Writing Courses

Program Requirements (2017-18)

Visit this link for the updated 2017-18 Writing and Rhetoric program description and list of courses.

List of Innis College Writing and Rhetoric Courses on offer in 2017-18:

 

INI 103H1F,S Writing Essays
INI 104H1S Writing Reports
INI 201H1F Theories of Rhetoric
INI 204H1F The Academic Writing Process
*(please note that the winter term section, INI204H1S, will be cancelled)
INI 302H1F,S Writing in Business and the Professions for Rotman Commerce students
INI 303H1F,S Digital Rhetoric
INI 304H1S Critical Thinking and Inquiry in Written Communication
INI 305H1S Word and Image in Modern Writing
INI 310H1F Stylistic Editing and Copy Editing
INI 311Y1Y Seminar in Creative Writing
INI 316H1S Developmental and Substantive Editing
CANCELLED: INI 413H1S Visual Rhetoric of the Aesthetic Movement
INI 414H1S Writing for Social Change
JEI 206H1F Writing English Essays


For complete 2017-18 schedule and instructor information, please visit the Faculty of Arts and Science Timetable and review Innis College listings.

Writing and Rhetoric Courses

Please note that not all courses are on offer in 2017-18. Please see above for list of 2017-18 offerings.


INI103H1 - Writing Essays

Hours: 24L/12T

Introduces the fundamentals of essay writing within an interdisciplinary context. Includes the history of the essay and its various rhetorical modes (narrative, descriptive, expository, argumentative), with a focus on humanities and social sciences essays. Both non-academic essays and essays from across the academic disciplines are examined in terms of purpose, audience, and persuasive strategies.

Distribution Requirements: Humanities; Social Science

INI104H1 - Writing Reports

Hours: 36S

Introduces the fundamentals of report writing within an interdisciplinary context. This writing intensive course focuses on improving writing skills appropriate to report writing genres. Informal, formal, research, and professional workplace reports are examined in terms of purpose, audience, structure, style, persuasive strategies, and use of visual rhetoric (tables, charts, graphs). This course also examines qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Distribution Requirements: Humanities; Social Science

INI201H1 - Theories of Rhetoric

Hours: 36S

A survey of rhetorical theory from ancient Greece and Rome to the twentieth century. The course will examine classical theories of rhetoric, nineteenth-century interpretations of those theories, and the influence of twentieth-century language and literary theories on expanded notions of rhetoric.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities 
Breadth Requirements: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INI203Y1 - Foundations of Written Discourse

Hours: 72S

Designed to teach students to write persuasively and to recognize persuasive strategies at work in writing they analyze. Classical rhetorical terms, elements of style, and modes of argument are central to the course. Assignments include a rhetorical analysis, in-class essays, and a term essay. Readings include prose from a variety of disciplines, excluding fiction and poetry. Students who enrol in the course must demonstrate competence in the English language.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities 
Breadth Requirements: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

INI204H1 - The Academic Writing Process

Hours: 36S

The strategy necessary to write complete pieces of non-fiction prose, especially exposition and argument. Concepts of planning and organization include: focusing, research, outlining, patterns of logical development, introduction, paragraph development, conclusion, argumentation and persuasion, documentation, and revision. Students for whom English is a second language should have an advanced level of fluency in English before enrolling.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents. 
Exclusion: INI204Y1 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities 
Breadth Requirements: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

INI211H1 - Introduction to Creative Writing

Hours: 36S

This introductory course focuses on the process and craft of creative writing. Students will study short fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry by established writers, and learn to respond to works-in-progress by their peers. A variety of activities will help students generate, develop, and revise a portfolio of original creative work.

Prerequisite: 4.0 full-course equivalents 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities 
Breadth Requirements: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INI300H1 - Strategic Writing in Business and the Professions: Theory and Practice (formerly INI300Y1)

Hours: 36S

Aims to teach students to recognize the rhetoric of the professional workplace and to communicate strategically and ethically using written and oral discourse appropriate to business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Case study analysis using ethical reasoning models is a central component of the course.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents. 
Exclusion: INI300Y1; INI302H1 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities; Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INI301H1 - Contemporary Issues and Written Discourse: Rhetoric and the Print Media

Hours: 36S

Examines how the language and rhetoric of print media shape social issues. Rhetorical strategies at work in the media reporting of such controversial issues as international crises and military actions are examined. The construction of the columnists persona and the role of editorials are also examined.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities; Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI302H1 - Writing in Business and the Professions for Rotman Commerce students

Hours: 24L/12T

Designed for and restricted to undergraduates in Rotman Commerce. Assignments and course aims reflect the learning goals of the Rotman Commerce program. This course focuses on critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and the rhetoric of the world of business. The theory and practice of written and oral communication are also central. Case study analysis using ethical reasoning models is a central pedagogical tool.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents. 
Exclusion: INI300Y1/​INI300H1 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities; Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INI303H1 - Digital Rhetoric

Hours: 36S

Examines networked reading, research, and writing in the humanities. Students analyze web content and develop skills in web design and communication strategy. The course focuses on creating web pages using the principles of argument, persuasion, and visual rhetoric. Students will develop a digital portfolio of online writing projects.

