Credit hours: 3
GEC categories: Writing and Communication: Level 2; Diversity: Social Diversity in the U.S.
Prerequisites: English 1110 and sophomore standing or a declared major in English.
|The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks||Rebecca Skloot||Broadway||978-1400052189|
|A Brief Guide to Writing from Readings||Stephen Wilhoit||Pearson||9780205245741|
Course Objectives: To build and expand skills in analysis, written composition, and oral and visual communication.
Course Content: We will read texts written by first-hand observers of the state of US medicine and public health from the 1700s to the present. We will discuss and write about how conditions, patients, the public, and healthcare providers were described and how those descriptions might have affected how people were treated. In particular, we will examine and write about the strategies used by those who commented on health and medicine to persuade or inform their audiences. We will also practice using strategies for reading critically and writing at an advanced level.
Method of Presentation: The material will be explored through reading, class discussion, lectures, in-class workshops, and hands-on practice.
Method of Evaluation: Students will compose three major projects and give one oral presentation. Students will also be evaluated on the basis of their class participation and their work in process (pre-writing, drafts, participation in peer review, etc.)