ENGL 198 H: Interdisciplinary Writing/social Science

Meeting Time: 
MWF 12:30pm - 1:20pm
MEB 234
Meagan Loftin

Syllabus Description:

ENGLISH 198H/I: Interdisciplinary Writing - Social Science

FALL 2016

LOCATION/TIME: MEB 234 MWF 12:30-1:20

INSTRUCTOR: Meagan Loftin


OFFICE HOURS: MW 10:30-11:30 or by appointment

EMAIL: mloftin@uw.edu

CLASS WEBSITEhttps://canvas.uw.edu/courses/1065038 



English 198H/I is a C or W credit writing course loosely linked with PSYCH101.  This writing course will engage you in some of the most important practices underlying inquiry in social sciences, however, while this class is offered alongside PSYCH 101, it operates independently of it: meaning we WILL NOT be covering lecture material in this class.  We WILL focus on analysis of evidence and generating coherent arguments about various topics that will intersect broadly with information from lecture. 

Over the course of this quarter, you will develop and deploy a variety of writing skills through three writing modules.  Each module will culminate in a 1000-1500 word Major Assignment that you have rigorously revised with the help of peer critiques and conferences with me.  

This course is designed to lead you through the steps of a developed writing process.  You are required to complete every step.  This includes:

  • Actively participating in class discussions, peer critiques and conferences
  • Providing timely, thoughtful and engaged written feedback on peers’ drafts
  • Completing informal writing assignments on time
  • Submitting all drafts and revisions of the Major Assignments on the day they are due.

Throughout the course, you will be expected to come to class on time and prepared, to participate in discussion, workshops and peer reviews, and to have open ears and an open mind to what your classmates have to say.  Because this course is heavily focused on revision, you will need to think through your own and your peers’ writing critically ad engage in significant revision of your own thinking and writing.  In return, you can expect that your classmates will do the same. 



I will post all short, draft, and major assignment prompts on the class Canvas site.  You will submit all informal and formal written work to the Canvas site, on each assignment’s respective page.  Documents must be submitted in Word.  If for any reason, Canvas is down at the time of submission, you must email me your assignment.  I will not accept any excuses for late work.  In addition, you must also bring hard copies of short and draft assignments to class when indicated on the assignment page.  Canvas assignment pages will inform you of how many copies to bring if needed.

Assignments are due online by 10:30AM on the day indicated on the calendar, unless otherwise noted.

Papers should be formatted as follows:

  • It should have your name in the upper left of the first page and a title above the text.
  • It should be double-spaced, with 1 in margins.
  • It should be in either Times New Roman or Calibri font (12 pt).
  • It should be proofread for typos, grammar, and spelling.
  • It should use correct in-text APA citation if any text is used.
  • It should include a separate Works Cited Page in APA format if any text is used.




Over the course of the quarter you will turn in three Major Assignments of 1000-1500 words each.  These assignments will have been revised substantially before the final is due to me.  The three major assignments combined will make a total of 45% of your grade and will be weighted equally. Major assignments will each use a different rubric for grading.  Each rubric will contain 5 criteria worth 5 points each for a total of 25 points.  Those points will translate to a 4.0 scale grade via the following:
This is how that breaks down:

Points                               GPA

25                                     4.0

24                                     3.9

23                                     3.8

22                                     3.7

21                                     3.6

20                                     3.5

19                                     3.4

18                                     3.3

17                                     3.2

16                                     3.1

15                                     3.0

14                                     2.9

13                                     2.8

12                                     2.7

11                                     2.6

10                                     2.5

9                                       2.3

8                                       2.1

7                                       2.0

6                                       1.8

5                                       1.7

4                                       1.5

3                                       1.2

2                                       1.0

1                                       0.7

0                                       0.0



Missing Part of citations:            0.1

No citations:                                  0.2

Grammar/typos:                           0.2

Short (for every 50 words)          0.1

Formatting:                                    0.1


Drafting Assignments are steps in building out a major assignment: these may include things like proposals, outlines and drafts. Your Drafting Assignment will be assessed (on the same scale as the Short Assignments) based on the following criteria:

  • Central Purpose: Does your draft fully respond to the prompt? Does your draft clearly convey the main ideas of your paper in a thesis statement and is that carried throughout the draft?
  • Analysis: Do you offer your readers sufficient evidence that is both relevant and effective in supporting the paper’s central purpose through your analysis of that evidence?
  • Organization: Can your reader easily follow and understand your argument from beginning to end? Is each piece of the argument connected to the others and to the whole?
  • Fluency & Presentation: How fluid and effective is your writing throughout? Is the writing appropriate to the situation and does it meet grammatical mechanics and technical guidelines?


