ENGLISH 125 - Writing and Academic Inquiry
Fall 2013, Section 017 - Impolite Subjects: The Etiquette of College Writing
Instruction Mode: Section 017 is (see other Sections below)
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Course Note:
This writing course focuses on the creation of complex, analytic, well-supported arguments that matter in academic courses. Students work closely with their peers and the instructor to develop their written prose. Readings cover a variety of genres and academic disciplines.

Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Other:
FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Sp, Su.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

As with any new social context, college life comes with new standards of etiquette & decorum. Social etiquette informs not just formal contexts like the dinner table, but many places: how far to stand from someone in an elevator; how to behave after you lose a football game; what's a party foul? In various contexts etiquette can be evaluated for what it tells us about gender relations, hierarchy, and expectations of duty. In this course we'll evaluate etiquette in several contexts — from 18th century dueling to modern day sportsmanship; from ancient Greek speech to modern day flash mobs. Across these contexts rules may remain unspoken, but in this class we'll try to name them.

College writing — the main focus of this course — also has its own etiquette & rules. They're often unstated and will be somewhat new to you. The goal of this class is to figure out what the etiquette of college writing is and identify how it helps you achieve your writing goals. While proper grammar is part of this etiquette, more important is to know what counts as a good topic; how to know when you've got good evidence; and whether it's appropriate to write an entire paper on the history of personal etiquette on subway cars (the answer: yes, if you can do it right). By the end of this class you'll aim to have a solid sense of what it takes to write a good paper at the college level — even if it feels as natural as knowing where to stand in an elevator.

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ENGLISH 125 - Writing and Academic Inquiry
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