Writing 2: Academic Writing
Instructor: James Donelan
Office Phone: 893-8329; messages only, 893-2613
Office Location: 1319 Girvetz Hall
Office Hours: Monday 9:30-10:30, Tuesday 9:30-10:30 or by appointment.
Enroll Code: 13755
Class Meetings: MTWR, 8-9:25, HSSB 1210
Instructor Home Page: http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/faculty/donelan
Hacker, A Writer’s Reference
Hawking, A Briefer History of Time
Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
Ward (ed.), World War One British Poets
A reader available at Grafikart in Isla Vista
Texts are available in the UCen Bookstore. Some additional readings will be on reserve at Davidson Library. Copies of the course books will not be on reserve; please purchase them as soon as possible. ConnectWeb, a computer program, is available online via E-commerce for $20. Purchase of the program is mandatory.
ConnectWeb Home Page: http://connectweb.com/ucsb.asp
The course will explore the fundamental forms and styles of academic writing across the disciplines through developments in a single historical period, the beginning of the twentieth century. Students will research and write a series of exercises and essays in three areas: natural science, social science, and the humanities.
Students who complete the course successfully should be able to:
The course requires regular attendance, active participation in class discussion and activities, and timely completion of all assignments, including short on-line assignments and preliminary drafts as well as the final draft of each assignment .All written assignments after the first week are due on-line through ConnectWeb. In addition, please note:
Please note: Full descriptions of all writing assignments are posted on ConnectWeb. Assignments and their deadlines may change—check ConnectWeb often.
I.Science: Modern Physics
6/23 Introduction and Logistics: Introduction to ConnectWeb
Reading: Kuhn, “The Route to Normal Science” (Reader); Hacker, Section A
Homework: 250 word answer to the question, “What is a normal science?”
In-class: The scientific method and the writing process
Reading: Hawking, Chapters 1-5; Hacker, Section S
Homework: Scientific definitions
In-class: Effective summarizing; definitions; improving sentence style.
Reading: Hawking, Chapters 6-8; Hacker, Section C
Homework: Basic Research
In-class: Film: A Brief History of Time
Reading: Hawking, Chapters 9-12
Homework: Annotated Source List
In-class: Working with sources; scientific citation style
Reading: Feynman, “Quantum Behavior”
Homework: Outline of Scientific Review
In-class: Explaining scientific arguments
Reading: Kuhn, “Revolutions”
Homework: Half of Scientific Review
In-class: Planning and sequencing paragraphs
Homework: Full Draft of Scientific Review
In-class: Editing and proofreading. Please bring a hard copy to class.
7/7 Scientific Review Final Draft due by class time.
II: Social Science: Social Science and the Modern Era
Reading: Fussell, “On Modern War”; Keegan, “The Battlefield” through “The Battle.”
Homework: Historical Argument
In-class: What is modern about modern war?
Reading: Keegan, “Infantry versus Machine-Gunners” to end.
Homework: Historical Evidence
In-class: Critical reading exercise
Reading: Sweeney, “Letter to Ivy Williams”; Horowitz, et. al. “Introduction,” “Signs and Symptons of PTSD”
Homework: Prospectus for Social Science Essay
In-class: Group discussion
Reading: Freud, “Introduction to Psycho-Analysis and the War Neuroses.”
Homework: Social Science Research
In-class: Research colloquium
Reading: Pitman, et al. “Psychophysiologic Responses to Combat Imagery.”
Homework: Developing your research
In-class: Scientific and historical viewpoints
Reading: Keegan, “The Abolition of Battle”
Homework: Outline and working thesis
In-class: Partner critique
Homework: Half draft of social science essay
In-class: Structure and transitions
Homework: Full draft of social science essay
In-class: Peer review; please bring a hard copy to class.
7/18 Final Draft of Social Science Essay Due by 12:00PM.
III. Humanities: Modernism in Poetry and the Novel
Reading: Poems by Brooke, Owen, Sassoon, and Graves, in World War I British Poets
Homework: Poetry and experience
In-class: Discussion: the nature of poetry.
Reading: Poems by Auden and Stevens (reader)
Homework: Poetry and Modernism
In-class: Peer review and final revisions; introduction to humanities section
Reading: Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, first half
Homework: Prospectus of humanities essay; humanities research
In-class: Developing a critical perspective
Reading: Mrs. Dalloway, second half
Homework: Outline of humanities essay
In-class: Research, criticism, and argument
Reading: Mrs. Dalloway, review
Homework: Full draft of humanities essay.
In-class: Group discussion and review.
Last Day of Class
In-class: Upgrading your draft.
7/31 Final draft of humanities essay due.