MW 12:00-2:00 and by appointment
102 is a course designed to continue your development
of deliberative writing, along with helping you to do
more complex work with sources. This means that in addition
to intensive reading and discussion, you will learn to
assess the reliability of sources, identify what is at
stake in various issues, and interpret and synthesize
information from a variety of sources. You will use this
research to work as part of a collaborative writing group
as a way to develop papers that investigate multiple viewpoints
and that work critically with ideas. As an individual
and as part of your group you will be asked to use writing
for a variety of purposes, including to explore, analyze,
and critique complex ideas, and to persuade others that
your perspective is well thought out and has validity.
Deliberative writing demonstrates a belief in the value
of listening to different views, asking questions, and
recognizing the complexity of issues.
Our primary topic of study will be the continual and profound
impacts of technology in contemporary culture. As our
central reading, Kenneth Gergens text offers a rich
and complex look into how such changes are affecting individuals
and institutions alike. Though the concepts and ideas
that Gergen examines are challenging at times, they will
provide us with a way of exploring technological issues
and implications in a manner that moves beyond simplistic
reporting and sound-bite dialogue. You will have the opportunity
to choose a specific issue related to technology that
interests you and your group to research and write about
throughout the quarter.
Attendance: Since deliberative writing demands that authors consider seriously what others have to say about a given issue, attendance and participation in class discussions and activities is very important. Absences, therefore, will automatically hurt your grade, and more than four absences will put you in danger of failing the course. Please talk to me if this becomes a problem for you. If you must miss class, you are still responsible for turning in any work that is due on the day you are absent, as well as on the day you return, so contact me to make arrangements.
Grading: You must complete all assignments to receive a passing grade in this course. The two categories of work that figure into your final grade are class participation and writing assignments. Class participation means reading the assigned readings and fully completing responses, coming to class prepared and with all necessary materials, being an active group member, and contributing to discussions both in class and on the NetForum. The types of writing assignments we will do are discussed below. I do not assign grades to the formal assignments as I consider them works in preparation for the final project. Your writing grade will be determined through holistic reader response outlined in your Guide to Succeeding on pages 29-30. Since this grading system may cause some anxiety, you will be given a midterm grade review and we will discuss your progress during conferences in the third and ninth week. Additionally, you can ask me about you current standing at anytime during my office hours, and I will inform you if a particular assignment is below passing level so that you can revise it.
Writing Assignments: Over
the course of the semester you will write and revise three
major assignments; an individual Project Proposal, a collaborative
Source Analysis, and a collaborative Deliberative Course
Project. Each will build on the ideas of the previous
one. They will become increasingly complex and will demand
more research as the quarter progresses. Notice that these
assignments are not called papers or essays
because they each have special demands that will require
you to do a different kind of writing than you have likely
done in the past.
Late Papers: It is in your best interest to avoid turning papers in late. If you miss a deadline for a rough or final draft you will be required to meet with me during office hours. More than one late essay will seriously affect your grade.
Writing Center: The Writing Center, located in Walker 107, provides free writing assistance for any University course. Take advantage of their help. They offer both semester-long and walk-in coaching. For more information stop in, call them at 487-2007, or see their website at http://www.hu.mtu.edu/wc.
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