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CW R4A - Reading and Composition

Fall 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: 31017
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 9:00am - 10:00am @ 262 Dwinelle Hall
Section Theme: TBA
Instructor: Donnett Flash
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Class Number: 31018
Meeting time @ place:
TUTH 3:30pm - 5:00pm @ 182 Dwinelle Hall
Section Theme: Identity, Power, and Place
Instructor: Teri Crisp
Section Description:

We often live in the moment, preoccupied with our daily lives and future concerns, unaware of the forces, people, and events that have shaped the places and communities in which we live. We may not hear ‘tongues that once were silenced,’ in the words of poet Linda Hogan, but have much to say about their homelands and experiences.

At the same time, conversations are happening across the state, country, and internationally about rising social inequities, environmental degradation, and climate change. Such conversations require knowledge of historical forces upon land and peoples, as well as diverse perspectives. How do we decide what's worth doing, changing, or preserving as we face these realities? How do we conceive of the "social good" and act on that conception? We will think about power, place, and communities together—first in California and then beyond. Along the way we will consider the work of scholars, writers, artists, and filmmakers, and just as importantly your ideas in conversation and writing.

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