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Anne Beaufort
TCXG 374
Tacoma Campus

Argument and Research in Writing

Uses critical, analytical writing to teach ways to evaluate and synthesize research so that it can be woven into sustained, persuasive essays. Studies how to frame arguments and support them with logical discussion as well as pursue library research to develop bibliographies that emphasize scholarly writing.

Class description

Offical course description:

TCXG 374 Argument and Research in Writing (5) VLPA This course in critical, analytical writing teaches ways to evaluate and synthesize research so that it can be woven into sustained, persuasive essays. The class will study how to frame arguments and support them with logical discussion as well as pursue library research to develop bibliographies that emphasize scholarly writing.

We will spend six weeks of the course exploring a common theme: Locating Self in Landscape." This will provide a basis for developing skills in critical reading, research, and argument strategies. In the final three weeksf of the course, students will transfer these skills to a research project related to their field of study at UWT.

Student learning goals

1. Better manage the writing process in order to get writing tasks done efficiently and effectively.

2. Apply several analytical frameworks to understanding and evaluating arguments in the social sciences and humanities

3. Understand academic writing in relation to genre theory and discourse community theory

4. Learn 2-3 new research tools for academic writing and how to manage the research process

5. Produce effective academic essays in the 4-7 page range.

General method of instruction

seminar-style discussion, small group work, one-on-one conferencing

Recommended preparation

TCXG 372 Writing Effectively or an equivalent course is excellent background for this course, as well as completion of 3-4 upper division courses in your field of concentration

Class assignments and grading

Short to medium length essays and a major research project. Extensive reading as well

Grades are assigned on the basis of improvement by the end of the course.


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 Anne Beaufort
Date: 02/19/2007