The purpose of this course is to improve your research and writing
skills by focusing your attention on the social sciences as a set
of intellectual and rhetorical practices. You will be asked to analyze
social science writing as well as to write in various genres common
in the social sciences. This section of Writing 109SS focuses on "social
technologies"--that is, technologies that enable or constrain
communication, relationships, and community. Prime examples of such
technologies are social networking software (e.g., Facebook, MySpace)
and cell phones.
The major assignment for the course involves conducting and reporting
on original research on a topic of your choice within this broad theme;
most of the assignments in the course are oriented around this major
will be expected to do a significant amount of reading, writing,
and research for this course. Please be prepared to work both steadily
and independently throughout the quarter. If you fall behind on
assignments, it will be difficult to catch up.
syllabus and assignments for the course are available at http://sorapure.net/109ss/.
Writing 109SS Reader (available at Grafikart in
Your grade for the course will be based on the written
work you do, as well as on your participation in class discussion
and activities. The final grade breaks down (roughly) as follows:
Research Project Proposal (5-7 pages): 20%
Project Report (12-15 pages): 40%
Participation in Class Activities: 20%
Because much of the work of the course will be done during
class time, your attendance and participation are very important.
You are allowed to have two absences; each additional absence will
lower your grade by 1/3 (i.e., from a B- to a C+ for one extra absence).
If you are late to class, I'll count that as half an absence.
that even if you are absent you are responsible for any work that
is done during class and for any assignments that are given or are
due during class. Send me an email, or come by my office during
my office hours to find out what you missed. I don’t accept
will not be tolerated. If you plagiarize on any of the assignments
you will fail the class and will be subject to disciplinary action
by the University.
don’t hesitate to see me in office hours or to make an appointment
if you have any questions about the course.
am most easily contacted via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.