T CORE 101
Introduces principles of argument, critical thinking, and analytical readings, and writing and research skill needed for academic writing. Covers skills for managing the writing process and how to transfer learning to other disciplinary contexts for writing. Linked to another core curriculum course in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences. Offered: AWSp.
n this interdisciplinary, 10 unit course, we will work on academic writing skills, critical thinking, close reading of challenging texts, visual thinking, and creative problem-solving using visual media. The thematic/intellectual focus for the course will be considerations of the Self in relation to landscapes—urban, suburban, rural, and wild. There are lots of interesting questions we’ll pursue, but for starters, think about this: what if you had grown up someplace different? Would you be a different person? The course will include art projects, reading projects, writing projects, film reviews, and frequent field trips.
Student learning goals
1. close, critical reading of a variety of texts
2. ability to think/problem solve in visual & written media
3. ability to apply basic elements of argument to issue analysis and rhetorical analysis
4. ability to do keyword searches in several academic databases
5. ability to write in the genre of academic essay
6. ability to communicate key ideas in visual & written media
General method of instruction
Reading of a wide range of texts, including non-fiction
Ability to write a good five paragraph essay
Willingness to experiment with new media and to be open to new subject areas for exploration.
Class assignments and grading
There will be extensive reading: 50-100 pages a week, and 3-5 pages of writing a week--mostly academic writing, some creative projects. There will also be visual homework and 3 major visual media projects.
Grades are assigned based on a grading rubric and based on improvement during the course. Final projects will count more than work early in the quarter. Expect that you will start the course with lower grades than you are used to in high school, because this is a college-level course and the standards are higher. You should be able to show significant improvement by the end of the course if you apply yourself diligently to the work and use the resources available for help.