YORK UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF LIBERAL ARTS & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES WRITING DEPARTMENT PROFESSIONAL WRITING PROGRAMME WRITING 1300.03

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YORK UNIVERSITY

FACULTY OF LIBERAL ARTS & PROFESSIONAL STUDIES

WRITING DEPARTMENT

PROFESSIONAL WRITING PROGRAMME


WRITING 1300.03

THEORIES OF WRITING


COURSE SYLLABUS

Winter 2013



COURSE DIRECTOR:

John Spencer

S329Ross

jspencer@yorku.ca


TEACHING
ASSISTANTS:

Angela Meyer Sterzik

S329Ross

ajms@yorku.ca


Sadia

S329Ross

shraboni
@yorku.ca




















LECTURES AND TUTORIALS


LECTURES:


Wednesdays 12:30

2:30


Vari LH D


TUTORIALS:


01: Wednesdays 3:30
-
4:30


S136 Ross


Tutorial Leader: John Spencer



02: Wednesdays 2:30
-
3:30


VH 1016


Tutor
ial Leader: Sadia Banerjee



03: Thursdays 12:30
-
1:30


S128 Ross


Tutorial Leader: Angela Meyer Sterzik



04: Thursdays 1:30
-
2:30


HNE B10



Tutorial Leader: Sadia Banerjee



05: Thursdays 11:30
-
12:30


HNE B10


Tutorial Leader: Angela Meyer Sterzik




COURSE OBJECTIVES


Together we will study some of the major contemporary writing theories and
theorists, with particular empha
sis on those from the social sciences. The course
is divided into three main sections. In the first section we will examine some of
the dominant understandings of language and its role in human activities. We
will then learn how the study of written lan
guage is organized in the academy,
while concluding with a review of the main theories related to the process of
writing, focusing on the various phases of that activity. In this way we will seek to
become knowledgeable about the act of writing as an acad
emic discipline, and
apply these theories to our own writing.










COURSE ASSIGNMENTS AND GRADING


CLASS PARTICIPATION:


Reading Presentation: 20%


Class Participation: 15%



RESEARCH ESSAY:

25%


(assigned February 6; due March 27/28
)


EXAMINATIONS:


Mid
-
term Examination: 20%


(in lecture February 27
)


End
-
term Examination: 20%


(in lecture April 3
)



REQUIRED READINGS:

All the assigned readings, as listed below under the course lecture schedule, are
bound together in a Writing 1
300 Course Kit available in the York Bookstore.



LECTURE SCHEDULE AND COURSE READINGS



SECTION ONE: WRITTEN LANGUAGE


JANUARY 9
:


Course Introduction


Brief Overview of Epistemology


Social Science Research


JANUARY 16
:


Language Theory


Language and Thought


Written Language



Reading:


Emig, Janet. “Inquiry Paradigms and Writing.”


JANUARY 23
:


Communication Triangle


Reading Theory



Readings:


Emig, Janet. “Hand, Eye, Brain: Some Basics in the Writing Process.”


Rumelhart, D. E
. “Schemata: The Building Blocks of Cognition.”




JANUARY 30
:


Genre


Audience



Readings:


Lunsford, Andrea and Lisa Ede. “Audience Addressed/Audience Invoked: The


Role of Audience in Composition Theory and Pedagogy.”


Devitt
, Amy J. “Generalizing About Genre: New Conceptions of an Old


Concept.”




SECTION TWO: RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION STUDIES


FEBRUARY 6
:


Discourse Communities


Classical Rhetoric


Current Traditional Rhetoric



Readings:


Blak
esley, David. “Reconceptualizing Grammar as an Aspect of Rhetorical


Invention.”


Barrit, L.S. and Barry Kroll. “Some Implications of Cognitive
-
Developmental


Psychology for Research in Composing.”


FEBRUARY 13
:


The New Rhetorics


Basic Writing



Readings:


Nelms, Gerald. “Reassessing Janet Emig’s
The Composing Processes of


Twelfth Graders
: An Historical Perspective.”


Bartholomae, D. “The Study of Error.”


FEBRUARY 20
:


Reading Week


FEBRUARY 27
:


Mid
-
term Examination



SECTION THREE: THE WRITING PROCESS


MARCH 6
:


The Writer


Writing Process Theories



Readings:


Flower, Linda and John Hayes. “A Cognitive Process Theory of Writing.”


Murray, Donald. “Writing as Process: How Writing Finds its Own Meaning.”


MARCH
13
:


Invention


Research


Composing



Readings:


Flower, Linda, and John Hayes. “The Cognition of Discovery: Defining a


Rhetorical Problem.”


Perl, Sondra. “Understanding Composing.”



MARCH 20
:


Revision


Arrangement



Readings:


Eden, Ruth and Ruth Mitchell. “Paragraphing for the Reader.”


Elbow, Peter. “The Music of Form: Rethinking Organization in Writing.”


MARCH 27
:


Grammar


Editing


Readings:


Noguchi, Rei R. “The Limits of Grammar in Writing Improvement.”


Beason, Larry. “Ethos and Error: How Business People React to Errors.”


APRIL 3
:


End
-
term Examination