FALL 2014 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Offering an approach unique to Johns Hopkins,“Expos” teaches students the elements of academic argument shared by all the disciplines. Students frame their arguments making use of what William Evans calls “The Paradigm of Academic Argument.” Within this conceptual framework, students learn to summarize and analyze data, to evaluate sources, and to develop their thinking with evidence as they reason clearly and logically toward their own conclusions. Students trace the potential impact of their conclusions—their implications, consequences, or applications—and practice suggesting directions for future research or scholarship. All courses in Expository Writing help fulfill the university’s writing, or “W,” requirement.

PLEASE NOTE: Individual titles and course descriptions for Fall 2014 courses in Expository Writing will not be posted until June 20.  If you're an upperclassman and want to register now for an Expos course, please choose a section that best fits your expected schedule.  Then check back after June 20 when the individual course topics are posted, but before the incoming freshmen begin to register on July 1.  If you then find that you'd like to change your section, email Senior Academic Coordinator Ms. Nicole Goode ngoode@jhu.edu or Professor Patricia Kain kain@jhu.edu .
 

060.100 (H) (W) INTRODUCTION TO EXPOSITORY WRITING
(3) Limit 10 per section.

Introduction to "Expos" is designed to introduce less experienced writers to the elements of academic argument. Students learn to recognize the paradigm of academic argument as they learn to read and summarize academic essays, and they they apply the paradigm in academic essays of their own. Classes are small, no more than 10 students, and are organized around three major writing assignments. Each course guides students' practice through pre-writing, drafting, and revising, and includes discussions, workshops, and tutorials with the instructor.  In addition to its central focus on the elements of academic argument, each "Intro" course teaches students to avoid plagiarism and document sources correctly. "Intro" courses do not specialize in a particular topic or theme and are available to freshmen only. 
 

060.113 (H) (W) EXPOSITORY WRITING
(3) Limit 15 per section.

“Expos” is designed to introduce more confident student writers to the elements of academic argument. Students learn to apply the paradigm of academic argument in academic essays of their own. Classes are capped at 15 students and organized around four major writing assignments. Each course guides students’ practice through pre-writing, drafting, and revising, and includes discussions, workshops, and tutorials with the instructor. In addition to its central focus on the elements of academic argument, each “Expos” course teaches students to document sources correctly and provides its own topic or theme to engage students’ writing and thinking. Please see the following list of individual course descriptions to decide which sections of “Expos” will most interest you. “Expos” courses are available to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors, and to seniors by special permission.