Topics in Journalism: Writing (and Arguing) About Inequality: How to Make Your Case|
Spring 2015 not offered
In this nonfiction seminar, students will explore how to write about social issues by identifying inequity, understanding the logic and rhetoric used to both defend and criticize it, and developing their own skills to effectively communicate their opinion. Modeled after journalistic work, the course will also develop students' abilities to conduct first-person research and observation and then translate it into written form for use in nonfiction. We will also explore questions of authenticity, voice, and dominant narrative, allowing students to examine what it means to write about communities other than their own--and the issues implicit in doing that work. Work from across the political spectrum will be addressed.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Katherine Boo, Jason DeParle, Barbara Ehrenreich, Charles Murray, Bill O'Reilly and Rebecca Skloot; one class will be dedicated to humor a la Louis C.K., Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.
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Coursework will begin with weekly writing assignments and quick, in-class writing exercises, followed by revision exercises and a longer project. There will be a workshopping component where students share, and critique each others' drafts.
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To apply please send a brief statement - up to 250 words - about why this course topic appeals to you, and which social issue you find most pressing. You should also submit a writing sample of 2-5 pages.
Send this material to Professor Anne Greene at email@example.com. Use subject line: WRCT 268 Application. Deadline is November 14, 2013. Preference given to students enrolled in the Writing Certificate Program.
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