In this course, you will learn how to write effectively for a variety of audiences and in a variety of forms so that you will be better prepared to identify and work across the writing contexts that you’ll encounter in your college courses and, even, outside of them (e.g., in your job). You will learn to identify and effectively address an audience, to conduct research and engage with source material, as well as planning and revision strategies. To offer you a way into these processes and to deepen your relationship to them, you will be asked to choose a major sociopolitical issue to explore in a variety of exercises (written and verbal) in this course. Issues might include race, gender, culture, consumerism, and the mediation of technology and privacy. You will set to work in researching the issue you choose. Don’t worry: I will support your efforts at each step. In the end, you will produce a research-based persuasive paper in which you construct and weigh in on an informed conversation about the issue you’ve selected and that calls readers to respond in some way to the issue.