Science, Rhetoric, and Social Influence

Description: Seminar, four hours. Enforced requisite: English Composition 3 or 3H or English as a Second Language 36. Science writing, particularly scientific texts, both contemporary and historical, that have been used to communicate science to and influence large groups of people's beliefs and behavior. What is it about certain scientific texts that change way we think and have potential to affect social policy? Texts cover variety of topics from evolution to nutrition and food industry to current debates about climate change. Students encouraged to practice science writing themselves. Satisfies Writing II requirement. Letter grading.

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Winter 2024 - Dr. Watson/ Dana was my favorite professor this quarter! I was really nervous about taking the class since even from the syllabus, you can see it is a very intense course (and it definitely has an Honors level workload, which was a lot more than my other GE writing II). There is a lot of readings and homework, but I will say Dana picks stuff out that genuinely is interesting (if you have an interest in the syllabus) and she is so so kind in regards to personal circumstances. Dana is extremely approachable, and if you take 43W I highly recommend going to her OH for essay help or clarifying ideas -- she genuinely wants to see you learn and grow, and as a student in mostly science classes, I was extremely scared to take an Honors writing II. The essays you write in H43W are very much based on your own interests, and you get feedback from peers and Dana on how to expand on these ideas in the best ways possible. The seminar can feel long at times (especially if you did not do the readings and are going into class with no knowledge) but I enjoyed having these discussions since I feel like this class has made me more intellectually aware and conscious, and seriously has done wonders for my writing skills. Dana has given me so much confidence and encouragement in pursuing what I am passionate about, and although there is a lot of work (the final essay is 10-16 pages + readings and extra assignments) you get so much knowledge out of the class and without 43W I think I would be missing out on a huge part of my UCLA academic experience.
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