English 201

Literacy (studies) in the Academy

In English 201, we engage in some of the central work of the academy as nascent academics, studying literacy both as content (what is the nature of literacy?) and as practice (what are the literate practices of the academy? how do we engage in such practices?). As apprentice scholars, we consider what it means to engage in scholarly conversations, create and complicate knowledge, and share that knowledge with others. Ultimately, the goal of this class is to introduce students to the literacy practices of upper-level undergraduate and early graduate-level work. Because of the demanding nature of the course, students are evaluated using a grade contract. You can read more about this grade contract in the report on my informal teacher-research project on grade contracts.