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CW R4B - Reading, Composition, and Research

Fall 2019
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.

Available in 
Fall and Spring
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: 21446
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 9:00am - 10:00am @ Evans 31
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, e-commerce, and data collection. In these fractious times, 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? And who has power in these spaces? Where does all of our data go, and how does it get used? 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); Weapons of Math Destruction:  How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (Cathy O'Neil); The Craft of Research, 4th edition (Booth, et al.); Digital course reader, including works by Safiya Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression:  How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Class Number: 24868
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 10:00am - 11:00am @ Evans 47
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, e-commerce, and data collection. In these fractious times, 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? And who has power in these spaces? Where does all of our data go, and how does it get used? 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); Weapons of Math Destruction:  How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (Cathy O'Neil); The Craft of Research, 4th edition (Booth, et al.); Digital course reader, including works by Safiya Noble, author of Algorithms of Oppression:  How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

Class Number: 21447
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 11:00am - 12:00pm @ Evans 41
Section Theme: Success Across the Curriculum: How Practitioners "Do" Their Discipline
Instructor: Caroline M. Cole
Section Description:

Meeting the expectations of faculty members trained in different disciplines can be daunting for students who are unaware of or unfamiliar with the range of values, assumptions, and protocols represented at the university. Nevertheless, knowing how to approach, engage with, and emulate context-specific discourse conventions can be the difference between success and failure at the university, and beyond.

This section of College Writing R4B explores what it means to read, write, and think in disciplines across campus so we can better understand how participants in a field—that is, practitioners—“do” the discipline. To learn more about the course, and to see sample student research, click here.

 

Book List:

Required

Most of the materials for class discussion is in a course reader (to be available at a local copy shop the first week of class), but we will also use:

• Locke, L.F.. Proposals That Work: A Guide for Planning Dissertations and Grant Proposals, 5th or 6th edition (if 5th edition, ISBN-10: 1412924235; if 6th edition, ISBN-10: 1452216851)

• Lipson, C.. Doing Honest Work in College: How to Prepare Citations, Avoid Plagiarism and Achieve Real Academic Success, 2nd Edition (ISBN 978-0226484778)

To Be Determined
In addition to the required texts, students will work with several books to varying degrees. Books under consideration for upcoming semester are below. We'll discuss when and how the following materials will come into play, so students should wait until after our first class meeting before purchasing any of these items.

• Chiang, G. H. (2019). Ghosts of Gold Mountain: The Epic Story of the Chinese Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad

• Duckworth, A. (2018). Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

• Goldhager, S. W. (2017). Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our World

• Lewis, S. (2016). Silent Sparks: The Wondrous World of Fireflies

• Petroski, H.(2018). Success through Failure: The Paradox of Design

• Reich, R. (2016). Saving Capitalism: For the Many Not the Few

Class Number: 21448
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 10:00am - 11:00am @ Dwinelle 258
Section Theme: Modern Love, Ancient Brains
Instructor: David Wiese
Section Description:

Evolutionary psychology reveals that most of us approach our quest for love with the mindset of a prehistoric cave dweller. And yet, while our base desires have not changed over the millennia, the manner in which we go about mating and dating has. In this course, you will explore the impact of economic and technological development on sexual impulses that evolved over millions of years. You will explore questions such as: How and why have conceptions of an ideal mate changed over time – and how have they not? Is love real, and if so… is there a scientific explanation for it? Why are there so few women in STEM? What are the causes of - and most effective solutions to - sexual harassment and gender discrimination? How are smart phone apps and social media transforming romantic relationships? As you explore these questions, you will develop skills and strategies for effective reading, writing and research at Berkeley.

Book List:

a. Why Beautiful People Have More Daughters: From Dating, Shopping, and Praying to Going to War and Becoming a Billionaire (Alan Miller, Satoshi Kanazawa)

b. Modern Romance (Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg)

c. The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century (Steven Pinker)

d. Course Reader texts (available on bCourses)

Class Number: 21449
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 2:00pm - 3:00pm @ Barrows 118 (ALC)
Section Theme: Native American Peoples & Nations Confront Injustices
Instructor: Michelle Baptiste
Section Description:

You will develop your voice as a writer and skills as a critical reader and investigative researcher in this course focused on Native American peoples and their current struggles for justice framed in terms of empowerment, solidarity, and activism. In this course you will examine and then move beyond stereotypes to take a multi-disciplinary perspective and multi-media/inter-disciplinary approach towards researching and understanding issues facing modern day Native peoples – in terms of culture, sovereignty, education, gender, politics, history, health, medical practices, religion, economics, business, and language in the Americas & investigate how Native communities are organizing to confront such challenges.  In addition to the three assigned books, you will explore a diversity of primary and secondary sources, including photos, music, websites, documents, and films.

Book List:

There There - Tommy Orange's novel set in Oakland & choice for UC Berkeley's "On the Same Page" work for fall 2019

Rethinking Columbus - a set of primary and secondary sources compiled by Editors Bill Bigelow & Bob Petersen as resources for educators, published by Rethinking Schools

The Subject is Research - a collection of essays about the research process compiled by Wendy Bishop & Pavel Zemliansky

Class Number: 21450
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 2:00pm - 3:00pm @ Evans 72
Section Theme: The High Stakes in Sports Culture
Instructor: Chisako Cole
Section Description:

Don’t worry, you don’t necessarily have to be athletic to take this class- you don’t even have to like sports (although you can)! Professional and collegiate sports are based on ability and talent, but it can deviate, influenced by various social structures. Key questions guiding the course include: what is the role of sports in educational institutions? How about in politics? How is the culture of sports disneyified and commercialized? How does the sports culture influence our body image and how do fans impact the culture? In this course, we’ll explore this divergence in the culture of sports and its relationship with education, media, gentrification, body and fandom.

