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Writing Studies, Rhetoric, and Composition

WRT 205 Inquiries

Spring 2020 Full List of Sections

WRT 205 Inquiry Area: Writing and Technology 

WRT 205 courses in “Writing and Technology” will explore how technology shapes what it means to be a writer in the twenty-first century. We live in an age when digital technologies are seemingly everywhere, shaping how we write, research, and publish our work. Rather than taking these changes for granted, this course interrogates how technology impacts writing practices across a range of contexts at the university and beyond. It will explore issues of research, collaboration, authorship, textuality and ethics as they connect with digital media and technology. Students will write across a range of genres and modalities in order to cultivate practices that are reflective, ethical, and persuasive.  

Spring 2020 Writing and Technology sections

WRT 205 Inquiry Area: Writing and the Arts

WRT 205 courses in “Writing and the Arts” will ask students to consider such questions as—What are the genre conventions for arts writing? How does arts writing invite a particular way of seeing, understanding, and interacting with art? And, what’s at stake in arts writing, and for whom? Students will have the opportunity to read deeply and critically in the arts, encounter art first hand, research current trends and controversies in the arts, practice analysis through primary research methods, such as observation and interviewing, and compose their own arts projects across platforms and genres. 

Spring 2020 Writing and Arts sections

WRT 205 Inquiry Area: Writing and Science

WRT 205 courses in “Writing and Science” will examine relations between science, rhetoric and society, focusing on the production and circulation of scientific concepts across genres and audiences. Students will develop research-writing abilities through the study and practice of rhetorical reading, source selection and evaluation, and interdisciplinary consideration of research methods and values. Students will conduct at least one sustained project and also produce varied texts incorporating research, such as reports, new media presentations, science writing composed in genres produced for non-specialist audiences, and a digital portfolio.

Spring 2020 Writing and Science sections

WRT 205 Inquiry Area: Writing, Ethics, and Civic Discourses

WRT 205 courses in “Writing, Ethics and Civic Discourses” will focus on developing an understanding of writing at the intersection of publics, language use, and ethics. Discussions of research methods and methodologies and sustained inquiry across various genres and contexts will help students effectively position themselves as critical learners, readers, and writers.  Students will be able to engage in critical inquiry, analysis, and research as situated processes, conduct and evaluate primary and secondary research on civic discourses across genres, and ethically participate in civic discourse as a form of rhetorical action and social practice. 

Spring 2020 Writing, Ethics, and Civic Discources sections

WRT 205 Inquiry:  Writing and Organizational Cultures

WRT 205 courses in “Writing and Organizational Cultures” will examine relationships between people and institutions and will explore questions like—How are organizational cultures formed?  How do organizational cultures impact those who are members of the culture as well as those who are outside the culture?  How do genres reflect and shape the cultures and work of organizations?  What is at stake when an organizational culture is formed?  When it changes?  Students in this course will read deeply into narratives of the culture of a workplace or organization and research a current issue in organization culture, designing a variety of texts to explore and highlight the problems for various stakeholders. 

Spring 2020 Writing and Organizational Cultures sections