WRIT 150: Writing and Critical Reasoning–Thematic Approaches: Globalization: Current Issues and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
Course Description and Objectives
Most people write to do something—to enter the “conversations” of a variety of communities, and to share ideas and perspectives that may shape or change what is already known. In WRIT 150, we will analyze and practice the different skills and strategies that writers use to fulfill such writing goals in different contexts. Instead of focusing only on final texts, we will focus on exploring and using multiple processes of writing, including how to find and develop new ideas that might be of interest and value to certain communities (invention strategies, research strategies, and audience analysis); how to explore the many perspectives and approaches to a particular topic (prewriting); how to explore these ideas and “write to learn,” experimenting with a variety of writing features and techniques (drafting); how to adjust or change our drafts and ideas based on others’ responses to our texts (revision); and how to present our ideas in the forms that our readers expect and value (style, documentation, editing and proofreading). We will discuss and practice each practice and explore how such processes overlap and double back and repeat.
In addition to developing writing skills and process, this course also focuses on the ways in which we conduct critical analysis and use writing to develop critical reasoning skills. As part of a university academic community, we are challenged to delve deep into the issues that we encounter in the world. We will use a variety of approaches for developing critical reasoning skills in this class, including participating in scholarly conversations with multiple sources and perspectives to create new knowledge.
Globalization: Current Issues and Cross-Cultural Perspectives
In addition to the focus on developing writing processes and critical reasoning skills, WRIT 150 is also meant to allow students to explore concepts and questions that have relevance to their lives. In this section, we will focus on globalization, a concept that you likely have some experience considering already, and a concept that represents growing complexity as cultures, economies, and communication continue to grow interconnected. Globalization is often discussed in terms of business and international relations, but it has major significance across many other disciplines. In our course discussions, we will explore the richness of the term “globalization” and the ways in which that concept has changed and will continue to change in relation to many areas of study and consideration.
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