Professors SANTA, SARTIN, SWIFT, DUBREUIL
- GS260 1413 - Writing Enhancement
Provides an opportunity for students to improve their writing skills through practice and criticism. This course must be taken in conjunction with a Writing in the Disciplines course if taken in fulfillment of the Writing Proficiency Requirement. (Must be taken on a P/NC basis: first taught in academic year 2010-11.)Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor. .5 unit - Sartin, Santa.
GS201 1411 - Advanced Written Practice in English as a Second Language, I
Language practice and support for any student whose native language is not English. Review of and practice in American academic writing conventions, mechanics, and English grammar. .5 unit - TBA.
GS202 1411 - Advanced Oral Practice in English as a Second Language, II
Strengthening of oral fluency skills through pronunciation practice, vocabulary development, and review of idiomatic expressions and two-word verbs. Students will also participate in classroom discussions and oral presentations. .5 unit - TBA.
GS399 3412 - Topics in Advanced Writing Projects
This course will provide students with strategies for approaching advanced writing projects, such as senior thesis papers, grant and scholarship applications, and essays for graduate and professional schools. Students will learn methods for research, invention, drafting, organization, and revision. By the end of the class, students will have produced a significant piece of writing for a class or an independent project. As this course requires substantial writing, revision, conferencing, and response, course seats will be capped at 12. COI and Pass/Fail grade track only. Either .25 units in two block adjunct format or .5 units in half-block (1.0 units maximum credit in any given year) .25 unit - Sartin, Swift.
EN280 7711 Topics in Literature: Rewriting the Beats. Block 7
This course will examine the work of Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and a small group of mid-20th century writers who challenged (and continue to challenge) the orthodoxy of American letters. Our study will focus on the historical context, stylistic innovations, and cultural significance of these writers and their work, will consider connections to be drawn between writing, art, film, and music of this period (extending roughly from the mid-1940s to the early 1960s), and address contentious issues regarding the role of gender, sexual orientation, and spiritual practice in the generation, reception, and legacy of this body of work. Santa
GS222 4411 Special Topics: Reading and Rhetoric in the Liberal Arts: The Rhetoric of Health and Illness (Community Based Learning) Jessie Dubreuil
This course investigates representations of health and illness in works from a range of genres—creative to scientific—in order to develop and foster student skills in rhetorical analysis, critical close reading, and academic argument. Readings will address the attitudes and assumptions that shape our understanding and expression of pain, contagion, recovery and cure. We will examine how the physical, emotional, and intellectual experience of wellness and debility is narrated and made known, and how our ways of talking about illness and health impact our broader understanding of the human condition. Texts include works by Albert Camus, Virginia Woolf, William Styron, Susan Sontag, Paul Farmer, Anne Fadiman, Abraham Verghese, Oliver Sacks and Atul Gawande, as well as selected articles from the medical literature (JAMA, Lancet) and contemporary public and political discourse on the state of healthcare today - Dubreuil