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CWP offers a range of courses designed to help students become more effective writers and readers at every level. We also offer courses tailored specifically to the interests of multilingual and international students; a sequence of courses in public speaking, and in professional communication; an introduction to creative writing, travel writing, and research using primary sources; and graduate coursework in the theory and practice of teaching composition. In offering this broad range of courses, we promote critical intellectual development and craft that help students achieve all their academic and professional goals.

CW 1 - Grammar and Vocabulary of Written English

Description: The purpose of the course is to develop students' ability to edit their own writing and to identify high-frequency non-idiomatic uses of English. Intensive, individualized practice will be provided for students from different language backgrounds.

Prerequisites: Self-selected non-native speakers of English

Units and Format: 2 units - Two hours of lecture/workshop per week

Grading Option: Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis

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CW R1A - Accelerated Reading and Composition

Description: An intensive, accelerated course satisfying concurrently the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement (formerly known as the Subject A requirement) and the first half of the Reading and Composition Requirement. Readings will include imaginative, expository, and argumentative texts representative of the range of those encountered in the undergraduate curriculum and will feature authors from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and perspectives. Instruction in writing a range of discourse forms and in the revision of papers.

Prerequisites: Placement by the Analytical Writing Placement Examination (formerly known as the Subject A examination)

Units and Format: 6 units - Five hours of lecture/discussion and one hour of workshop per week

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CW R1A FFP (Fall Program for Freshmen)

Description: Restricted to students in the Fall Program for Freshmen, this intensive, accelerated course satisfies concurrently the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement (formerly known as the Subject A requirement) and the first half of the Reading and Composition Requirement. Readings will include imaginative, expository, and argumentative texts representative of the range of those encountered in the undergraduate curriculum and will feature authors from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and perspectives. Instruction in writing a range of discourse forms and in the revision of papers.

Prerequisites: Enrollment in Fall Program for Freshmen and placement by the Analytical Writing Placement Examination (formerly known as the Subject A examination)

Units and Format: 6 units - Five hours of lecture/discussion and one hour of workshop per week

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CW R4A - Reading and Composition

Description: This writing seminar satisfies the first half of the Reading and Composition Requirement. It is designed to offer students structured, sustained, and highly articulated practice in the recursive processes entailed in reading, critical analysis, and composing. Students will read five thematically related book-length texts, or the equivalent, drawn from a range of genres, in addition to non-print sources. In response to these materials, they will craft several short pieces leading up to three longer essays—works of exposition and/or argumentation. Students will write a minimum of 32 pages of expository prose during this semester.

Prerequisites: Satisfaction of the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement (formerly known as the Subject A requirement)

Units and Format: 4 units - Three hours of seminar/discussion per week

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CW R4B - Reading, Composition, and Research

Description: This writing seminar satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition Requirement. It is designed to offer students structured, sustained, and highly articulated practice in the recursive processes entailed in reading, critical analysis, and composing. In like manner, the seminar affords students guided practice through the stages involved in creating a research paper. Students will read five thematically related book-length texts, or the equivalent, drawn from a range of genres, in addition to various non-print sources. In response to these materials, they will craft several short pieces leading up to two longer essays—works of exposition and/or argumentation. Students will also draft a research paper, developing a research question, gathering, evaluating, and synthesizing information from texts and other sources. Elements of the research process, such as a proposal, an annotated bibliography, an abstract, a "work cited" list, and the like, will be submitted, along with the final report, in a research portfolio. Students will write a minimum of 32 pages of expository prose during the semester.

Prerequisites: Satisfaction of the University of California Entry Level Writing Requirement (formerly known as the Subject A requirement) and the first half of the Reading and Composition requirement

Units and Format: 4 units - Three hours of seminar/discussion per week

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CW 10A - Introduction to Public Speaking

Description: This is a strictly introductory course. It presumes no formal training of any kind on the part of the students. Emphasis will be on organization and delivery, with the goals of improving control over speaking habits and enunciation. Part of the intent of the course is to introduce students to the rudiments of the rhetorical theory which lies behind the practice of public speaking.

