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Jane J Lee
ENGL 297
Seattle Campus

Intermediate Interdisciplinary Writing - Humanities

Expository writing based on materials presented in a specified humanities course. Assignments include drafts of papers to be submitted in the specified course, and other pieces of analytical prose. Concurrent registration in the specified course required. Offered: AWSpS.

Class description

In this course we will use images and texts written by art historians as a foundation from which you will build upon and improve your existing writing skills. By working closely with the objects, theories and arguments central to Modern art, you will practice effective academic writing.

Student learning goals

Learn about art history as a discipline through writing.

Effectively use visual and textual evidence in order to develop clearly articulated and thought-through claims in the form of structured written arguments. These arguments should contribute to the already existing scholarly art historical dialogue in a large or small way.

Practice substantial revision of your written arguments based on self-assessment and peer critique, in order to understand that writing is an ongoing process that requires constant re-thinking and refinement of your structure and ideas.

Become a proficient reader and reviser of others’ written work by offering constructive and substantial feedback.

General method of instruction

This is a workshop and not a lecture class. Students should be prepared for sustained participation in both discussion and writing activities on a day-to-day basis.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

You will write three major paper assignments. Each will be about five pages, and will undergo an intense revision process through peer review and conferences with the instructor. Your final assignment includes a portfolio and self-reflective essay. The last portion of your grade is an evaluation of your participation, worth 30% of your total grade.


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 Jane J Lee
Date: 01/30/2013