MCWP 125 Course Descriptions

  • All students with more than 90 cumulative units will be automatically preauthorized, with a note placed on their Virtual Advising Center (VAC) contact record prior to registration each quarter.  If you have registration problems, or don't see a preauthorization on your VAC record, please contact the Muir Writing office in person at HSS 2346 or emailing muwritehelp@ucsd.edu from your UCSD email account.
  • Important Note: Students on the waitlist who miss any class meeting of Muir Writing will be considered NOT ELIGIBLE TO ENROLL in the course. Enrolled students who miss the first two class sessions will be asked to drop the course. **Responsibility for dropping the class from the Registrar’s records belongs solely to the student.**

    The reading and writing requirements are the same for all sections. Books and course readers for each section will be available at the UCSD Bookstore, located in the Price Center.

    Changes to times or section ID will be noted in bold and with an asterisk (*)

Texts

The Craft of Research, Third Edition

by Booth, Colomb, and Williams

The Craft of Research

A Writer's Reference

by Diana Hacker

Please purchase the 8th edition of the Writer's Reference from the bookstore, as we have a version that is specific for UC San Diego's Writing Programs (Muir and Warren colleges).

A Writer's Reference

Photocopied Reader

Each class will have its own required reader that can be purchased through UCSD bookstore.

Spring 2017

The Art of the Manifesto

SECTION ID

SECTION

DAY/TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

896083

A00

MW 9:30-10:50

2346A

William Given 

A manifesto is a passionate response to a specific problem that a writer has identified.  It is something that challenges what is being championed as the norm by offering a unique solution to a problem.  Manifestos have started technological revolutions and have toppled regimes.  Whether it is encouraging a new way of thinking, or analyzing the factors that may be contributing to systems of oppression, manifestos have been used to inspire new directions in politics, government, the arts, and in society as a whole. With the current divisive state of the U.S. after the election, and with concepts such as “alternative facts” being bandied about, we will examine the ability of the manifesto to inspire change in the 21st century hypermediatized society.  Our goal in this class will be to develop our own argumentative academic arguments that engage with other scholars in the field to address these issues and to discover the power our words have to change the world.

Considering Innovations

SECTION ID

SECTION

DAY/TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

896084

B00

TTH 11:00-12:20

2346A

Marion Wilson

“Innovation” is everywhere: across disciplines, universities, and industries, this buzzword is invoked to sell the new and the now. What is innovation? How do researchers, scientists, entrepreneurs, educators, and inventors innovate? How do ideas get from the labs to people’s lives? How should ideas get from the labs to people’s lives? This quarter we will consider past innovations as we think about ways to encourage and measure current and future innovations. The course will culminate in a research-based argument about some aspect of innovation.

Winter 2017

Food: Fueling Our Future

SECTION ID

SECTION

DAY/TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

887644

A00

MW 11:00-12:20

2346A

Marion Wilson

TBD

Human-animal Interactions: Benefits, Conflicts, and Partnerships

SECTION ID

SECTION

DAY/TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

887645

B00

TTH 9:30-10:50

2346A

Carrie Wastal

TBD

Fall 2016

Food: Fueling Our Future

SECTION ID

SECTION

DAY/TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

875694

B00

TR 11:00-12:20

2346A

Marion Wilson

Description: TBD

Cindy Sherman, The New Selfie, and the Dissolution of Privacy

SECTION ID

SECTION

DAY/TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

875693

A00

MW 11:00-12:20

2346A

William Given

In Cindy Sherman’s photographs, we oftentimes see the artist herself as the main subject, presenting to us a constructed identity that blurs the line between fictional character and actual individual.  Today, we are finding that our identities are becoming increasingly shaped by our engagement with the online world of social media and the avatars that we create to represent ourselves.  Is an online identity any less real than how we portray ourselves face to face in the three-dimensional environment?  What happens when the boundary between public and private identity begins to break down and we openly divulge information about ourselves that was once kept hidden?  Is privacy an outmoded concept in a hypermediatized world?  In this class we will engage with these questions in order to develop an argumentative research paper that will ultimately shape the academic discourse over online identity and notions of privacy.

Spring 2016

Military Matters

SECTION ID

SECTION

DAY/TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

853418

A00

MW 11:00-12:20

2346A

Marion Wilson


The military matters everywhere in San Diego – it impacts employment, recreation, environment, health care, and even the very landscape. Indeed, it is hard to find part of San Diego history that is not in large part shaped by the presence of the military. How the military impacts us here, of course, is related to how it impacts communities around the country, from the decisions made on a federal level about military spending, to the presence on the local levels of recruiters in high schools, to the very personal levels of treatment of traumatic brain injuries. In this course we will read academic articles from a variety of disciplines about the impact of the military, and then students will have the opportunity to formulate their own research questions on matters of the military leading, ultimately, to a well-researched argument.

Museums, Objects, and Collections

SECTION ID

SECTION

DAY/TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

870302

B00

TTH 11:00-12:20

2346A

Eun Jung Park

 

Imagine selecting artifacts to represent the history of humankind for an encyclopedic museum like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York or the National Gallery in D.C.  Even if the parameters of the selection was limited to the United States, it would still be a daunting task.  Would you organize your collection in chronological order, according to geography, or according to a unifying ideological theme?  From the Small World ride at Disneyland to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, the seemingly invisible criteria is a snapshot of the dominant worldview.  This quarter, we will examine the unintended consequences of collections and the various ways in which they are presented in society, culminating in an individual research project in which the student will interrogate the nature of museums and collections, of their material, and of curatorship, as cultural expressions to develop an argument that presents a perspective which will elucidate cultural patterns.

