ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
Section: 004 A New Way of Seeing: On Being Human in the Information Age
Term: FA 2017
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Are you more than the sum of your googled parts? What do you see when you look into the mirror of social media? Are you the master of your machines, or could it be the other way round? Over the course of the semester, we will explore these questions and more together using contemporary novels, short fiction, poetry, and critical analysis, as well as visual media such as artwork and film. Our aim will be to enter into larger, ongoing conversations with artists and critics, interrogating what it means to be human in a technology-driven world that seems to preference speed, access and quantity of information above all else.

Good writing begins with a question or theory, creating a dynamic quality, a search for the truth. In this class, students will be challenged to pursue questions that matter to them, to sharpen their critical reading and thinking skills as they add their voice to the broader conversation about technology, art and what it means to be human. Working closely with their peers in a workshop environment, students will draft and revise essays, gaining insight as their writing evolves into how to effectively appeal to an audience, refine and explore main ideas, and shape an essay. Writing is revising, as our work together will emphasize. In the process of reading and commenting on drafts-in-progress, students will learn to recognize the potential in a draft and communicate specific suggestions to help a draft realize its full potential. In this way, over the course of the term, students will work collaboratively and gain important insight into how to create nuanced, complex and compelling arguments in an academic environment. Specifically, we will focus upon macro-level concerns such as developing and refining an arguable, relevant thesis; handling evidence effectively; incorporating counterarguments; integrating outside scholarship; and writing appealing introductions and conclusions. On the sentence level, students will work on elements such as sentence variety, transitions, tone, voice and, of course, how to write a clean line of prose. By the end of the semester, after writing and revising four essays and working on a variety of writing exercises, students will have gained important writing and critical thinking skills that will better prepare them to enter into academic discourse with confidence, style and flourish.

ENGLISH 124 - Academic Writing and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
P
11228
Closed
0
 
-
MWF 8:00AM - 9:00AM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
002 (REC)
P
11229
Closed
0
 
-
MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
003 (REC)
P
16345
Open
1
 
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
004 (REC)
P
11230
Closed
0
 
-
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
005 (REC)
P
11231
Open
2
 
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
006 (REC)
P
11232
Open
1
 
-
TuTh 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
007 (REC)
P
11233
Closed
0
 
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
008 (REC)
P
11234
Closed
0
 
-
MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
009 (REC)
P
11235
Closed
0
 
-
MWF 1:00PM - 2:00PM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
010 (REC)
P
11236
Closed
0
 
-
MWF 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
011 (REC)
P
11237
Open
4
 
-
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
012 (REC)
P
11238
Closed
0
 
-
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
013 (REC)
P
11239
Open
1
 
-
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
014 (REC)
P
11240
Closed
0
 
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
015 (REC)
P
11241
Open
1
 
-
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
016 (REC)
P
11242
Closed
0
 
-
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
017 (REC)
P
11243
Closed
0
 
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
018 (REC)
P
11244
Open
3
 
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
019 (REC)
P
11245
Open
2
 
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
020 (REC)
P
11246
Closed
0
 
-
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
021 (REC)
P
11247
Open
2
 
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
022 (REC)
P
11248
Closed
0
 
-
MWF 11:00AM - 12:00PM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
023 (REC)
P
11249
Closed
0
 
-
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Note: Students (enrolled and waitlisted) must attend BOTH the first AND second days of class or they will be dropped immediately for non-attendance.
024 (REC)
P
26654
Closed
0
 
-
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
025 (REC)
P
28419
Open
1
 
-
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
026 (REC)
P
28420
Closed
0
 
-
MW 5:30PM - 7:00PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.


Coursepack Location:
Dollar Bill Copying 611 Church St Ann Arbor MI
ISBN: 9780307477477
A visit from the Goon Squad, Author: Jennifer Egan., Publisher: Anchor Books 1st Anchor 2011
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780140274981
White noise : text and criticism, Author: Don DeLillo. Ed. by Mark Osteen, Publisher: Penguin Books Repr. 1998
Required
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9780691122908
The imaginative argument : a practical manifesto for writers, Author: Frank L. Cioffi., Publisher: Princeton University Press 2005
Required
Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for ENGLISH 124 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Digital Innovation Greenhouse, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)