CO301C Writing in the Social Sciences

In this course you will write expository and argumentative essays about social science issues for interested audiences of non-experts. Although you may sometimes write to readers well educated in the social sciences, your work in CO301 is not designed to substitute for disciplinary writing in your field. Rather, CO301C assumes that you will write to more general audiences, including readers of American History, National Geographic, Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, TIME, or Smithsonian. Assignments might include critiques of new non-fiction addressing contemporary social issues; explanations of current social policies or issues; arguments about controversies in social science. On every assignment, you will practice adapting form and style to specific audiences and purposes.