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Alice L Pedersen
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.

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Students commit to weekly community service internships, to be performed at one of five different sites. In class, we will work to frame the issue of "service:" what is it? How do we approach it? To what ends? How are these different sites connected, and what is at stake when we perform service? Weekly writing assignments provide the opportunity to reflect upon the service performed and make arguments for and against social issues. Readings include selections by Barack Obama, Dr. Paul Farmer, Ivan Illich, Adrienne Rich, Nicholas Kristof.

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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 Alice L Pedersen
Date: 11/06/2009