Unformatted text preview: 1 University Writing: Readings in Human Rights ENGL CC1010.402 | Fall 2017 T/R 2:40 pm - 3:50 pm 502 Northwest Corner Building Instructor: Kevin Windhauser Email: [email protected] Office Hours: T: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm; W: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Mailbox/Office: 310 Philosophy Hall (Writing Center) Syllabus Contents 1. Course Description 2. Course Requirements a. Assignments b. Formatting c. Required Texts d. Other Texts and Online Resources 3. Course Policies a. Attendance i.
Excused Absences ii. Unexcused Absences b. Lateness c. Computers, Phones, and other Technology d. Conferences and Office Hours e. Assessment and Comments f. Essay Grading g. Late and Missed Assignments h. Final Grades i. Participation j. Academic Integrity and Plagiarism 4. Resources a. Writing Center b. Accommodations for Students with Disabilities c. Counseling and Psychological Services d. Office of Multicultural Affairs e. Support for Survivors of Sexual Assault, Violence, and Harassment f. First-Generation Low-Income Partnership 5. Itinerary 2 a. Course Readings b. Course S chedule Course Description Welcome to University Writing: Readings in Human Rights. University Writing is designed to help undergraduates read and write essays in order to participate in the academic conversations that form our intellectual community. We will give special attention to the practices of close reading, rhetorical analysis, research, collaboration, and revision. Students will learn that writing is a process of continual refinement of ideas and their expression. Rather than approaching writing as an innate talent, this course will teach writing as a unique, learned skill that can be practiced and developed. Over the course of the semester, you will read and discuss texts from a number of fields, complete regular informal reading and writing exercises, write several longer essays, and prepare an editorial for a public audience. This is a themed section of University Writing, and therefore both our reading and writing will work to explore the interpretive problems, intellectual questions, and academic conversations surrounding issues of human rights. We will not take up questions that have easy answers, and the readings we do together will be designed not to provide conclusions, but to provoke further exploration. Among the questions we explore will be the following: ● Is there such a thing as “human rights” at all? If there is, where do they come from? Are human rights fixed, or can different cultures, time periods, and political bodies change them? ● How are human rights preserved and enforced? Does the idea of human rights currently improve human lives? ● What relationship does language have to human rights? What role, if any, does the intellectual community play in creating, defending, and expanding human rights? Because the material we read in this class concerns human rights and their abuses, it will in all likelihood resonate differently for each member of our class. Therefore, I ask that at all times you be respectful, kind, and patient with your classmates as we wade into these difficult issues together. Some of this material may be triggering; if at any point you feel a personal need to leave the room during class, you are welcome to do so. I am happy to talk with you at any time about these difficulties, and please make use of the resources listed in this syllabus if you need additional support. Note: Your syllabus is a reference document to be frequently consulted. In it you will find course policies, all major due dates, and a schedule of readings. This syllabus is also available on the Courseworks site. To get started, log in to [http://Courseworks.columbia.edu]. 3 Course Requirements Successful completion of University Writing entails: ● Complete four revised essays ranging from 750-3000 words, each accompanied by at least one draft. Students must submit all four final essays in order to pass the class. ● Attend and participate in all classes and required conferences. ● Prepare reading and writing exercises as assigned. ● Submit all of your writing assignments on Courseworks. Assignments ● You will do at least three types of writing in this course: exercises, drafts, and final essays. These assignments will connect with one another in a developmental sequence called a progression. ● Exercises: (100-400 words) Exercises will help you develop skills and ideas as you work toward your essay draft ● Drafts and proposals: (750+ words) You will write one or more drafts prior to submitting a final version of your essay for a progression. The stronger the draft at any stage of composing, the more useful will be the feedback you receive. ● Final essays: (750+ words; must have a title, word count, and a works cited page) A final essay is the most public kind of writing you will produce for this course. Your essay should aim to persuade astute, interested readers who are unfamiliar with the texts you engage; you need to convince them of why your argument is significant. Final essays should adhere to MLA style. Formatting All writing submitted in this class should following these formatting conventions: ● Double-spaced text, using 12-point font, with one-inch page margins ● A header on the first page only, which includes your name, the course title, my name, the date, and a word count ● Drafts and final essays should include a title. Exercises do not need a title ● All essays should have page numbers ● All citations must follow MLA format. See the Online Resources section of the syllabus for more information on using MLA format. Required Texts The syllabus, course description, requirements, readings, assignments, and links to resources are available on CourseWorks: https://courseworks.columbia.edu/ Additional readings will be assigned from The Morningside Review, morningsidereview.org, which is the journal of selected essays from Columbia’s Undergraduate Writing Program. 4 Please note: Although the readings for this course will be posted online, I will require you to bring a paper copy of each reading to class with you. This will better facilitate class discussion. Optional Text: Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual. 7th Edition. Available at the University Bookstore. As a student at Columbia, you can download bibliographic software that will archive and organize your textual references and generate formatted citations in many formats. You can download one of those programs from CUIT: http://library.columbia.edu/research/citation-management.html I recommend consulting the MLA Handbook (Eighth Edition) if you have questions about proper formatting. There will be an online MLA style guide posted on Courseworks for your convenience. As a Columbia student, you can download citation management software for your computer that will archive and organize your references and generate formatted citations. I highly recommend this as a means for organizing and storing research material; it will likely be useful to you throughout your time here. Information about these programs and links to download them is available from CUIT: http://library.columbia.edu/research/citation-management.html Course Policies Attendance The discussion and workshop elements that are at the center of this course cannot be made up, so attendance is vital. In accordance with Columbia University regulations, there will be distinctions made between excused absences and unexcused absences. Excused absences due to religious