1000–2000 Level Courses

ENG 1010 - Basic Writing
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English 1010 prepares students for English 1020 by building upon their diverse skills to help them become critical readers and effective writers at the college level. The main goals of the course are (1) to teach students to integrate reading and writing in basic academic genres; (2) to use a writing process that incorporates drafting, revising, and editing for grammar and mechanics; and (3) to write according to the conventions of college writing, including documentation.
To achieve these goals, the course encourages students to read carefully; respond analytically and critically; and write in a variety of academic genres, including summary, response, analysis and argument for an academic audience.

ENG 1020 - (BC) Introductory College Writing
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In ENG 1020 you’ll apply the Wayne State writing curriculum’s core emphases of discourse community, genre, rhetorical situation, and metacognition/reflection to written and multimedia works focused on specific audiences, such as your classmates, academic and professional audiences of various types, or civic communities you might belong to or wish to influence in a particular way. While, as with all of the courses in the Wayne State required writing sequence, mechanical correctness and appropriate academic writing styles are a key concern, in ENG 1020 you’ll also concentrate specifically on rhetoric (or persuasion) and argument as major objectives of many important kinds of writing you may be asked to produce. By focusing on rhetoric and on audience, assignments in ENG 1020 will require you do two major types of work. In one type, you’ll analyze a particular piece of argumentative discourse to determine how it succeeds (or fails) to appropriately impact its audience. In another type, you’ll choose a particular issue and a relevant audience for that issue and then argue for a certain point or for a certain action to be taken by that audience. Work in 1020 often takes place through the following key writing tasks, several of which might serve as long-term projects in your 1020 course: genre and subgenre analyses, genre critiques, researched position arguments, rhetorical analyses, definition analyses and arguments, proposal arguments, and reflective argument and portfolio.

ENG 1050 - (BC) Freshman Honors: Introductory College Writing
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Building upon students’ diverse skills, English 1050 prepares students for reading, research, and writing in college classes. The main goals of the course are (1) to teach students to consider the rhetorical situation for any piece of writing; (2) to have students integrate reading, research, and writing in the academic genres of analysis and argument; and (3) to teach students to develop analyses and arguments using research-based content, effective organization, and appropriate expression and mechanics, all while using a flexible writing process that incorporates drafting, revising, editing, and documenting sources.
To achieve these goals, the course places considerable emphasis upon the relationship between reading and writing, the development and evaluation of information and ideas through research, the genres of analysis and argumentation, and the use of multiple technologies for research and writing.

ENG 2440 - (VP) Inrto: Visual Culture
hoogland, renee c.

The pervasive presence of images and a range of visual technologies in our everyday lives entail that ideas, knowledge, and beliefs are increasingly being disseminated through the visual. Mixing “high” cultural forms such as fine art, design, and architecture, with popular or “low” cultural forms such as film, print images, television, and digital multimedia, our experience of reality today is simultaneously marked by cross-mediation: the digitization of culture, both globally and locally, hence requires us to develop sophisticated “decoding” skills to make sense of and to assess the effects−personal, social, political, aesthetic, ethical−of visuality in its many and varied contexts and guises. This course focuses on questions and theories that are critical to Visual Culture, an emergent field at the crossroads of various disciplines (including art history, cultural studies, film & media studies, anthropology, semiotics, communication), which turns the visual, vision, and visuality as such into objects of study.
We will engage both the theory and practice of visual culture by looking at and discussing a great many visual artifacts, as well as study critical methodologies that emphasize the importance of cultural diversity in defining and understanding visual culture.

ENG 2450 - (VP) Introduction to Film (COM 2010)
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This course introduces students to films from a broad-based spectrum of styles, genres, historical periods, and national cultures. The primary method of the course is to break films down into their component features—i.e., narrative, mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound; to analyze the operations of each of these constituent parts in detail; and then to return each of the parts to the whole. In this course, students will learn, practice, and perform the analytical and critical methods necessary to describe, interpret, and appreciate the film text. There will be weekly screenings and lectures. This course fulfills the Visual and Performing Arts requirement of the General Education Requirement in Humanities.

ENG 2720 - (PL) Basic Concepts in Linguistics (LIN 2720)
Ljiljana Progovac

This course provides an introduction to the nature and complexity of human language. We will study the structure of language at the level of sounds (phonetics and phonology), the level of words (morphology), and the level of phrases and sentences (syntax). Topics also include the study of meaning, language change, language variation, language learning, language and the brain, and animal communication. We will consider common attitudes that people hold about language, and how the discipline of linguistics can lead to a deeper understanding of these issues. Much of the data we analyze will come from English; however, since the principles we discuss have universal validity, we will work with data from other languages as well. This course fulfills the Philosophy and Letters General Education requirement. Required Text (Available at the University Bookstore) Language Files, 12th Edition, Ohio State University


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