ENGL 105ilaw: Writing and the Law
This course is designed for students interested in pursuing careers in law, politics, or public service. You will study techniques of argumentation, analyze speeches and legal cases, and learn how to harness the persuasive power of language. Assignments are designed to teach effective communication in all academic areas, but they will serve students especially well as they progress to law school.
ENGL 105i: Writing in the Natural Sciences
This course is designed specifically for students majoring in the natural sciences. In this course, students will write several types of scientific documents common in the natural science disciplines (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Computer Science, etc.), such as grant proposals, science literature reviews, and popular science writing. Improving the clarity of their writing will help students throughout their academic careers, whether or not they ultimately enter scientific fields. This course has gone through several iterations: Fall 2012, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015.
ENGL 105: Writing in the Disciplines
English 105 at Carolina is a writing-across-the-disciplines course. Its function is to familiarize incoming students with the conventions of writing in different academic and professional disciplines to help them become more versatile writers. Because this is a writing course, students will learn to analyze rhetorical and stylistic conventions that govern professional and academic writing in the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. In doing so, they will hopefully become more aware of how audience expectations and context influence their writing and give it shape and direction.
ENGL 127: Writing About Literature
Writing About Literature is a communication intensive (CI) language arts (LA) course designed for minors in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Literacy (CRaDL). The CRaDL minor in rhetoric, composition, and digital literacy emphasizes both conceptual and practical concerns related to composing and to digital culture and communication. CRaDL courses involve hands-on, communication-intensive work and range from advanced writing classes to courses covering networked and multimedia composition. The ostensible object of the course is to better understand how thinking, reading, and writing relate to one another by studying poetry, fiction, drama, art, music, and film, but the primary object of the course is to examine how literature and the arts enrich our lives and remain deeply relevant to twenty-first century digital medias. As a result, this digital humanities course assumes a broad use of the term literature, literary, and literacy, going far beyond the printed page and the English language. The literature of new media requires a different form of literacy and this course is designed to be a gateway into that understanding.
ENGL 100 [Correctional Education]
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety works with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Friday Center for Continuing Education to provide a variety of educational resources to inmates residing in the North Carolina. Of the many courses they offer, I taught ENG 100: Fundamentals of Written and Oral Communication designed to gives inmates students the skills to navigate the workforce and/or additional college courses.
ENGLISH 101 & 102
Before moving to the ENGL 105 model, UNC's writing program offered a two-course composition sequence. ENGL 101 was designed to introduce students to different “scenes” of writing both in the academic world and beyond. By helping students understand the rhetorical situations under which writing happens (so-to-speak), students gain the skills to approach any form of writing both in the classroom and in the world at large. ENGL 102 focuses entirely on writing in specific academic discourses: Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, and Natural Sciences.
ENGL 146: Utopian, Dystopian and Fantasy Fiction
This course covers readings in and theories of "speculative" fictions from "softer" dystopian/utopian fantasy to hard science fiction (and some film and television). Instead of pursuing a typical syllabus filled soley with white male science fiction authors, this course will emphasize women and minority writers who have contributed to the development of this rich category of fiction.
ENGL 123: Intro to Fiction
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of fiction as an art as well as its relationship to the fine or plastic arts, and by extension, to the way in which English as a discipline approaches knowledge. As the semester progresses, we will delve into a number of historical and literary movements through a variety of different fiction genres and thing about how these fictional genres relate to different contemporary art historical developments. It is my hope that you emerge from this course with a broad understanding of the history and development of fiction as a literary genre.
ENGLISH 122: Intro to American Literature
This course is designed to introduce you to the study of American literature and, by extension, to the way in which English as a discipline approaches knowledge. As the semester progresses, we will delve into a number of historical and literary movements through a variety of different literary genres. It is my hope that you emerge from this course with a broad understanding of the history and development of the American literary tradition.
ENGL 144: Popular Genres
As an introductory course on pop genres, this course is designed to examine the ways in which genre is troubled by its media, defined and redefined over historical periods as well as through different social, political, and economic categories. Over the course of the semester you will read a works in a variety of popular genres–noir, romance, western, science, YA (young adult), horror–to name a few. You’ll also be exploring a few different formats or mediums within these genres: the novel, the short story, and the graphic novel. Thus, you’ll look to anatomize the conventions of popular genres (in content as well as form) and think critically about what these genres do for us as individuals or as a society.
ENGLISH 338: Nineteenth-Century British Novel
[TA for Dr. Laurie Langbauer]
This course returns me to my first love--the British Novel. Dr. Langbauer designed this course to introduce students to the gothic British Novel. Texts included Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, George Eliot’s The Lifted Veil, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret, Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Oscar Wilde’s Portrait of Dorian Gray.
ENGLISH 203: Special Topics - Austen-mania! Jane Austen and Popular Culture
[The University of Kansas]
This course begins with reading three Jane Austen novels - Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion - briefly covering the historical moment in which Austen lived and wrote her novels. Having arrived at a thorough understanding of Austen in her own time, students next examine the popular commodification of Jane Austen’s life and works as they appear in the myriad adaptations and sequels to her works (both novels and films) and in mass-produced, mass-consumed Jane Austen kitsch and tourism operations.