Listen • Speak • Engage
San José State University
Department of Communication Studies
Writing Workshop, Section 3, Spring 2010
Julie Mounteer Hawker
Clark Hall, 240A
MW noon – 2:30, or by appt.
MW 10:30 – 11:45
A grade of “C” or better in English IB, passage of the Writing Skills
Test (WST), upper division standing, and completion of Core GE.
GE/SJSU Studies Category
Current conventions and forms of exposition, argument and persuasion.
Writing for the general and
specialized audience from the thesis statement approach.
Course Goals and Description
Welcome to Communication Studies 100W!
This course is designed to help you develop advanced
proficiency in college-level writing, including appropriate contemporary research strategies and
methodologies to communicate effectively to both specialized and general audiences.
In effect, this
course builds upon the skills and abilities you developed in earlier, writing-intensive courses (i.e., those
courses you took to meet the university’s Written Communication 1A & 1B requirements).
course, we will explore writing as both a means of developing
knowledge (i.e., writing as a way of
learning) and a means
of expressing knowledge (i.e., writing as a way of showing that you’ve learned
Furthermore, together we will pay particular attention to processes and principles of
effective writing that you may apply broadly: as a writer or a reader, from the personal to the
professional, from the classroom to the boardroom.
While we will focus on writing as communication in
this course, we will frequently explore the links between spoken, performed and written communication,
as well as topics and readings that will help introduce you to the field of communication studies.
Throughout the session, you will engage in a variety of spoken and written assignments. You will write at
least 8,000 words for this course, including a series of in-class portfolio writings (approx. 3,000 words
total), two shorter writings (approx. 2000 words total) and one larger work (3,000-4,000 words).
will engage in frequent self-evaluation of your own writing, as well as provide substantive feedback to
Also as a part of this course, you will learn to introduce, argue and support persuasive theses
with good reasoning, and appropriately documented evidence; we will find many occasions in this course
to debate and explore timely and, at times, controversial communication-studies issues.
We will also
work together to improve your competency with conventions of standard written English, including
grammar, mechanics, and word usage.
Course Learning Objectives