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CW R4A - Reading and Composition

Spring 2018

This writing seminar satisfies the first half (Part A) of the Reading & Composition Requirement. It offers students structured, sustained, and highly articulated practice in the recursive processes entailed in reading and composing, as well as critical analysis. Students read five thematically related book-length texts, or the equivalent, drawn from a range of genres, in addition to non-print sources. Themes and texts chosen for each section are comparable in complexity to those encountered in the lower-division curriculum. In response to these materials, students craft several short pieces leading up to three longer essays—works of exposition and/or argumentation. Each essay is crafted as a multi-draft project, and students are guided through the process of revising and refining their writing. Students will write a minimum of 32 pages of expository prose during this semester.


Satisfaction of the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement
Units and Format 
4 units - Three hours of seminar/discussion per week
Grading Option 
Must be taken for a letter grade for R&C credit





Class Number: 41698
Meeting time @ place:
TUTH 9:30am - 11:00am @ 61 Evans Hall
Section Theme: Intersections of Language & Power
Instructor: Michelle Baptiste
Section Description:

Why does the language we speak matter?  How does accent affect perception?  Why is discrimination based on language often upheld by the courts?  In this course you will investigate how language intersects with culture, race, power, politics, and identity.  

Book List:

English with an Accent, Rosina Lippi-Green

Native Speaker, Chang-rae Lee 

Brown Tide Rising, Otto Santa Ana

Class Number: 41699
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 11:00am - 12:00pm @ 89 Dwinelle Hall
Section Theme: Thinking Critically About Community
Instructor: Donnett Flash
Section Description:

Humans are social creatures, and as such require all sorts of communal interactions.  Despite the fact that we cannot survive or thrive without communities, we experience lots of conflicts within them.  In this course, we will explore various aspects of this paradox.

Book List:

Hillbilly Elegy,  J.D. Vance

Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson