Course Objectives

  • Students will identify the key perspectives of each text, stated and unstated. They will learn to sustain a complex view of writing from various perspectives and to resist conflating the cultural differences encountered under an umbrella of universalism.
  • Students will develop oral presentation skills
  • This class will help students to develop their writing skills in terms of putting forth a well-defined thesis; cohesively organizing their thoughts into a logical flow; interpreting and using textual evidence and research to support their thesis; and revising and carefully proofreading for effective word choice, coherent sentence structure and conventional grammar.
  • Students will critically analyze issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, and power structures through reading and writing
  • Students will develop a vocabulary for discussing complex social and political issues, particularly in the areas of race, class, gender, and sexuality.