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HI/POL 250 A: Research & Writing

Fall 2011
Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
Gailhac, Room G204

Syllabus (view|download)

Required books:
  • D.Q. McInerny. Being Logical: A Guide to Good Thinking. ISBN: 978-0812971156.
  • William Strunk, E. B. White, Roger Angell. The Elements of Style. ISBN: 978-0205313426.  (Earlier editions are okay.)
  • Kate L. Turabian, et al. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. ISBN: 978-0226823379.
List of assignments:
Resources:
Class schedule:

Week 1 – Tuesday, August 30. 
Introduction
Class meets on Tuesday, August 30. We do not meet on Friday, September 2.

Week 2 – Tuesday, September 6, and Friday, September 9. 
Logic
Assignment #1: A logical statement, due on Friday
Read McInerny, Parts 1, 2, and 3, by Friday

Week 3 – Tuesday, September 13, and Friday, September 16. 
Choosing a question
Read Turabian Chapters 1 and 2 by Friday

Week 4 – Tuesday, September 20, and Friday, September 23. 
Reading and analyzing
Assignment #2: Article summary, due on Friday

Week 5 – Tuesday, September 27, and Friday, September 30. 
Choosing a topic
Assignment #3: Three possible topics, due on Tuesday
Friday’s class will meet in the library

Week 6 – Tuesday, October 4, and Friday, October 7. 
Evaluating sources
Read Turabian Chapters 3 and 4 by Friday

Week 7 – Friday, October 14. 
Writing a draft
Assignment #4: Book summary, due on Friday
Read Turabian Chapters 5 and 6 by Friday

Week 8 – Tuesday, October 18, and Friday, October 21. 
Sources, methods, and citations
Read Turabian Chapters 15 and 16 by Friday

Week 9 – Tuesday, October 25, and Friday, October 28. 
The writing process
Read Turabian Chapters 7, 9, 10, and 11 by Friday

Week 10 – Tuesday, November 1, and Friday, November 4. 
Reviewing
Assignment #5: Draft, due on Tuesday

Week 11 – Tuesday, November 8, and Friday, November 11. 
Peer review
Assignment #6: Peer review comments, due this week

Week 12 – Tuesday, November 15, and Friday, November 18. 
Peer review
Assignment #6: Peer review comments, due this week

Wednesday, November 16, through Tuesday, November 22.
Mandatory tutorials
Sign up on Blackboard for 45-minute meetings in my office

Week 13 – Tuesday, November 22 – No class meeting this week
Logical fallacies
Read McInerny Parts 4 and 5 this week

Week 14 – Tuesday, November 29, and Friday, December 2
Revision
Read Turabian Chapters 9, 10, 11, 12 by Friday
Assignment #7: Revision memo, due on Friday

Week 15 – Tuesday, December 6, and Friday, December 9. 
Style
Read Strunk and White Chapters 1-4 by Friday
 
Tuesday, December 13, at 11:30 am
End of semester
Assignment #8: Completed draft due