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SSI2-114: Humans, Nature, and the Environment (Prof. Sherman)

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In this class, you'll be working on a series of short writing assignments that tackle different types of writing. Although they'll all be relatively short, and geared toward a general audience, each one will require thinking differently about what you are trying to accomplish with the piece. You might be comparing and contrasting different approaches to a sustainability problem, or describing the results of a scientific study. Each type of writing will require a different approach to research. 

Before you start thinking about the type of writing you're going to do, and what kind of research you'll need to do, you're going to need to dig into a topic, and figure out what aspect of that topic you are going to engage with. As with all short writing, you'll need to learn a lot more about your topic than you can ultimately fit into your finished piece. How will you decide what's most important about your topic?

Let's practice together. Watch the video below and consider:

  • What is going on here? 
  • Who are the stakeholders involved?
  • What choices can you see being made (now, or in the past)?
  • Do you think they are good or bad choices, and what makes you think so?

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Work with a Peer Research Advisor!

Spring semester drop-in hours in Library 115 are:

Mon.  11:00am to 2:00pm; 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Tues. 10:00am to 12:00pm; 2:00pm to 3:00pm  
Wed.  10:00am to 3:00pm
Thurs. 11:00am to 12:00pm
Fri.  11:00am to 3:00pm
Sun. 1:00pm to 6:00pm

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