ENGLISH 125 - Writing and Academic Inquiry
Section: 060 Sciences and the Humanities
Term: WN 2014
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Other Course Info:
F, W, Sp, Su.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In his landmark lecture “The Two Cultures,” British scientist and novelist C. P. Snow argues that “the intellectual life of the whole of western society” is split into two cultures — the sciences and the humanities. According to Snow, this division has had an enormously detrimental impact on the development of society. Using Snow’s lecture as a frame of reference, we will analyze a variety of texts from the nineteenth century — some literary and some scientific — when this division was perhaps not so clear. We will discuss what it meant in nineteenth-century America and Great Britain to be “scientific” and “humanistic,” as well as the spaces in which the two overlapped. Finally, we will look at how this division continues today, and examine how the sciences and the humanities interact in our modern culture, in particular how science is portrayed through pop culture and through narrative.

This theme will serve as an entry point for you to develop your analytic thinking and writing skills. By examining interdisciplinarity in the past, we will also observe the shared characteristics of good writing within the humanities and the sciences, looking at writing as a possible bridge between this division. Through the process of unpacking very complex arguments the goal of this course is that you will begin to be able to form your own sophisticated arguments. This class is about writing and academic inquiry. Good arguments stem from good questions, and academic essays allow writers to write their way toward answers, toward figuring out what they think. In this course, students focus on the creation of complex, analytic, well-supported arguments addressing questions that matter in academic contexts. The course also hones students’ critical thinking and reading skills. Working closely with their peers and the instructor, students develop their essays through workshops and extensive revision and editing. Readings cover a variety of genres and often serve as models or prompts for assigned essays. The specific questions that students pursue in essays are guided by their own interests.

As you may go on in your academic career to pursue majors in the sciences, social sciences, or humanities, we will examine the relationship between the sciences and the humanities as we strive to become strong writers regardless of academic discipline.

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ENGLISH 125 - Writing and Academic Inquiry
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Coursepack Location:
Dollar Bill Copying 611 Church Street Ann Arbor
ISBN: 0192839799
Literature and science in the nineteenth century : an anthology, Author: edited with an introduction and notes by Laura Otis., Publisher: Oxford University Press 1. publ. a 2002
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Coursepack for ENG 125:060 to be purchased at: Dollar Bill Copying 611 Church Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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