ENGL 298 B: Intermediate Interdisciplinary Writing - Social Sciences

Meeting Time: 
TTh 2:30pm - 3:50pm
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Maggie Wilson

Syllabus Description:

In this writing class, students will explore geographic perspectives on a question of their choice related to health, medicine, and wellbeing (broadly construed). Health geography is a multifaceted and interdisciplinary field that encompasses many different theoretical, epistemological, and methodological perspectives on human health, wellbeing, and the body. After learning and discussing foundational concepts from the geography of health and medicine, students will identify a question or topic to research in the scholarly literature in geography and related fields (including public health, medical anthropology, epidemiology, environmental studies, health economics, political and cultural ecology, and others). Students will then use this research to develop three writing projects: a literature review, a scientific op-ed, and a lightning talk.

Be prepared to write for this class! You will have a writing assignment of some kind (ranging from short reflections to full paper drafts) due at the end of every week. This class will largely function as a writing workshop: expect to read closely and critically; to express your ideas and understanding through writing; to draft, revise, and rewrite extensively; to constructively critique and evaluate the work of your peers; and to submit your own work to the peer-review process multiple times.

Writing seminars are a unique opportunity for active learning which center your own ideas and processes, and I encourage you to make the most of it. What you take away from this class is directly related to your willingness to engage wholeheartedly with the material, the assignments, and with one another. The community we create together in class is very much a group effort, and its success relies upon mutual respect, trust, and accountability.

In this course you will:
  • Use writing to analyze a topic of your choice related to health, medicine, and wellbeing (broadly construed);
  • Develop skills in critical reading, annotation, and comprehension;
  • Develop analytic, interpretive, and critical thinking skills;
  • Learn to assess your own work and that of your peers in relation to specific writing criteria;
  • Practice giving and receiving constructive verbal and written feedback;
  • Practice communicating complex information in a clear and engaging way.
Catalog Description: 
Expository writing based on materials presented in a specified social 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: 
December 4, 2020 - 11:00pm