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This writing seminar explores how science moves through the lives and personal stories of those who engage it while giving students with interests across the diverse but interconnected disciplines of the natural sciences a space to pursue topics of personal interest. Through analysis and composition of a variety of texts, the course offers a path toward becoming authoritative participants in scientific discourse while simultaneously recognizing ways that values are embedded and centered (often invisibly) in the sciences and their related institutions. The assignments and coursework are means by which students can both interrogate and confirm the values of the science they want to pursue.
In this course we will work with a variety of texts, including your own and your classmates’ writing as you move through cycles of reading, discussion, reflective and formal writing, peer review, conferencing, revision, and intensive instructor interaction and feedback. Assessment of major assignments will involve collaboration and peer review between students as well as instructor comments.