Short Assignments will all contribute to one of the major assignments by practicing specific writing/reading skills.  Your informal Short Assignments will receive feedback indicated your success at that particular writing task. The following evaluation rubric will be used as part of my feedback:

  • Strong (4.0): Offers a proficient demonstration of the writing goals of the assignment and serves as a strong foundation for thinking about the major assignment.
  • Good (3.5): Demonstrates some of the writing goals of the assignments but lacks proficiency throughout and thus requires increased focus on skill before the major assignment.
  • Inadequate (2.0): Does not meet all the requirement(s) of the assignment.
  • Incomplete (0.0): Reserved for assignments less than 50% complete.


You are required to attend a conference in the drafting stage of each major assignment.  During these conferences, you will meet with me and a small group of your peers to discuss your writing in depth.


The rest of your grade will be determined by your participation in class. Your participation grade consists of two components:

  • Attendance (11%): If you are not present in class, you cannot participate; therefore regular attendance is key to your participation grade.
  • In-Class Participation (10%): You will be expected to make contributions to class in the form of responding to questions, engaging in group work, and providing feedback in peer review. I expect you to be consistently prepared with readings and writing and active in all discussions.

Because the exchange of ideas is so important to this class, it is necessary for everyone to be respectful of one another. It is normal and even expected that, in our class discussions, we will disagree. Differences can and should be discussed, but these discussions should maintain the academic spirit of respect. Derogatory or discourteous language/behavior will not be tolerated in our classroom. 

Please turn off all cell phones and any other electronic gadgets before coming to class. If you feel the need to answer a call, send a text, or check your various social media platforms you will be asked to leave class.




If you are absent, ask a member of your class for notes and make up missed work in a timely manner (see “Late Work” below). If you come in after class has started, even by only a few minutes, you will be considered late.  If you need to leave early, please come and talk to me BEFORE class starts.


All assignments are due before class on the due date (10:30AM) in the Class Website unless otherwise specified.

I accept late Short Assignments or Draft Assignments up to 48hrs after the due date; if complete, these late assignments will receive a 2.0 but will not receive written feedback.  You are however, always welcome to discuss late assignments with me in Office Hours.  After 48hrs, grades for Short and Draft Assignments will remain a 0.

I will accept late Major Assignments but your paper will be assessed a .3 penalty for each 24-hours period it is late.   Thus if you turn in a paper at 2:30PM instead of 10:30AM the same day, it will result in a .3 penalty, just as it would if you turned it in at 8:30AM the next morning.


Plagiarism, or academic dishonesty, is presenting someone else’s ideas or writing as your own. In your writing for this class, you are encouraged to refer to other people’s thoughts and writing, as long as you cite them.

If you are in a position where you’re tempted to plagiarize, it probably means there’s something else going on. Perhaps you’re having trouble understanding what the assignment is asking you to do, or you’re struggling to manage the multiple obligations of being a college student. These are totally understandable dilemmas, so please come talk to me about the source of the problem (so we can work on solving it) instead of creating a more serious problem for yourself by plagiarizing.

As a matter of policy, any student found plagiarizing any piece of writing in this class will be reported to the College of Arts and Sciences for review. For more information, refer to UW’s Student Conduct Code at:



I encourage you to take advantage of the following writing resources available to you at no charge. If you attend a writing conference, write me a 250-word, double-spaced summary of who you worked with, what paper you focused on, and what you learned and I will apply that extra credit to your participation grade.

  • The CLUE Writing Center in Mary Gates Hall is open Sunday to Thursday from 7pm to midnight. The graduate tutors can help you with your claims, organization, and grammar. You do not need to make an appointment, so arrive early and be prepared to wait.
  • The Odegaard Writing and Research Center is open Sunday to Thursday from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm and 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This writing center provides a research-integrated approach to writing instruction. Make an appointment on the website: depts.washington.edu/owrc.


If you need accommodation of any sort, please don’t hesitate to talk to me about it so that I can work with the UW Disability Services Office (DSO) to provide what you require. This syllabus is available in large print, as are other class materials. More information about accommodation may be found at http://www.washington.edu/admin/dso/.


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Catalog Description: 
Expository writing based on material presented in a specified social science lecture course. Assignments include drafts of papers to be submitted in the specified course, and other pieces of analytic prose. Concurrent registration in specified course required.
GE Requirements: 
English Composition (C)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
October 26, 2016 - 9:40pm