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ENGL 299 C: Intermediate Interdisciplinary Writing - Natural Sciences

Meeting Time: 
MW 2:30pm - 3:50pm
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Carrie Matthews
Carrie Matthews

Syllabus Description:

The image is of a tree with roots in each of these areas: ecological defense; racial justice; immigrant & refugee justice; anti-militarism; religious & spiritual movements; gay, lesbian, trans, & queer justice; environmental justice; feminism & gender justice; Indigenous sovereignty; economic justice; prison abolition; and community-building.  

"Pandemic Nutrition” will guide you in exploring some of the issues you learn about in NUTR 200 through writing projects that ask questions about access, food (in)security, and the impacts of insufficient nutrition and malnutrition as well as explores current and developing mutual aid projects around nutrition, issues of food sovereignty, and the science of food. Because of our current public health crisis, we will be examining these issues in light of Covid 19 and public health responses (or lack thereof) to it. Whether you intend on a major in nutrition, related science fields, or public health, or you just want to focus on writing in a small intellectual community, this course will offer you opportunities to hone your rhetorical skills. You'll write three “major papers” and a lot of informal responses. And you will have the opportunity to conference your rough draft of each “major paper” with me and your classmates before submitting a final draft.

Our Sequences

  1. Food Security/Insecurity, Government Programs, & Mutual Aid
  2. Food Sovereignty: Who Has Control?
  3. The Science of Food


  • To help you develop your abilities to read, think, and write critically and interdisciplinarily about issues of nutrition and society. By the end of this course, I hope you will have developed your capacity to interrogate ideas and norms through writing, particularly in terms of food justice, nutrition, and public health.
  • To provide occasions for you to draw connections between some of the concepts and issues in NUTR 200 and problems/concerns you care about.
  • To guide you in accurately assessing your own and your peers' work in relation to our specific writing criteria.
  • To practice collaborative, publicly-engaged composition in a time of social distancing and public health turmoil.


Catalog Description: 
Expository writing based on materials presented in a specified natural science course. Assignments include drafts of papers to be submitted in the specified course, and other pieces of analytical prose. Concurrent registration in the specified course required. Offered: AWSpS.
GE Requirements: 
English Composition (C)
Writing (W)
Last updated: 
February 4, 2021 - 10:50pm