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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 2017-2018 is "The Pursuit of Happiness." 


It is highly recommended you take 10A as soon as you are able to. Our classes tend to get impacted and since 10A, 10B, 27, and 28 need to be completed in sequence, the sooner you take 10A the less likely you are to incur delays in your GE progression.


2017-2018 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.


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