observance, athletic commitments (e.g. away games), and illness will not incur a grade penalty providing that proper documentation is submitted correctly. In the first two weeks of class, students will also not be penalized if they have been attending a different section of University Writing and elect to change their section. Please see the specific requirements below for how you should document absences you wish to be excused. Excused Absences Excused absences include religious observance, athletic commitments, illness, and section changes. They may be documented as follows: ● Religious observance: By the fourth class session, send an email to your instructor—copied to your academic advisor—in which you outline all of the dates you will be absent for the semester. Create a plan with your instructor to make up work or reschedule deadlines. ● Athletic commitments: Only participation in athletic competitions will count as excused absences; practice sessions do not. Prior to any absence, you must submit to your instructor a completed and signed “Columbia University Intercollegiate Athletics Academic Absence 5 Notification Form.” Create a plan with your instructor to make up work or reschedule deadlines. Here is a link to the form: http://www.college.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/intercollegiate_athletic_academic_abse
nce_notification_form.pdf ● Illness: For an absence due to illness to count as excused, please provide a signed doctor’s note. You should bring the note to class on the day you are able to return. If you can, email your instructor to indicate that you will be unable to attend class. ● Section changes: If you change your section of University Writing in the first two weeks of class, you must provide your new instructor a completed and signed “University Writing Attendance Confirmation” form. Please see Mr. John Stobo in the Undergraduate Writing Program office, 310 Philosophy Hall, for a copy of the form. ● All other absences, including those due to late registration, are considered unexcused. Unexcused absences will affect your grade according to the chart below. Please also note the lateness policy in the next section to understand how latenesses count toward your total number of absences. Unexcused Absences All other absences, including those for late registration, will be considered unexcused, and will negatively affect your grade. I have provided a chart below explaining the impact of unexcused absences on your grade. Note: Please see the information in the “Lateness” section to understand how lateness affects your grade as well. Number of Unexcused Absences
Grade Penalty 1-3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1/3 of a letter, progression 4 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1/3 of a letter, course 5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 full letter, course 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 full letters, course 7 or more . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . F or UW, course grade Lateness Lateness disrupts class discussion and the learning of other students. Therefore, if you arrive once class is underway or leave before class has ended, you will be marked as late. Two latenesses count as one absence in calculating your final course grade. Conferences and Office Hours You will have two 20-30 minute conferences with me during the semester. These conferences give you the opportunity to discuss your ideas, to work through your drafts, to prepare for presentations, or to revise your essays. You are welcome to come and see me in office hours or by appointment to discuss any aspect of the course. Computer, Phones, and Other Technology 6 You are welcome to use laptops and tablets during class for the purposes of note-taking and select in-class exercises. However, these devices must remain closed at all other times during class, unless you have made other arrangements with me. The use of phones, however, is banned. Phones must be kept away from the class workplace (i.e., not on the table or in your lap) and should be silenced. Any phone use during class will be considered an absence, and will affect your grade equivalently. Assessment and Response All of the writing you submit on time for this class will receive some sort of written or recorded response from me and/or your classmates. While writing exercises and preliminary drafts will not receive grades, they will be important for your development as a writer and thinker, and you are expected to complete them all. During the first three progressions, I will write marginal comments and typed end-comments to one preliminary draft as well as your final draft. For your final progression, you will receive end-comments on your final draft that respond to the essay as well as your development over the course of the semester. My comments are designed to help you assess your draft and prioritize goals for the next stage of your writing. Just as important, my comments will offer you practical strategies designed to further your ongoing development as a writer. If you have any questions about my comments, please make an appointment with me to review them. Essay Grading Final essays will receive a letter grade, from A to F. The final course grade is computed on a 4.0 scale. Each letter grade signifies the following: “A” essays fulfill the goals of the progression, but also push beyond those goals. This generally entails a compelling topic, persuasive argument, and careful attention to language and form. “A” essays reflect excellence and artistry. “B” essays come in two varieties: the “solid B” and the “striving B.” The solid B is a good, competent, paper. The striving B excels in certain areas, but is too uneven to receive an A. “B” essays show sufficient understanding of the progression’s goals. “C” essays reflect struggle in fulfilling the progression’s goals. The C essay often shows a fair amount of work, but it does not come together well enough to be a successful paper. “D” essays may appear to have been hastily written, incomplete, or thrown together. “F” essays fail to meet the minimum level of expectations for the progression. Late and Missed Assignments, Drafts, and Final Essays 7 Keeping deadlines is an important aspect of this class, as it gives you the time to develop and revise your ideas, and it gives me the time to offer you productive feedback. If you turn in work late, I may not be able to provide you feedback. Please complete all of your writing exercise on time, as missed exercises can impact the quality and grade of your essay. Feedback and revision are critical components of this class. If you do not hand in a preliminary draft at least 48 hours before the deadline of the final draft, your final essay grade will be lowered by one whole grade (e.g. from a B to a C). Your grade on the final essay will be lowered by 1/3 (e.g. from a B- to a C+) beginning the minute after its deadline. The grade will continue to go down by a third every 24 hours until the essay is submitted. All work must be submitted to Courseworks by the deadline in order to be considered on time. According to the policy of the Undergraduate Writing Program, failure to submit the final draft of any essay by the end of the semester will result in an automatic failure for the course. Final Grades Your semester grade will be calculated as follows: Progression 1: Critical Response Essay (1200-1500 words) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....
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