Oregon State University

Fall 2013

WR 525 Advanced Scientific and Technical Writing

WR 525/PSM 525 Advanced Scientific and Technical Writing

Do you know how to distinguish scientific, science, or technical writing? Have you learned to select primary sources based on the reading or disciplinary community? Could you summarize what constitutes ethics in scientific and professional publishing?

If you have completed a research project, bring your data set to this course. If you need to plan research or an internship, bring your ideas to the course. You will examine what researchers write and publish, when they publish, and why:

  • Learn to use tools and to follow processes.
  • Learn by editing and peer reviewing.
  • Understand and adapt to audiences.
  • Understand the rhetoric of professional communication, that is, how to make prudent choices in writing relative to the outlet, the audience, and the research plan or results.

In this course, you will

  • Use persuasion effectively to write a funding proposal and a cover letter within agency guidelines.
  • Write a scientific journal article (or a research proposal or internship proposal) and a magazine article to outlet guidelines.
  • Determine and create an appropriate visual display.
  • Write to various audiences about data and results.
  • Edit and revise work after peer review.
  • Analyze a collection of science magazine articles and write a book review.

Challenging? Yes. Worthwhile? You decide!

Spring 2013

ENG 497/597 International Women’s Voices: Studies in Transnational Women’s Narratives

ENG 497/597

This course studies women’s narratives in a comparative, transnational context, focusing on the political and cultural conditions through which women’s narratives are produced and the effects of gender on language and literature. We will analyze and discuss literary texts, films and oral narratives locating these materials in the fields of literary, multi-media and feminist studies. Our discussions will ask questions about expectations and assumptions surrounding “third world” and non-western literature, explore notions of fiction and nonfiction, and address the politics of written versus oral histories. As we travel the globe and listen to women’s voices, we will also reflect on our own cultural contexts, and drawing on feminist global studies, we will ask how our own geographic and historical locations inform our reading practices.

For more information, please email liddy.detar@oregonstate.edu







FILM 452/552 Studies in Film

FILM 452

Global Anime

This survey course will provide a systematic introduction to the arts and culture of Japanese animation. Examining the historical developments, artistic styles, major themes, subgenres and auteurs of Japanese anime under a wider trajectory of cultural globalization, this course will particularly focus on contextualizing the current forms and idioms of Japanese anime within the changing new media environment with the rise of computer technologies in a transnational arena. Screening titles include AstroboyAkiraGhost in the ShellSamurai Champloo, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Bubblegum Crisis, FLCL, Revolutionary Girl Utena, My Neighbor Totoro, and so on.

WR 407/507 Seminar: Professional Writing

WR 407/507

Can I write for a living? What is professional writing? If I want to be a professional writer, what will I need to know?

Professional Writing will tackle some of these questions, exploring what it means to be a professional writer in the university and beyond. We’ll focus on writing in a technically complex, 21st century world, and class discussion will address ethics, rhetoric, information design, and more. Further, we’ll learn valuable writing strategies professional writers employ in the workplace every day.

Winter 2013

ENG 199 Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction

ENG 199 Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction

This course is a multi-media overview of the many forms of nonfiction writing, from Montaigne’s Essais to Sei Shonagon’s Pillow Book to the 21st century blog. Over the course of the term, we’ll examine how centuries of writers have combined prose style, fact, and context to make the realities of human life a vibrant literary form. As we read, we’ll also discuss how each “sub genre” carries with it its own unique parameters and audience expectations.

Texts for the course include the essays of Michel de Montaigne, Joan Didion, Sei Shonagon and Phillip Lopate, radio essays from This American Life, graphic nonfiction from Alison Bechdel and Marjane Satrapi, pop culture magazine essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan and Susan Orlean, and food writing from Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain.

ENG 480 Convergence Culture: Film and New Media

English 480 Convergence Culture: Film and New Media

This course explores the social, cultural, and aesthetic aspects of media convergence, that is, the juncture and interfaces between new media and traditional ones. By closely reading key texts by writers such as Marshall McLuhan, Paul Virilio, Henry Jenkins, Manuel Castells, and Lev Manovich, we will critically examine a wide spectrum of popular media products including films, television, video games, YouTube videos, and mobile apps.

Contact Info

Writing, Literature, & Film 238 Moreland Hall 541.737.3244
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