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Learn strategies to effectively write and blog about your passion…

ENG 306: Argumentative Writing I

Summer 2 (online – two sections)

This course is designed to teach you effective strategies of persuasion common to writing and arguing in public contexts, with a special emphasis on writing for online audiences (on blogs, social media, and DIY publishing platforms). You will explore and apply theories of both contemporary and classical rhetoric, reading and writing as a scholar of persuasion and as a citizen actively invested in specific public issues that are circulating across news and entertainment media. You will write a variety of opinion essays and exploratory inquiries, some of which will be shared in class, and others of which you will have the option to publish on an online blogsite for which the professor serves as the editor.

The course asks students to write, and write a lot; however, the writing is based on issues and arguments that the students are passionate about and invested in, even issues that might be considered to be "merely" a part of pop culture. Students will have the option to (anonymously if they wish) publish their written arguments to an online venue edited by the professor. In the past, students publishing their work for the course have been offered jobs in marketing and journalism, and/or they’ve been able to highlight their published work in resumes and applications for various jobs and/or advanced programs of study.

Fulfills the general education requirement: WI
This course fulfills a 300-level breadth of field requirement for the English major and it fulfills elective writing credits for other colleges such as the Shidler College of Business.

About the Instructor
Darin Payne is a rhetoric and composition specialist who teaches graduate courses in new media and digital pedagogies, theories and practices of composition studies, rhetorics of popular culture, and contemporary rhetorical theory. He teaches undergraduate courses in writing for electronic media, teaching composition, advanced argumentation, new media rhetoric and popular culture, and first-year writing, among others. He has served in the past as the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Rhetoric and Composition, and Coordinator of the (former) English Studies Computing Center. He has been nominated for several teaching awards, including the "Chancellor’s Citation for Meritorious Teaching" in 2013 and the "College of LLL Excellence in Teaching Award" in 2016.

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Term Dates

  • Summer 1
    May 21 – June 29, 2018
  • Summer 2
    July 2 – August 10, 2018
  • Varied Date Courses
    Class schedules vary between May 21 – August 10, 2018

  • Registration Dates
    UHM Seniors
    March 13
    UHM Continuing
    March 14
    New or Visiting
    March 20

Questions? Contact Us

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Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-7221