LSWA 125 - College Writing
Fall 2020, Section 001 - Writing in the Surreal World
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: Lloyd Hall Scholars for Writing and the Arts (LSWA)
Department: LSA Lloyd Hall Scholars
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Credit Exclusions:
A maximum of 20 Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts credits (including any LHSP credits) may be counted toward a degree.
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Advisory Prerequisites:
Participants in the Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts Program. Non-LSWA students welcome and may request permission to enroll pending availability.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

Through all that has happened in 2020, the idea of things “making sense” may seem like a quaint notion of yore. Certainly recent events have shaken many of us out of our customary ways of sensemaking in our daily lives, in our understanding of relationships, of country and society and economy. And the word “surreal” has been used repeatedly to capture how strange the world began to feel this year—in response to the coronavirus pandemic, of course, but also the sight of Sarah Palin popping out of a psychedelic bear costume. But what does it mean to be surreal? Did things ever make sense, or had we just been deluding ourselves all along?

As scholars for writing and the arts, we are positioned to pursue two complementary objectives: (1) to appreciate more fully the precise ways our experience fails to make sense, and (2) to strive to make more sense of those things that we can. In this writing course, we will use writing to explore art and literature that evokes the nonsensical and surreal, and to unravel the seemingly nonsensical elements of our own observation and experience that might help us navigate a surreal world. Along the way, we will engage with all aspects of the writing process, from brainstorming and research to collaboration and revision—to strengthen our writing voices and build skills and strategies for communicating persuasively with academic audiences and beyond.

Intended Audience:

Participants in the Lloyd Scholars for Writing and the Arts Program. Non-LSWA students welcome and may request permission to enroll pending availability. Contact LSWA@umich.edu.

Class Format:

Synchronous class sessions will include structured discussions, small group breakout room activities, writing exercises, and other interactive activities drawing on the course readings and ongoing essay assignments.

All graded assignments (e.g., essays, peer review letters) will be completed and submitted asynchronously via Canvas.

This course will use Canvas for all asynchronous online components (weekly course readings, essay assignments, etc.), and Zoom for most synchronous activities (class sessions, instructor conferences, etc.). Students should have access to the internet and a computer or similar electronic device with a camera and microphone.

Schedule

LSWA 125 - College Writing
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 Online
12635
Open
2
2LSA LHSP or LSWA
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MW 9:30AM - 11:00AM
002 (REC)
 Online
12636
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (REC)
 Online
12637
Closed
0
 
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
004 (REC)
 Online
19257
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
005 (REC)
 Online
31277
Closed
0
 
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
006 (REC)
 Online
19754
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM

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