In this introduction to college writing, you will learn about how people write in discourse communities across the university, including those in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Central to this class is a series of assignments designed to help you read and write rhetorically, that is, in ways that are appropriate for a particular context or group. You will develop arguments in which you support claims with various kinds of evidence, and you will experiment with genres by applying a theoretical framework from the social sciences to primary evidence you gather about a community, by generating a multimodal scientific logbook in which you record observations about a simple physical experiment, and by creating and interpreting an artistic text. This class participates in the Domain of One’s Own Program. You will publish assignments to your own web domain using readily available, easy-to-use tools. No prior technical knowledge or media-making experience is required.

Course Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to

  • Compose texts in multiple genres, using multiple modes with attention to rhetorical context/situation.
  • Summarize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the ideas of others as you undertake scholarly inquiry in order produce your own arguments.
  • Practice writing as a process, recursively implementing strategies of research, drafting, revision, editing, and reflection.
  • Describe disciplinary differences in terms of activity, genre, evidence, and documentation and citation style, and adapt your writing based on your understanding of these differences.