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Phuong Binh L Nguyen
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

Our literatures deal primarily with culture, philosophy, political theory, and art, revolving around perception in the (post)modern world: the way one sees and perceives, and the way one is being seen and being perceived. Some exemplary questions we will ask are: How is our identity shaped by modern technologies? How does being open and aware of the internal and external worlds affect our ways of seeing, believing, and living? To what extent are our being and identity really ours? Who is watching and judging what we do, and is there anything we can do about it?

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

35% lecture, 45% open discussion/dialogue, 10% media, 10% communal instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Writing, presentation, debate, discussion board.

30% participation, 70% portfolio.


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: 03/15/2009