Linda C.N. Blair
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 theme of my course this quarter is Identity and Culture. We will be reading from one primary text, Everyday Culture: Finding and Making Meaning in a Changing World by David Trend. In addition to this primary text, I will have a variety of texts on Blackboard for discussion in class. The chapters in Everyday Culture are divided according to different aspects of culture--art, media, technology, language, consumption, and public policy issues. Through readings, research, and writing, students will explore these issues with the goal of understanding how identity is formed by culture, through culture, and against culture.
Student learning goals
Learning Goal #1: develop advanced research skills
Learning Goal #2: write in various genres
Learning Goal #3: develop advanced academic writing skills, i.e., write a sustained academic argument based on evidence
Learning Goal #4: become conversant with at least one aspect of "everyday culture" and how this culture influences/engages identity
Learning Goal #5: learn various methods of gathering information and organizing that information into a coherent argument
Learning Goal #6: I'd like for students to leave the course with confidence in their writing and the ability to apply the methods we learn to other academic writing situations.
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion; writing workshops, peer review, individual conferencing on writing
Along with the prerequisites listed for this course in the catalogue, I suggest that students taking this course will have mastered the basics in writing.
Class assignments and grading
academic essays, journal writing, both in-class and out-of-class
In general, I assign grades based on completion of all writing assignments, both in and out of class, as well as class participation. I do not give exams in this course.