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ENGL 127 - Writing: Social Science

Credits: 5
A composition course with readings designed to teach research-based writing in the social sciences. Continues to develop the basic reading and writing skills taught in ENGL& 101 , but emphasizes the development of academic research and writing skills. Students engage in critical thinking, which includes the analysis, interpretation, evaluation, documentation, and synthesis of multiple sources and evidence.

Prerequisite: A grade of 2.0 or higher in ENGL&101 .

Satisfies Requirement: Basic Skills/Communication

Course Outcomes:
Students who successfully complete this class will be able to:

  1. Read and evaluate a range of sources in the social sciences; situate sources in their historical, social, political, economic and cultural contexts.
  2. Practice writing as a recursive process that includes topic selection and narrowing, prewriting planning, drafting, revising and editing, and use tone, style, organization, content, and argument to meet the needs and expectations of specific writing contexts and audiences to produce writing that is professional in substance, format, and appearance.
  3. Identify, evaluate, and be able to develop the conventional components of an academic argument, including research question, claim, reasons, support, warrants (assumptions, values, beliefs, etc.), qualifiers, and engagement with multiple points of view. Respectfully consider and engage the diverse perspectives and intellectual contributions of others within the classroom.
  4. Gain familiarity with a range of research tools and resources, including library materials, electronic databases, the World Wide Web, interviews, etc.; choose appropriate tools to find a wide and diverse range of secondary sources, including scholarly articles, and critically evaluate those sources.
  5. Apply the conventions of various common forms of research writing, which may include annotated bibliography, research proposal, literature review, research-based argument, among others.
  6. Accurately and effectively incorporate and comment upon references to a variety of sources; recognize the differences among summary, paraphrase, and quotation, and when to use each; cite sources according to APA (American Psychological Association) style; understand and avoid plagiarism.
  7. Recognize and analyze the various qualitative and quantitative research methods employed in the social sciences, such as survey, ethnography, primary source analysis, observation, experiment, etc.
  8. Develop awareness of how social position and geopolitical location can affect identity, perspective, expression, and/ or action. Evaluate how social, economic, and or political power can affect the way ideas are produced, distributed, and received. 

Program Outcomes
  1. Produce effective written communication, which demonstrates critical thinking; writing and research processes; and knowledge of genres for workplace, expository, or research writing.
  2. Demonstrate college-level reading skills by summarizing, analyzing, interpreting, synthesizing, and evaluating college texts; and develop an awareness of the approaches writers use for different audiences, genres, and rhetorical situations.
  3. Evaluate how social, economic, and/or political situations can affect the way ideas are produced, distributed, and received.

College-wide Outcomes
  • Written Communication - Written Communication encompasses all the abilities necessary for effective expression of thoughts, feelings, and ideas in written form.

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