Prerequisites: None

Units and Format: 3 units - Three hours of seminar/discussion per week

 

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CW 10B - Advanced Public Speaking

Description: This is an advanced course that presumes introductory training in public speaking. Emphasis will be on real-world speaking situations. The course combines both theory and practice: it incorporates extensive speaking performance and individualized critiques from instructor and students, as well as analysis of advanced speaking models. The intent of the course is to advance students' ability to deliver polished and informed public speeches adapted to a wide range of audiences and speaking situations.

Prerequisites: CW 10A or equivalent coursework

Units and Format: 3 units - Three hours of seminar/discussion per week

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CW 20 - Communicating in Class: Advanced Listening and Speaking

Description: This advanced oral communication course for multilingual international students offers opportunities to practice listening to lectures and taking notes, participating in discussions and taking on various roles, and devising strategies for success when presenting orally in different formats. The course focuses on authentic language use in the U.S. university classroom--in terms of the lecture students will view, projects students will complete, and in-class interactions students will participate in.

Prerequisites: Self-selected international students

Units and Format: 3 units - Three hours of lecture per week

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CW 25AC - Reading in and about US Education Institutions

Description: In this class, we will read, discuss, and write about the expectations of the American educational system, especially within a multicultural context. The goal is to deepen the understanding of the history and diversity of American educational institutions, while strengthening reading and seminar participation skills through critique and analysis of communication patterns. This course is intended for international students.

Prerequisites: None

Units and Format: 3 units - Three hours of lecture per week.

Breadth Requirement: This course satisfies the university's American Cultures Requirement

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CW 50AC - Researching Water in the West

Description: This course examines the subject of water in California, drawing upon scholarly articles, essays, memoir, film, photographs, and legislation. In collaboration with the Teaching Library, CW 50 explores techniques for conducting online archival research and using primary sources. The course considers a variety of players in the story of water rights in California, including federal and state representatives, conservationists, Native Americans, and Japanese Americans.

Prerequisites: None

Units and Format: 3 units - Three hours of seminar/discussion per week

Breadth Requirement: This course satisfies the university's American Cultures Requirement

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CW 99 - Supervised Independent Study

Description: Independent study in topics not covered by regularly scheduled courses. Student must initiate topic and present a written proposal.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit. Enrollment is restricted.

Grading option: Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis

Units and Format: 1-4 units - One to four hours of tutorial per week

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UPPER DIVISION AND GRADUATE COURSES

CWP offers upper division courses designed for intermediate and advanced writers and readers interested in expanding their craft in a range of genres and to a range of audiences. In addition, we offer graduate coursework in the theory and practice of teaching composition that is of particular interest to graduate students who are beginning their GSI appointment teaching courses in the University’s Reading and Composition required sequence.

CW 105 - Intermediate Composition: Finding Your Voice

Description: Engaging with issues of authorial voice, the writing process, and technology, students hone the ability to read and write academic prose. A hybrid composition course, this course meets in the classroom and online. Students use Web 2.0 writing tools and think critically about how such tools affect writing processes. Further, this course offers students opportunities to collaborate on projects, as is often required for academic and workplace writing, and which Web 2.0 writing tools are designed to support. 

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves of the Reading and Composition Requirement

Units and Format: 3 units - One and one-half hours of lecture and one and one-half hours of web-based lecture per week

Breadth Requirement: This course can be used toward satisfying the seven-course Breadth Requirement in Arts and Literature

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CW 108 - Advanced Composition: New Media

Description: This advanced nonfiction writing course offers students an opportunity to read and write about how contemporary social media—Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and others—influence how we think, act, interact, and learn. Writing assignments will range from short exercises to essays of various lengths and types, and will be crafted to meet the rhetorical conventions of particular media, such as digital video, blogs, and more.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves of the Reading and Composition Requirement or consent of instructor

Units and Format: 3 units - Two hours of lecture and one hour of workshop per week

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CW 110 - Advanced Composition: Challenging Writing

Description: This writing workshop will offer students an opportunity to write essays and other nonfiction prose that speak both personally and politically to the issues and audiences they wish to address. The readings will focus on the rhetorical strategies of writers who have used the essay as a cultural form to challenge the norms of the time and place in which they live(d).

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves of the Reading and Composition Requirement or consent of instructor

Units and Format: 4 units - Four hours of lecture per week

Breadth Requirement: This course can be used toward satisfying the seven-course Breadth Requirement in Arts and Literature

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CW 121 - Issues in Teaching English Internationally

Description: This course offers students an opportunity to consider relevant academic and professional issues related to the teaching of English internationally. Through readings, discussions, and assigned projects, students learn about principles of language policy and planning, linguistics, methodology, and assessment. These topics contribute to an understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of effective English language teaching abroad, leading to responsible engagement in the international community of English language teachers and learners.

Prerequisites: None

Grading option: Must be taken on a Passed/Not Passed or Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis

Units and Format: 3 units - Three hours of lecture per week

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CW 130 - Introduction to the Craft of Creative Writing

Description: This course in creative writing focuses on three genres: the personal essay, the short story, and the one-act play. The course emphasizes an introduction to craft—how these types of writing are generated, what their elements are, and how the finished pieces work—which students will explore through careful study of models by published writers and through writing and revising their own short pieces.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves of the Reading and Composition Requirement or consent of the instructor

Units and Format: 4 units - Three hours of lecture per week

Minor Requirement: This course can be used toward meeting the the Undergraduate Division's Creative Writing Minor

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CW 150AC - Researching Water in the West

Description: This course examines the subject of water in California, drawing upon scholarly articles, essays, memoir, film, photographs, and legislation. In collaboration with the Teaching Library, CW 150 explores techniques for conducting online archival research and using primary sources. The course considers a variety of players in the story of water rights in California, including federal and state representatives, conservationists, Native Americans, and Japanese Americans.

Prerequisites: None

Units and Format: 3 units - Three hours of seminar/discussion per week

Breadth Requirement: This course satisfies the university's American Cultures Requirement

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CW 151 - Intro to Principles of Professional Communication

Description: This course introduces students to key principles and rhetorical strategies of writing texts in nonacademic settings. Although the course may address issues of oral communication, the primary focus will be on learning and practicing strategies to generate written documents in a business context. See course website.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves of the Reading and Composition Requirement, junior or senior status, or consent of instructor

Units and Format: 3 units - Three hours of lecture per week

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CW 152 - Advanced Professional Communication

Description: In this course, students build upon introductory coursework in professional communication to develop and refine their proficiency in non-academic writing. Students, in teams of three to four, propose and generate authentic workplace documents for a local organization or business; the course culminates in formal presentations. Discussions and activities regarding workplace genres, rhetorical techniques and strategies, and context-specific discourse conventions throughout the term.

Prerequisites: CW 151

Units and Format: 3 units - Three hours of lecture per week

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CW 180 - Travel Writing

Description: This course is focused on European travel writing in the modern period: bracketed on one end by imperial exploration and expansion and on the other by the experience of contemporary tourism. Students will write academic essays reflecting on the political, historical, and cultural meanings of travel and travel writing.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves of the Reading and Composition Requirement or consent of the instructor

Units and Format: 3 units - Three hours of lecture per week

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CW W180 - Writing on Travel

Description: This web-based course is an advanced writing seminar for students traveling abroad. Students will write academic essays and/or travelogues reflecting on the political, historical, and cultural meanings of travel based on their own experience of travel.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of both halves of the Reading and Composition Requirement and College Writing 180

Units and Format: 1-2 units (variable) - One to two hours of web-based workshop per week

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CW 192AC - Advanced Composition: Community-Based Ethics

Description: Communities are challenged by issues of security, poverty, and environmental sustainability. These issues intersect with those of race, class, and culture in U.S. society. This course focuses on ethical decisions as they apply to issues of diversity, sustainable practices, economic impacts on neighborhoods and nations, and issues of security and identity. This course focuses on writing and research skills.

Prerequisites: Fulfillment of the first half of the Reading and Composition Requirement

Units and Format: 3 units - Three hours of lecture per week

Breadth Requirement: This course satisfies the university's American Cultures Requirement

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CW 199 - Supervised Independent Study

Description: Independent study in topics not covered by regularly scheduled courses. Student must initiate topic and present a written proposal.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit. Enrollment is restricted.

Grading option: Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis

Units and Format: 1-4 units - One to four hours of tutorial per week

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CW 300P - Practical Experience in Teaching College Composition

Description: This course offers training and practice in the teaching of reading and composition. It includes classroom observation of GSI participants and discussion of approaches, techniques, and methods, using videotapes of campus writing faculty and course participants. It is designed as a supplement to 300, not a substitute for it. It is open to all GSIs who are taking a pedagogy course, or who have completed one.

Prerequisites: Appointment as a GSI or consent of instructor

Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit

Grading option: Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis

Units and Format: 2 units - Two hours of discussion every two weeks; observation and conferences individually scheduled

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CW 301 - The Teaching of Second-Language Composition

Description: Discussion of theories and practices of teaching second-language composition. Topics include perspectives on first- and second-language composition, contrastive rhetoric, sentence-level grammar, coherence and cohesion, conferencing, tutoring, responding to errors, assessment, critical reviews of journals and textbooks, research trends, and professional development. Open to students who teach or will teach composition in English to English as Second-Language writers or in foreign language classes.

Prerequisites: Consent of instructor

Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit

Grading option: Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis

Units and Format: 2 units - Two hours of lecture/discussion per week

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CW 375 - Introduction to Teaching College Composition

Description: This course will focus on teaching philosophies, course designs, instructional methods, and assessment issues in relation to teaching composition in a pluralistic setting. The course meets the campus policy requiring GSIs who teach a Reading and Composition course to complete a semester-long, graduate-level pedagogy course.

Prerequisites: Appointment as a GSI or consent of instructor

Credit option: Course may be repeated for credit

Grading option: Must be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis

Units and Format: 2 units - Two hours of lecture/discussion per week

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CW N2 - Summer Bridge

Description: This course serves students enrolled in the Summer Bridge Program and is offered during the second six-week session of UC Summer Sessions. In this course students will explore their educational experience as they read essays, poetry, and fiction focused on issues of language, culture, and identity. In their journals and in their essays, students will examine ways in which these forces interact to create a student identity.

Prerequisites: None

Grading option: Must be taken on a passed/not passed basis

Units and Format: 2 units - Six hours of lecture, discussion, and workshop per week, for six weeks

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Summer English Language Studies

During the summer, CWP offers English as a Second Language instruction. Bringing together faculty and students from around the world, the Summer English Language Studies program offers three courses: American Studies - American Language and Culture (CW 7), English as a Second Language - Integrated Skills (CW 8), and English for Specific Purposes (CW 9). In conjunction with the Summer English Language Studies program, CWP also offers a graduate practicum in ESL teaching (CW 310).

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Summer Creative Writing Program

This six-week program offers aspiring, practicing and experienced writers a sustained community in which to create, network and live the writing life. The program offers workshops in fiction, poetry and non-fiction. It includes master classes with renowned authors, meetings with agents, and writers' panels. Specialized intensive sessions such as novel writing and preparing the M.F.A. application portfolio will also be offered.

Immerse yourself in the rich Bay Area literary scene. The City by the Bay has been home to and inspired a range of remarkable writers, from Chandler to Eggers to Ferlinghetti to Ginsberg to Kerouac to Thompson to Tan. Classes meet Monday through Thursday morning, leaving afternoons, evenings, and weekends free for writing, reading, and discovering why that thread of water tying the bay to the ocean is called the Golden Gate.

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