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The Essay and the Argument: Mechanics
0.50 Credit(s)
Academic Course
This course is designed specifically for students who wish to sharpen their writing skills through intensive practice and review of composition mechanics and English grammar. Students will focus on grammar fundamentals, paragraph construction and reading strategies. This workshop allows students to explore aspects of essay composition while developing confidence in their own writing skills through practical exercises.

This course focuses on the essay – personal, descriptive, analytical, persuasive and research based – and how to develop a clear, compelling thesis and convincing argument. Students will read among the best models of the essay, which may include works by, among others, Montaigne, Swift, Lincoln, Thoreau, Douglass, Woolf, Orwell, Bettleheim, Arendt, Sartre, Nabokov, Sontag and Kincaid. Through short lectures, group work, peer reviews, class discussions and instructor feedback, students will practice the art of writing in a variety of rhetorical modes, undergoing an intensive, rigorous learning process designed to be useful to them as practicing artists, designers, researchers and critics.
Anti-requisite: Students who previously took one of: ENGL 2B30, ENGL 1B01, ENGL 1B02, ENGL 1B03, or LBST 1A40 with one of LBST 1A41, 1A42 or 1A43 may not take this course for extra credit.
Notes: A writing course is required for all First-Year students not taking LBST 1D01 Liberal Studies One
Conditions: The minimum passing grade for the first year writing course is 60% (C-).
Course was last updated June 24, 2009 - 2:55 PM