Composition I

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EXPANDED COURSE DESCRIPTION

The art of composition calls for the development of a creative, critical, and rigorous mind. As such, this course has a three-fold goal: to prepare you for written tasks in English throughout your academic career (and beyond), to instill a sense of criticality that will allow you to counterintuitively consider the world around you, and to develop the research skills necessary to substantiate your thoughts, beliefs, and values. The modules designed for this course aim to progressively lead you to conducting your own research based on a topic that has either always interested you or in which you have a stake. To do so, a critical toolbox (modes of rhetoric, sign systems and binaries, and myth criticism) is provided at the beginning of the course to equip you with initial frameworks under which you can begin your critique. This toolbox will be applied throughout the semester through writing and presentation activities as a way of simultaneously exercising your command of composition and your own critical thinking. At the end of the semester, you will have completed 5000 words of formal prose.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

IN-CLASS WRITING, GROUP WORK, AND CLASS DISCUSSION (10%)

In this class, discussion is considered one of the most important modes through which learning can occur. Active engagement is expected from each student through participation in online class activities such as in-class writing, group work, and involvement in and contribution to class lectures. A point will be awarded per completed task and active engagement in discussion. The total tally of points will be used to compute for the 10%.

READING RESPONSES AND FORUM DISCUSSION (15%)

Reading responses and forum discussions will be assigned weekly (to be posted on Google Classroom). These wil allow you to demonstrate your understanding of the reading materials, your ability to identify and critically engage key ideas, and your facility in sharing and developing your own perspectives with your classmates.

CRITICAL PROBLEM PAPER (15%)

Throughout our class discussions and using the critical toolbox at your disposal, you will be tasked to write a critical problem paper on any topic or material that interests you. This personal and sociopolitically-driven piece is meant to serve as a starting point for your research project. (1000-1500 words)

RESEARCH PROPOSAL AND ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY (20%)

The Research Proposal (500 words) and Annotated Bibliography (minimum of 5 entires, minimum of 200 words each) is the first formal assignment on the research project. These will train you in the process of determining, narrowing, and refining a research question, and in developing academic rigor and integrity when using references and sources. (1500 words)

RESEARCH PROCESS: DRAFTS, PEER REVIEW, PRESENTATIONS, AND CONFERENCES (20%)

Writing a good paper is not a one-time event; refining a piece requires undergoing the process of editing, revisions, and review. Compositions, like diamonds, can only be truly brilliant once cut and polished. As such, writing drafts, undergoing peer review and editing, and discussing the work with your professor (me!) will be conducted to provide you with the process needed to make an excellent piece of work.

FINAL PROJECT (20%)

The Final Project is expected to be a polished work that encapsulates all that you have learned and done this semester. (2500 words)