Course Descriptions and Materials

Below, I have the major descriptions and course materials from my more recent courses, as well as potential planned courses. There are a blend of Google Docs, PDFs, and sites, but let me know if you have any further questions or requests (bekeegan@syr.edu). I totally believe in sharing materials. For student feedback on particular courses, please e-mail.

Taught

WRT 302: Advanced Studio: Digital Writing (Syracuse University, Spring 2018):

From the Catalogue: May include document and web design, multimedia, digital video, web logs. Introduction to a range of issues, theories, and software applications relevant to such writing.

My Description: As the name suggests, this course focuses around “digital writing,” a range of situations, literacies, and modalites centered around digital technology, ranging from image editing to web design. The course should create a concrete exposure to digital writing skills, giving a chance to produce a website and use various design and multi-modal digital tools. The course also hopes to explore the theoretical, ethical, and rhetorical implications behind those skills and their role in our personal, professional, and civic lives. While any prior familiarity to digital composing is welcome, it is not a requirement and the course should attend to a range of abilities.

Course Site

WRT 205: Advanced Research Writing (Syracuse University, Summer 2017):

From the Catalogue: Study and practice of critical, research-based writing, including research methods, presentation genres, source evaluation, audience analysis, and library/online research. Students complete at least one sustained research project.

My Description: As the capstone to the writing requirement at SU, this course focuses on research-based writing across different contexts, genres, and audiences. The course will emphasize the social and rhetorical dimensions of research writing, exploring how research-driven writing works in varied communities with different goals. I take a more process and reflection-focused approach, culminating in a final “inquiry project” and a portfolio that builds from your writing and process work throughout the semester. The course includes more practical elements of research writing, like source gathering and evaluation, as well as deeper theoretical concerns regarding the ethics and rhetoric of research. In particular, our unit of inquiry will center on writing and technology, using design-driven thinking to consider thorny issues at the intersection of technology and society.

Course Syllabus and Calendar

WRT 105: Practices of Academic Writing (Syracuse University, Fall 2016):

My description: WRT 105 is an introduction to literacy and its relationship to cultures, communities, identities, media, and technology. You will write, revise, edit, and reflect with the support of instructor and peers. You will also engage critically with the opinions and voices of others as you develop a greater understanding of how your writing can affect yourself and your audiences.

The course will engage with literacy, analysis, and argument, practices that carry across academic disciplinary lines and into professional and civic writing. These interdependent practices are fundamental to the work you will do at Syracuse University and in your careers and civic life.

Syllabus, Calendar, and Projects

CLARE 110 (St. Bonaventure University, Fall 2014):

From Department: This course will help you develop writing and critical thinking skills you will draw on to succeed at St. Bonaventure. Toward this end, we will focus primarily on critical reading, writing, and argumentation skills as well as the analysis of cultural texts and the study of language through the lens of semiotics, rhetoric, ideology, and social action. We will thus be interested in how we encounter various aspects of the world around us as signs that embody and negotiate different meanings and power structures, and we will also be interested in how we are persuaded and moved to think, act, and feel by these texts. As you develop your critical capacities, you will take up writing as both an academic practice and an instrument of social change. (3 credits)

My Description: The primary first-year writing course at St. Bonaventure, this was meant as a class to focus on more fundamental writing skills, the conventions of academic writing, and slightly more rhetorical and critical set of literacies. The primary structure was around the semiotics of various domains, from space to music, and the readings covered both fundamentals of academic writing, like They Say/I Say, and more critical issues, like gender and race The syllabus was a centralized document, which we edited to individual tastes; therefore, it primarily represents department goals and values.

Syllabus, Calendar, and Projects

Planned

WRT 426: Studies in Writing, Rhetoric, and Information Technology: Rhetorics of Play

My Description: As the overview highlights, the class is meant to look at the intersection of game studies and writing studies, opening up the interrogation of games from the level of literacy to their communities and histories. As such, it is a bit of a survey course and could likely be edited to focus on particular aspects. Unit one focuses more on the rhetorical aspects of game and play as largely understood in composition and rhetoric. Unit two expands from beyond game interfaces and literacies to discuss the histories and communities created by videogames. Unit 3, the longest, looks at game design, focusing it down with a hands on iterative project, but also adding readings of different design mechanics and philosophies. The course wraps up going back to the foundational texts of game studies to revisit the original question: What can rhetoric teach us about play, and what can play teach us about rhetoric? While fitting under a primarily digital scope, it also involves the analysis of analogue games and play more generally.

Overview, Syllabus, Calendar, and Projects

 

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