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About the W-Course Program

 

The writing-intensive courses at Temple are designed to teach students about the kinds of writing that are used and valued by members of their field. Different academic disciplines (and the professions associated with them) have markedly different ideas about what comprises good writing, from the forms that texts take, to the nature of arguments and originality, to the length of sentences, to methods of quoting and citing. The w-courses offer students an opportunity to explore the way people in their field think about and use writing, and to practice writing the kinds of texts they may be expected to produce after graduation.

Among the w-courses taught at Temple are:

  • a course for students majoring in Media Studies and Production, in which teams of students write and produce segments for "Sports Update," a program broadcast on Temple's TV station.
  • a Public Health course in which students develop a grant proposal for a public health program they have conceived, researched and designed.
  • a course in which students studying Early Childhood Education work with a classroom teacher to produce a portfolio that documents a child's reading development
  • a course for Anthropology students in which they conduct an original ethnographic fieldwork and draft a scholarly research article based on their findings.

The defining feature of a w-course is not the amount of writing students do, but the amount of instruction students receive. The writing instruction is usually embedded in a back-and-forth process in which students prepare for and write drafts of their work; get feedback from their instructor; and then revise their drafts based on that feedback. This opportunity to reflect and improve on drafts is essential to the development of excellence in writing. Thus, students will find that nearly all w-courses include some form of required revision.