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Stephanie L Costa
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

CRITICAL FASHION: STYLING THE SELF, STYLING THE BODY This section of English 131 is designed to help you cultivate academic writing skills that will benefit you throughout your college career (and beyond). Over the course of the quarter, you will learn to read, think, and write critically. This means that you will read texts carefully and contemplate not only what they say, but how they say it and why. You will be able to identify the strategies that writers use in different rhetorical situations and assess the effectiveness of those choices. You will also develop research skills that will enable you to follow a line of inquiry and create complex, analytic arguments about relevant issues. Most importantly, you will be able utilize these skills in your own writing by following a process of drafting and revision.

To facilitate these writing goals, we will look critically at the fashion industry, commodity culture, and contemporary issues of embodiment. We will investigate what it means to style ourselves and style our bodies. Course texts will include essays on the dissemination of style, subculture, advertising, photography, body disorders, tattooing and body modification, disability, prosthesis, and cyborg embodiment, as well as photographs of fashion lines and episodes of television shows such as America's Next Top Model, Project Runway and Fashion Star.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

A writing assignment each week. 6 short papers (2-3 pages each) and 2 major papers (5-7 pages each).

Portfolio system, in which grades are determined at the end of the quarter and are related to your work as a whole. I use a rubric to tell you roughly where you are throughout the quarter so you can gauge your progress. The portfolio is 70% of your grade. Participation is 30%.


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 Stephanie L Costa
Date: 03/07/2012