CAS WR 150

Writing, Research & Inquiry

Writing, Research & Inquiry will help you cultivate skills and habits of mind essential to your academic success and to your future personal, professional, and civic life. Writing is a way not only to express what you have to say but also to discover and evaluate it. You will write a great deal at BU and beyond, and each occasion will present you with a range of questions: Who is my audience, and what kind of writing does the occasion call for? How should I structure my writing to engage, inform, persuade, or even entertain my audience? How can I locate and judge sources wisely and use them effectively and responsibly? How can I clearly express my ideas? In this class we will review general principles about how to address such questions, and we will put those principles into practice as we read, talk, and write about our topic.

Course Objectives

You will receive two Hub units for this class: Writing and Information Literacy.

You will develop your abilities to
• Strategically search for and select both scholarly and non-scholarly sources and read them with understanding, appreciation, and critical judgment
• Express yourself orally and converse thoughtfully about complex ideas
• Engage a range of sources in order to address research questions and to communicate findings in the form of responsible, considered, and well-structured written arguments
• Produce clear, coherent prose in a range of genres and styles, using different media and modes of expression as appropriate
• Plan, draft, and revise efficiently and effectively, and help your peers do the same by responding productively to their work
• Reflect on how research, reading, writing, and editing practices differ for varied audiences, genres, and purposes

Instructional Format, Course Pedagogy, and Approach to Learning

Although they differ with regard to their subject content, all WR seminars share common goals and lead you through a sequence of assignments that emphasize a process of planning, drafting, and revising informed by feedback from your classmates and instructor. You will reflect on your approach to this process so that you can adapt it to future occasions. Seminar activities also give you opportunities to engage in focused scholarly inquiry and conversation.

In WR 150, you will develop a semester-long inquiry related to our course topic. You will conduct individual and/or group research, exploring new ways to find, evaluate, and engage with information from different sources and in different formats. You will become better able to select and use information sources strategically to formulate and address research questions and to participate in the scholarly conversation about your topic. You will also become a more flexible writer by adapting your inquiry to engage different audiences, integrating research into your writing in various ways to create new knowledge. Through these experiences you will gain a better understanding of ways that
information is produced, disseminated, and used today.

Book an Online Writing Consultation

Writing Consultants are available for online tutoring for all CAS WR classes. Appointments can be booked online. Appointments will be held online only until further notice.
 
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WR Transfer Credit

Did you take or are you planning to take a writing class at another school? You may be able to receive WR transfer credit for it.
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Alumni Writing Awards

CAS is now accepting nominations for its annual Alumni Awards for Writing Excellence. This year alumni donors will recognize four outstanding student papers: two in the Humanities, one in the Natural Sciences, and one in the Social Sciences. Contest information