English 225: Academic Argumentation

Understanding and Making Arguments About Food

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All sections of English 225 focus on examining and employing effective academic argumentation. Academic argumentation here refers to the presentation, explanation, and assessment of claims through written reasoning that utilizes appropriate evidence and writing conventions. The course builds on and refines skills from introductory writing courses English 124 and 125 courses, as well as provides a basic introduction to finding, and effectively incorporating research into student writing, for use in a range of future academic contexts.

In recent years, arguments about food have become more and more prevalent (and controversial) across national media outlets.  In this section of English 225, we will analyze and construct arguments about contemporary food issues.  Through course readings, major writing assignments, and posts to the course blog, students will be encouraged to engage with their own experiences with food, food policy, food activism, current trends in eating and dieting, as well as popular portrayals of the food industry such as documentaries or advertising.  Major writing assignments will involve the meaningful incorporation of course readings, secondary research conducted out of class for students’ chosen research topics, evaluation and integration of source material, and a final multimodal composition assignment.

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