No, they aren't -- these courses are for the Faculty of Engineering and
For the same purposes as history and philosophy courses you have in
mind, Carleton's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has created First
Year Seminars: full year small group writing intensive courses (such as
language and power -- the one taught from our department). These courses
have lectures integrated into seminars, and all first year students in
our Faculty are required to take one them. They have been very successful.
Wendy Strachan wrote:
>But are these first year service courses writing courses? They aren't
>philosophy courses or history?
>Thanks for the connection to Tania.
>Wendy Strachan PhD.
>From: Natasha Artemeva [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
>Sent: Thursday, November 20, 2003 3:02 PM
>To: Wendy Strachan
>Cc: Tania Smith
>Subject: Re: lecture-tutorial writing classes
>Tania Smith has worked on one of those huge courses at Calgary. She
>might be able to provide some insight. Note: our discipline-specific
>writing-intensive courses are first-year service courses.
>Wendy Strachan wrote:
>>Thanks very much for the links, Natasha. I realize that these are the
>>recommendations for writing classes that are not also and mainly 'sociology
>>102' classes but I've having trouble finding information on first year or
>>lower division classes that are meant to be service courses for breadth
>>are also offered in small classes - unless it's at the college level. Maybe
>>we will have to keep trying it out and see how it works. We have our first
>>instance this semester of a 250 enrolment History 101 lecture course taught
>>as a W-course with tutorials of 16 students, 3 tutorials per TA and a
>>variety of writing assignments. The instructor is very involved in both
>>teaching the historical content and the writing so we think it is working
>>quite well. She's pretty outstanding, however.
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