UCWR 110 Writing Responsibly
Loyola University. John Felice Centre. Rome
Spring Semester 2016
University Core Writing Seminar: UCWR 110 Writing Responsibly.
Instructor: Andrew Rutt
Office Hours: After class, or by appointment.
Plato is my friend, but truth is a better friend (Amicus Plato, sed magis amica veritas). Aristotle
Human knowledge grows with an engagement in debate over what may be considered "true," "real," or "right". UCWR 110 Writing Responsibly aims to engage the course participants in critical thinking and debate so as to further develop their capacity of crafting a written argument and which will constitute their contribution to the aforementioned debate. The more each student is able to improve their engagement, the better will be their ability to think critically, reason effectively, make choices reasonably, and weigh the evidence in the work of others productively. This will consequently lead to much better ability to ‘Write Responsibly’.
In an enriching multicultural classroom environment, I am committed to working with my students’ strengths and values and see the classroom as a platform where understanding and knowledge exchange can be facilitated. My three Rs - Reading, Reflection,Writing - prepare my students for the challenges of academic study and for the evolving world in which their voice matters. Using English for Academic Purposes teaching material complemented by TED talks, academic journals and classic literature, I adopt a supportive approach to addressing important social, political and cultural issues in English which my students find engaging and renders their learning experience authentic and constructive.
UCWR 110 Writing Responsibly Course Content:
Grades and Grading
In-Class Essays 20%
Topic proposal 10%
Annotated Bibliography 20%
Preliminary outline Mandatory (not graded) *
First Draft Mandatory (not graded) *
Final Paper 30%
Worksheets: Late, unprinted, or emailed worksheets will not be accepted. Late submission of any of the above will affect your grade.
Writing Assignments: Late take-home assignments must be turned in at the earliest opportunity (first class student is in attendance) and will receive a maximum grade of C (75%). After that, they will no longer be accepted.
Email can be used as a time-stamp for submission, but a hard copy must be presented at the earliest opportunity.
Missing take-home assignment will receive a grade of “F” and will weight 0% in averages.
Missing In-Class essays will receive a grade of “F” and will weigh “55%” in averages
Failure to turn in the final paper will result in a failing grade for the class. Attendance Requirement
Students with more than three unexcused absences will fail the course.
Students are responsible for all work they submit for evaluation. This includes proper acknowledgment of all sources used or consulted in completing the assignment. Student work should be original and intellectually honest. Thus, the inclusion in your assignment of any ideas or portions of text that you “borrow” from another source without proper attribution constitute plagiarism. I will report students engaging in academic dishonesty to the Dean’s office and award an F (zero points) to the relevant assignment. As a rule, I notify the Dean before I inform the student. Possible consequences include failing the class and/or suspension from Loyola University.
‘Writing Responsibly’ (UCWR 110) Course Schedule