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Fall 2010 - 61140 - PA190G - Writing for Global Policy Studies

Writing III

Instructor(s): Engle, Gregory W.
Unique Number: 61140
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 Nov. 4 through Dec. 2, 2010.

Writing III is the final course in a three-part series aimed at developing the advanced writing skills of individuals pursuing careers in global policy.† Lectures will address the writing conventions and practices that characterize the internal government communications that inform and drive the foreign policy process.† Writing exercises based on current and historic events will enable students to employ these conventions and develop a familiarity with a range of documents that serve specific purposes in the policy process:† memoranda of conversation, briefing memoranda and talking points, action or decision memoranda, spot reports and analytical reports.