Fall 2024 Courses

WRDS 2101 – Advanced Writing: Research and Analysis
Jon Pope / MWF 10:10 – 11:00 am
Provides strategies for writing in academic majors, across majors, and beyond graduation into professions and / or graduate school. The focus is on how to transfer academic writing to students’ chosen profession or field. Students build on their current knowledge, acquiring advanced research practices; engaging in critical analysis of professional materials in their field; learning to use grammar, mechanics, and textual conventions for appropriate media; and understanding and supporting arguments and claims with credible evidence.

WRDS 3140 – Arguing with Images
Aaron Kashtan / MWF 11:15 am – 12:05 pm
Visual rhetoric and culture teaches students to become proficient and thoughtful users of visual argumentation and to understand how visual rhetoric operates within specific sociocultural and political contexts. Through attention to particular examples of controversies involving images, students learn why and how images matter, and how to leverage the power of images in both an effective and a sensitive way. Assignments require students both to analyze particular controversies involving images, and to create their own images that make controversial arguments.

WRDS 3211 – Online Writing: Ethics, Appropriation & Social Media
Kefaya Diab / TR 10:00 – 11:15 am

Focuses on issues of responsibility, ownership, and access. Students research and write multimodal, online content, exploring the ethics and accessibility of texts in technological cultures that both facilitate and prevent access.

WRDS 3215 – Information Literacy and Digital Composing
Wilfredo Flores / TR 2:30 – 3:45 pm
Provides highly transferable digital composition and rhetorical skills students can use to compose across many different curricular, academic, professional, and personal contexts. Students learn methods used to cultivate research from digitally enabled social networks and adapt traditional rhetorical skills to account for digital cultures, accessibility, and portability in an update culture that participates in the critique and composition of online knowledge.

WRDS 3220 – Current Theories and Applications of Writing
Wilfredo Flores / TR 1:00 – 2:15 pm
Building on historical approaches in composition and rhetorical theories, this activity-based class engages students in a variety of tasks that help them enact the main principles of the discipline. Learning how theories in writing are processes in the making, students learn to use theories to interrogate writing challenges, adapt theories when new tasks present, and develop flexible approaches to communicating in traditional and emerging contexts.

WRDS 4225 – Writing Research Methods
Mark Hall / TR 1:00 – 2:15 pm
Explores a broad range of theories and methods for engaging in and reading various aspects of power, organizations, and communication through the lens of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method writing studies research. Students analyze and apply these methods to any article, research site, or professional setting to answer questions about how people use, create, distribute, and create what stands for evidence-based knowledge.

WRDS 4402 Research, Theory, and Practice of Tutoring Writing
Katie Garahan & Jan Rieman TR 2:30-3:45
Research, Theory, and Practice of Tutoring Writing is a practicum which educates student peer tutors to assist writers in UNC Charlotte’s Writing Resources Center (WRC). All writing consultants are required to complete this course, which provides an introduction to writing center research, theory, and practice. Coursework explores the history, contexts, and research-based principles of writing centers; the social, collaborative nature of learning; strategies of one-with-one writing instruction; threshold concepts in Writing Studies; composition theory; and current issues in writing pedagogy, such as linguistic justice and accessibility. Significant attention is given to research-based practices for supporting multilingual writers. In addition to completing coursework, students will tutor in the WRC for three hours per week. Because this course includes a practicum in the WRC, enrollment is by permission only, following a successful interview with the Director and/or Associate Director of the WRC. This is a writing-intensive course. For graduate students, fulfills rhetoric/composition course requirement for rhetoric/composition concentration; fulfills writing requirement for applied linguistics, children’s literature, and literature concentrations.