1000 Level


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.
 

2000 Level


ENG 2200 - (PL) Shakespeare
Jaime Goodrich

In this Shakespeare Learning Community, students will analyze one of Shakespeare’s greatest masterworks—King Lear—from six different scholarly perspectives: adaptation, cultural studies, digital humanities, performance, philosophy, and textual criticism. Each of these lenses will offer new insights into this intricate text, allowing students to gain a multifaceted appreciation of the play and Shakespeare. We will also take several field trips to see Lear-related resources at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Public Library, and WSU Special Collections. After working in groups to complete a capstone assignment that offers deeper engagement with one module, students will share their insights with local middle schoolers through a service-learning activity in the Troy school system. At the end of the semester, students will have gained a new appreciation for the interpretive complexities of King Lear as well as a better understanding of why this play has served as a cultural touchstone for over four centuries. In addition to the service-learning project, students will complete five short papers (3 pp. each), a bibliography, a creative capstone project (5-8 pp.), a group presentation, and a reflective paper (5 pp.).
 

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 2800 - Techniques of Imaginative Writing
The Motown & Global Learning Community: Writing Detroit (fulfills Cultural Inquiry Gen Ed)
Liebler, M. L.

The Motown Creative Writing Learning Community is an introduction to creative writing, creative and critical thinking, and analytical essay writing. We will be using fiction, poetry and some drama/dialogue writing connected to Detroit to give us practice with both creative and academic writing. You will meet and hear talks by famous Detroit visitors. After reading and discussing literary texts, students will use a specific aspect of style, method or theory to write their own creative pieces. With the help of experienced peer mentors, this Learning Community provides a friendly, accepting and warm welcome to university life at WSU, while providing you academic, creative, and other techniques for succeeding in college.

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