I'll try to answer soon in regard to what the SFU English Department
does--the short answer is that in all our writing courses we teach
students about genre and to view discourse as rhetorically situated.
In each course, they get to investigate genres that particularly
interest or concern them. So we don't believe we need a special
course in the English Department that tells them what we think they
should discover--thus learning how to make similar discoveries on
their own later when they develop new interests or concerns. Oops,
despite my opener, I seem to be answering. Our three courses focus
on university writing, academic writing, and worldly writing (defined
as nonacademic/reader-oriented writing). We hope students who
complete these courses (and the parallel theory courses) have learned
enough to know how to adapt themselves to particular specialized
discourses. For particulars, see the 2nd edition of Janet Giltrow's
textbook ACADEMIC WRITING (Broadview) and chapter 10 of my textbook
PROCESS, FORM, AND SUBSTANCE.
On the other hand, our noncredit downtown Writing Program offers both
a general course in business and professional writing (usually taught
by Anne Hungerford from her own textbook, which shares the
perspective of the other two) and very specialized short courses.
And both our Business Faculty and Engineering School offer their own
writing/communications programs. For information about the
Engineering Communications Program, contact Susan Stevenson
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