English | Elementary Composition
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W131 is a course in academic writing that attempts to integrate
critical reading, thinking and writing about phenomena and issues in
our culture. Rather than practicing a set of discrete skills or often
unrelated modes of discourse, the course aims to build sequentially on
students' ability to read both written and cultural texts closely and
critically and analyze those texts in ways that also engage and
problematize students' own experience, the perspectives of "experts,"
and the world they live in.
W131 aims to show students how the use of sources,
agreement/disagreement, and personal response, can be made to serve
independent, purposeful, and well-supported analytical writing.
In summary, the course offers instruction and practice in the reading,
writing, and critical thinking skills required in college. Emphasis
is on written assignments that require synthesis, analysis, and
argument based on sources.