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 help you develop the research, analysis, reading, and writing skills that are integral to your academic career. You will learn to develop all these skills through fieldworking. What is fieldworking? You will study a subculture (a group of people who share the common language, behaviors, and rituals). You will conduct your observation and interview people at your fieldsite. Also, you will collect artifacts that represent the subculture of your fieldsite.
As your research process is not confined to the Library or to the Internet, your fieldworking process will guide you to see yourself as an integral part of your researching and writing processes in a more concrete way. You will continuously collect, select, interpret, project, and reflect on the process as well as on the product of your research.
Student learning goals
To understand your everyday experiences and practices can become powerful sources of academic research
To enhance your ability to locate, evaluate, and use sources
To engage the work of others effectively in your writing
To understand the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes
To understand writing as a rhetorical activity
To enhance your knowledge of writing conventions
General method of instruction
Lecture, Discussion, Small & Large Group Activities
Do the homework assigned for each class and come to class prepared for class discussions and activities. Use your homework, reading responses, and journal entries as springboards for your writing assignments as well as for your participation in class activities.
Class assignments and grading
Reading Responses, Leading Class Discussions, Research Proposal, Annotated Bibliography, Presentation, Final Research Portfolio