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    Jul 19, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    the difficulty of this class really depends on what professor you get...Borgen was amazing! I got an A-

    Course highlights:

    different elements of essays, like the basics

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    go into office hours for her to look at your papers before they are due

    • Fall 2015
    • borgen
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Lots of Writing A Few Big Assignments
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    Jul 10, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The course focused on the rhetoric found within a satire text which was really interesting because it is out of the norm about what is focused on in other classes.

    Course highlights:

    Reading the book Fight Club because it was a book I had already read but have not analyzed it the way we analyzed it in class. The realizations I made (which were the author's intention) were grand.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Put a lot of effort into your essays because it's what counts the most. Go to office hours and talk to his teacher's assistant because she is a great tool to help you understand the prompts and proofread your essays.

    • Fall 2016
    • Louie Centanni
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Requires Lots of Research Great Discussions
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    Jan 09, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Writing and understanding persuasion are two of the few universally useful skills a person needs to have be it writing a resume, a cover letter, an essay or trying to make amends with someone one has hurt. In any case, while this is a required class, it will still be far more useful than the alternatives and prepares students for the WPA requirement test later on so it's practical as well as enjoyable.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that "rhetoric" is a lot more diverse and flexible than what one would expect. Rhetoric usually invokes an image of politicians arguing where in fact, it is in anything involving persuasiveness: advertising, teaching, daily conversation and tweets, the last of which is actually used in the course to promote online conversation about the topics covered in class. The concepts are covered in four units and they largely revolve around perfecting metacommentary which is essentially the author's personal insight into a topic. The techniques for this are varied but follow a three-part pattern for the most part: definition, evaluation, analysis. The one that gives most people the most trouble in general is evaluation--defined as the merit and effectiveness of an argument in the course. The reason for this is largely because it's easy for it to bleed into definition (explaining what the author of a particular text is doing) and analysis (actual metacommentary). Best option: writing multiple rough drafts and read it out loud so that it seems clear. The highlight in this course was for me the essay on violence in video games. I myself am a huge fan of indie games that are more often than not, more focused on narrative or novel elements rather than violence so I got to talk about my frustration with the fact that violence in video games doesn't serve the narrative so it leads to the mindless hack-and-slash that people rail against when opposing video games. Change comes from both outside and from within so I got to complain about things I don't like while talking and promoting something I enjoy which is really the best case scenario with any college assignment.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would advise that students write multiple drafts, preferably immediately after lecture so that the information is still fresh in their minds. Each assignment takes about an hour to write fully and an uncertain amount of editing time which will vary from student to student. Jacob is more than welcoming during office hours if you need his advice and the Writing Center is an excellent resource though I recommend you experiment with different tutors to see which ones you like and or which ones fit your writing style the best.

    • Fall 2016
    • Jacob Hubbard
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Participation Counts

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