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Rahul Krishna Gairola
B CUSP 135
Bothell Campus

Research Writing

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.

Class description

This course draws on the rich cultural diversity of UWB student demographics and fuses it together with the art and practice of thinking critically and writing well in the context of ethnic American identity and texts. We will begin by discussing the traditional “5 paragraph� essay form, and discuss what works and does not work in this popular model that is commonly brought into the college classroom by students from high school. We shall then read two well-known novels and also engage other cultural texts that may include music videos, photography, art, and social media. The course will concentrate on developing a strong thesis, gathering evidence for it, and going about engaging the writing process. It will continue the skills you learned in BCUSP 134 and other previous coursework. Our focus will be gaining practice in composing the standard argument essay, and we shall moreover consider its formal elements including audience, tone, genre, stance, format, structure, etc. We shall use the two novels and additional “texts� as the cultural artifacts to which we shall apply our research methodologies.

Student learning goals

Read critically

Engage in the process of research writing

Be part of a scholarly community via peer review workshops

Practice speaking publicly about ideas

Engage in multiply revisions

Demystify the library as a research resource

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

A number of papers/ revisions and scaffolding assignments

Holistic process of writing and class participation, including attendance


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 Rahul Krishna Gairola
Date: 10/15/2012