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Research in Writing Studies

This graduate seminar explores the ways that composition and rhetoric scholars make and support knowledge claims by investigating both research in the discipline and the methods and methodologies that undergird that research. Geared towards helping students generate research projects through an informed framing of inquiry, this course provides an introduction to epistemology in writing studies-an introduction that provides a framework for understanding how writing is and has been studied. This focus on knowledge-making is operationalized through a range of methods for conducting research on writing. Students will learn to critically read research publications in composition and rhetoric; they will also learn to develop and pursue their own research projects.

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