Political Science 100W
Office Business Tower 453
Telephone (408) 924-5565
Office Hours MW 12-1, 3-4:30
& by appointment
Welcome to Poli Sci 100W, the Writing Workshop.
This is really a workshop, not a
traditional class, so we’ll be working together to develop our writing and communications
skills as political scientists. Class will function as a practical, working laboratory. We’ll
review the basics of writing, including grammar, spelling and organizing our thoughts,
and we’ll also practice writing in a range of forms used by a variety of professions
relating to political science. You’ll have a chance to meet and talk with diverse
practitioners who will join our class for conversations about their work. You’ll also have
an opportunity to consider the many career options available to political science majors
through various assignments and as you meet our guests. Our goal as a class is to help
you succeed by polishing your writing skills.
In Poli Sci 100W, students develop advanced proficiency in writing
and research. The Writing Workshop reinforces and advances the abilities developed in
English 1A and 1B. You’ll also learn more about the types of jobs and careers open to
political science majors.
In this course, you will develop your proficiency in:
writing with ease—lots of short assignments will help achieve this.
writing concise prose using correct grammar, syntax, spelling and punctuation.
oral communication through class discussion, in-class critiques of writing
assignments and interviewing.
organizing your thoughts to write convincing and interesting papers, reports,
understanding different types of writing for political science, including conference
papers, journal articles, research papers, reports, policy briefs, executive
summaries, letters, op ed pieces and more.
researching topics using varied sources, including books, journals, government
documents (on the Web and in the library) and websites—and assessing the value
of these sources.
citing sources according to American Political Science Association standards.
This class will combine lecture and discussion, with more of the latter and less
of the former later in the semester. You must come to class having read the assignments.
Regular attendance is expected along with standard classroom courtesy (no cell phones,
no beepers, no newspaper reading, etc.). Late arrivals, early departures and disruptions of
class in any form are unacceptable. The class will address writing in a discussion format.
We’ll spend a lot of time critiquing one another’s writing in class. You are expected to
treat your classmates (and your instructor) with courtesy and dignity. Comments should
be addressed to the topic at hand:
the personality, race, ethnicity, religion or gender