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English 202A

Course Coordinator: Xiaoye You

What is 202A?

The purpose of English 202A is to introduce you to the types of writing that social scientists typically do in the workplace, including research proposals, literature reviews, and research reports. In addition to practicing these genres, you will also prepare a set of career development documents, including two cover letters and two resumes, for employment purposes. In discussing writing and writing activities, this class will focus on some of the more common forms of social science research—among them, experiments, interviews, observations, and surveys. You will learn to formulate ideas and create coherent pieces of writing from the research you have conducted and read about. In short, the course will introduce you to a variety of writing and research strategies from which you can begin to develop your own identity as a social scientist.

Who takes 202A?

ENGL 202A is designed for students who fit into the broad category of the study of the social sciences--education, administration of justice, psychology, sociology, anthropology, history, political science, or other related major--and who will become researchers, scholars, and practitioners of the social sciences, such as teachers, counselors, police officers, lawyers, government workers, nurses, and social workers. These students will be focusing on issues in their fields and/or expanding on basic research topics and techniques they are pursuing in their "major" classes. In the process of conducting research, attention is given to the ethical consideration of the study of human behavior.

What else do I need to know?

The goals of the course include:

  • Adopting a systematic approach to the writing process (e.g., developing, drafting, editing, revising);
  • Learning how to identify and explore issues and questions in the social sciences;
  • Developing and implementing approaches to social science research;
  • Learning how to filter and synthesize information to develop a convincing and logical argument;
  • Learning how to write ethically and responsibly;
  • Becoming more experienced with evaluating the work of others (e.g., through peer critique).
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