LHSP 125 - College Writing
Section: 003 Writing Detroit
Term: FA 2010
Subject: Lloyd Hall Scholars Program (LHSP)
Department: LSA Lloyd Hall Scholars
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Credit Exclusions:
A maximum of 20 Lloyd Hall Scholars Program credits may be counted toward a degree.
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In September 2009, Time Magazine bought a house in Detroit for its reporters and declared it was covering the city for the next year. Its reasoning was that Detroit presented a “great American story,” one of historical success and present struggle that could shed light on America in the twenty-first century. The article listed some of the unpleasant stats facing the city — nary a single chain grocery store, a functional illiteracy rate of 50%, a dismayingly high unsolved murder rate, unemployment near 30% — and stated its intention to get at the untold, real stories about a city that has been “misunderstood, underreported, stereotyped, avoided and exploited for decades.”

In a modest way, Time’s mission will also be ours. Below are some caveats I feel compelled to mention amidst the course requirements.

  1. This is not a history course but a writing class. As such, our course must balance the subject matter (i.e., Detroit) with the demands of developing our writing. This means this course will serve as an introduction rather than a comprehensive overview of the city and American urban history.
  2. Many of you who take the class will, like myself, not be from Michigan or Detroit. Many of you might have never previously stepped foot in the city. Others of you might have had parents or grandparents who lived in the city. And some of you might be Detroit residents. What I’m getting at here is that the class will inevitably be composed of students with varying degrees of familiarity and expertise with the city. My intention and hope is to conduct a rigorous look at Detroit from various perspectives without exoticizing or stereotyping it. This means we must avoid leaping to simplistic or ill-informed opinions about the city. We must ask hard questions, but we must also examine our own biases.
  3. No uniform view of how to understand the city will be expected or desired.
  4. The subject matter of the four, revised papers students will write (totaling roughly 25 pages) will not be exclusively about Detroit. The four essays will include the following: an argument about your hometown; an analysis of a work of art or architecture in Detroit; a personal narrative; and a research paper concerning some aspect of Detroit.

Readings (stories, poems, essays, ethnographies) will be discussed both for what they have to say about Detroit and what they can teach us about writing. Students will be required to attend outside readings and any field trips.

LHSP 125 - College Writing
Schedule Listing
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15477
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (REC)
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15479
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2LHSP
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MW 6:30PM - 8:00PM
003 (REC)
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15481
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TuTh 11:00AM - 12:30PM
004 (REC)
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15483
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
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15485
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
006 (REC)
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36661
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1LHSP
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MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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38833
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1LHSP
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TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0691121869
The origins of the urban crisis : race and inequality in postwar Detroit, Author: Thomas J. Sugrue., Publisher: Princeton Univ. Press 1. Princet 2005
Required
ISBN: 9781400075966
Made in Detroit : [a south of 8- Mile memoir], Author: Clemens, Paul, 1973-, Publisher: Anchor Books 2006
Required
ISBN: 9780321046055
A short guide to writing about art, Author: Barnet, Sylvan., Publisher: Longman 2000
Required
ISBN: 0393068579
Stitches : a memoir --, Author: Small, David, 1945-, Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co 2009
Required
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