Writing 109SS
Writing in the Social Sciences







Course Description

The purpose of this course is to improve your research and writing skills by focusing your attention on the social sciences as a set of intellectual and rhetorical practices. You will be asked to analyze social science writing as well as to write in various genres common in the social sciences. This section of Writing 109SS has the broad theme of “Research on the Internet”; during the quarter you will conduct research on a topic of your choice within this broad theme. In this class, I will ask you to work collaboratively to collect information about your topic, sharing your research by publishing it in a blog.

You will be expected to do a significant amount of reading, writing, and research for this course. Please be prepared to work both steadily and independently throughout the quarter. If you fall behind on assignments, it will be difficult to catch up.

The syllabus, schedule, assignments, readings, and resources for the course can be found on the Web at http://www.writing.ucsb.edu/faculty/sorapure/s05/109ss.html.

Required Texts
Writing 109SS Reader (available at Grafikart in Isla Vista)
Additional readings will be available at ERES (the Library's Electronic Reserve system); you'll need to print out these readings and bring them to class on the day that they're assigned:

  1. go to http://eres.library.ucsb.edu
  2. select my name from the dropdown menu of instructors
  3. select Writing 109SS and then type in the password ("spring")
  4. click on the relevant reading and print it out

Your final grade for the course will be based on the grades you receive on your writing assignments and class participation. Each assignment is weighted (approximately) as follows:

Group Presentation
Blogging Portfolio
Journal Article
Class Participation


Because much of the work of the course will be done during class time, your attendance and participation are very important. Your grade will be lowered if you miss more than two class sessions; if you are late to class, I'll count that as half an absence. Remember that even if you are absent you are responsible for any work that is done during class and for any assignments that are given or are due during class. Call a classmate, call me, send me a message on e-mail, or come by my office during my office hours to find out what you missed.

Plagiarism is using other people's words or ideas without clearly acknowledging the source of that information. If you plagiarize on any of the assignments you will fail the class and will be subject to disciplinary action by the University.

Please don't hesitate to see me during my office hours or to make an appointment if you have any questions about the course. I am most easily contacted via email: sorapure@writing.ucsb.edu.


Group Blogs

Alternative Media Research

UCSB International

Online Shopping Revolution

Case Studies of Internet Addiction

Virtual Communication