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Jameson Course Descriptions

Writing 383 Food Writing

In this course, you will read classic and contemporary food writing and write about food for a variety of audiences, adapting the materials and texts as needed to become increasingly sophisticated critical thinkers and writers who can shape material effectively.  The course addresses a range of cultural issues both personal and cultural, including the role of food in culture and agriculture, history and geography, science and technology, family and social justice, art, and personal enjoyment.  These are all areas in which OSU has taken leadership with food issues. Workshops and conferences will help you revise and polish your work.  We will have a library visit and some “hybrid days.”  You need to check Blackboard and ONID email regularly.

Writing 449 Critical Reviewing

This class offers an opportunity for students to gain experience writing, reading, and analyzing reviews and critical essays of various genres (film, book, music, restaurant, art, etc) and in various print and online journals, which is a great way to start as a freelance writer.  In addition, we will review and critique reviews published in a variety of sources (including The New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker) and study the history of reviewing as a cultural and institutional phenomenon, with the question of the roles of professional, amateur and citizen reviewers. We will also look at the relationship between the rhetorical situation of a publication (the left-leaning Nation versus the more moderate New Yorker, for instance) and the form and content of reviews that appear in its pages.

Finally, in this class we will spend some time discussing what might be characterized as the economics, politics, and ethics of critical reviewing.  A negative review by a well known critic can sink a Broadway play or cause a movie to go immediately into video stores rather than showing in theaters, so reviews can play key economic, cultural, and political roles in our information age.  Given these and other potentially serious consequences, how can reviewers enact ethical practices? How should a reviewer writing for a local newspaper establish standards for high school productions, for instance, or semi-professional musical events?  We will also attend events outside the classroom.

The course challenges you to develop and attune your own writing style(s), articulating educated opinions adjusted for specific print and online audiences.   You will write short reviews and longer critical essays, compile an online Reading Journal, and create a Media Project.  Workshops, conferences, and peer review will help you revise and polish your work.  We will have a library visit and at least one “hybrid day.”  Some readings are chosen for you, and others you will choose.

Writing 518 Teaching Practicum: Writing in Business

This practicum prepares graduate students to teach professional writing for the workplace, specifically OSU’s WR 214 Writing in Business (Business Writing).  It provides grounding in rhetorical theories and practices for effective teaching of this course.  The curriculum for WR 518 is consistent with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Two-Year College Association (TYCA) recommendations for graduate preparation for teaching workplace writing for undergraduates.

The course will include familiarity with rhetorical principles in the workplace, typical textbooks, standard syllabus and schedule, typical assignments, managing workload, and using software such as Track changes, Excel and PowerPoint common in the workplace.  Visits to current WR 214 classes will provide first hand experience of the class in action.  OSU Career Services and WR 214 instructors may visit the practicum to share their expertise and discuss issues. 

Contact Info

Writing, Literature, & Film 238 Moreland Hall 541.737.3244
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