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Writing Across Disciplines

How can a computer scientist help archaeologists study Neolithic China? How can studying literature help neuroscientists understand the human brain? How can an ancient historian help us understand international politics today? Interdisciplinary research requires scholars to communicate knowledge across traditional academic boundaries. Such communication presents unique challenges: how does a scientist write for both an audience of computer scientists and archaeologists without sacrificing detail and complexity?

This course will introduce students to strategies for reading and writing interdisciplinary papers.

Through a variety of short readings, students will learn to work through jargon-laden texts and gain confidence in their ability to read academic papers. This course will also provide students the opportunity to co-author a short research paper on an interdisciplinary topic suited to their own interests. Workshops on each stage of the research writing process with give students tools to be effective interdisciplinary readers, writers, and project managers.

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Session Two
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at the time of application
Scheduled Class Time*

04:00 PM - 07:00 PM (PDT)

*The course will meet for two hours daily (Monday–Friday) for a live class during this window of time. The exact time will be set closer to the program start. In addition to the live meeting times, students will engage in out-of-class learning assignments such as assigned readings, group work, pre-recorded online lectures, and more.