ENGL 198 M/Z: Interdisciplinary Writing for Social Science
ENGL 198 M/Z : Interdisciplinary Writing for Social Science is a course designed to help you learn to produce discipline-specific writing. In this course, you will have the opportunity to develop your ability to write and conduct research within the discipline of Psychology to deepen your understanding of reading and lecture materials from PSYCH 101 B/E: Introduction to Psychology (Instructor: Lois J. McDermott). Although the two courses complement each other, they have distinct goals, activities, and assessments.
While you critically examine issues related to Psychology with selected texts, this class emphasizes the use of writing as a tool for active learning. You will go through several processes in completing each paper, including conferences with me. Also, this class will be student-centered workshop; you will work closely with your peers to acquire skills of reading challenging texts, formulating logical arguments, and composing academic papers. In all processes, your active participation is the key.
In your writing, you will be asked to meet the following outcomes:
1) Reading, analyzing, and synthesizing texts purposefully in order to generate writing that emerges from a meaningful engagement with the texts you read. As such, you will be asked to read closely and carefully throughout the quarter, pushing your thought to the limits of close, textual analysis.
2) Producing complex, analytic, and persuasive arguments in your disciplinary context. This means that the lines of inquiry you develop need to be rigorous, thought provoking, and, in the end, lead us to a more profound understanding of the texts under consideration.
3) Creating complex claims which are supported by evidence and analysis. Your line of inquiry needs to have a meaningful organizational strategy which is employed to arrive at a new critical sensibility about the texts.
4) Gaining awareness of the strategies writers use in this academic context. This includes employing the style, tone, and conventions of critical, analytical writing, and an awareness of the audience you are trying to reach. Finally, this involves cultivating an awareness of your own writing and the choices you make in it.
5) Developing flexible strategies for revising, editing, and proofreading your own writing. In this course, you will have the opportunity to revise your papers, based upon my comments and those of your peers to improve them through successive revisions.