802-75 Syllabus - Analytical Reading and Writing...

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English 0802 – Section 75 Tuesday and Thursday, 11:40-1:20 p.m. Tuttleman 209 Instructor: Professor Paul Benzon Office: Anderson Hall 1127 Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3:00 p.m. and by appointment Office Phone: 215-204-7349 Mailbox: Anderson Hall 1029 Email: [email protected] Course Website: http://TUPortal.temple.edu , click “Blackboard” Course Blog: http://media75.wordpress.com Analytical Reading and Writing: Introduction to Media and Culture
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In this course we will be looking at various elements of contemporary media, from social networking to photographic images to the Internet itself, in order to consider what they tell us about American culture. What might these different media forms tell us about how we view the world around us and how we participate in that world? What does it mean that these media play such a large role in our lives? What powers do they hold over us? What powers do they give us? To engage these and other questions effectively, we will be using a series of critical readings about various different media, as well as looking at crucial examples of those media themselves. In your writing for this course, you will have the opportunity to work with texts from class and to follow interests of your own that will help to expand the issues we are considering as a group. Our ultimate goal will be to become critical readers and writers and to become sharper, more engaged participants in the media culture around us. English 802 is part of the General Education program at Temple, and fulfills the Analytical Reading and Writing requirement. This is a class concerned with critical reading and writing—we are taking contemporary media as our theme and as our field of research. There are no right or wrong answers or opinions in most cases—positions will be for you to create, argue, and develop in your papers. We will learn how to use researched sources to advance our thinking and our ideas, cite them correctly, and use them in creative written argumentation, evaluation, and explanation. Required Texts (available in the University bookstore): Lanier, Jaron. You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto . New York: Knopf, 2010. Hacker, Diana. The Pocket Style Guide (4 th Edition). New York: Bedford/St. Martins, 2003. Selected articles available on Blackboard, marked on the syllabus with an asterisk (*). These articles constitute a large portion of what we will be reading and discussing, so it is essential that you have the necessary reading completed and in class for each day. I recommend printing out everything at the beginning of the semester and keeping it in a single folder or binder so that you have everything easily at hand when you need it. COURSE POLICIES The policies below set out the rules and guidelines for how this course will run. Understanding and following these policies will help you to succeed in class and to learn as much as possible over the semester. If you have any questions about the course policies (or anything else), please don’t hesitate to ask me in class, via email, or during my office hours.
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