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.
The primary goal of this course is to introduce students to college-level research. To do so, we will focus on generating thoughtful and stimulating research questions, conducting quality and ethical research, making evidence-based arguments, and generating awareness of audience within an interdisciplinary context. We will also cover organization, mechanics, and available resources to help you in the research and writing process.
In order to provide a context for this work, we will focus our efforts on researching different forms of inequality, including educational, social, and racial disparity.
Student learning goals
Plan, organize, and compose a research project that integrates outside source material.
Analyze source material for potential oversights, biases, generalizations, and reliability.
Contribute new insights to existing research, scholarship, and conversations.
Differentiate between theory, argument, opinion, and perspective.
Communicate complex ideas and claims in both written and verbal forms.
General method of instruction
Discussion, in-class activities, and occasional lecture
Class assignments and grading
Weekly Blackboard responses, in-class activities, short writing assignments, and one culminating research project
Because emphasis will be placed on engaging in the research process itself, a large portion of your final grade will be based on the completion of drafts and in-class participation.