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CW R4B - Reading, Composition, and Research

Summer 2022
Description 

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.

Prerequisites 
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
Fulfills 
Reading & Composition: 2nd half (Part B)

Section

Theme

Time

Instructor

Class Number: 13253
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 10:00am - 12:00pm @ Dwinelle 89
Section Theme: Performances of Protest
Instructor: Scott Wallin
Section Description:

With the Black Lives Matter Movement, storming of the U.S. Capital, and now the assumed overturning of Roe vs. Wade, these past few years 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: 13309
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 12:00pm - 2:00pm @ Internet
Section Theme: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in African American Writings
Instructor: Aparajita Nanda
Section Description:

In 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.

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: 14085
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 12:00pm - 2:00pm @ Dwinelle 189
Section Theme: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in African American Writings
Instructor: Aparajita Nanda
Section Description:

In 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.

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: 14231
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 1:00pm - 3:00pm @ Internet
Section Theme: Research and the Research University
Instructor: Ben Spanbock
Section Description:

Description: This class teaches students to be rigorous and effective investigators. Taking UC Berkeley as a case study, we will discuss the role that the university and its research has played and continues to play in public life. A survey of campus history will be complemented by close examination of primary sources, and discussions on finding and utilizing primary sources effectively. Tracking campus history to the present moment, we will then map our conversations onto current events for a larger discussion on writing research papers using primary and secondary sources. Some of the issues that we will cover in our readings and discussions will include: how and where we find our information, what types of information and what sources of information we find valuable, and what we do with the information we have access to. Over the course of the semester, students will embark on a process of discovery related to a key issue within their chosen topic, to determine where, how, and why their research holds particular relevance to our world today.

 

Book List:

Available at the Cal Student Store

The Craft of Research, 4th edition (Booth, Wayne C.)

Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era (Levitin, Daniel J.)

 

Available In Class, Online, or Through the Library

Access to various primary sources, secondary sources, databases, and archives

Varied texts (at least one book length text) related to your discovery project