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Ungsan Kim
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

This course aims at equipping you with the essential skills and experiences of writing in different situations and academic contexts. To write in academic contexts means that students are required to be aware of the strategies, audience, complexity, intensity level, and goal of your writing, and to follow certain conventions and decorum in style, tone, and structure. With these writing skills and experiences, you are expected to become a confident, thoughtful, and critical academic writer.

The theme we will be reading, thinking of and writing about is the social, cultural, and scientific debates about "body." As you probably guess, not only the themes such as language, race, and gender which you can easily relate to some of the texts in our textbook, but also the writing itself has more or less to do with the body. Throughout this quarter, you will read and watch both written and visual texts dealing with our topic. For instance, you will be invited to the critical thoughts and questions around the issues of the human vs. non-human, gender, race, cyborgs and augmented body, and even more complex issues such as body and law, racialization of the body, queer body, etc. But keep in mind that this course is neither gender and sexuality studies course, nor human science course. Thus, you don't have to worry about getting the knowledge of the topic in depth. The materials you will use are just the catalyst for your critical thinking and writing. So, just feel free to READ, WATCH, THINK, and WRITE.

Along with the lecture as well as in-class debates and activities, this class will be structured mostly by your own writing. Your writing will be conducted either with specific guidance or with your own creativity. In both cases, you will be prepared and backed up by the skills you will learn and the texts as well as sources you will get in class. Especially, all of the texts you will read are very good sources for your research, and might be included in the bibliography of your own writing. Each writing assignment of yours will be reviewed carefully by the instructor, and sometimes by your peers. Through this interactive and cooperative process, you will be able to revise and edit your writing more effectively.

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General method of instruction

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

During this quarter, you are required to complete four or five short assignments leading to two 6-7 page major papers. And at the end of the quarter, you will submit your own portfolio electronically: you put together what you have written so far, carefully revise them, and submit it through canvas website.


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 Ungsan Kim
Date: 11/19/2013