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WRTG 3040 Writing on Business and Society


Angela Buchanan
Email:  Angela.Buchanan@Colorado.EDU


All upper-division writing and rhetoric courses have goals of improved writing, editing, research, and rhetorical knowledge.  Business and Society has the additional focus of reading and writing in business-based genres.  For two of the primary course assignments you will select a topic of personal interest that is based on a controversial issue related to business ethics. All topics must go through the process of peer review and must be approved by the instructor.  The most successful topics are those that are timely, local, clearly defined in their scope, and supportable by credible research.

This course is conducted as a virtual workshop, with online discussion, individual writing and research, and reading and critique of peer texts.  Like all CU writing and rhetoric courses, your full participation in peer workshop activities is required to pass the course.  Students who succeed in the course log in daily, carefully read all of the materials, and offer in-depth peer feedback. Please note that D2L tracks all of your peer response and posting activities, including time spent per activity. For additional information, read over the FAQs in the navigation bar.


  • Learn to write with discursive versatility, making rhetorical choices that will adapt your texts to a particular audience and purpose;
  • Examine the rhetorical differences between public and private discourse;
  • Investigate and apply ethical structures for your writing;
  • Adapt your area of disciplinary knowledge towards writing to a lay audience;
  • Develop and apply your critical thinking skills, which are foundational to successful writing;
  • Develop storytelling skills that extend and enhance your analytic skills;
  • Develop drafting and revision skills, as well as peer response;
  • Practice critical but respectful dialogue with colleagues;
  • Become better-informed about national and international events and issues;
  • Develop an increased understanding of conventional grammar and usage, along with syntax, punctuation, and spelling appropriate to the genres we will investigate.


No Required Text


Reading Journal: 20%

Cover Letter: 5%

Ethical Analysis: 15%

Topic Proposal: 20%

Persuasive Essay: 20%

Participation and Peer Response: 20%

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