Critical and Reflective Inquiry. Journeys



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Theme: Journeys

In this section we will explore the different kinds of journeys Americans have been taking over the centuries, and how they make sense of those life travels, through texts, films and through class discussion. In addition, we will embark on an intellectual journey, which will include developing and honing the skills, tools and knowledge to be a strong student and a productive, responsible member of the larger community. For each class member, this part of the journey will include identifying and analyzing one's voice and the privileges and burdens built into that voice, identifying and analyzing others' voices and building respect for those diverse perspectives, and to critically assess all forms of information (oral, written and visual). The main skill emphasized in this class will be writing. During the quarter you will sharpen and hone your writing skills. You will learn to construct an argument, gather evidence, shape your thesis to fit the audience, and organize your thoughts. In addition, you will also learn to seminar and critically analyze materials. Finally, you will learn to research and write a 6-8 page research paper with a minimum of 4 sources, proper citations and a bibliography.

Required Reading: Readings on Canvas.

Additional requirements: All papers must be typed, double-spaced, and with proper citations. Chicago, MLA or APA are acceptable. It does not matter which style you use, but it must be consistent and correct. All assignments must be uploaded onto Canvas. Active participation in class and small group discussions. Formal presentation of research to entire class. 5 minutes to present, 5 minutes for Questions and Answers. Paper requirements: One educational autobiography (500-700 words, double-spaced). One research paper proposal (pages 1-2 only). One early draft of research paper (4 pages) plus citations. One full draft of Research paper (rough draft 6-8 pages) the research paper. Double-spaced + 12-point font, one-inch margins all around, and proper citations. Final version of research paper (6-8 pages, double-spaced) + proper citations. One (1-2 Page) Writing plan.


Fall 2021
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