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Heyang Julie Kae
B CUSP 135
Bothell Campus

Research Writing

Strengthens performance of college-level argumentative writing and scholarly research, critical reading and thinking, and the critique and the creation of print and new media texts. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 101, B CUSP 114, or B CUSP 134. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

American Orientalisms In his seminal work Orientalism, Edward Said claims that the “Orient” was an intellectual formation that was crucial to securing European and American imperial power. This course takes Said’s argument as a point of departure to explore U.S. cultural expressions of the “East.” We will discuss and write about contemporary manifestations of Orientalism and consider how the production of the “Orient” persists in cultural forms. We will read short fiction and poetry, view a film and analyze other visual mediums to consider how the dominant political, economic and cultural representations of the United States continue to rely upon representations of Asia, both broadly and specifically conceived, as its definitive Other.

While the theme of "American Orientalism" will anchor our discussions, this course is equally designed to introduce and improve college-level research and research writing techniques.

In addition to the outcomes specified for BCUSP 134, students who successfully complete this course will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

Student learning goals

To develop and support claims that contribute new insights to an existing academic conversation or line of inquiry.

To collect and evaluate information from a variety of sources including library, internet and archives

To plan, organize and write a research paper that integrates various research into a single document

To identify primary and secondary research

To quote, summarize and paraphrase from texts and to produce appropriate documentation of sources

To effectively present research to a specific audience

General method of instruction

Class discussion, some lecture

Recommended preparation

To succeed in this class, students need to contribute to class discussions on a regular basis, demonstrate improvement in their writing over the course of the quarter, and take advantage of the resources available to them (office hours, writing center, independent research) to understand the course materials.

Class assignments and grading

3-4 short writing assignments longer final research paper

classroom engagement, writing assignments, annotated bibliography and final paper


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 Heyang Julie Kae
Date: 09/24/2013