COURSE OBJECTIVES Together we will study some of the major contemporary writing theories and theorists, with particular emphasis on those from the social sciences. The course is divided into three main sections. In the first section we will examine some of the dominant understandings of language and its role in human activities. We will then learn how the study of written language is organized in the academy, while concluding with a review of the main theories related to the process of writing, focusing on the various phases of that activity. In this way we will seek to become knowledgeable about the act of writing as an academic discipline, and apply these theories to our own writing.
COURSE ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING CLASS PARTICIPATION:
Reading Presentation: 20%
Class Participation: 15%
RESEARCH ESSAY: 25%
(assigned February 6; due March 27/28)
Mid-term Examination: 20%
(in lecture February 27)
End-term Examination: 20%
(in lecture April 3)
All the assigned readings, as listed below under the course lecture schedule, are bound together in a Writing 1300 Course Kit available in the York Bookstore.
LECTURE SCHEDULE AND COURSE READINGS SECTION ONE: WRITTEN LANGUAGE JANUARY 9: