Write@UGA: History and Horizons
This course will take a look at writing at the University of Georgia through an exploration of the historical record available in the Special Collections Libraries archives combined with study of the current state of writing studies as a field. We will look at a variety of primary source materials in the Special Collections in order to think about the role of writing in the life of a university community. We will also actively participate in February's Write@UGA events that showcase writing programs, activities, and publication opportunities here on campus. This class will be a great opportunity to learn more about how we teach, learn, publish, and communicate at this university!
Some of the questions we will be considering include:
- What kinds of things do administrators, faculty, and students write?
- What picture does that writing give us of the institution - its activities and identity?
- What is missing from that picture?
- What can the historical record help us understand about the kinds of literacies that were critical at different points in time in higher education?
- How is our experience as students and faculty now shaped by the past?
- How can looking backward help us understand more about writing at UGA now and also consider what the future of writing at UGA will look like?
Students in this course will work to...
- advance their understanding of writing as a subject of knowledge
- consider what archival materials can tell us about the discourse communities of UGA and the role that writing plays in the formation and maintenance of those communities
- identify research questions that explore writing issues, practices, and opportunities at UGA
- create texts that will highlight the writing done at UGA over time
- develop their writing skills using process that include discovering ideas and evidence, organizing that material, designing, revising, and editing
- develop their peer reviewing skills
- critically reflect on their own writing/research processes and their own textual production
Students will create a variety of different kinds of written texts over the course of the semester that may include...
- blog posts
- digital Omeka exhibit
- interviews with faculty and other students
- personal literacy narrative
- UGA publication analysis
- research proposal and bibliography