Syllabus SP10-1 - English 110.01 First-Year English...

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English 110.01 – First-Year English Composition Spring Quarter 2010 Instructor: Shea Davis Class meets: M 3:30-5:18 in CCB 206; W 3:30-5:18 in DE 316 Office hours: M 2:00-3:00, W 10:00-11:00 and 2:00-3:00, and by appointment in Denney 469 Contact: Course Description and Objectives Course Theme: The Rhetoric of Protest Music While the words “protest music” may call to mind images of hippies waving anti-war signs in the 1960s, musicians have used songs to comment on current events and attitudes or to call for change for almost as long as there has been music. This course will focus on American protest music, looking at songs that addressed the major social and political movements of the last century—environmentalism, various anti- war movements, and the struggles for racial, class, and gender equality. Instead of deciding whether we agree or disagree with the message in the song, we will discuss how this genre of music works. Throughout this course we will ask many questions of songs we listen to in order to better understand the rhetoric of protest music. What rhetorical strategies do these songs have in common, even though they are written during different times and about different topics? How does a musician’s ethos affect how a song is received by its audience? To what extent are protest songs the product of their historical moment? Can protest music actually impact its audience in a meaningful way? How does this music’s reliance on pathos (emotional appeal) affect the strength of its argument? In this first-year writing course, you will develop your capacity for undertaking academic research and analysis through an original research project and presentation of the results of your work to an audience of your peers. You will identify an area of interest within our course theme—protest music—and you will find materials to analyze, develop analytical research questions, explore secondary texts, and make claims that are connected to the evidence you have discovered. As many researchers do at this stage in their work, you will then reframe what you have learned for a public audience. You will write a short, persuasive article with the goal of publication in Commonplace, for which you will also serve as an editor. Over the course of the quarter, you will also supplement your work as a writer through responses to prompts in your Writer’s Blog. These responses will provide additional practice at key skills and serve as the basis for several classroom activities and discussions. GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR THE GENERAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM Writing and Writing Related Skills Goals/Rationale: Writing courses across the disciplines develop students’ skills in writing, reading, critical thinking, and oral expression. Learning Objectives:
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Syllabus SP10-1 - English 110.01 First-Year English...

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