English 1302 continues the important work you started in English 1301, focusing on critical thinking and information literacy skills and their relation to writing, reading, inquiry, and learning. In particular, this computer-assisted composition course explores the ways we use language, ways that include not only writing but reading, speaking, listening, and interpreting or producing visual images. In our FY Writing Program, we view writing (and other uses of language) as purposeful action, and "good writing" as context-specific writing produced for specific purposes and audiences.
The course emphasizes connections among reading, analysis, research, and writing, asking that students engage in the processes of discovering and constructing meaning through language use, by (re) reading, (re) writing, and group collaboration. It helps you develop and refine your college-level reading, writing, researching, and thinking skills. It offers guidance as you develop research questions and engage in sophisticated research that will help you develop possible answers to those questions. The course also asks you to become critically engaged in primary and secondary research to develop a series of rhetorical analyses of your source materials and to study and use documentation styles suitable for various rhetorical tasks. In English 1302, through the writing, researching, reading, and thinking you do, you will learn "about" issues and topics, and you will learn "how to join the conversations" circulating around issues and topics. As you do the work required to join particular conversations, you will continue to practice the skills you developed in English 1301--considering how to achieve your purpose with particular audiences in specific contexts through specific forums. You will engage in ongoing processes of invention, researching, sharing and revising, and editing.
Your English 1302 teachers will not ask you to focus only on "what to write about" (the typical English class question); instead, we will ask you to focus more on answers to these questions: "What will this piece of writing DO? HOW? With Whom?"