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    Rhet 102, College Writing II, B1 (Prof. Elaine Wood):This course engaged issues of race, diversity and representation at the university. Its aim was for students to learn basic techniques for critically engaging with academic texts, structuring argumentative essays, and critiquing their own work. This was expected to be achieved by a series of writing assignments, which prepared students to look at various aspects of campus culture with a critical eye. From these assignments students developed a larger research project that brought them into conversation with their environment and other scholars, and the research of previous students. [2]
    Rhet 102: Race and the University, Instr. Eve Eure: This course engages issues of race, diversity and representation at the University of Illinois. Students are encouraged to think about what the university is, as well as about race and ethnicity as a phenomena within the university’s narratives. The readings in the course interrogate U.S. race politics as a way to contextualize our understanding of the relationship between race and the University of Illinois. Students write both long and short essays which critically analyze the readings done both inside and outside of the classroom. This is achieved by a series of writing assignments, which prepare students to look at these various aspects of campus culture which might not otherwise be questioned and/or studied in a critical manner. Students build upon these initial studies to create a larger research project that brings them into conversation with their environment and other scholars, as well as research of previous students. The course syllabus is available at: www.eui.uiuc.edu/docs/syllabi/RHET102S08.doc [3]
    Rhet 104, Ethnography of Race and the University, Instr. Samantha Looker: In this course, students take the writing skills that they built during Rhet 103 and apply them to research, with the ultimate goal of completing an in-depth research project. As part of the EUI-Rhetoric Race and the University Project, this class revolves around how race is represented and lived on university campuses, and specifically on our own campus here at UIUC. Students ground themselves in readings on how race is defined and talked about, and then move on to research related issues on our campus. Students will choose a research question related to race to answer in your final research project. As part of the EUI (Ethnography of the University Initiative), this class gives students the opportunity to create original scholarly research based on your firsthand experience with people, texts, and places on campus. In addition to traditional academic sources, students final research project will include several interviews, observations, surveys, and/or analyses of University texts. [7]
    RHET 105 Principles of Composition [2]
    RHET 105, Principles of Composition, John Griswold: Being a fluent writer - no matter what field someone goes into - demands that he or she be fair, coherent and specific. In this course students developed these skills through ethnography, which seeks to reveal how particular cultures construct and understand experience. Students used writing as a way of thinking, seeing, searching for patterns and meaning, and communicating clearly when faced with a complex set of tasks and issues. Students also made gradual but continuous progress towards an ethnographic essay, and reflected on the process of coming to know. In the process, students identified their own assumptions, tried to see others for what they are, and attempted to represent, in words, others' cultural experiences. The course syllabus is available at: http://www.eui.uiuc.edu/docs/syllabi/RHET105F08.pdf. [4]
    RHET 105, Spring 2012 [9]
    RHET102 College Writing II [5]
    RHET104 [4]
    RHET105 Fall 2011: Principles of Composition [8]
    RHET105 Principles of Composition [3]
    RHET105 Section B4C3 (Race and Ethnicity at UIUC) [10]
    RHET105 Section C4D6 (Race and Ethnicity at UIUC) [2]
    RHET105 Section D3B3 (Principles of Composition: Race and the University) [5]
    RHET105 Spring 2011 Thomas Herakovich [3]
    RHET233 Writing a Life [2]
    Rhetoric 102 Race and the University is the second course in the year long composition requirement at the University of Illinois. Students build their academic writing skills and develop research strategies with the ultimate goal of completing an in-depth research project. As part of the Ethnography of the University Initiative, this course asks students to examine the ways that race is understood, represented, performed and remembered on campus in order to examine specific issues surrounding race and racism and to examine the culture of the university. While reading about important issues in contemporary race discussions, students choose a race-related issue on campus to research through firsthand experience with interviews, field observations, and text analysis in order to create their own original scholarly work. [6]
    Rhetoric 103, College Composition I: Race and the University, Yu Kyung Kang: This course is the first half of a two-semester sequence designed primarily to help students improve as writers, readers, researchers and critical thinkers. To this end students were encouraged to think analytically, to read critically and participate actively in the ongoing academic discourse presented in texts, images and discussions. This section of Rhetoric 103 was different from others in that it centered on a particular theme, Race and the University as a part of the Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI). As a Race and the University course students investigated the way that race defines people, actions, and patterns of thought, and what people make of race and issues of race. Students did this by exploring texts and contexts in the first half, then observed and researched issues particular to our campus in the second half. Over the semester students went through a step-by-step research process that started with a research question and ended with a final research project. As an Ethnography of the University (EUI) section, students conducted innovative research and explored issues of race by coming in direct contact with people, places and texts connected or related to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The course syllabus is available at: http://www.eui.uiuc.edu/docs/syllabi/RHET103F08.pdf. [10]
    Rhetoric 104 was the second semester of a two-semester course sequence designed primarily to help students improve as writers, readers, researcher and critical thinkers. This entailed more than perfecting students’ grammar or developing good writing skills. Rather, this course aimed to encourage students to think analytically, to read critically and participate actively in the ongoing academic discourse presented in texts, images or discussions etc. [1]
    Rhetoric 104 was the second semester of a two-semester course sequence designed primarily to help students improve as writers, readers, researchesr and critical thinkers. This entailed more than perfecting students’ grammar or developing good writing skills. Rather, this course aimed to encourage students to think analytically, to read critically and participate actively in the ongoing academic discourse presented in texts, images or discussions etc. [4]
    Rhetoric 105 helps you develop your reading, writing, and research skills and lays a foundation for the reading, writing, and researching you will do at the University. The skills taught in this course can also help you learn to make informed judgments in a world of competing ideas and learn to communicate ideas persuasively. This course gives you practice in: • Critically reading and analyzing texts • Rhetorical analysis • Forming arguments • Gathering and evaluating research • Synthesizing multiple sources • Conducting qualitative research • Composing: inventing, drafting, revising This section of Rhet. 105 centers on the theme of “Race and the University.” [5]