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CW R4B - Reading, Composition, and Research

Summer 2021

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 
Satisfaction of the UC Entry Level Writing Requirement and the first half (Part A) of the Reading & Composition Requirement
Units and Format 
4 units – Seven and one-half hours of seminar/discussion per week for six weeks (Sessions A and D)
Grading Option 
Must be taken for a letter grade for R&C credit
Reading & Composition: 2nd half (Part B)





Class Number: 14171
Meeting time @ place:
- @ Online - Time TBA
Section Theme: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in African American Writings
Instructor: Aparajita Nanda
Section Description:

TIn this course we will study writings by African American authors. The focus of this course will primarily be on developing your critical thinking, reading and writing skills.  Basic rhetorical tools such as description, analysis, explanation, narration, speculation and argument will be used to share your experiences, information and views with others. The emphasis will be on provocative theses, strategies of argument and competent analysis of evidence. It will also introduce you to research techniques that would involve evaluation and synthesis of primary and secondary source material into your argument.

This course is offered in Session A .

Book List:

Author: Zora Neale Hurston, Title: Their Eyes Were Watching God, ISBN : 0-06-083867-1

Author: Barack Obama, Title: Dreams from my Father, ISBN: 1400082773

Class Number: 14418
Meeting time @ place:
- @ Online - Time TBA
Section Theme: TBA
Instructor: Ben Spanbock
Section Description:

This course is offered in Session A (May 24-July 2, 2021).

Book List:
Class Number: 13949
Meeting time @ place:
- @ Online - Time TBA
Section Theme: Performances of Protest
Instructor: Scott Wallin
Section Description:

This course is offered in Session D (July 6-August 13, 2021).

With the Black Lives Matter Movement and the recent storming of the U.S. Capital, this past year has been an extraordinary time of public protest. As public performances, these protests utilize a variety of language, props, settings, and behavior. How do protests function? What are their effects?  In this course, we will emphasize writing that develops through conversation with writers, activists, and fellow students in order to hone our critical thinking, achieve greater ownership of what we read and watch, formulate productive questions and arguments, and write in a clear and engaging manner. Students will also learn about different kinds of research projects, evaluate sources, and access various online campus resources. The semester will culminate with a research project and presentation.

Book List:
Class Number: 14452
Meeting time @ place:
- @ Online - Time TBA
Section Theme: Data, Research, and Knowledge
Instructor: Tara Hottman
Section Description:

This course is offered in Session D (July 6-August 13, 2021).

This summer we will read a number of interdisciplinary texts that seek to answer the following questions related to the title of the course: what is knowledge and how are data and research used to create knowledge? Is research grounded in personal experience or the objective accumulation of data? In thinking about how different disciplines define research and how knowledge is acquired, we’ll seek to understand how our conception of research and knowledge has changed in the digital age. By examining primary and secondary research on the use of big data and algorithms in research projects, we'll also discuss the shortcomings and limitations of these research tools. The readings we discuss in class will also help us to think critically about the ultimate goal of this course: the production and communication of knowledge in the form of students’ independent research projects.

My main goal this summer is to provide students with training and practice in the inter-related processes of reading, composing, and critical thinking, as well as the steps in envisioning and creating a research project. During the summer session you will draft a research paper by developing a research question, gathering, evaluating, and synthesizing information from texts and other sources.

Book List:

A digital course reader (bCourses) will include Booth et. al, The Craft of Research, 3rd Edition and O’Neil, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy, as well as excerpts from other texts about research and writing from sociology, anthropology, personal essays and journalism.