Every Freshman Inquiry Writing Seminar (FIQWS) is made up of two courses: a topic section (in this case, Writing Social Justice) and a writing section (which is always English 110). Learning communities like FIQWS provide students an opportunity to focus their energies. Instead of designing two courses with two separate sets of assignments and learning objectives, FIQWS instructors combine their efforts so that the assignments help students achieve learning outcomes for two courses. The following list shows the learning outcomes from English 110 and from Writing Social Justice.
FIQWS Writing Section
- Explore and analyze, in writing and reading, a variety of genres and rhetorical situations.
- Develop strategies for reading, drafting, collaborating, revising, and editing.
- Recognize and practice key rhetorical terms and strategies when engaged in writing situations.
- Engage in the collaborative and social aspects of writing processes.
- Understand and use print and digital technologies to address a range of audiences.
- Locate research sources (including academic journal articles, magazine and newspaper articles) in the library’s databases or archives and on the Internet and evaluate them for credibility, accuracy, timeliness, and bias.
- Compose texts that integrate your stance with appropriate sources using strategies such as summary, critical analysis, interpretation, synthesis, and argumentation.
- Practice systematic application of citation conventions.
FIQWS Topic Section (Writing Social Justice)
- Examine how an individual’s place in society affects experiences, values, or choices.
- Articulate and assess ethical views and their underlying premises.
- Articulate ethical uses of data and other information resources to respond to problems and questions.
- Identify and engage with local, national, or global trends or ideologies, and analyze their impact on individual or collective decision-making.