FOCUS THIS YEAR: Examines the profound impact of digital media on contemporary culture and discourse. In this course, students will explore recent currents in rhetoric and digital media. Students will investigate the rhetorical operation of digital media in domains ranging from academia to politics to popular culture. The class will analyze the role of rhetorical principles, such as persuasion and identification, in a diverse array of online discourse such as discussion forums, social media, and the blogosphere.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities 
Breadth Requirements: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INI304H1 - Critical Thinking and Inquiry in Written Communication

Hours: 24L

This seminar in critical reading, analysis, and writing focuses on the nature, the evaluation, and the use and abuse of evidence in the process of formulating and supporting an argument. The case study method will be employed to assess the level of authority, credibility, and objectivity evident in public discourse, official sources, and academic inquiry.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents, and a writing course offered by the Writing and Rhetoric Program (or equivalent). 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities; Social Science 
Breadth Requirements: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)

INI305H1 - Word and Image in Modern Writing

Hours: 36S

The rhetorical term Ekphrasis, which refers to writing that is about visual art, is central in the examination of the persuasive power of the conversation or discourse that is produced when the written word attempts the evocation of visual images. Course readings will include ekphrastic texts drawn from several disciplines and genres: journalism, informal essays, poetry, and scholarly writing.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities 
Breadth Requirements: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INI310H1 - Stylistic Editing and Copy Editing

Hours: 36S

This course introduces students to professional editorial conventions at two later stages of the editorial process. Both stages require analytical skills and sentence expertise. Through stylistic editing, students learn how to improve a writers literary style; through copy editing, they learn how to ensure both accuracy and consistency (editorial style).

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities 
Breadth Requirements: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INI311Y1 - Seminar in Creative Writing

Hours: 72S

This workshop course examines methodological approaches to literary fiction from the perspective of the creator. Through course readings, discussion, and creative writing assignments, student writers will learn how prose writers combine stylistic techniques, point-of-view, setting, character, scenes, and structure to produce literary effects.

Prerequisite: 4.0 full-course equivalents, fluency in English. 
Recommended Preparation: Experience or strong interest in writing fiction. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities 
Breadth Requirements: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INI316H1 - Developmental and Substantive Editing

Hours: 36S

This course introduces professional editorial conventions at two early stages of the editorial process. Both stages require editors to think critically and creatively as they assess content, organization, and argument. Students learn how to analyze and evaluate these elements, envision possible improvements, and explain these suggestions persuasively.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities 
Breadth Requirements: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

INI405Y1 - Independent Studies in Writing and Rhetoric

Hours: TBA

Independent research projects devised by students and supervised by the Writing and Rhetoric staff. Open only to students who are completing the Minor Program in Writing and Rhetoric Program. Applications should be submitted to the Program Director by June 1 for a Fall session course or by November 1 for a Spring session course. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Permission of Program Director. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities; Social Science

INI406H1 - Independent Studies in Writing and Rhetoric

Hours: TBA

Independent research projects devised by students and supervised by the Writing and Rhetoric staff. Open only to students who are completing the Minor Program in Writing and Rhetoric Program. Applications should be submitted to the Program Director by June 1 for a Fall session course or by November 1 for a Spring session course. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Permission of Program Director. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities; Social Science

INI407H1 - Independent Studies in Writing and Rhetoric

Hours: TBA

Independent research projects devised by students and supervised by the Writing and Rhetoric staff. Open only to students who are completing the Minor Program in Writing and Rhetoric Program. Applications should be submitted to the Program Director by June 1 for a Fall session course or by November 1 for a Spring session course. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: Permission of Program Director. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities; Social Science

INI408Y1 - Special Topics in Writing and Rhetoric

Hours: TBA

Seminars in special topics designed for students who are completing the Minor Program in Writing and Rhetoric.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities; Social Science

INI409H1 - Special Topics in Writing and Rhetoric

Hours: 36S

Seminars in special topics designed for students who are completing the Minor Program in Writing and Rhetoric.

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities; Social Science

INI410H1 - Special Topics in Writing and Rhetoric

Hours: 36S

Seminars in special topics designed for students who are completing the Minor Program in Writing and Rhetoric (e.g., "Analyzing Creative Non-Fiction").

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities; Social Science

INI413H1 - Visual Rhetoric of the Aesthetic Movement

Hours: 36L

Explores the role of writing and rhetoric in the shaping of material culture and public taste in Victorian illustrated magazines and newspapers in the Aesthetic period (1860-1900). The Great Exhibition of 1851 will provide the context for this study of texts and objects, including the decorative arts.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents. 
Recommended Preparation: INI103H1 / INI203Y1 / INI204Y1 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities 
Breadth Requirements: Society and its Institutions (3)

INI414H1 - Writing for Social Change

Hours: 36S

Explores writing that underscores social movements and teaches students to use rhetoric and communication theory and skills to effect social change. Through experiential learning and targeted projects, students will create a portfolio of writing in and for the community beyond the University.

Prerequisite: Completion of 4.0 full-course equivalents. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities 
Breadth Requirements: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)

JEI206H1 - Writing English Essays

Hours: 24L/12T

This course teaches students who already write effectively how to write clear, compelling, research-informed English essays. The course aims to help students recognize the function of grammar and rhetoric, the importance of audience, and the persuasive role of style.

Prerequisite: 1.0 ENG FCE or any 4.0 FCE. English students have priority. 
Distribution Requirements: Humanities 
Breadth Requirements: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)