COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Section: 002 What is an argument? (Is there an empire in this classroom?)
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Comparative Literature (COMPLIT)
Department: LSA Comparative Literature
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Other:
WorldLit
Waitlist Capacity:
50
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course, we will discuss argument: what it is, how to make it, how to enter into a productive academic conversation, and how to participate in debates in different social realms and settings. We will start by talking about a controversial statement — “There is an empire in this classroom.” Throughout this semester, we will examine the different sides of this statement and explore its potential and limits through readings, discussion, and writing. We will also learn to make nuanced, debatable thesis statements of one’s own, and to make productive, convincing arguments through narratives.

This is a discussion-based course, and we will rely on various written and visual materials in this class to fuel our discussions. Materials include: political debates, talk shows (John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight), advertisements, academic essays, fiction, music and film. We will focus on how the authors of the different types of narratives make their argument in different styles, what are their strengths and limits, in order to learn about how to make our own complex, analytic, evidence-based arguments that matter in different academic and social contexts.

Course Requirements:

Assignments will include: one eight- to ten-page research based argumentative essay, on a topic chosen by the student, at the end of the semester, and three short argumentative essays of five pages.

COMPLIT 122 - Writing World Literatures
Schedule Listing
002 (REC)
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16831
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WF 8:30AM - 10:00AM
003 (REC)
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18528
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18
 
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MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (REC)
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19816
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18
 
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WF 10:00AM - 11:30AM
005 (REC)
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20603
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18
 
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TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM
006 (REC)
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24646
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18
 
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
007 (REC)
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25020
Open
18
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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