English 1102 Course Description

English 1102 focuses on argumentative writing and is designed to increase your ability to construct persuasive appeals based on the highest academic standards of logic and evidence. Like English 1101, this course focuses on methods of or­ganization, analysis, and research skills, but all with the goal of increasing your ability to build scholarly arguments that synthesize your ideas with the work of other academics.

Your 1102 experience will expose you to topics that range from civic issues and political arguments to readings of literary texts or other cultural artifacts. Your in­structor will also introduce you to the study of argument and rhetoric through the use of texts (including this handbook) that focus on rhetorical theory and various argumentative models. You may also work with supplemental readings from a va­riety of genres, including nonfiction essays/articles, documentary films, advertise­ments, or other texts. Additionally, in English 1102 you will practice active reading strategies, scholarly note-taking techniques, and research methods that are vital to success in any degree program.

In this course, you will try out a variety of arguments that draw on different types of sources as evidence. Although you began to research and complete other library-related work in English 1101, English 1102 will introduce you to additional re­search instruction and guidance for particular assignments. English 1102 requires that you practice writing from sources, including basic scholarly skills like sum­mary and paraphrase; quoting and citing sources; evaluating and drawing con­clusions from sources; synthesizing sources; and other techniques for researched writing. Additionally, you will learn more sophisticated argumentative strategies, including how to develop appeals to fact or logic, values, character, and emotion; building credibility; developing effective reasoning; using appropriate evidence; and analyzing various arguments composed by other writers.

English 1102 continues 1101’s emphasis on college-level and professional stan­dards for formal prose, mechanics, and formatting. However, English 1102 focuses attention on style and usage more as rhetorical strategies; the awareness of audi­ence, purpose, and other aspects of the rhetorical situation such as constraints and exigency that you were introduced to in 1102 are brought to the forefront in 1102.


In addition to the skills acquired in English 1101, by the end of the course, you will be able to analyze, evaluate, document, and draw inferences from various sources, both primary and secondary. You will also identify, select, and analyze appropriate research methods, research questions, and evidence for specific rhetorical situations. Using the rhetorical situation of text, audience, and pur­pose as a guide, you will learn how to perform research driven by your research questions.

You will use argumentative strategies and genres in order to engage various audi­ences. Of all the components of the rhetorical situation, audience is arguably the most important.

In order to be an ethical researcher and practice academic honesty, you will learn to integrate others’ ideas with your own and properly document all sources. You will learn grammatical, stylistic, and mechanical formats and conventions ap­propriate to rhetorical situations and audience constraints. Writing with these in mind enables you to review and practice grammar and mechanics, applying what you know about language conventions to what you write.

You will produce well reasoned argumentative essays demonstrating rhetorical engagement. This engagement means that you are engaging your audience in a rhetorical act: an exchange of ideas and evidence that encourages their interest in and attention to your ideas, whether you want them to consider another perspec­tive, change their minds, or go forth in action.

Finally, and importantly, as an emerging writer, you will reflect on your writing process and evaluate your own work.