PubPol 300

PubPol 300: Persuasive Policy Writing

Level
Undergraduate
Term
Winter 2021
Session
Winter 2021
Days
Tuesday, Thursday
Time
1:00-2:20 pm EDT
Course Location
REMOTE
Course Section
001
U-M Course Number
26250
Credit Hours
3
Class Size
25

This course, structured as a seminar and writing workshop, intensively develops students' persuasive writing and critical reading skills through abundant practice and feedback. Weekly writing assignments and exercises will focus on every stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and research through drafting and revision, in three vital areas of political writing: the short opinion piece, the policy memorandum, and the polemical essay. We will read and analyze a wide variety of examples from traditional print and online media, from journalistic, government, and academic sources. We will also explore ethical considerations of policy writing, considering the ways in which our rhetorical choices, tone, word choice, even syntax construct our subjects and frame contentious issues for target audiences.

*Non-Ford students must get instructor approval by submitting a writing sample to Molly Spencer (mollysp@umich.edu)*