Composition I

Course Description

In this course, you will learn how to write effectively for a variety of audiences and in multiple 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 beyond (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. Through a series of written and verbal exercises, you will critically analyze social issues relevant to the lands and peoples of Hawaiʻi. You will reflect upon your relationship with and responsibilities to these islands. To engage these processes, you will choose a major sociopolitical issue that effects students here in Hawaiʻi. Issues might include environmental efforts, climate change, health, militarism, tourism, houselessness, or Indigenous activism. 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, that offers possible solutions, and that calls readers to respond in some way to that issue. There are no text-books for this course; all materials will be available electronically through Laulima or the UH Library.


  • Compose college-level writing, including but not limited to academic discourse, that achieves a specific purpose and responds adeptly to an identifiable audience.
  • Provide evidence of effective strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading a text in order to produce finished prose.
  • Compose an argument that makes use of source material that is relevant and credible and that is integrated in accordance with an appropriate style guide.