Heather L. Stansbury
Expository writing based on material presented in a specified social science lecture course. Assignments include drafts of papers to be submitted in the specified course, and other pieces of analytic prose. Concurrent registration in specified course required.
English 198 is an intensive writing course designed to enrich the experience of students in Psychology 101. Although it is a linked course, your assignments for this class will be separate from those in Psychology 101. This course does not review the material you learn in lecture and prepare you to take 101 tests. Rather, it teaches you the basics of academic writing and writing in psychology, and is designed to enhance your awareness of how academic discourse advances knowledge in the field of psychology. Assignments for this class are entirely separate from those in Psychology 101.
Class time will be used to analyze and discuss peer-reviewed articles from academic journals in the field, and to prepare you to write arguments about contemporary psychological research. We will focus on strengthening your skills as a writer as you draft essays, review peers’ work, and revise your own work. The reading we do will enhance your ability to comprehend complex texts, and help you to begin to think critically about both the psychological literature, and your own writing.
Student learning goals
The class emphasizes the use of writing as a tool for active learning. You will go through the processes of synthesizing material and analyzing significant issues, breaking down the demands implicit in assignments, developing effective arguments, using appropriate revision strategies and evaluating your own writing and the writing of others.
General method of instruction
There are no prerequisites for this course. Any student eligible to take the associated lecture can take the Writing Link.
Class assignments and grading