Course ENG 185.11J:Critical Reading and Writing
Time Fall 2016, T/Th 11:50-1:30
Location Murdy Hall, East Village, Seminar Room
Instructor McKenna Rose
Office Hours Tuesdays 9-11 and by appointment, Oxford Library 131
Contact msrose@emory.edu
Instructor Site mckennarose.org
Course Site oceans.mckennarose.org

Course Description

The Turning of the Tide is a survey of popular literary works on the ocean. Developed as part of the Emory Piedmont TATTO Fellowship on Sustainability, Teaching, and Curriculum, in this course students will read and write about oceans, ecology, and environmental justice to expand their critical composition and analytic skills; develop rhetorical knowledge and practices; and participate with audiences both local and global. Although events such as pollution, warming, overfishing, mineral extraction, and tourism threaten to destroy the well being of coastal communities and marine life forever, we look to these topics at a moment in which potential devastation can be forestalled. Drawing on key terms such as “Slow Violence” and “Trans-Corporeality,” we will read, watch, and listen to texts from multiple genres, time periods, and geographic regions that all share a rhetorical engagement with bodies of water. Course texts include, but are not limited to The Edge of the Sea, The Drowned World, and Treme. Over the course of the term students will write and administer their own websites on which they will publish required projects such as infographics; personal narratives; researched essays; and slideshare presentations; as well as a series of short multimedia blog posts. Just as life began in the oceans, I hope that together we can look to water as a resource for life to come.

Projected Learning Outcomes

Goal Description
Critical Reading Students will develop their ability to read texts closely and critically, focusing first on understanding before moving to evaluation.
Critical Writing
Argument: Students will develop their abilities to compose, organize and support academic arguments in order to engage in ongoing intellectual conversations.
Revision process: Students will understand that good writing is the result of a process of planning, drafting, receiving and giving feedback and revision.
Students will develop their abilities to find evidence using library and other resources. Students will develop their abilities to incorporate their findings into academic arguments and to document their sources.
Oral Expression
Students will develop, through informed conversation, the ability to speak clearly and persuasively about the texts they study. Students will improve their oral communication skills by delivering a formal presentation.