Have you ever been interested in something, wanting to know more about whatever it is—a controversy, how something is made, the history of an event, the life of a historical figure—and not had the time to do the digging? This course is about doing that digging. Our class will likely represent a variety of interests, and to make our 16 weeks together the most useful for you, the course will present a variety of assignments to facilitate conducting research in your specific areas of interest. The objective of English 200 is to further hone your writing skills, specifically in academic genres. To this end, we will begin the course by exploring different research strategies, such as conducting archival research, community-based empirical research, theoretical analysis, and working with different kinds of data. Working through a variety of assignments, some focused on building a research project (i.e., annotated bibliography, literature review), and some designed to produce public facing documents (i.e., reports, multi-media artifacts) you will gain more comfort with negotiating the rhetorical situation surrounding any writing task, and how to use writing to clarify and articulate your thoughts in ways that are appropriate for various academic assignments and audiences. You will also become accustomed to, if not comfortable with, the writing process—and work towards identifying invention strategies that work for you. Our discussions in class will entail investigations into writing, your own and others—your classmates’ but also writing circulating in public discourse, such as in the news, current issues, stories and scholarly works . The themes we will cover each week will be guided by you and will be decided on collaboratively at the beginning of the semester.
This is a Writing Intensive course
Exploratory work: identifying sources and working with various invention strategies
In process research writing: annotated bibliography, literature review
Class Presentation on your topic
A final research project, in a genre appropriate for your research field (ie., a traditional research paper, a multi-meda project, a public facing text of some kind)