Kendra E. Dupuy
Expository writing based on materials presented in a specified social science course. Assignments include drafts of papers to be submitted in the specified course, and other pieces of analytical prose. Concurrent registration in the specified course required. Offered: AWSpS.
This five-credit course is designed to train students to be proficient readers, writers, and thinkers within the discipline of political science (and more specifically within the sub-field of political theory) and beyond. This course is linked to Political Science 201 (Introduction to Political Theory), and will help students to develop the skills to critically analyze and respond to the texts assigned for Political Science 201 through writing. Political science is an argument-based discipline, and students will complete and collaborate on a number of written assignments and related tasks to better develop their own evidence-based argumentative ideas and writing skills and to improve understanding of what constitutes a written evidence-based argument.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
In-class writing, reading, and critical thinking exercises; lessons on writing skills; individual and group work; workshop sessions to deliver feedback to students on their writing.
Class assignments and grading
Three papers (essay format) (60% of grade); textual analysis journal (20% of grade) in-class writing activities and participation, group work, homework assignments, and participation in peer-review and conference activities (20% of final grade)