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Third Year Writing Course Descriptions

Spring 2015 Third Year Writing Course Descriptions will be available by Registration. Below are samples from previous semesters:

ENG 3010 Voices of the Harlem Renaissance    Gustke, C.

This class focuses on the emergence, growth and institutionalization of the Harlem Renaissance.  Exploring the art, culture and politics of Harlem in the 1920's, this course seeks to understand the immense impact of artists such as Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway and Zora Neal Hurston on the socioeconomic conditions of race over time and from the top downward. Students will read novels, biographies, poetry and social commentary as the means through which to develop a writing style that is ordered, creative, analytical and purposeful, with detailed attention to argument and rhetoric.


ENG 3010 Interdisciplinary Look at Ireland   Balding, K.

In English 3010 we will read and write on an advanced level with the following unifying theme: An Interdisciplinary Look at Ireland.  We will read stories and factual accounts related to Ireland.  We will also read what many of Ireland’s writers have to say about Ireland. Other mediums of discussion will revolve around film, art, and music.  Readings, topics, and discussions will include the Celtic people, the myth and legend of Ireland and her people, An Gorta Mor/The Great Famine, The Easter Rebellion of 1916, The Troubles, and the Irish Diaspora. That said we will spend a great deal of time writing about such both reflectively and purposely. Researched assignments will include a look at Ireland through your particular discipline and/or interest. 


ENG 3010.23 The New Yorker in Nashville   Smith Whitehouse, B.

In this course, your essential text will be this spring’s upcoming issues of the New Yorker magazine, the most prominent literary magazine published in the United States. Since it began in 1925, the New Yorker has been celebrated as a lively multi-genre journal known for its fact-checking, research, and style. We’ll be reading the New Yorker as writers who aim to imitate its purpose, process, and format.  

 Working in small groups, we will write and analyze genres such as profiles, reporter-at-large pieces, cartoons, poems, satires, and more. Each group, acting as an editorial board, will compile, design, edit, and produce its own magazine, and we will celebrate our collective work publicly near the end of the semester. Throughout the semester, our main focus will always be on the concepts and processes of composition and critical thinking as the course is designed both to demonstrate how writing functions as a means of critical inquiry and to stress the centrality of writing to intellectual life. 


ENG 3010 Writing that Matters    McDonough C.

What makes writing matter? What pieces of writing matter to you? How can/does writing make a difference in your professional or personal life? How can you use writing to accomplish specific ends? To inform? Persuade? Make changes? How do you know if something you read is true or if its supporting evidence is real? What difference does it make if an argument is based on faulty logic or questionable data? And how can a reader tell? First from a personal and then from a professional perspective, we will be investigating these questions in order to arrive at an understanding of how to identify and create writing that matters in your personal and, most importantly, your professional life.


ENG 3010 Third Year Writing   Finch, S.

This course is focused on the intersection of technology and American culture and how changes in social communication have impacted the ways we connect, learn, and live. We will discuss everything from robots to social networking. During the semester, students will write one research-based paper, one technology narrative, one annotated bibliography project, a research proposal, a group presentation, and several responses to assigned readings and films. In order to help students grow as writers, assignments will range from informal responses to discussion questions, summaries, explications, and the proper citation of sources.


ENG 3010  Monsters    Myatt, D.

This course helps third year writing students to learn about composition, research, and critical thinking through an exploration of monsters and monstrosity in both fiction and non-fiction texts. The course will begin with claims as students articulate their preliminary ideas about what monstrosity is, and as the course continues, students will analyze both fiction and non-fiction works to decide upon a fully functioning definition. While students build their own rhetorical strategies and hone their communication skills, they will also consider the cultural and historical significance of monstrosity in terms of human identity. For this class, we will be utilizing the Fountainhead Press text entitled Monsters as well as certain films and television shows. It should be a very interesting class.