Fall 2010 - 61135 - PA190G - Writing for Global Policy Studies
|Instructor(s):|| Weaver, Catherine
|Day & Time:||Th 2:00 - 5:00 pm|
|Waitlist Information:||For LBJ Students: UT Waitlist Information|
The MGPS requires each student to demonstrate advanced individual writing skills suitable for a professional career. This requirement is typically satisfied by enrollment in a one-credit course in three different semesters. Students in the writing course will complete a set of professional writing tasks and work with the faculty member leading the course on the style and composition used in policy writing such as memoranda, advocacy papers, reports, and opinion columns. Several assignments will be tied to attendance at various colloquia affiliated with the MGPS program and / or to use of resources available in the LBJ Presidential Library's archives of actual policy writing from the Johnson Administration. Some students may choose to write a Professional Report as an alternative to taking the three hours of PA 190G; many students who choose to write Professional Reports do so in addition to taking the PA 190G sequence rather than as a substitute for it. The Professional Report provides students an opportunity to work with two faculty member readers on an in-depth individual research project on a global policy issue.
Class meets Aug 26 through Sept. 23, 2010.
Writing I. Students in the writing course seek to develop advanced individual writing skills suitable for a career in global policy. They will complete a set of exercises to practice professional style and composition, following the guidelines in key texts such as Strunk and White's Elements of Style. Some writing assignments may be tied to attendance at various colloquia affiliated with the MGPS program. Grading will emphasize policy-oriented writing style rather than the substantive content of the essays