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.
ENGL 198 is a writing workshop designed to help you learn to produce discipline-specific writing while engaging more fully with ideas presented in "Perspectives on Science, Reason, and Reality." On average, students enrolled in a writing link perform better in the lecture course as well.
As we read materials from PHIL 160, together with some supplementary readings for this class only, you will learn how to read critically and how to evaluate different types of writing. Reading effectively is the first step in learning to write well.
There will be ample opportunity to apply your critical reading skills to your own writing: students taking PHIL 160 will probably write three papers in the course of the quarter.
Each paper you write will go through several stages of development, including conferences with me. You will have the opportunity to revise your work before submitting the final version.
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.
TEXTBOOK There is no required textbook for ENGL 198, although there will be occasional supplementary readings for this class only. You will be expected to keep up with the reading schedule for PHIL 160.
FULFILLING REQUIREMENTS Passing this class with a grade of 2.0 or higher fulfills the 5-credit English composition (C) requirement, or half of the 10-credit Additional Writing (W) requirement.
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