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Linda C.N. Blair
TWRT 272
Tacoma Campus

Intermediate Academic Writing

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.

Class description

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

Recommended preparation

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.


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 Linda C.N. Blair
Date: 12/02/2008