WRITING 160 - Multimodal Composition
Fall 2022, Section 001 - Artful Politics
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Sweetland Center for Writing (WRITING)
Department: LSA Sweetland Writing Center
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Details

Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Description

What do Trevor Noah, Grace Lee Boggs, Beyoncé, and Diego Rivera all have in common? They bring together art and politics to hone their message and get their audience thinking. Is all art at some level political? Does politics need art? How do artists organize for social justice? Is there an art to political engagement? And what about our own artistic production or political action? These are some of the questions we will ask in this section of writing 160.

 

Writing 160 fulfills the first-year writing requirement. It provides opportunities to practice composing in a variety of modes that will serve you well in college and beyond in your writing and critical thinking. In this section, we will look at the art of politics and the politics of art – through attending performances (such as Trevor Noah’s UMS performance “Back to Abnormal” on Friday, September 16), visiting the UM Museum of Art, and possibly taking a field trip to the Detroit Institute of Arts to visit the Diego Rivera “Detroit Industry” murals. We will also engage contemporary music, political speeches and posters, late-night comedy shows, and more, as we tease out the complex interactions of politics and art. 

 

This course takes an anti-racist, intersectional approach to the materials we will study and the compositions you will produce, inviting you to bring all of the dimensions of your artistic and/or political commitments into our class. You will compose a manifesto, research and write about a political topic of your choosing, and create a Trevor Noah/Steven Colbert/John Oliver-type news segment. You will also get to know your class colleagues well in group labs and workshops, and you will meet with me regularly for individual meetings about your work and ideas.

Course Requirements:

Come to class meetings prepared to engage in activities designed to promote multimodal composition skills. Complete 3-4 writing projects and develop awareness of your own writing processes. Engage in peer review and provide feedback to other students about their writing. Meet individually and in small groups with the instructor.


Writing 160 meets the First-Year-Writing Requirement.

Intended Audience:

Students who want to meet the first-year writing requirement with additional one-on-one support from the instructor. Students with an interest in writing in a range of modes and media.

Class Format:

A mix of discussion, interactive and hands-on writing activities, maker labs, drafting, peer review, and purposeful revision. 

 

You will also be meeting regularly with your instructor for personalized writing instruction. 


Writing 160 engages anti-racist teaching practices. 

Schedule

WRITING 160 - Multimodal Composition
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
33354
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3
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
33355
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4
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (SEM)
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33356
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7
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (SEM)
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33357
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3
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
005 (SEM)
 In Person
33358
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0
 
2
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
006 (SEM)
 In Person
38391
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2
TuTh 8:30AM - 10:00AM

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