21W.730-1 Expository Writing: Exploring Social and Ethical Issues through Film and Print

Fall 2002

Photograph of pen and film frames.
Photograph of pen and film frames. (Image courtesy of Daniel Bersak.)

Course Highlights

This course features a detailed assignments series with supporting documents.

Course Description

This section of Expository Writing provides the opportunity for students- as readers, viewers, writers and speakers - to engage with social and ethical issues that they care deeply about. Through discussing selected documentary and feature films and the writings of such authors as Maya Angelou, Robert Coles, Charles Dickens, Barbara Ehrenreich, Martin Luther King, Jr., Jonathan Kozol, and Alice Walker, we will explore different perspectives on a range of social problems such as poverty, homelessness, and racial and gender inequality. In assigned essays, students will have the opportunity to write about social and ethical issues of their own choice. This course aims to help students to grow significantly in their ability to understand and grapple with arguments, to integrate secondary print and visual sources and to craft well-reasoned and elegant essays. Students will also keep a reader-writer notebook and give at least one oral presentation. In class we will discuss assigned films and readings, explore strategies for successful academic writing, freewrite and critique one another's essays. Satisfies Phase I and CI Writing Requirements.

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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Andrea Walsh

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Level

Undergraduate