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Travis J Sands
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

In this course we will read, think and write critically about the relationships between prisons, borders, and citizenship in the United States. We will be particularly interested in considering how prisons and borders serve as sites where "the citizen" is consolidated in opposition to "the criminal" and "the immigrant," and we will query the multiple ways that race, gender, sexuality and class are produced and mobilized in both contemporary and historical practices of state racism, nativism, and U.S. nationalism. Along the way we will work to develop the skills necessary for research-based interdisciplinary academic writing while also thinking about how academic protocols themselves function as "bounds" that divide, contain and sometimes exclude diverse forms of knowledge. By the end of the course students should expect to be familiar with: practices of close reading and critical analysis; generic and rhetorical distinctions between texts produced in different disciplinary, social, and cultural settings; argumentative strategies suitable for academic contexts; the formulation, development and refinement of research questions; tools and methods required for academic research; and strategies for substantive revision.

Students will be assessed on daily participation, weekly informal written responses, three short papers, peer reviews, and one 10-page research paper.

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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 Travis J Sands
Date: 02/06/2014