Interdisciplinary Studies


WRS 101: Exploring Writing
The course focuses explicitly on writing and language use as the content of the course. Students will actively engage with both the theory and practice of writing. The course combines both low-stakes discovery writing and high-stakes, polished, formal writing. It builds on The Discovery Writing Premise, which stresses that writing is a powerful and unique mode of learning that encourages students to explore course material actively, to understand and remember difficult concepts, to organize their thinking, and to evaluate what and how they have learned. Discovery writing complements other forms of learning, enriching the learning process by providing students with a physical record of their inquiry and discovery throughout a course. Please see ourbrochure for more information. WRS 101 was recognized with a 2014-2015 Certificate of Excellence from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Note: Some sections are restricted to Bridging Program students.


WRS 102: Writing in the Disciplines
This course is about how to write well at university. Writing at a university-level is a complicated undertaking for a number of reasons: The kinds of writing students are required to do vary considerably from one program to another; the definition of “good” writing varies across the university; and instructors as audiences vary in what they expect from students. This course prepares you to address these concerns as you progress through your university experience. This course will be taught in a blended format (a mix of in-class and online components).


WRS 201: Peer Tutor Training in Writing
Students in this course will build both knowledge about and practice in working with peer undergraduates learning academic writing. They will read research and theory about commenting on peer writing, working individually and in groups with international students, and on delivering writing instruction in online environments. They will observe, critically reflect on, write about, and discuss intersections they see among the theory, research and practice to develop both practical skills and a theory/philosophy of coaching peer writers.  


WRS 204: Introduction to Technical and Professional Writing
This course will help you build a critical understanding of workplace practices in writing and communication, with a specific emphasis on the humanistic aspects of language use in workplace context. In this course you will develop of your skills in writing generally, and in particular in writing reports, instructions, proposals and workplace communication. Sample writing projects include a report, a résumé, letters, instructions, a proposal, and an oral presentation, as well as daily in-class exercises and homework.


WRS 305: Effective Risk Communication
3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0). Basic principles and processes of risk communication within the context of theoretical issues of the public’s right to know, participatory research, community engagement in policy issues, rhetorical effectiveness, and ethics. Prerequisites: *6 selected from 100-level ENGL or 100-level WRS or consent of the instructor.


WRS 301/603: Introduction to Writing Centre Theory and Practice
The course introduces students to writing centre work and the collaborative learning theory and practices necessary to successfully work as peer writing tutors and writing instructor in universities, colleges, and high schools across the world. The course includes a tutoring practicum and guides students through readings and discussions on tutoring strategies, the writing process, plagiarism, English as a Second Language, citation styles, grammar, writing across different disciplines, research, learning disabilities, online tutoring, etc.