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Daniel C Nelson
ENGL 121
Seattle Campus

Composition: Social Issues

Focuses on the study and practice of good writing: topics derived from a variety of personal, academic, and public subjects. Includes a service-learning component allowing students to engage with and write about social issues in applied ways.. Cannot be taken if student has already received a grade of 2.0 or higher in either ENGL 111, ENGL 121, or ENGL 131.

Class description

In this course we will use current debates and inquiries in the field of environmentalism and sustainability in order to explore proper and effective composition techniques. We will look critically at many of the assumed "truths" about the environment, and discuss ways in which rhetorical stylings influence the way we see the natural world and our role in it.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Class time will be split between instruction in compositional techniques and discussion of the reading material. Our readings will come from a multitude of sources and cover a wide variety of topics, so in class we will be working to connect the ideas of each of the authors we experience.

Recommended preparation

An observant eye and a willingness to work hard are perhaps the only prerequisites for this course; but do be aware that there is a 20-hour minimum requirement to participate in service learning in the community.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments range from in-class free writes to outside field work. As is standard for all 100-level composition classes, students will be required to complete six short papers, two major papers, and one portfolio in the course of the class.

Grades will be assigned according to EWP standards: 30% of the grade is based on participation (including service work), and 70% of the grade is based on the quality of the final portfolio.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Daniel C Nelson
Date: 12/08/2008