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WCWP 10B: The Writing Course B 

WCWP 10B is the second course in the writing sequence required for incoming first-year students. Picking up where WCWP 10A left off, WCWP 10B focuses on helping students develop critical thinking skills as they learn to analyze the dominant worldviews that shape how we think, communicate, and see the world. Every section of WCWP 10B engages with a specific topic, and there are a variety of topics offered throughout the academic year. Each topic has the same goals and objectives, but uses different content to engage with issues of justice and ethics central to creating a better world for everyone. Students enrolled in WCWP 10B will have the opportunity to think deeply, listen carefully, discuss topics that matter to them, and engage with difficult problems of our time. By the end of the course, students will learn to communicate more effectively with a variety of audiences, and to think about how they can play a role in solving some of the most challenging inequities in our society.

Winter 2023 Course Topics

While course topics may differ, the overall structure, learning objectives, and required work remain consistant across all WCWP 10B sections. Check the Winter 2023 Topics and Schedule dropdown menu below to see which sections will discuss each topic.

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.

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. Knowledge of US history is not required for this course.

Winter 2023 Topics and Schedule

Big Data, AI, and Issues of Justice

Section Day Time Location Instructor
003 MW 2:00-3:20pm EBU3B 1124 Jasmine Tocki
005 MW 5:00-6:20pm EBU3B 1124 Jasmine Tocki
006 MW 6:30-7:50pm EBU3B 1124 Jasmine Tocki
008 TTH 8:00-9:20am WSAC 138 Sarah Savage
009 TTH 9:30-10:50am WSAC 138 Sarah Savage
011 TTH 12:30-1:50pm WSAC 138 Sarah Savage

 

Education, Equity, and Meritocracy

Section Day Time Location Instructor
007 TTH 11:00-12:20pm EBU3B 1124 Haleema Welji
016 TTH 8:00-9:20am EBU3B 1113 Sarah Raskin*
017 TTH 9:30-10:50am EBU3B 1113 Sarah Raskin*
018 TTH 11:00-12:20pm EBU3B 1113 Paula Santa Rosa*
019 TTH 12:30-1:50pm EBU3B 1113 Paula Santa Rosa*

 *Instructor name appears differently on WebReg, but this is the correct instructor name.

Voting & Suffrage in a Representative Democracy

Section Day Time Location Instructor
001 MW 11:00-12:20pm EBU3B 1124 Eric Johnson
002 MW 12:50-1:50pm EBU3B 1124 Eric Johnson
004 MW 3:30-4:50pm EBU3B 1124 Eric Johnson
010 TTH 11:00-12:20pm WSAC 138 Sherry Boulter
012 TTH 2:00-3:20pm WSAC 138 Sherry Boulter
013 TTH 3:30-4:50pm WSAC 138 Sherry Boulter

Fall 2022 Topics

Fall 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.

Registration Information and Prerequisites

WCWP 10B is a 4-unit course, and can only be taken for a letter grade. Enrollment in WCWP 10B is open only to Warren College students who have already successfuly completed WCWP 10A.

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