English | Advanced Expository Writing
W350 | 1918 | Schilb
11:15a-12:30p TR (25) 3 cr
COAS INTENSIVE WRITING SECTION. PREREQUISITE: W131 OR EQUIVALENT.
TOPIC: CONTEMPORARY CULTURE'S REPRESENTATIONS OF DANGER.
Now that the Cold War is over, Americans no longer fear "the Communist
menace." Yet ours remains a country in which various groups portray
certain people, things, and trends as "dangerous." In this
interdisciplinary course, we will analyze and evaluate such
representations of danger. Our reading will include commentaries that
warn about human and biological threats. We will look, too, at literary
works, television shows, and films, considering the kinds of people they
depict as villains. Obviously issues of gender, race, ethnicity,
nationality, sexuality, and technology will come to the fore. Throughout
the course, we will also pay a lot of attention to our own writing.
Assignments will include several short papers responding to the material
we encounter, as well as a longer (10 page) research paper on a topic of
the student's own choosing.