ENGL 121 D: Composition: Social Issues

Meeting Time: 
Jacki Fiscus Portrait
Jaclyn Fiscus

Syllabus Description:

Our main goal in this course is to learn the strategies to be effective composers in a variety of genres.  In the world today we communicate in multiple ways – sounds, words, images, texts – and this is multimedia/multimodal composition; it appeals to all the senses and combines different things like visual/textual/audio to create new meaning (that BuzzFeed list wouldn’t be so funny if it didn’t have that awesome meme right?).  That’s what we’re interested in here: how things work together – so how Buzzfeed uses words with those memes together.  This is, quite literally, a hands-on course: it is a “Service Learning” class, which means we will be working with community partners.  All of our community partners will be working to alleviate poverty in the Seattle area.  Our work with the community partners will help us see how composition does work in the world: community partners use multimedia/multimodal composition to organize volunteers, educate the public about their message, and produce tangible effects on the world.  Therefore, course texts will be about creating/analyzing multimodal composition, while predominately exploring how a community partner uses texts to mobilize for their cause by analyzing websites, flyers, Facebook groups, twitter, PowerPoint presentations, brochures, newspaper articles, etc.  To create social change, we will be creating multimedia texts that move beyond just words on a page: you will be composing multimedia/multimodal work (like websites, blogs, newsletters, video campaigns, etc.).  In essence, then, this class works to help us, as social activists, work with community partners to create change.  

Catalog Description: 
Focuses on the study and practice of good writing: topics derived from a variety of personal, academic, and public subjects. Includes a service-learning component allowing students to engage with and write about social issues in applied ways.. Cannot be taken if student has already received a grade of 2.0 or higher in either ENGL 111, ENGL 121, or ENGL 131.
GE Requirements: 
English Composition (C)
Other Requirements Met: 
Service Learning
Last updated: 
February 19, 2016 - 12:07pm