Builds skills in close reading, critical thinking, and academic research for writing well-supported arguments in humanities, sciences and social sciences. Focus of reading and subject matter for exploration of ideas and development of writing skills vary. Prerequisite: minimum 2.0 grade in either TWRT 131, T CORE 101, or ENGL 131; may not be taken if credit earned for TCXG 272.
The course takes its intellectual trajectory from the topic, “Locating Self in Landscape.” We will use this subject as a means for intellectual and inward exploration and as a means for sharpening your close reading skills and your skills in writing rhetorical analyses as you examine others’ argument strategies. In the second half of the course, you will conduct a research project of your choosing on a topic related to the “Locating Self in Landscape”
We’ll be pursuing many questions in these units. Here are a few of the intellectual pursuits we’ll follow: • What activities, actions, attitudes allow us to “see” landscapes more deeply, beyond surface impressions and connect with landscapes?
• What is the role of the natural world in people’s lives in post-industrial societies?
• What aesthetic, moral or spiritual values do we ascribe to landscapes and why?
• How does place help define who we are? or does it? How does physical space (personal or public) affect social interaction? social systems? self-development?
This course is rigorous: there will be reading and writing due at each class session. But you will get lots of help on ways to accomplish the work effectively and efficiently.
Student learning goals
• Be able to read, research, and write more effectively for academic purposes.
• Become more widely read and informed on issues of personal, public, and global concern
General method of instruction
small group work in class, field trips, discussion, practice exercises, and workshopping of paper drafts.
2.0 or better in a 100 level composition course
Class assignments and grading
textual analysis, research project, literature review, nature journal
Grades are based not on effort, but on a grading rubric for excellence in writing. Weight is given to improvement over the 10 weeks.