Alice L Pedersen
B CUSP 134
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.
What does it mean to be a "good writer"? Some people say you have to also be a good reader. In this course, we'll read several different types of texts - books, articles, even songs - and discuss how they work. How do writers target and connect with an audience? How do they use research and evidence to further their claims? How do their works exist "in conversation" with other texts, and how do they reflect the influence of other thinkers and peer review? Our analysis will open the door for our own writing, and we'll practice these skills through writing in different genres and for different audiences.
Our main text will be the Common Book, Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. We will focus our inquiry on questions of race, medicine, and ethics. Student papers will analyze and make arguments that intervene into these issues.
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.
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