Writing 109SS: Writing for the Social Sciences
Instructor: James Donelan
Office Location: 3619 Girvetz Hall
Office Hours: Monday and Tuesday, 10:00-11:00 or by appointment.
Class Meetings: MW 8-9:15, Buchanan 1934
Enroll Code: 54601
Swales, Academic Writing for Graduate Students. ISBN: 9780472088560 (“Academic”)
Silvia, How to Write a Lot. ISBN: 9781591477433 (“Silvia”)
Karen, The Sports and Society Reader. ISBN: 9780415772495 (“Sports”)
Texts are available in the UCen Bookstore. Copies of the course books will not be on reserve; please purchase them as soon as possible.
The course will allow students to refine their skills in scholarship and writing in the social sciences. Students will address the issues of evidence, interpretation, methodology, and critique in social science research as part of a longer project.
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 a rhetorical analysis, a bibliographical essay, and a longer research project.
I: Focusing on Advanced Academic Writing: Rhetorical Analysis
9/26 Introduction: Writing as a Sport
9/28 Reading: Academic, Unit One; Silvia, first half.
Writing: My writing goals
In-Class: Achieving your goals
10/3 Reading: Sport, 1.2; Silvia, second half
Writing: My other writing assignments
In-Class: Academic style; scheduling; outlining
10/5 Reading: Sport, 1.2 and 1.5
Writing: Outline and introductory paragraph of rhetorical analysis
In-Class: From outline to draft
10/10 Reading: Academic, Unit Two; Sport 2.1-2.6
Writing: Full draft of rhetorical analysis due in class.
In-Class: Working with drafts.
10/12 Reading: Academic, Unit Three
Writing: Revised final draft of rhetorical analysis due.
In-Class: Brainstorming a project and beginning research
II: Social Science Research: Defining Field and Methodology
10/17 Reading: Academic, Unit Four
Writing: List of five sources
In-class: Evaluating source quality
10/19 Reading: Academic, Unit Five
Writing: List of five more sources
In-Class: The shape of the field
10/24 Reading: Academic, Unit Seven
Writing: First paragraph of bibliographical essay
In-Class: Comparison and Discussion
10/26 Writing: Draft of bibliographical essay
In-Class: Finding your place in the field
III: Research Projects: Planning and Process
10/31 Reading: Sport, 3.1-3.7
In-Class: From notes to outlines
11/2 Reading: Academic, Unit Eight
Writing: Outline sketch
In-Class: Milestone Check 1
11/7 Reading: Sport, 4.1-4.7
Writing: Progress Report 1; Outline
In-Class: Structural Critique
IV: Drafting and Editing
11/9 Reading: Sport, 6.1-6.5
Writing: First page of draft
In-Class: Well-begun is half done.
11/14 Writing: Progress Report 2; Half of rough draft.
In-Class: Milestone Check 2
11/16 Writing: Rough draft
In-Class: Revision, Part I: Filling in the Holes
11/21 Writing: Revised rough draft
In-Class: Revision, Part II: Patching and Polishing
11/23 Writing: Final draft due
In-Class: Lessons Learned
11/28 Workshop and Conclusions
11/30 Revision Due