Catherine H. Mc Donald
Writing papers communicating information and opinion to develop accurate, competent, and effective expression.
For SUMMER 2003: A sports writer from the 1950s once said: “I hate writing. I love having written.” This sentiment is often shared by student writers who are navigating different kinds of writing in academia. Why do we write in the first place—what effects do written texts have in the world of the academy, the professions, and our personal/cultural lives? This course will investigate forms of writing and the implications behind them. We will look at the disciplinary expectations that your particular career path demands and how to make your writing matter. We’ll explore practices of rhetoric itself and how to make meaning with words. You will write in multiple genres (electronic discussion, reading response, argumentative essays, etc.) and often reflect on the consequences of these particular conventions. There will be a number of short assignments in addition to two longer papers and a collaborative assignment.
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