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CW R4B - Reading, Composition, and Research

Fall 2017

This writing seminar satisfies the second half (Part B) 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. The seminar affords students guided practice through the stages involved in creating a research paper. Students read five thematically related book-length texts, or the equivalent, drawn from a range of genres, in addition to various non-print sources. In response to these materials, students craft several short pieces leading up to two longer essays—works of exposition and/or argumentation. Students also draft a research paper, developing a research question, gathering, evaluating, and synthesizing information from texts and other sources. Elements of the research process, such as proposals, annotated bibliographies, an abstracts, "works cited" lists, and the like, are submitted, along with the final report, in a research portfolio. Students write a minimum of 32 pages of expository prose during the semester.

Note: Specialized sections are available for multilingual student writers.  These sections are marked (MSW) below.

Available in 
Fall and Spring
Satisfaction of the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement and the first half (Part A) of the Reading & Composition 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
Reading & Composition: 2nd half (Part B)





Class Number: 21861
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 12:00pm - 1:00pm @ 124 Wheeler Hall
Section Theme: The Machine Starts: Technology and its (Dis)contents
Instructor: Michael Larkin
Section Description:

Many of us spend hours upon hours every day at our computers and smart phones connecting to the world and to each other through the rapidly proliferating "apps" of technology, from the "old school" Web 1.0 of email to the ever-evolving world of social networking. What does the increased use of these tools mean for the ways we communicate with one another, the ways we read and write and learn, the ways we define what it means to be an individual, what it means to be human? In this course, you will engage with texts that consider these and other related questions; you will work on reading and writing skills by writing a series of essays about those texts (and those questions); and you'll learn the rudiments of academic research as you craft a research project centered on a subject of your own choosing that fits within our course theme. And who knows—maybe we'll answer some of those questions too.

Book List:

"The Machine Stops" (E.M. Forster); Who Owns the Future? (Jaron Lanier); Deep Lab book and video talks (, The Craft of Research fourth edition (Booth, Colomb, and Williams), Course Reader

Class Number: 44938
Meeting time @ place:
TUTH 5:00pm - 6:30pm @ 235 Dwinelle Hall
Section Theme: Community, Identity, and Justice
Instructor: Teri Crisp
Section Description:

How do we reveal ourselves as social and moral beings through our actions on the ground, in circumstances of uncertainty, and even danger or violence? How do we decide what's worth doing, changing, or preserving in a world of complex intercultural relations, social inequality, and environmental degradation? Through considering remarkable grassroots actors and movements for social and environmental justice, and the work of thoughtful researchers, writers, and artists, we will pursue these questions in texts, images, films, and your own writing, in a highly collaborative class.

Book List:

(Please do not purchase in advance) The Writer’s Diet: A Guide to Fit Prose (Helen Sword), Writing a Successful Research Paper (Stanley Chodorow), The Long Haul: An Autobiography (Myles Horton with Judith & Herbert Kohl), Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965 (Juan Williams), Course Reader.