Course Introduction

 This is a course site for Santosh Khadka's WRT 105 class in the Fall of 2013. The course is named "Global Crises in Media: Interactions with Media and Media Interactions." 
This course focuses on the aims, strategies, and conventions of academic prose, especially analysis and argumentation, and engages students in the study and practice of writing processes, including critical reading, collaboration, revision, editing, and the use of technologies. Driven by multiliterate approach to writing, this course aims to engage students in multiple forms of writing in plural semiotic modes both in isolation and in combination. Towards that end, it takes up both traditional print and critical literacies, and new digital and multimedia literacies in order to help students understand the interactive relationships between and among them. In this course, students will practice even traditional academic prose in relation to multiplicity of academic writing conventions around the world, advent of new forums for academic writing, and the academic prose conventions students themselves bring to the classroom. In short, students will learn to compose academic writing in contemporary multimedia context and in relation to other forms of writing in this course.

Learning Outcomes 

1. By engaging with issues of diversity and community and considering issues of power and difference that shape every rhetorical act, students will compose texts that are ethically responsive to different perspectives.


2. Students will practice critical techniques of reading and will compose texts that draw on the ideas, positions, and voices of others.


3. Students will practice analysis in all areas of writing, reading and research:  from topic invention, to source evaluation, to deepening their understanding of issues.


4. Students will develop knowledge of basic rhetorical principles and the ability to draw upon those concepts as observers, readers, writers, and citizens.


5. Students will develop varied invention strategies, such as drafting, brainstorming, observing, and researching.


6. Students will develop an awareness of the role of research in invention and argument and a working knowledge of introductory research methods, such as primary research and use of library resources.


7. Students will explore how various genres and writing technologies affect rhetorical reception, production, and circulation and will develop abilities to understand genre and technology as responsive to rhetorical context.


8. Students will develop an understanding of generic conventions and will compose essays that encompass a variety of genres, including analysis, argument, and synthesis.


9. Students will assess the reliability of sources and will summarize, synthesize, and integrate source materials into their writing.


10. Students will learn and enact rhetorical and ethical source use, including proficiency using MLA/APA citation conventions.


11. Students will develop revision and editing strategies for organization, prose style, and technical control.