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Fall 2010 - 61145 - PA190G - Writing for Global Policy Studies

Writing II

Instructor(s): Tomlinson, Chris
Unique Number: 61145
Day & Time: Th 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Room: SRH 3.122
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Course Overview

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.

Section Description

Class meets Sept 30 through Oct. 28, 2010

In this follow-up to Writing I, students will further advance individual writing skills suitable for a professional career in global policy. They will complete a set of professional writing tasks to practice the style and composition used in memoranda, advocacy papers, reports, press releases, and opinion columns. Assignments will be designed for different audience such as (1) the executive branch (including advice for the new president), (2) international organizations, and (3) NGOs. Students will review and critique historical examples of these kinds of documents as well as generate new pieces appropriate for the contemporary context