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.
The primary goal of this course is to introduce you to college-level writing. To do so, we will work on creating strong thesis statements, developing supporting evidence, drawing logical conclusions, and generating awareness of your audience within an interdisciplinary context. We will also cover organization, mechanics, and available resources to help you in the writing process.
In order to provide a context for this work, we will focus our efforts on exploring how culture and discourse influence our understanding of the world. Questions explored will include, but are not limited to: What is the relationship between culture and discourse? How does culture influence how we view the world? How are culture and discourse expressed? What happens when two cultures disagree over the meaning of a space?
To help investigate these questions, we will spend the first half of the course developing an understanding of culture and discourse, while the second half will allow you to examine the presence of culture and discourse in the course text.
Student learning goals
Write effective evidence-based reflective and argumentative essays.
Understand how culture and discourse affect language, thought, and behavior.
Appreciate how different approaches in thought result in different outcomes.
Communicate complex ideas in both written and verbal forms.
Approach ideas and texts analytically and critically.
General method of instruction
Class sessions will mostly consist of group discussions with occational lecture.
Class assignments and grading
Class assignments will consist of weekly reading responses, discussion prompts, short presentations, and papers.