SP2012 syllabus - English 201.007 Intermediate Composition...

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English 201.007: Intermediate Composition Writing UW-Madison: Rhetoric, Politics, and Public Memory 9:30 AM-10:45 PM TR Helen C. White 6110 Instructor: Chris Earle Office: HCW 7175 Email: [email protected] Office hours: R 11 AM-12:30 PM, F 1-:230 PM Course Description and Objectives English 201 is a 3-credit, intermediate-level writing course that satisfies the university's Communications B requirement for enhancing literacy skills, specifically writing. To do so, E201 will ask students to examine the rhetorical dimension of genre, to theorize and conduct both primary and secondary research, and to compose for both academic and public audiences. This section of English 201 explores the rhetoric of public memory at UW-Madison. Specifically, we will examine the contentious memories surrounding local conflicts for how they connect us to the past, situate us as citizens, and compel us forward. Rather than focusing on rhetorical history (i.e., how groups and individuals sought to participate in various arenas), we will consider memory's presence in our public imagination, examining the rhetorical processes through which individuals, groups, and events have been remembered or forgotten. We will inquire into how memories are sanctioned, acquire meaning and compel others to accept them and how they are challenged and supplanted by contending memories. We will perform rhetorical analysis (i.e., consider the social contexts within which memories were formed for specific audiences with specific purposes), archival and empirical research, and consider the role composition technologies (i.e., new media) play in memory production in order to arrive at a larger understanding of this issue. Over the course of the semester, we will pay close attention to the rhetorical nature of genres relevant to public memory at UW-Madison. Such attention will help us recognize the social dimensions and public consequences of literacy, rhetoric, and writing. This course aims to help you develop: critical thinking, careful reading, and effective communication skills an increased awareness of your writing ability, process, style, and strengths an understanding of how writing and speaking vary according to contextual factors such as situation, audience, a speaker or writer’s purpose, and genre strategies for adapting your communication skills to respond to such contextual factors
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Class Discussion and Format To best achieve the above goals, this course centers around student discussion—both in whole-class and small-group formats. For this to be most effective (and rewarding), I ask each of you to take a lead role in facilitating discussion. On an average day, I will pose a question, prompt or comment based on the day's reading and activities, and then open it up for class discussion. Although I will participate and interject, it is each of your responsibility to keep discussion going. A few tips to help: -pose questions to the class -respond to another classmate's comment or question: "I agree with Carroll, but. .." -pass the conversation to someone else: "What do you think about that, Ricky?"
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