ENG101-12: Expository Writing


August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
9:00am - 9:50am
Callaway Center N203
Schwenz, Caroline
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.

Eating is many things to many people. We all do it, we can’t live without it, and some of us spend our lives perfecting cooking so that every bite is amazing. Why? What does it mean in terms of our culture? Our relationship to the environment? Our economic choices—where we shop, where we live, where we dine? This course will explore these issues under the umbrella of freshman composition. It will ask you to think about the ways that people talk and write about food—cookbooks, food blogs, podcasts, television shows—and will ask you, in turn, to talk and write about food. Just as the chef creates a composed dish through skillful use of technique and ingredients, I will ask you to compose pieces that skillfully demonstrate key concepts we discuss. 

This course will have two major units, each culminating in a multimodal written project and containing several small blogging assignments. In the first unit, students will explore the relationship between food and culture, while in the second, they will think about the relationship between food and the environment. As the semester finishes, students will compile a portfolio and compose a reflective letter that explains how their work demonstrates an understanding of course learning outcomes.


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