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Young-Kyung Min
B EDUC 491
Bothell Campus

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Class description

This course aims to strengthen your research and writing skills within discipline-specific contexts. The course will guide you to deepen your awareness of audience-specific and rhetorical conventions by engaging you with Writing in the Disciplines and Writing across the Curriculum accounts of academic writing and learning. You will learn effective rhetorical strategies to analyze lengthy, complex readings and integrate sources into your writing. To investigate the practices and conventions required for specific academic purposes and audiences in your disciplines, you will conduct a series of ethnographic research inquiries. You will analyze the rhetorical, grammatical, and stylistic features of actual reading and writing samples from your disciplines. You will also interview people in your departments to gain insights about the conventions and discourses in your fields of study. As this course will take you on an exploration of disciplinary-based experiences of academic writing and learning, you will create a “disciplinary portfolio” throughout the quarter. Working as an ethnographer of your discipline, you will collect, select and reflect on your investigation of your disciplinary community. Your portfolio project will consist of a series of interrelated tasks and assignments, which are explained in the course requirements. Our specific learning objectives are as follows:

Student learning goals

-To practice and refine your understanding of what it means to do academic research within your discipline

-To develop advanced rhetorical knowledge directly relevant to the study of your discipline

-To learn a set of practical tools and strategies that will help you complete various academic tasks in your disciplines more successfully

-To reflect on the kinds of literate activity you encounter in your disciplines by analyzing actual reading and writing samples from your disciplines

- To develop a better understanding of both your own writing and your expectations of other texts by participating in a highly individualized writing workshop

-To practice employing the conventions of academic English while exploring the potential social benefits of doing so

General method of instruction

Workshops in Small and Large Groups, Lectures, Discussions, Presentations

Recommended preparation

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 assignments as well as for your participation in class activities.

Class assignments and grading

Participation in Class Activities, Collaborative Learning, Reading Responses, Presentations, Writing Assignments, Final Portfolio


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 Young-Kyung Min
Date: 04/07/2014