ENG101-7: Expository Writing

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August 23, 2017 - December 5, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
MWF
9:00am - 9:50am
Callaway Center N204
Lehman, Michael
FWRT32105
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.

Social media platforms have become so commonplace that we may not think of the potential they offer for organizing mass movements. The “Umbrella Revolution” that occurred in Hong Kong in the Fall of 2014 made use of specific technologies to organize people and to circulate artistic artifacts across social media and utilized digital platforms to stage protests against the suppression of democratic elections.  Not only did the movement use social media to organize, spread information, and document the events as they unfolded, but the images and artifacts that were created during the movement are important depictions of populist movements in mass media. 

Over the course of the semester, you will develop the rhetorical skills necessary to read, write, and communicate about the impact and aesthetics of digital media in a collaborative environment.  In this course you will develop multimodal texts that both use and critique different genres of communication platforms, highlighting both the benefits and possible abuses of technological innovation.  We will be examining the ethical use of such technologies and must be critical of the possible abuses these technologies allow for state manipulation and their use in terrorist organizations.  The final purpose for this course is for us to create our own network to enact social change within our local community.

Your analyses of these issues will be developed in short writing assignments that use relevant sources that you will be required to find, evaluate, and catalog.  Each writing assignment will be peer-reviewed with feedback from your peers and instructor.  The course is designed to be open-ended and interactive.  The dissemination of information changes daily, but the rhetorical language needed to analyze, write, and communicate an argument will be highly important throughout your academic and professional lives.  At the end of the course you will have acquired the writing, reading, and analytical skills needed to engage with multiple genres across the disciplines.

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