Nancy L Kool
B CUSP 135
Strengthens performance of college-level argumentative writing and scholarly research, critical reading and thinking, and the critique and the creation of print and new media texts. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 101, B CUSP 114, or B CUSP 134. Offered: AWSp.
135D "Thirsty Planet" -- Students in this research writing course will explore water resources and related controversies (up to looming armed conflicts) around the world. Beginning with the history of water projects in the American West, we'll turn to such topics as privatization of water resources; the impacts of dams on the environment and indigenous peoples; and the current debate over "fracking" and groundwater. Assignments will include a final library research project on a water-related topic of your choice, along with shorter writing assignments, oral presentations, and group discussions. Skill-building will be centered on summary and paraphrase; synthesis of multiple sources; and basic research techniques. Throughout, the emphasis is on learning to use sources in your own writing.
Student learning goals
How to develop a research question and topic.
How to use sources by other authors, filmmakers, etc., including how to summarize a source.
How to synthesize information from multiple sources in your writing.
How to plan and organize your own research.
How to present your research in 1) your research-based writing and 2) a poster presentation.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading