Course Objectives: This is an intensive course in expository writing that aims to teach students to write effectively by using correct grammar, sound logic, and persuasive rhetoric. Though we will read and discuss writing by a variety of authors, your own writing will be the primary focus in this class. Through your writing, revision, reading, and class discussion, you will analyze the relationship between writing and thinking. To aid you in this endeavor, this course will introduce you to various research techniques, including the use of the library, the conventions and principles of documentation, the art of synthesis, and the analysis of sources.
You are expected to participate actively in class, revise your work, and critique the work of your fellow students. You will receive individual guidance in discovering for yourself the ways in which our writing affects our thinking, our thinking our writing.
With the primary focus of the course being bettering students’ rhetorical and logical skills, the class will focus on bohemian and youth cultures in modernity, debating issues of gender, race, class, nationalism, consumer culture and technology. In addition to the required texts, supplementary texts will include essays, primary sources, films and scholarly articles. This course demands self-motivation, dedicated reading, critical writing, and class participation.