LSWA 125 - College Writing
Fall 2020, Section 004 - Monsters and Beasts
Instruction Mode: Section 004 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

Zombies, vampires, werewolves, cyborgs, yetis, witches, ghosts, demons, and countless others—they stalk us relentlessly from the pages of our favorite novels and stories. Their creepy images haunt us from movie and TV screens—and we love every minute of it, however frightened we might be. Plenty of these monsters are beastly, but many of the beasts we love just as much as we love monsters aren't scary at all. What, if anything, do the monsters who scare us and the beasts who charm us, have in common? Why do we fear these beastly monsters, and why do we love them? What's behind our enduring urge to create and consume narratives of these inhuman imaginary beings? Are they as inhuman as they seem—or is what captivates us about monsters the unsettling suggestions and foreboding images they offer us about who and what we really are?

All good writing starts with good questions, and in our course, we will explore a range of texts (novels, stories, comics, photos, paintings, TV shows, and movies) that raise questions and make arguments about the cultural and political meaning of the monsters we create. You will read and write in response to these questions and arguments, through essays, images, sounds, and stories. You will engage with each other as you explore these questions as readers and writers, using the experiences of your peers to develop your insights and conclusions about what it means to be a monster-and-beast love in 2020. You will practice readerly and writerly skills together—skills that you can readily apply to the writing that awaits you beyond this course.

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:

During the scheduled class times, there will be some kind of synchronous online discussion, but there will also be plenty of opportunities for asynchronous participation as well. Students will have options to choose from (several synchronous and several asynchronous) to help them participate effectively in class. The instructor will either record synchronous sessions or pre-record mini-lectures to ensure that asynchronous participators are getting the content they need.

Tests are not given in this course. Students will hand in essays online (Google docs) and receive feedback from the instructor through online meetings and written responses to their writing.

Canvas and Google docs will be used for asynchronous online components. The course may also use Hypothesis.is, an online annotation tool. Either Google Meet or Zoom will be used for synchronous meetings. Students should have access to a camera and a microphone (the ones in their laptops should be fine), as well as high speed internet access.

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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