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ENGL 380 Q - Topics in Writing Studies - Writing Literacy and Identity

Campus: Urbana-Champaign

Description:

Advanced-level work in the field of Writing Studies. Building upon a traditional disciplinary understanding of writing as rhetoric, this course invites students to call upon sociological, anthropological, and/or ideological approaches to the study of writing in order to understand the myriad ways that writing makes meaning(s). See Class Schedule for topics. Course Information: May be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Completion of the Composition I requirement.

Special Instructions:

This course will explore literacy and identity as interrelated social practices and consider how varying definitions, attitudes, and theories of those practices can impact people in material and non-material ways. Some of our key questions will be: What is literacy- What is identity- What does it mean to think of these as interrelated -social practices-- How do literacy and identity sustain each other- How do literacy and identity get represented and studied in various settings (family, school, community, workplace, and public realms)- What are the central sites of conflict surrounding intersections of literacy and identity today- We-ll also attempt to understand how we can better recognize, analyze, employ, and, when necessary, interrupt and talk back to ideas of literacy and identity that circulate in and shape our lives. Throughout the course, we-ll use our thinking and research on literacy and identity as resources for writing.

Option 1

Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Undergraduate

Credit: 3

Term(s): Spring


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