 

Book List:

Booth, Colomb & Williams (2008). The Craft of Research, ebook

Other links to online texts on bCourses 

Class Number: 21451
Meeting time @ place:
MWF 10:00am - 11:00am @ Evans 55
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: Barak Obama, Title: Dreams from my Father, ISBN: 1400082773

Author: Gloria Naylor Title: Mama Day, ISBN: 0679721819

Class Number: 21438
Meeting time @ place:
TUTH 9:30am - 11:00am @ Mulford 230 (ALC)
Section Theme: Body, Boundary, Border: The Performance of Being Human
Instructor: Belinda Kremer
Section Description:

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live"—Joan Didion

In 2019, “to live” and “the human” evolve lightning-fast. 7.6 billion humans, and issues of body, boundary, & border, make “the human experience” imposingly divergent. Can there, now, even be a human story? We will ask what defines the human, & what it means today to be and to become human; research the premise that narrativity is crucial to our humanity; and closely read a group of poems and 4 live performances. One of our anchoring tropes will be that "being human" is, today, "border crossing" (re Daniel Borzutzky, The Performance of Becoming Human). The 4 live performances—Trey McLaughlin & The Sounds of Zamar; Meguri: Teeming Sea, Tranquil Land; Halau O Kekuhi; & La Bayadere—will cost just $60 total via the special "FlexPass" for Cal students. We'll access, read/watch/view, connect to, research, discuss, analyze, and respond to "the human" as "border crossing" through performance, guided research, and close readings as you develop your own abilities as researchers and composers. Culminating project: In a researched essay, a researched creative project, or a hybrid of the two: What will you add to our discourses of the human? Note performance dates of Oct 3, 13, 20 and Nov 1 ; and get ready to have your mind, heart, and self expanded through your investigations into our humanity.

Book List:

Daniel Borzutzky The Performance of Becoming Human  Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016   Paperback ISBN-10: 1936767465; or purchase as e-book. Other course texts, including the full-length book The Craft of Research, will be accessed through our UC Berkeley Libraries, which provide free, unlimited access to a vast number of texts, and which maintain, for you, subscriptions to scholarly and popular databases.  

Class Number: 21439
Meeting time @ place:
TUTH 11:00am - 12:30pm @ Mulford 230 (ALC)
Section Theme: Monsters and Modernity
Instructor: Jonathan Lang
Section Description:

Monsters used to represent fear of the unknown: unmapped regions in the medieval period were marked by dragons; imperialists in the 19th century bringing the "light" of civilization into the dark continent of Africa feared cannibals. Given the scientific basis of the modern period, would it not be accurate to say that we no longer believe in monsters, that they survive in the modern period if only so that they can serve as the very sign of an unenlightened, and superstitious past? No. Monsters have not been banished to the regions of superstition; they have not been relegated entirely to the past. Once we get over the fear that they might pop out from under our beds, we run to the cinema to delight in observing their contemporary manifestations: as mad scientists, bestial men and women, re-animated corpses, and cyborgs. In the modern period, monsters remain as figures not simply of fear and fascination but of real use. Monsters persist as an emblem of anxiety about a past that is too rapidly disintegrating so as to compromise the very structures of society; or alternatively as a mode of protest against the modernity of the modern period with its new forms of regulation and social control; or then again as the sign of a compromised future wherein the representation of the monster serves to question the "progress of progress," and direct suspicion onto the modern projects of science, industry, and technology. Two analytical papers; one research paper. Literature and film focus.

Book List:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson), Dracula (Bram Stoker), Craft of Research (Wayne Booth). Film: Alien (Ridley Scott). Video: Dexter season 1

Class Number: 21440
Meeting time @ place:
TUTH 12:30pm - 2:00pm @ Mulford 230 (ALC)
Section Theme: Monsters and Modernity
Instructor: Jonathan Lang
Section Description:

Monsters used to represent fear of the unknown: unmapped regions in the medieval period were marked by dragons; imperialists in the 19th century bringing the "light" of civilization into the dark continent of Africa feared cannibals. Given the scientific basis of the modern period, would it not be accurate to say that we no longer believe in monsters, that they survive in the modern period if only so that they can serve as the very sign of an unenlightened, and superstitious past? No. Monsters have not been banished to the regions of superstition; they have not been relegated entirely to the past. Once we get over the fear that they might pop out from under our beds, we run to the cinema to delight in observing their contemporary manifestations: as mad scientists, bestial men and women, re-animated corpses, and cyborgs. In the modern period, monsters remain as figures not simply of fear and fascination but of real use. Monsters persist as an emblem of anxiety about a past that is too rapidly disintegrating so as to compromise the very structures of society; or alternatively as a mode of protest against the modernity of the modern period with its new forms of regulation and social control; or then again as the sign of a compromised future wherein the representation of the monster serves to question the "progress of progress," and direct suspicion onto the modern projects of science, industry, and technology. Two analytical papers; one research paper. Literature and film focus.

Book List:

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Louis Stevenson), Dracula (Bram Stoker), Beloved (Toni Morrison), Craft of Research (Wayne Booth). Film: Alien (Ridley Scott). Video: Dexter season 1

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