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WCWP 10B: The Writing Course B

Intermediate 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. Warren Writing 10B is required of all Warren College students who have completed WCWP 10A.

Prerequisite: Completion of WCWP 10A with a passing letter grade. Open to Warren College students only. (Letter grade only.)

Fall 2022 Course Topics

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Spring 2022 Topics

Last Updated: 3/3/22

Spring 2022 Course Topics

While course themes may differ, the overall structure, learning objectives, and required work remain consistant across all WCWP 10B sections. 

Big Data, AI, and Issues of Justice
Data science is everywhere, and its proponents advocate its uses in nearly every field and industry, from political advertising to the criminal justice system. In this class we will read writers who have begun to scrutinize the belief systems, methods, and practices involved with applications of “big data,” algorithms, and AI, and the ways that algorithms create or reproduce unjust forms of discrimination and systemic inequality.

Education, Equity, and Meritocracy
Education is often described as the great equalizer. But does everyone have the same access? In this class, students will think critically about the educational system (from early childhood education to grading and standardized testing) to examine the ways in which the ideology of meritocracy justifies, excuses, and perpetuates inequality.

Food Justice
This course will examine various problems with America’s food production and delivery system and trace their roots to some of the underlying contradictions in our society. We will look at how those problems affect families, food workers, the quality of food that we eat, and the environment, which impacts the sustainability of our global food supply.

Media, Technology, & Popular Culture Ethics
This course will concentrate on developing argumentative and analytical skills with a featured focus on the growing influence and use of technology and popular culture texts, including but not limited to film, televised productions, music videos, and digital gaming.

Voting & Suffrage in a Representative Democracy
This course will examine the notion of justice and fairness in the right to vote and examine the tensions that exist between expanding voting rights and suppression of the vote. Who has access to the vote is a struggle that was both an issue in the past and is still one that exists today.

10B Principles of Writing and Communication

In Warren Writing, we have some important principles of writing and communication that we hope to teach in our classes. They are:

  • Good writing starts with good ideas. Write as if you have something to say, instead of as if you have to say something.
  • Good writing means learning to develop your voice. Using big words or perfect commas does not make you sound smarter or more “scholarly.” Great communication is all about using the right words, the right style, and the right syntax, for the right audience in the right situation.
  • Writing is a social activity. Human beings are social animals. Good writing means considering the needs, attitudes, and knowledge of your audiences.
  • Good ideas come with practice and process. Writing is a process. There is no one-size-fits-all process for everyone. Keep working until you find processes that work for you.
  • Give credit where credit is due. Give credit to the writers or thinkers that inspire your own ideas. And they should do the same for you.

Good writing is interconnected to critical thinking and critical reading. Therefore, we have some principles of reading and critical thinking that we hope to teach in our classes:

  • Justice matters. Our college’s namesake, former Chief Justice Earl Warren, inspires our course topics, themes, and questions. As members of a democractic society, we must learn how to decipher what is just, what is fair, and what is right. Our lives depend on it.
  • The Warren Analytical “Toolbox”: Analyzing readings, texts, and issues requires different tools for the job. We will teach you theoretical tools that you can apply to the cultural issues we will learn about.
  • Critical thinking matters. Critical thinking comes from learning to ask tough questions, listening to those whose opinions differ from our own, and practicing self-reflection.
  • History matters. We can look to the past to understand the present and shape the future.

The strategies we hope to teach in this course represent meaningful communicative tools that can help students grow and contribute to the world around them. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply critical thinking and reading strategies to a variety of sources that explore the ethical and justice-related causes and effects of data science
  • Define terms such as justice and structural racism and analyze ideologies, course texts, and social movements promoting and opposing these issues in the field of data science
  • Propose a solution to injustices in the field of data science
  • Compose clear claims/thesis statements for different genres and purposes
  • Select evidence/supporting details from course materials in support of their own ideas
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective writing strategies, including the use of context, reasoning, evidence, analysis of evidence, and use of alternative perspectives (counter arguments)
  • Summarize, paraphrase, quote, and cite course materials appropriately
  • Practice clear writing using strategies such as paragraphing, actor-action, and old-to-new sentence structure