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Contemporary Topics and Multidisciplinary Writing

Everything Matters: How to Integrate Everything We Know and Write Into Our Climate Emergency

This Upper Level Writing Class (ULWC) focuses on how writing works in and across disciplines when a complex issue demands an integrated response - in this case, the issue is global heating. Students will create writing portfolios that draw on their own majors and those of their peers to represent a holistic understanding of this vital issue and communicate it to general readers.

Course Requirements: Two substantial, research-based writing projects, various small assignments designed to support and scaffold the writing of those projects, one engaged review with contemporary related texts, and one substantial reflective statement of convictions. No specific disciplinary knowledge is required; all majors are equally welcome. Students will work individually and in teams to learn how climate change requires the attention of multiple disciplines, and will produce written analyses and digital presentations.

Intended Audience: All undergraduates interested in writing in any discipline and for general audiences who also live on Earth and plan to do so in the future.