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College WritingIn this course, you will learn the basic process of constructing a reasoned, persuasive, well-supported analytic essay. We will work as a class to lay the groundwork for good writing, fine-tuning your organizational and rhetorical skills and analyzing the steps you should complete before you begin to write. You will read a variety of essays from different genres, consider their merits and weaknesses, and write critical responses and imitations of these primary sources. You will conduct research on a chosen topic and consider your topic from a variety of perspectives.
Argumentative WritingAs the catalogue title indicates, this course is all about argumentative writing and seeks to improve your skills in constructing, developing, and supporting strong arguments. Throughout the semester we will closely analyze the various elements of argumentative writing, and employ these strategies in the writing of a wide variety of different argumentative types. All of the essays in the class will rely on outside support (sometime heavily), and thus the course will also focus on research techniques and the smooth integration of secondary sources.
Genetics and SocietyThis course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of genetics required to intelligently assess and understand the latest developments in genetics, as well as to appreciate some of the genetics. Topics covered: genetics; race and IQ; forensic applications of genetic fingerprinting; gene therapy; recombinant DNA technology and possible environmental concerns; the Human Genome Project.
Contemporary Political IssuesThis coursewill examine key political issues such as taxes and spending, poverty, healthcare, and national security.
Media and Public Opinion
This course concerns the effects of the media on the opinions, beliefs, and choices of citizens. We consider news coverage, political ads, debates, Internet usage, and more personal forms of communication. Our primary focus is American politics with some comparisons to other countries.
Contemporary Social Issues
The relationship between systems of race and class assignment on the one hand, and social inequalities (in economic resources and educational opportunities, in status and respect, in legal rights and political power) on the other, is a central concern for many sociologists. This course introduces students to how sociologists think about these relationships and the forces that drive them. As we proceed, we will ask what causes the kinds of social inequalities that we find, why they evolve as they do, and how they affect individuals, groups, communities, and nations.