SWC 400 - Advanced Rhetoric and Research
Section: 002 Writing and Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Sweetland Writing Center (SWC)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Completion of the First-Year Writing Requirement.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course aims to provide you with a critical, theoretical background in writing and research in the humanities and social sciences. We will consider such issues as story, voice, evidence, audience, and the function and forms of persuasion in both popular and professional humanities and social science writing. You will practice a range of humanities- and social science-related genres focused around a topic of your choice. In class, we will analyze model essays, learn about library research databases, and share our work in formal presentations and informal dialogue. Drafting, peer review, and in-class and online discussion will be key components of this seminar-style class.

Assignments will include short analysis and response papers, a research proposal and formal literature review, and 5-page “popular” essay. Course work will culminate in a substantial and original research essay. Course texts include Booth, Colomb, and Williams, The Craft of Research (2008) and Graff, They Say/I Say (2006).

This class is meant for any student in the humanities and social sciences, who wishes to broaden their understanding and practice of the moves academic writers make. It is also an excellent preparation in advanced research and argumentation strategies for students planning to write a senior or Honors thesis.

SWC 400 - Advanced Rhetoric and Research
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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Books have been ordered through Shaman Drum Bookstore on State St., though you're welcome to look for a cheaper copy.
ISBN: 0226065669
The craft of research, Author: Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Col, Publisher: University of Chicago Press 3rd ed. 2008
ISBN: 0393924092
"They say/I say" : the moves that matter in academic writing, Author: Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstei, Publisher: W.W. Norton 1st ed. 2006
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