Writing About Science
Fall 2011 not offered
MB&B 180, BIOL 180, ENGL 180
This is a writing-intensive course for students interested in investigating and writing about the content, process, and human elements of science in the genres found in current newspapers, magazines, scientific journals, monographs, and biographies. The structures characteristic of each the various genres will be critically examined in classroom discussions, and students will undertake a graded series of writing assignments, leading to the development of a full article of the type found in OMNI, DISCOVER, or SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN as a term paper. This course is open to both nonscience and science majors, and there will be considerable flexibility in choice of topics for writing assignments so that these can be tailored to individual student interests. Special problems will be explored in depth, including the difficulty of turning complicated scientific explanations into understandable prose and the use of examples and metaphors to communicate with a general audience.
|Gen Ed Area Dept:
|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion
|Grading Mode: Graded
|Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None