Writing "across the curriculum," or, more precisely, within the disciplines and professions, incorporates the "language" and the procedures for exchanging knowledge within a particular field. It is essential that you learn how to communicate as a professional in your discipline or career path if you are to succeed.
Towards that end, this course will provide you with familiarity with the way different disciplines conduct research and communicate the results of that research. It will also give you some practical research and writing tasks focused on subject areas appropriate for your discipline.
The following virtual tour will acquaint you with some of the most valuable knowledge resources in your field. As you take your tour(s), make sure to jot down notes (including sites) about what the tour taught you about the unifying values, assumptions and goals of various disciplines.
Writing in the Social Sciences
Work in the social sciences revolves around making sense of the human elements of our world. In the fields within the social sciences, researchers focus on the ways that people behave. Their methods include studies based on observations, interviews, surveys, and case studies.
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Writing in the Natural Sciences
Writing in the natural sciences is one of the most important activities in this century, a century increasingly high-tech, global, and diverse. The scientific writer must combine theory and practice in his or her writing so as to reach the intended reader.
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Writing in the fields of Business
It is quite appropriate that writing in business should be included in a course on Advanced Expository and Research Writing. Although the basic goal of business writing is to persuade the reader to take a course of action, business and the other disciplines are being drawn closer together, in a world where technology is causing a global convergence.
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Writing in the Humanities
Research in the humanities requires close reading or analysis of events and artifacts. Writers draw conclusions and to extend the ideas of others with their own interpretations.
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After completing the virtual tour, you probably noticed some difference among the disciplines in terms of how knowledge is defined and represented. Underlying these differences are differences in the "epistemologies" of the field. "Epistemology" can be broadly defined as a "way of looking at the world." Each discipline has a unique lens through which information is gathered, analyzed and presented.
Please visit the following website, which includes, in tabular format, a comparison/contrast of various disciplines--their fields, genres, writing styles, documentation forms, and sources of evidence.
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