ENG101-003: Expository Writing

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January 13, 2015 - April 27, 2015
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
MWF
1:00pm - 1:50pm
Callaway Center N204
Colvin, Christina
FWRT33928
Appropriate for First Year students.

Every semester. Intensive writing course that trains students in expository writing through a number of variable topics. Satisfies first-year English writing requirement.

Content: Arctic tern, velvet worm, Grevy’s zebra, goliath grouper, Surinam toad: the term “animal” signifies a vast and varied number of creatures. Nearly as diverse as animals themselves are the places and conditions in which they live. Some animals migrate across continents; some emerge after dark to raid backyards and trash cans. Still more are stacked in wire cages, and many even occupy our living rooms and laps. Owing in part to their diversity of being, animals, as well as how humans interact with, regard, and represent animals, designate a complex site of debate and contradiction in contemporary American culture.

In this course, we will analyze how old and new media both conditions and reflects our strange, divergent, and often paradoxical understandings of animals. In particular, we will examine a variety of texts, situations, and genres in which animals appear, and we will ask how an animal’s species, habitat, appearance, and perceived intelligence affects its relationship with humans. However, this is not a course on “animal rights” or the movement to promote legal protections for animals. Rather, this course will use contemporary human-animal relationships and the issues, debates, and inconsistencies they expose as inspiration for critical thinking, inquiry, and expression in active engagement with the world.

As a section of Expository Writing, this course will train you to communicate clearly and effectively through frequent informal and formal writing assignments, creative exercises, oral presentations, and collaborative work.

The schedule of courses on O.P.U.S. is the official listing of courses, including days and times they meet and the General Education Requirements they satisfy. Students should use course descriptions as general guidelines. Course requirements, grading details, book lists, and syllabi are subject to change.