas and arguments in a logical, ethical, and persuasive manner. Your papers must be focused around a claim supported with evidence, and display rhetorical awareness.
Revision, Collaboration, and Writing-as-Process: Revision and collaboration are essential aspects of most professions. In this class, you must demonstrate that you can substantively revise and develop your ideas and writing over time. You must also demonstrate that you can work with others to complete writing and research-related tasks.
General method of instruction
Seminar-style class discussions, small group work, one possible field trip, and lectures.
Class assignments and grading
Assigned readings; research tasks; in-class writing assignments; daily homework; 4-5 short papers (2-3 pages); 1 final research project/paper (8+ pages). Quizzes and a midterm exam. Preparation and Participation (includes peer review, a short oral presentation, and contributions to class discussions and small group work): 70%
Final Electronic Portfolio (compilation of revised work submitted, plus cover letter):30% of final grade