In sections limited to 15 students each, this course primarily provides systematic instruction and practice in reading and writing academic prose, with emphasis on argumentation. The course also provides instruction and practice in conducting research and in public speaking. Particular sections of this course are designed to support nonnative speakers and bilinguals, who are strongly encouraged to consider those sections. Priority is given to incoming students in the fall-semester sections. Course may be repeated for credit with another instructor: This course explores the relationship between the technologies we use and our communication and culture. Students research how books and formats alter behavior and the reception and interpretation of content. They explore the myriad of ways in which material objects and digital mediums both influence our everyday lives and effect social, political, and scientific change. Because the consideration of mediation is inseparable from writing as a self-reflexive process, and because writing, too, is a form of technology, examining this subject promotes habits of critical reflection vital for effective communication in a rapidly changing world.