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Thomas Joseph Walker
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

Welcome to English 131! In this course we are going to focus on developing and refining academic writing skills that will be useful in many situations (not just in English classes!) When this class is over, you will, for example, be better able to critically read a text, analyze an argument, develop a line of inquiry in support of a complex claim, and revise your writing for greater clarity and impact. You will face many different writing situations during and after college, and this class will help you to decide what writing styles and strategies will best help you in each situation.

The theme of the course is “Seeing and Being Seen,? and we will be examining issues regarding surveillance as well as representations of visual media (political propaganda, comics, advertisements, etc.) Just as a photographer needs to improve his or her camera lens to better see and capture the world through photos, a writer needs to improve his or her mental “lens? in order to better see what needs to be written. Likewise, if a photographer uses different lenses to respond to different situations, so must a writer use different writing techniques to respond to different situations. In this course, how we see will be as important as what we see and how we write will be as important as what we are writing about.

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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 Thomas Joseph Walker
Date: 01/07/2013