ENGL 198 A: Interdisciplinary Writing/Social Science

Meeting Time: 
TTh 3:30pm - 4:50pm
SIG 228
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Arna Elezovic

Syllabus Description:

Meeting times:  Tuesday and Thursday 330-450 p.m. in SIEG 228.


Pyramids at Giza, Egypt, one of the seven "wonders of the ancient world."


ENGL 198 will be an interactive class with a variety of writing assignments and exercises, including learning the different ways to read, to take notes, and how to edit your own work. ENGL 198 has a loose connection to a history lecture class, HSTAM 111: The Ancient World. Although we will analyze the readings and use very similar essay prompts from the Ancient World class, our focus in ENGL 198 will be on the mechanics and practice of writing. ENGL 198 will be much like a workshop where you learn to write or learn to improve your own writing by writing. And you will likely have opportunity to write either a research or a historical fiction essay based on your own interests.

Peer Review: Another essential part of this class will be learning how to edit your own work and how to provide feedback to your classmates on their own written work.  I will provide examples of a peer review from students who have taken this class before. And I will also verbally model for you how to give feedback to your peers in the form of a “compliment sandwich.” So you will receive explicit instructions and examples on how to review each other's work.

Academic Learning Skills: We will also practice some skills from what I call “Arna’s Academic Toolbox.” For example, one skill is strategic reading, which is a way to get at the gist of a book in 20 minutes without really reading it. Another vital skill is learning how to take notes so you can later turn those notes in a rough draft of a paper. And then there is learning how to present in front of other people unexpectedly. These skills will serve you well in any UW class!

Course Learning Objectives:

  1. Practice writing the "academic history essay" at the college level.

    • Help you in developing critical and analytical thinking skills that you can then express on “paper” in a coherent and logical way.
    • Learn how to craft an argument and support that argument with evidence and analysis.
  2. Participate in being a thoughtful member of a writing group or community.
  3. Demystify the writing process and practice turning your rough draft ideas into polished written work.

Required Work and Grade Breakdown:

  • 2-3 major writing assignments - 60%
  • Academic Toolbox/participation - 10%
  • Peer Review - 10%
  • Writing Exercises - 20%

Recommended Books

  1.  Readings or texts come from the history lecture course HSTAM 111:

    • The Epic of Gilgamesh - Translators Stanley Lombardo or Maureen Kovacs 
    • Essential Iliad  by Homer - Translator Lombardo 
    • Trials of Socrates by Plato - Translator Ed Reeve
    • Any other readings for writing assignments will be posted on the course website
  2. About $20 on your Husky card for printing up drafts and peer reviews. I have, however, tried to make most of the weekly assignments online where you will submit your work through Canvas (or writing exercises in class). This deference to online submission is not my preference but I would like to save some trees and also not have you spend too much money on printing.

The instructor, Arna Elezovic, is a PhD candidate in the UW History Department. She has previously taught ENGL 198 and her own history course HSTCMP 290 (on Indiana Jones and archaeology in the Mediterranean world) multiple times. Email Arna at elezovic@uw.edu with any questions about the course. 


SYLLABUS FOR SEQUENCE 1 "The Academic History Essay" as a Word Document:   

Syllabus for ENGL 198-A - 9-25-19.docx    

SYLLABUS FOR SEQUENCE 2 "Research or Historical Fiction Essay" and SEQUENCE 3 "Resume, cover letter, and statement of purpose" as a Word Document: Syllabus for Sequence 2 and 3 - with class feedback - Nov. 5, 2019.docx

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: 
August 2, 2019 - 11:00pm