WRITTEN PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION: TOPICS IN DIVERSITY
Session
Academic Term
Class Number
28981
Career
Undergraduate
Dates
1/19/2021 - 4/23/2021
Units
3 units
Grading
Letter Grade
Description
This course explores the methods of inquiry, analysis and composition characteristic of written communication in professional settings. The course will examine such writing's specialized use of language, conventions and formats, premises, motives, and purposes. By preparing letters, resumes, proposals, reports, etc., students will get a feel not only for what "professional" communication is, but also for how and why it does, or can, or should function. This Topics in Diversity section of WPC will invite students to expand and complicate their understanding of the benefits of workplace diversity and of the problems arising from the unequal distribution of power and privilege across positions (including race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, ability, religion, and class) in the professions. Students will explore the dynamics of power and hierarchy in their chosen field as they observe daily operations and interactions during work-site field visits, and they will consider how these dynamics perpetuate or diminish inequities and marginalization. Among the topics considered are discrimination in hiring and on the job in terms of employment training, responsibilities, pay, and promotions. Students gain practice articulating their individual diversity as job candidates in resumes and cover letters, and in composing professional documents that address a complaint, seek a remedy, and establish new policies to address hypothetical discriminatory issues that they may experience in the future.
Enrollment Requirements
PREQ: ENG 0102 or ENGCMP (0002 or 0006 or 0020 or 0200 or 0203 or 0205 or 0207 or 0208 or 0210 or 0212) or ENGFLM 0210 or FP (0003 or 0006) *Applies to all WRIT Courses*
Class Attributes
DSAS Diversity General Ed. Requirement
Writing Intensive Course (WRIT)
SCI Diversity General Ed. Requirements
Global Studies
Class Notes
The planned operational mode for this class when meeting in-person is ROTATED COHORT. For more information please visit http://www.provost.pitt.edu/students/student-success-flexpitt/flex-pitt-guarded-risk-posture-rotated-cohort-classroom/

Class Details
Instructor(s)
Julie Pal-Agrawal
Meets
MoWeFr 10:00AM - 10:50AM
Meeting Dates
01/19/2021 - 04/23/2021
Room
103 Alexander J. Allen Hall
Campus
Pittsburgh Campus
Location
Pittsburgh Campus
Components
Seminar Required
Textbooks/Materials
Textbooks to be determined
Class Availability
Status
Closed
Seats Taken
22
Seats Open
0
Class Capacity
22
Unrestricted Seats
0
Restricted Seats
0
Wait List Total
1
Wait List Capacity
20