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ENGL 505 S - Writing Studies

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Reviews theory and research on the social and historical development of writing systems, including consideration of the relationship between oral and written language, writing and other graphic representation systems, alternative technologies, the evolution of writing systems, and the social functions of literacy. Course Information: Same as CI 563. Prerequisite: Admission to the graduate programs of a unit offering the graduate specialization in Writing Studies, or consent of instructor.

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Writing Studies I: An Introduction to Theory, Research, and Practice - This seminar offers an introduction to writing studies, an interdisciplinary field that emerged in the 1980s and explores the theory, research and practice of writing in any context (school, workplace, home, community). Across these contexts, the course will examine such issues as how to study and engage with writing processes; the collaborative nature of writing and varied types of authorship; intersections of writing with other modes (reading, talk, visual representation) and varied technologies (paper, screen and other materials for production and distribution); the nature of specialized genres and genre systems; and situated forms of learning and pedagogy (whether formal or informal). This seminar aims at helping students to engage in scholarship in writing studies. Each student, for example, will select a journal in the field to present in class (and identify shared readings that illustrate the journal and rela

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Fall


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