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Emily K. Bald
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

English 121 is not your average composition course. Throughout the quarter, you'll be volunteering with a community organization, and our class discussions and writing assignments will provide you with the opportunity to reflect upon these experiences.

More specifically, we will be exploring the social and economic dynamics of food. We will consider a variety of food-related issues within the Seattle community, from movements for a fair, local and organic food economy (a trendy topic here in Seattle) to the problem of food insecurity. You will be able to select the community organization with which you hope to work from our course partnerships, which range from community gardens to food banks. A major goal of this course is to put primary experiences from these community partnerships into conversation with our theoretical texts, and to explore the possibilities for action, both in and outside of the classroom.

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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 Emily K. Bald
Date: 11/09/2013