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Christopher B. Patterson
ENGL 131
Seattle Campus

Composition: Exposition

Study and practice of good writing: topics derived from a variety of personal, academic, and public subjects. 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 131: Composition and Social Issues

This class will serve as an introduction to academic writing through writing about social issues, from labor activism to racism and women's rights. Our focus will be on the 20th Century United States. Students will be expected to engage with social issues in a controversial and critical way, while at the same time, be willing to learn and expand your point of view.

Student learning goals

Because this course fulfills a core writing credit, our research questions will be pursued in the form of academic essays, in two sequences, each sequence containing three short papers (2-3 pages) and one major paper (5-6 pages), in MLA style. We will use the readings in the book Situating Inquiry and Elements of Style to learn how to form arguments and to utilize investigative skills for a major college essay. The course will be broken up in order to move at a challenging but manageable pace. The reading for the course will be substantial, and you will be expected to keep up with the syllabus and to be in class every meeting prepared to discuss the issues raised by the required reading.

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Class assignments and grading


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 Christopher B. Patterson
Date: 05/14/2013