Composition II

Course Description: This course will build on the work begun in English 100 by providing students with an opportunity to improve their proficiency in writing analytical, argumentative, and research-based papers. We will spend the first few weeks of the course reading The Craft of Research, as well as a selection of research essays from different disciplines. Students will compose short responses to these readings and write two short analytical papers. The better part of the course will be focused on the students’ research interests. Students will research an issue of their choosing, identify a problem or controversy in their field, and develop their own carefully considered opinion on the topic. Students will then present their research in the form of a longer research paper (10-12 pages) and a digital presentation to the class.

Delivery: The course will be delivered synchronously online, which means that the class will meet Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays on Zoom. Readings, assignments, schedules, and class activities will be made available on our meticulously maintained class website on Laulima.

Textbook: Our textbook is the 4th edition of The Craft of Research by Booth et al. Because the textbook is available online via the UHM library system, students in this course will not have to purchase a textbook. Additional readings will be made available on Laulima.

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