ENGLISH 225 - Argumentative Writing
Section: 102
Term: SP 2008
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of the Introductory Composition requirement.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Sp.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Writing well is not easy. The more complex the idea a writer is trying to convey, the more convoluted her prose seems to become. This class is premised on the belief that good writing is inextricably linked to critical thought. As such, although the main purpose of this class is to make you better writers, writing and revising essays is only one of the tasks you will be asked to perform. You will also need to be able to assess and identify arguments in essays, stories, songs, poems, photographs, advertising and movies. Very often, the arguments are not clearly stated in the texts, but rather are implicit or smuggled in. Good writing requires not only recognizing these arguments, but also effectively evaluating and refuting them. This means attending to the ways in which the texts you read are historically situated, as well as to the ways in which you, as a reader, are also influenced (usually at an unconscious level) by the particularity of your experience, education, and background(s). You will need to pay specific attention not only to what is said, but also to the way in which a thing is stated. In other words, you will learn to see how form works in tandem with content to create and construe meaning. That is, you will learn how better to argue.

Required Texts (available at Shaman Drum):

Writing Arguments: A Rhetoric with Readings (Concise Edition); 4th Edition. Ed. Ramage, Bean, and Johnson. New York: Pearson Education Inc., 2007.

ENGLISH 225 - Argumentative Writing
Schedule Listing
101 (REC)
MWF 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: English 225 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
102 (REC)
MW 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Note: English 225 will be Permission of Instructor after the first day of class.
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