EXPOSITORY WRITING: MODELS OF PRESS FREEDOM
2009/2010, Semester 1
University Scholars Programme (University Scholars Programme)
Modular Credits: 4
This course is part of a pilot project testing writing courses for NUS's planned expansion in U-Town. There are two kinds of writing courses being piloted, 'analytical' and 'expository'. This module (WP 2201B) is an expository writing course.
Expository writing courses focus on argumentative writing, reasoning, evidence, persuasion, and critical insight. Each UTWP module is content-driven, with a topic decided by individual instructors (in this case, 'Models of Press Freedom'). Classroom exercises are dedicated to exploring and practicing writing techniques designed to develop clarity, cohesion, persuasiveness and intellectually rigorous arguments. Students proceed through progressively more challenging tasks, beginning with précis writing, to arguing a policy position, and culminating in a research paper.
Students develop skills in critical reading and rhetorical writing, especially in formulating and defending arguments. Students learn to make claims and substantiate them with defensible reasons. They are taught to articulate the assumptions on which their claims and reasons are based, and to recognize and elucidate the claims made by authors in assigned readings.
Skills you develop in this module are all designed to be applicable to contexts and tasks throughout your academic life.
Students must have passed/been exempted from NUS Qualifying English Test (QET) or have passed the CELC English for Academic Purposes (EAP 1 & EAP 2) modules.
All UTWP modules will preclude each other, i.e. if you have read one, you will not be allowed to take any others in the future.
This course is capped at 15 students. The course will be organized as a seminar-cum-workshop, fueled by student participation, discussion, and many practical exercises.
Monday & Thursday 2:00-4:00 PM
All classes will be held at BLOCK ADMIN SR-6, Level 5.
Here are some of the writing skills you will learn in this module:
Prose revision and style
Identifying a thesis,
Identifying genres of writing
Identifying modes of argumentation
Writing Inductive vs deductive arguments
Designing and defending claims
Using hedges in writing
Formulating cogent researchable topics
Writing a literature review
Ordering arguments and evidence
Writing introductions by problematizing central claims
Revising and rethinking essays
Transposing arguments to visual presentations
Who promotes, limits, and suppresses press freedom? What ideas lead them to justify these roles? In this expository writing module, we examine the social, political, and economic roots of divergent responses to press freedom and the likely impacts of restricting/restricting press freedom in democratic societies. Students will read key texts in the field supplemented with films and other materials, and will develop skills in comprehensible and cohesive writing, critical reasoning, rhetorical persuasion, and intellectually rigorous argumentation. Students proceed through progressively more challenging tasks, beginning with précis writing, to arguing a policy position, and culminating in a research paper.
In this class you will write a series of increasingly complex papers:
Precis writing, in which you critically summarize articles and arguments of other authors.
A policy paper, in which you advocate a particular stance relevant to the course topic (in this case Models of Press Freedom) and try to persuade an audience to your point of view.
A research paper, on a specific topic you select in consultation with the instructor.
These papers will be supplemented with a variety of writing exercises, debates, discussions, etc.
Assessment in this class is based almost entirely on your written work, with some credit given to class participation and presentations. There is no final exam.