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ENG 101 Sec. 019Instructor: Anthony Sciscione
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Fall 2012sciscione@ucc.edu Office hours: T & TH 10-11AM -------------------------------------------------

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Syllabus – English Composition I
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Course Overview & Objectives
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English 101 is a writing course meant to improve your ability to communicate through the medium of expository prose for both practical and academic purposes. Particular attention will be paid to the coherence and correctness of the writing itself, but all aspects of the writing process will be discussed. You will learn critical thinking and reading strategies useful both for personal intellectual development and for work required by more advanced college courses. Since reading and writing skills tend to complement each other, we will read and discuss a variety of texts significant in the history of Western thought and examine both their driving ideas, and their style of composition and argument. -------------------------------------------------

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Required Course Materials
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Jacobus, Lee, Ed. A World of Ideas, 8th ed. ISBN 978-0-312-38533-0 (primary text) -------------------------------------------------
Class folder
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General notebook
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Composition notebook
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*I also recommended you buy a writing style guide for your personal reference. A classic guide is Strunk and White’s Elements of Style¸ the first edition of which is available for free online at http://www.bartleby.com/141/. -------------------------------------------------

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Class Schedule (subject to revision)
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All readings listed below are to be found in A World of Ideas. They should be read by the first class day of each week. -------------------------------------------------
Th 9/6 – Introductions, writing sample
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9/11-9/13 – “Evaluating Ideas”; Plato, “The Allegory of the Cave” -------------------------------------------------
9/18-9/20 – “Writing about Ideas”; Bacon, “The Four Idols” -------------------------------------------------
9/25-9/27 – Machiavelli, “The Qualities of the Prince” -------------------------------------------------
10/2-10/4 – Rousseau, “The Origin of Civil Society” Paper 1 due (10/4) -------------------------------------------------
10/9-10/11– Jefferson, “Declaration of Independence”; Stanton, “Declaration of Sentiments & Resolutions” -------------------------------------------------
10/16-10/18 – Thoreau, “Civil Disobedience”Paper 2 due (10/18) -------------------------------------------------
10/23-10/25 – King, “Letter from Birmingham Jail” Journals collected (10/25) -------------------------------------------------
10/30-11/1– Benedict, “The Individual and the Pattern of Culture” -------------------------------------------------
11/6-11/8 – Emerson, “Self-Reliance” Paper 3 due (11/8) -------------------------------------------------
11/13-11/15 – Fromm, “The Individual in the Chains of Illusion” -------------------------------------------------
T 11/20 – Paper 4 due
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Th 11/22 – No Class (Thanksgiving)
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11/27-11/29 – Freud, “The Oedipus Complex”
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