The Expository Writing Program in the English Department is offering several exciting 300-level courses in Autumn. Each of the courses listed below are relevant to engineering students by examining writing through different frameworks than those of normal writing/composition courses.
These courses fulfill the “C” or “W” requirement and count towards our new Writing Minor.
ENGL 381 as noted below discusses writing and rhetoric in the lens of legal institutions. This course would be a fantastic fit for engineering students interested in learning skills to write, argue and think with law based discourses as a guiding lens.
ENGL 382 focuses on developing multimodal, digital, and new media 21st literacy and communication skills. For engineering students these courses break the mold of a standard writing/composition course by expanding student understanding of how various forms of media play into argument and communication. Preparing to enter a market that is more than ever entwined with 21st century technology, students have an opportunity to explore and build their writing skills with new media.
Students enrolled in these courses may also want to pursue the Writing Minor – a new opportunity that is idea for students entering business, engineering, law, journalism, or other writing intensive career or who seek extra writing support. See attached flier.
The title of the courses are listed below:
- ENGL 381 B -Writing, Rhetoric, and Genre in Legal Institutions
- Whenever we take out a student loan, buy something online, or catch an MIP, we interact with the law and its agents. We mediate and are mediated by such interactions through a variety of written and spoken genres — police reports, contracts, depositions, and a whole host of other recognizable and not-so-recognizable textual artifacts. This class seeks to build upon this observation by using the genres of legal discourse to investigate advanced principles of rhetoric, writing, and argumentation. Without considering the law as the law, this course will prepare you to write, argue, and think about the role that we all play as subjects of what philosopher Ronald Dworkin called the “law’s empire.” Whether you intend to major in law, STEM, or underwater-basket weaving, this class has something for you — as a thinker, as a citizen, and as a human being.
- ENGL 382 A – Digital Storytelling: The Hero’s Journey
- According to scholars like Joseph Campbell, all storytelling traditions—regardless of geographical or cultural origin, historical context or political agendas—have a common genre, which he calls “the monomyth,” or “hero’s journey.” This epic structure consists of three phases with several milestones each, at the end of which the mortal who began the journey returns transformed into a mythic hero. Though these traditions are old, they certainly aren’t dead. In fact, we could argue that the hero’s journey is the structure we’re most familiar with, whether we realize it or not, via movies, TV, ads, songs, etc. etc. Thus, in this class, we’ll aim to track the hero’s journey in contemporary pop culture, and then use what we’ve gained to produce our own texts—ones which connect with audiences with particular effectiveness. Specifically, we’ll focus on multimodal texts, which engage multiple senses (vision, hearing, emotions, etc.) in order to achieve their goals. Any level of computer/digital expertise (or lack thereof) is totally fine, and there’s no need to have any pre-existing knowledge of the monomyth, Joseph Campbell, mythology, etc.
- ENGL 382 B – Feminist Research Methods, Design Approaches, and Project Development
- In this multimodal composition course, we will broaden our definition of writing to produce various types of texts that employ multiple modes of communication like sounds, words, images, body movement, etc. Our subject of inquiry in this course will be the intersection of feminism and multimodality. As such, we will create social justice oriented texts. We will also use our feminist lens in the qualitative and theoretical research methods that we employ to gather data for the texts we create, and a feminist approach when composing multimodal projects, meaning we will have increased attention to issues of ethics and accessibility in product design.
The follow section is available in the fall (SLN Included):
14635 – ENGL 381 B – TTH 2:30-4:20
14636 – ENGL 382 A – MW 1:30-3:20
14637 – ENGL 382 B – TTH 1:30-3:20
You may also have students access the course information via the following link which will take students the English Department “Course Listing” page on our website: <https://english.washington.edu/courses/2017/autumn/200-300-400-level>
If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to contact Jacob Huebsch at <email@example.com>.