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1301_Writing_Studies_Syllabus_Spring_11 - 1 Writ 1301...

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1 Writ 1301 SECTION 078 UNIVERSITY WRITING SPRING 2011 4 credits Instructor : Lelaine Bonine E-mail : [email protected] Classroom : NichH 120 Office : LindH 306B Time :Tues & Thurs 4:00 – 5:15 Office hrs : Tues & Thurs 2:30-3:30 REQUIRED TEXTBOOKS Bordwell, David, and Kristin Thompson. Film Art: An Introduction . 9 th edition. New York: McGraw Hill, 2009. (Available at the University Bookstore) Hacker, Diana. A Pocket Style Manual . 5 th edition. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2008. (Available at the University Bookstore) **The remaining course texts, as well as copies of assignment sheets, and this syllabus, will be made available through the course Moodle. You can find our Moodle through the “MyU” portal, then click on the “My Courses” tab; or access through the Moodle portal at moodle.umn.edu. ** **All film reserves assigned for outside viewing are located at the Walter Library basement course reserves desk.** COURSE OVERVIEW Movies are one of our society’s key modes of discourse; we have grown up with movies, and most of us are at least as familiar with films as we are with novels, poetry, painting, and sculpture (but probably not television). Our understanding of the world is increasingly mediated, in part, through cinematic rep- resentations. Through the study of film, writings about film, and the frequent practice of writing in response to both, WRIT 1301 introduces students to typical university writing practices, including an emphasis on developing well-researched, properly cited papers. WRIT 1301 fulfills the first-year composition requirement. Activities include but are not limited to: critical reading and analysis of writings and films for rhetorical principles of audience, purpose, structure, and argumentative strategies; emphasis on performing research with electronic and print libraries; and sequenced readings, viewings, and writing, with a researched paper as a major assignment. Members of the class will practice using writing to develop, refine, and communicate ideas in academic contexts. Students should expect to write formally and informally, produce drafts, revise, edit, and proofread. In addition students will share their writing with others in the class, receive responses from others, and read and respond carefully to the work of others. All of this means that the class is structured around writing activities, discussions of readings, film viewings, and group work of various kinds. Students need to be active participants in this course, and help insure the success of the course for all by making positive contributions to activities, assignments, and discussion.
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2 COURSE OUTCOMES At the successful conclusion of WRIT 1301, students will learn to: DEVELOP A PROCESS OF WRITING Control prewriting and planning strategies to arrive at a focused topic. Produce an outline or prospectus for a research paper.
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