Eng 199w: Schedule of Readings

Week #1
Sep 8th
Introduction to the Class: Rhetoric and Discourse
Reading: Patrick Stokes, “No, You’re Not Entitled to Your Opinion
Week #2
Sep 15th
Ideology in the Classroom
Reading: Paolo Friere, “The Banking Concept of Education” (handout)
Week #3
Sep 22nd
Intelligence and Abstraction
Reading: Malcolm Gladwell, “None of the Above: What IQ Doesn’t Tell You about Race
Due Date: Essay #1, Rough Draft
Week #4
Sep 29th
Writing and Thinking
Reading: George Orwell, “Politics and the English Language
Quiz: Grammar #1 and 2
Due Date: Essay #1, Final Draft
Week #5
Oct 6th
Satire and Irony
Reading: Jonathan Swift, “A Modest Proposal
Quiz: Grammar #3
Week #6
Oct 13th
Postcolonialism
Reading: Ngugi wa Thiong’o, “from Decolonising the Mind” (handout)
Due Date: Essay #2, Rough Draft
Week #7
Oct 20th
Anti-Racism, Pt 1: Protest and Activism
Reading: Martin Luther King Jr.,  “Letter from Birmingham Jail
Quiz: Grammar #4
Due Date: Essay #2, Final Draft
Week #8
Oct 27th
Anti-Racism, Pt 2: Vlogs and Parody
Reading: Jay Smooth, “How to Tell People They Sound Racist” and Christian Lander, “World Cup” (from Stuff White People Like)
Quiz: Grammar #5
Week #9
Nov 3rd
Speeches and Interviews
Reading: Pierre Elliot Trudeau, “Just Watch Me” (video and text) and “Invocation of the War Measures Act” (video and text)
Due Date: Essay #3, Rough Draft
Week #10
Nov 10th
Gender and Transgender
Reading: Adrienne Rich, “Taking Women Students Seriously” and Laurie Penny, “What The ‘Transgender Tipping Point’ Really Means
Quiz: Grammar #6
Due Date: Essay #3, Final Draft
Week #11
Nov 17th
Science and Bias
Reading: Emily martin, “The Egg and the Sperm
Quiz: Grammar #7
Week #12
Nov 24th
Ethics
Reading: Peter Singer, “Speciesism and the Equality of Animals” (handout)
Week #13
Dec 1st
Reading: Student’s Choice!
Quiz: Grammar #8
Due Date: Essay #4, Rough Draft
Dec 8th Due Date: Essay #4, Final Draft

 

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