Writing 109SS: Writing for the Social Sciences

Instructor: James Donelan

MW, 8-9:15 or 9:30-10:45, Girvetz 1116
Enroll Code for Section 1, 8AM: 46052
Enroll Code for Section 5, 9:30AM: 51284

Office Hours: Monday, 1-2PM; Tuesday, 2-3PM

Lab Meetings: The class will meet in a computer lab on all Wednesdays. The 8:00AM section meets in Rincon Lab, Phelps 1518.† The 9:30 section meets in the Miramar Lab, Phelps 1526.

Texts:
Tuman and Rodriguez, Writing Essentials (abbreviated WE ) and ConnectWeb
Davis, Passages of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie
Texts are available in the UCen Bookstore.

ConnectWeb Home Page: http://connectweb.com/ucsb.asp

Course Description:
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.

Requirements:
The course requires regular attendance, active participation in class discussion and activities, and timely completion of all assignments, including short on-line assignments, a brief essay on assigned reading (5-6 pages), an annotated bibliography, and a longer research project (8-10 pages). All written assignments after the first week are due on-line through ConnectWeb. In addition, please note:


Syllabus


Please note: Full descriptions of all writing assignments are on ConnectWeb.

9/30
Introduction and Logistics

10/2
Class meets in lab. 8:00AM section, Phelps 1518; 9:30 section, Phelps 1526.
Reading: Passage, Foreword and Introduction
Homework: 250 statement of personal goals
In-class: Introduction to ConnectWeb

10/7
Reading: Passage, Chapter 1; WE Chapters 16 and 17
Homework: Analysis of Davisís Methods
In-class: Effective sentences; social science methodology

10/9
Class meets in lab. 8:00AM section, Phelps 1518; 9:30 section, Phelps 1526.
Reading: Passage, Chapters 2 and 3; WE Chapters 18-20
Homework: Research issues (See ConnectWeb for full description.)
In-class: Developing a topic; sentence construction

10/14
Reading: Passage, Chapters 4 and 5
Homework: Prospectus and outline for first essay
In-class: Essay structure

10/16
Class meets in lab.†8:00AM section, Phelps 1518; 9:30 section, Phelps 1526.
Reading:
Passage, Chapters 6 and 7
Homework: Half of rough draft
In-class: Thesis development

10/21
Reading: Passage, Chapter 8 and Conclusion
Homework: Second half of rough draft
In-class: Film, Voodoo Secrets

10/23
Class meets in lab. 8:00AM section, Phelps 1518; 9:30 section, Phelps 1526.
Reading: WE, Chapters 6 and 7
Homework: Final Draft of First Essay Due in Class
In-class:
Beginning a research project

10/28
Reading: WE, Chapters 8 and 9
Homework: Preliminary sources for annotated bibliography
In-class: Evaluation of sources

10/30
Class meets in lab. 8:00AM section, Phelps 1518; 9:30 section, Phelps 1526.
Reading: WE, Chapter 12
Homework: Main sources for annotated bibliography
In-class: Writing AB entries

11/4
Homework: Half of AB entries
In-class: Surveying the field

11/6
Class meets in lab. 8:00AM section, Phelps 1518; 9:30 section, Phelps 1526.
Homework: Annotated bibliography due in class.
In-class:
Writing a prospectus

11/11
Happy Veteranís Day!

11/13
Class meets in lab. 8:00AM section, Phelps 1518; 9:30 section, Phelps 1526.
Reading: WE Chapter 8
Homework: Prospectus
In-class: Evaluating a prospectus

11/18
Reading: WE Chapter 15
Homework: Outline
In-class: Large-scale structure

11/20
Class meets in lab. 8:00AM section, Phelps 1518; 9:30 section, Phelps 1526.
Homework: Revised outline and tentative thesis
In-class: Thesis building; peer review of outlines

11/25
Homework: First paragraph
In-class: Working titles; progress report

11/27
Class meets in lab. 8:00AM section, Phelps 1518; 9:30 section, Phelps 1526.
Homework: Revised first paragraph
In-class: Work plans

11/28 Happy Thanksgiving!

12/2
Homework: First half of rough draft due.
In-class: Revision and deadlines.

12/4
Class meets in lab. 8:00AM section, Phelps 1518; 9:30 section, Phelps 1526.
Homework: Full rough draft due.
In-class: Peer review of drafts.

12/9
Last day of classes.
Course evaluation; final instructions.

12/11
Final project due by 5:00PM.