Winter 2016

Military Matters

SECTION ID

SECTION

DAY/TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

853418

A00

MW 11:00-12:20

2346A

Marion Wilson


The military matters everywhere in San Diego – it impacts employment, recreation, environment, health care, and even the very landscape. Indeed, it is hard to find part of San Diego history that is not in large part shaped by the presence of the military. How the military impacts us here, of course, is related to how it impacts communities around the country, from the decisions made on a federal level about military spending, to the presence on the local levels of recruiters in high schools, to the very personal levels of treatment of traumatic brain injuries. In this course we will read academic articles from a variety of disciplines about the impact of the military, and then students will have the opportunity to formulate their own research questions on matters of the military leading, ultimately, to a well-researched argument.

Cyborg: Welding Technology and Humans

SECTION ID

SECTION

DAY/TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

853419

B00

TTH 9:30-10:50

2346A

Carrie Wastal

We often conceive of technology as important to our everyday lives including school, work, and recreation. People are now reliant on technology, in its many forms. The reliance and importance of technology has expanded to its uses for the human body, especially medical purposes like prosthesis. The images promoted by media like films, novels, and essays is varied but most center on the cyborg as mercenary or hero, killer or savior, antagonist or protagonist, and as unpredictable entities that turn on their makers. However, cyborgs and cyborg technologies are much more than these narrow categories would suggest.

This course will explore society’s view of the blending of machine and human known as the cyborg. We will also look at the different perspectives of the definition of cyborg including its social value and its ethical use to inform our arguments about cyborgs and the interface of technologies and humans. We will also look at other definitions of cyborg. In keeping with the goals and requirements of MCWP 125, you will examine arguments about this topic in an effort to understand their content and structure while introducing and supporting your own informed research-based argument about an issue relevant to the course topic.

Fall 2015

Military Matters

SECTION ID SECTION DAY/TIME ROOM INSTRUCTOR
842602 A00 MW 11:00 - 12:20 HSS 2346A Marion Wilson
The military matters everywhere in San Diego – it impacts employment, recreation, environment, health care, and even the very landscape. Indeed, it is hard to find part of San Diego history that is not in large part shaped by the presence of the military. How the military impacts us here, of course, is related to how it impacts communities around the country, from the decisions made on a federal level about military spending, to the presence on the local levels of recruiters in high schools, to the very personal levels of treatment of traumatic brain injuries. In this course we will read academic articles from a variety of disciplines about the impact of the military, and then students will have the opportunity to formulate their own research questions on matters of the military leading, ultimately, to a well-researched argument.

Cyborg: Welding Technology and Humans

SECTION ID SECTION DAY/TIME ROOM INSTRUCTOR
842603 B00 TTH 9:30 - 10:50 HSS 2346A Carrie Wastal

We often conceive of technology as important to our everyday lives including school, work, and recreation. People are now reliant on technology, in its many forms. The reliance and importance of technology has expanded to its uses for the human body, especially medical purposes like prosthesis. The images promoted by media like films, novels, and essays is varied but most center on the cyborg as mercenary or hero, killer or savior, antagonist or protagonist, and as unpredictable entities that turn on their makers. However, cyborgs and cyborg technologies are much more than these narrow categories would suggest.

This course will explore society’s view of the blending of machine and human known as the cyborg. We will also look at the different perspectives of the definition of cyborg including its social value and its ethical use to inform our arguments about cyborgs and the interface of technologies and humans. We will also look at other definitions of cyborg. In keeping with the goals and requirements of MCWP 125, you will examine arguments about this topic in an effort to understand their content and structure while introducing and supporting your own informed research-based argument about an issue relevant to the course topic.

Summer Session 1 2015

From A.B.C.’s to F.O.B.’s: Asian Americans and Popular Culture

SEC. ID

SEC.

DAYS

TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

842274

A00

TTh

2:00 – 4:50pm

2305B

Staff

Fresh Off the Boat, the new family comedy on ABC is the first network sitcom about an Asian American family since Margaret Cho's short-lived All-American Girl premiered two decades ago.  What happened in those last twenty years? What are the political, historical, and cultural conditions that explains the reception of racially themed family sitcoms?  Throughout history, the family unit has often been used as a metaphor for the nation, but what if your family is mixed-raced or the members of the family includes transnationally adopted or undocumented children?  What are the conditions that necessitated a separate box for mixed-raced individuals for the first time in the 2010 U.S. census?  Engaging with issues of race, identity, transnational adoption, to issues of mixed race identities, the course introduces students to the rhetorical constructions of the American family in popular culture from narrative dramas, commercials, artistic practices, marketing, and new media.

Summer Session II 2015

Military Matters

SEC. ID

SEC.

DAYS

TIME

ROOM

INSTRUCTOR

843194

A00

MW

11:00-1:50pm

2305A

Staff

The military matters everywhere in San Diego – it impacts employment, recreation, environment, health care, and even the very landscape. Indeed, it is hard to find part of San Diego history that is not in large part shaped by the presence of the military. How the military impacts us here, of course, is related to how it impacts communities around the country, from the decisions made on a federal level about military spending, to the presence on the local levels of recruiters in high schools, to the very personal levels of treatment of traumatic brain injuries. In this course we will read academic articles from a variety of disciplines about the impact of the military, and then students will have the opportunity to formulate their own research questions on matters of the military leading, ultimately, to a well-researched argument.

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