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PWR 1A: Introduction to Writing at Stanford: Rhetorics of Popular Culture

What does popular culture say about the larger culture? PWR 1A uses questions about pop culture -- music, movies, sports-- for writing and researching. How do video games teach engineering and physics? How do detective and courtroom dramas lead to discussions about DNA analysis? We look at pop culture as cultural critics, using ideas about technology, society, and economics to analyze human behavior. We'll study theories about media to research how everyday artifacts are both trashy and poignant signs of our culture. We¿ll write an analytical essay about cultural commentary, learn about library research to explore topics of your choice, and share our research. We¿ll work together as a group to practice collaboration and project-based learning. Enrollment exclusive to incoming Stanford freshman student athletes. PWR1A classes are small, workshop-style meetings that encourage extensive interaction between students and instructors. PWR1A does not meet the Stanford first-year writing requirement.
Terms: Sum | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: ; Peterson, J. (PI)

PWR 1D: Writing Well: An Introduction to College Writing

Offered only to participants in the Summer College for High School Students. Develops critical reading, writing, and research skills applicable to any area of study. Emphases include close reading, analysis of varied texts, development of strong theses, revision strategies, and introduction to research-based argument. Classes are small, encouraging extensive interaction between students and instructors. Discussions of readings, peer work, and individual conferences with instructors. Each section has a thematic emphasis developed by the instructor; students choose sections based on their individual interests. Does not meet the Stanford first-year writing requirement.
Terms: Sum | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

PWR 1HZ: Introduction to College Writing

What are the strategies and practices that can help you become a successful writer, no matter what your area of study? In this class, students will develop critical reading, writing, and research skills, with a special attention to college application practices, strong argumentation, rhetorical awareness, and introductory research skills. The sections are small, encouraging extensive interaction between students and instructors. Class activities will primarily be in the form of discussions, peer work, and small group activities; in addition, students will have periodic one-to-one meetings with instructors for individualized learning. This class does not meet the Stanford first-year writing requirement.
Terms: Sum | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

PWR 6VT: Writing in the University: Debates about the Politics and Technologies of Journalism

Lately, journalism has been in the news: every day we see or hear a new story about problems with journalism and the news media¿from charges of biased coverage to fake news circulating on Facebook. Yet, push alerts from news apps and social media also shape our daily conversations. In this class, we will investigate the news industry, examining the challenges faced by journalists today and emerging new forms of digital journalism. We will focus on the political, economic and technological forces that have shaped the writing and rhetoric of journalists. Students might explore debates such as fake news, bias and objectivity; partisanship and polarization; or polling and political coverage. We start by writing an analytical essay about multimedia reporting, move into writing about research regarding a topic of your choice, and close by sharing research in oral presentations. At each step, we work together as a group, doing workshops, engaging in discussion, and collaborating in peer review. Our research projects will provide the opportunity to engage with recent scholarship and stake out your own positions on the future of journalism.
Terms: Sum | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: ; Kamrath, C. (PI)
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