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Alice L Pedersen
B CUSP 134
Bothell Campus

Interdisciplinary Writing

Offers an interdisciplinary approach to composition, including generating a compelling topic; the articulation of a thesis; the development of supporting evidence; the ability to draw conclusions from the evidence, clear organization of the essay, correct mechanics; awareness of audience, and knowledge of resources for research. Prerequisite: may not be taken for credit if previously earned a minimum grade of 2.0 B CUSP 101, B CUSP 114, or ENGL 131. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

BCUSP 134: A Body of Knowledge

In Interdisciplinary Writing, we read and write across the disciplines, asking how we, as scholars and thinkers, can ask questions, conduct research, and develop persuasive arguments in different academic spaces and for diverse audiences.

This quarter, our inquiry will focus on the UWB Common Book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. We'll contextualize Skloot's book with secondary sources from a wide range of disciplines. In particular, we will focus on how "the body" gets described and used in scientific inquiry. How do concepts such as "gender," "race," and "sexuality" emerge as scientific fields of knowledge? How have scholars, from fields from Anthropology to Legal Studies, contributed to and contested those constructions? Having read about and discussed the issues in class, students will write their own papers, drawing from and contributing to these conversations.

As part of this course, we will contribute to a "digital reader" of essays on the Common Book.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Class is run as a seminar, which means that class time will primarily be discussion and collaboration-based. Mini-lectures will frame daily writing tasks. Be prepared to work in small groups, have others read your work, and review the work of others.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites, but please be prepared to discuss issues such as race, gender, and class in a respectful and thoughtful manner.

Class assignments and grading

Weekly writing assignments and one conference presentation. Final Portfolio includes the whole quarter's work.

Final Portfolio = 70% Participation = 30%


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 Alice L Pedersen
Date: 03/18/2014