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Faculty Course Description

ENG102: First-year Seminar in Critical Inquiry and Writing
Dr. M. E. Cooley
Professor
Office: Evans 233A
Office phone: 233-4078
e-mail: mcooley@berry.edu

Texts

Current Issues and Enduring Questions, 6th edition. If you have serious problems with common points of grammar or punctuation, you may be required to work exercises in the Harbrace College Handbook and/or seek tutoring assistance in the Writing Center. You must also purchase a Berry College theme folder. All written work must be submitted in the theme folder. NOTE: You are required to turn in the entire semester's work in that folder at the end of the term in order to receive a grade for the course.

Course Description

RHW 102 is an essay writing course with particular emphasis upon analytical and critical discourse in argumentative and persuasive prose forms. Further, students are introduced to research techniques and to methods of integrating research material into their own thinking and writing. Finally, students read professional essays wherein contemporary, controversial issues are discussed and analyzed both for the quality of arguments and the form arguments are presented in by professional writers. Topics chosen for reading are chosen because those topics in some way relate to and further the general education core's focus on humanities issues.

Course Purpose

The purpose of RHW 102 is to develop analytical and critical thinking skills and to apply those skills to the formation of student generated argumentative and persuasive writing appropriate to academic, professional, and civic audiences.

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