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Instructor: Elaine Farrugia, Assistant Professor Office: Administrative Annex 126 Office Phone: 274-1864 E-mail: [email protected]  (This is the best way to reach me) Office Hours: MWF 9:55-10:55; 11:55-12:55 Academic Writing I WRTG 10600 Spring 2008 C OURSE  D ESCRIPTION This introductory, freshman-level course teaches students how to read perceptively and write coherently  in college courses. Students learn to comprehend, critique, and respond to college readings by writing  analytical essays ranging from single-source papers to evaluations of the claims and evidence in a number  of readings. Typical assignments include single-source critiques and multiple-source syntheses. The  course emphasizes thoughtful and responsible use of sources. May satisfy departmental and school  requirements for a level-1 writing course. Students may not receive credit for both this class and WRTG- 10800, WRTG-15200, or WRTG-16300. Prerequisites: Available only to freshmen, sophomores, and  transfers in HSHP, the School of Music, and the Park School, except by petition. 3 credits. R EQUIRED  T EXTS : Atwan, Robert and Donald McQuade.  The Writer’s Presence: A Pool of Readings .  5 th  Ed.  Boston:  Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2006 C OURSE  T HEME   AND  O BJECTIVES The working title of this class is “(De)constructing the Human Body”.  This semester, we will be  exploring our varied and often controversial relationship, not only to our own bodies, but the bodies of  others.  We will be considering such subjects as body image, illness and disability, body modification,  representations of the body in the media, how we negotiate physical space, and the role of technology in  changing/shaping/enhancing the human body.   Throughout each unit you will be working on your own writing, whether it is the formal essay in which  each unit will culminate, informal responses to readings and in-class prompts, or posting in your blog  about the subjects raised in class.  At all times you will be expected to provide evidence for your claims  from the texts you encounter in and out of class or from your own life experiences and observations. 
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When we discuss assigned readings, we will not only be tackling the  content  of each piece but also  evaluating  how  that content is presented.  This involves asking such questions as how does the author introduce the subject/thesis of the essay? what kinds of evidence are used to support claims?  Does the author use scientific data, personal  anecdotes, the writing of others?
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