See all sections of Writing 400 for Fall 2015 in the LSA Courseguide.

Advanced Rhetoric and Research - Writing in the Sciences

This course aims to provide you with a critical, theoretical background in writing science. We will consider such issues as story, voice, metaphor, audience, and the function and forms of persuasion in both popular and professional science writing. A second focus of the course is students' own writing about science and practice in using a range of science-related genres. As well as critiquing and responding to readings relating to science writing, you will engage in a range of writing activities in the field of science and in a science-related subject of your choice. Peer review and class discussion are key components of the class.

This class is run as a workshop and seminar, i.e., class time generally focuses around discussion of readings and relevant issues, presentations and discussion led by class members, and work-shopping of exercises and assignments.

Assignments will include short in-class presentations, one literature review, one short paper, two papers of 4-5 pages, and a final, longer paper that will be tied to a formal presentation.