Introduction to Academic Writing

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WRIT 150 922
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THIS COURSE DOES NOT FULFILL THE WRITING REQUIREMENT
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This course will focus on the fundamentals of academic writing with the goal of sharpening students' critical reading and writing skills. We will pay special attention to reasoning, formulating, developing, and revising arguments and explanations. Emphasizing the basics of rhetoric, we will practice theorizing and writing for the various audiences and genres they will encounter in college and beyond. In addition, we will focus on finding and citing sources, and will consider some of the finer points of mechanics, usage, and style. Dana Walker, who holds a PhD in Information Science from the University of Michigan, has been a lecturer with the University of Pennsylvania's Critical Writing Program since 2011. At Penn she teaches undergraduate writing seminars in digital communication, Global English, and Craft of Prose, and she has extensive experience working with a range of students from high school to graduate studies. Dr. Walker has published work in digital ethnography and online deliberation and has worked with the Kettering Foundation and the American Library Association's Center for Public Life. This course does not fulfill the Writing Requirement.

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