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Phuong Binh L Nguyen
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 explore, both in and outside of the classroom, the ideas and realities facing the homeless. Over the course of the quarter, you will be able to volunteer at ROOTS (Rising Out of the Shadows) Youth Adult Shelter, serving young adults or low income persons living in the U-District, as an Evening Shelter Volunteer, Overnight Volunteer, Friday Feast Volunteer, or Breakfast Crew. You will integrate these experiences into the classroom and synthesize what you have learned with reading materials and sources to create cultural artifacts that reflect the merit of your analytical thinking.

Through service learning, I aim to challenge you to assess the situatedness of your experiences and perspectives; to question your role and responsibilities as individuals participating in service at a homeless shelter; to interrogate the purposes and functions of the homeless shelter; and to ask how you might effect current and permanent change through such shelters. Ultimately, I hope that the experiences you gain will encourage and inspire you to undertake lifelong civic engagement.

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Class assignments and grading

70% writing portfolio, 30% participation


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 Phuong Binh L Nguyen
Date: 03/02/2010