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WCWP 10A: The Writing Course A

Introduction to Academic Argumentation

The purpose of the Warren Writing sequence is to enable undergraduate students, through intensive practice, to read and write academic arguments in preparation for their work in various academic disciplines. It is required of all Warren College students.

Prerequisite:  Satisfaction of the university Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) also known as Subject A.  Open to Warren College students only. (Letter grade only.)

Each year, all classes focus on a single topic for the 10A course, and writing assignments are consistent across all 10A sections. The topic for 2016-2017 is "The Pursuit of Happiness." 

Required texts:  Pursuing Happiness: A Bedford Spotlight Reader. Matthew Parfitt and Dawn Skorczewski. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2016.

Critical Reading and Writing: A Bedford Spotlight Reader. Jeff Ousborne. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2014.

These can be purchased at the UCSD Bookstore.

2016-2017 Topic

"The Pursuit of Happiness"

Are you happy? How do you measure happiness? Does everyone pursue happiness? Should they? What does it mean to have a right to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”? Warren Writing 10A asks you to consider these questions in relation to your own lives, beliefs, activities, and pursuits, and thus to assess how your own definitions and philosophies of happiness shape the way you see, understand, and live in the world. In this course, you’ll begin by analyzing the ways philosophers, sociologists, psychologists, ethicists, economists, and spiritual leaders examine questions about the nature, philosophy, and pursuit of happiness. You’ll then enter into this “conversation” of writers to develop your own, original arguments about the topic.

WCWP 10A enables you and your peers, through intensive practice, to read and write arguments in various academic disciplines. In our courses, you’ll learn to analyze arguments; to make thoughtful decisions and connections based on that analysis; to practice all aspects of the writing process; to generate ideas for writing; to make an original claim that is informed by multiple sources; to incorporate premises and evidence to support that claim; to integrate your sources effectively; to cite sources appropriately and correctly; to weigh various kinds of feedback and effectively revise; to develop the ability to reflect on your own thinking and writing; and to use what you learn on future writing projects (both academic and professional).

Inquiry of this nature forms the central pillar of academic and professional work in all disciplines. New ideas arise through a time-honored process: reading the extant conversation, raising interesting questions about it, gathering the best possible evidence, and ultimately redirecting the conversation in a new and original way—relating your ideas through arguments that are clear, persuasive, and logically sound. As a student in WCWP 10A, you’ll cultivate these same practices, with the goal of better preparing to enter a 21st-century research university and information economy whose coin of the realm is innovation.

Winter 2017 Schedule

Section # Day Time TA Room CRN
1 MW 800-920 Hari Alluri EBU3B 1117 888991
2 MW 930-1050 Jennifer Carter EBU3B 1117 888992
3 MW 1100-1220 Jennifer Carter EBU3B 1117 888993
5 MW 330-450 Senay Hawelti EBU3B 1117 888995
8 MW 1100-1220 Marina Vlahaki EBU3B 1113 888998
7 MW 930-1050 Hari Alluri EBU3B 1113 888997
9 MW 1230-150 Marina Vlahaki EBU3B 1113 888999
10 MW 200-320 Bailee Chandler EBU3B 1113 889000
11 MW 330-450 Bailee Chandler EBU3B 1113 889001
12 MW 330-450 Natalie Susi MANDE B153 889002
13 MW 500-620 Natalie Susi MANDE B153 889003
14 TR 930-1050 Ethan Sparks CENTR 223 889004
15 TR 1100-1220 Ethan Sparks CENTR 223 889005
16 TR 1230-150 Chris Pedler CENTR 208 889006
17 TR 200-320 Chris Pedler CENTR 208 889007
18 TR 330-450 Chris Pedler CENTR 208 889008
19 TR 930-1050 Jennifer Carter CENTR 208 894107
20 TR 1100-1220 Jennifer Carter CENTR 208 894108
21 TR 200-320 Gina de Grazia EBU3B 1117 894109
22 TR 330-450 Gina de Grazia EBU3B 1117 894110

Spring 2017 Schedule

Sect. # Day Time Instructor Room CRN
1 MW 930-1050 Ethan Sparks EBU3B 1113 896143
2 MW 1100-1220 Natalie Susi EBU3B 1113 896144
3 TR 930-1050 Natalie Susi EBU3B 1117  896145
4 TR 1100-1220 Natalie Susi EBU3B 1117  896146
5 TR 1230-150 Gina De Grazia EBU3B 1117 896147
6 TR 200-320 Gina De Grazia EBU3B 1117 896148

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