ARLT101.MissionStatement

ARLT101.MissionState - MISSION STATEMENT ARLT 101 and the USCs General Education Program Courses in General Education Category 5 ARLT 100 and ARLT

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MISSION STATEMENT: ARLT 101 and the USC’s General Education Program Courses in General Education Category 5, ARLT 100 and ARLT 101, should develop the skills of students for critical analysis through intense engagement with works of literature, philosophy, visual arts, music, and film. Students should learn how to use techniques of literary and artistic analysis, and they should become familiar with disciplinary and interdisciplinary methods of argument and persuasion. The works studied will be associated with a particular place —Los Angeles—but the course seeks to use the literature and art of Los Angeles to offer broader reflection about the place of art and literature in American society and in our lives. The first document below—excerpts from William Cronon’s essay, “Only Connect: The Qualities of a Liberally Educated Person”—offers a concise but complex statement about the qualities of a liberally educated person, and the broadest goals of this course are to contribute to the development of these qualities . The second document below—Questions for Literary Analysis—offers a basic guide to literary and artistic analysis as it will be practiced and taught in this version of ARLT 101. It offers a set of 20 questions that can be asked about each text we read for this course and for every work of literary art. The course will focus on critical analysis of fictional and non-fictional texts including essays, short stories, songs, and films as well as novels. The course will be interdisciplinary in that it will combine literary and cultural analysis with historical study of Los Angeles. The third document below—Course Objectives—offers my statement about the specific goals of this version of ARLT 101: “Los Angeles: The Fiction,” with a subtitle, “A Cultural Geography of Los Angeles.” The fouth document below—Grading Guidelines and Style Advice—offers my standards for all graded written work for this course along with basic advice for fulfilling these standards or for composing papers that persuade through strong argument and a compelling style. I. From William Cronon, “Only Connect: The Qualities of a Liberally Educated Person” ……My list consists not of required courses but of personal qualities: the 10 qualities I most admire in the people I know who seem to embody the values of a liberal education. How does one recognize liberally educated people? 1. They listen and they hear.
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2009 for the course ARLT 101g taught by Professor Gustafson during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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ARLT101.MissionState - MISSION STATEMENT ARLT 101 and the USCs General Education Program Courses in General Education Category 5 ARLT 100 and ARLT

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