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ENGL F2 T/R 9:30-10:45, Skiles 171
ENGL N1 T/R 12:00-1:15, Hall 106
ENGL D2 T/R 1:30-2:45, Skiles 168
Professor Dr. McKenna Rose
Office Hours Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 and by appointment in Hall, Office 9
Fridays 9:00-10:00AM via Skype or Google Hangouts
Contact mckenna.rose@lmc.gatech.edu
Professor Site mckennarose.org
Course Site english1101fall18.mckennarose.org

Course Description

In this course students will investigate ways that the causes and consequences of global Climate Change are simultaneously psychological and environmental. In their first unit poster projects students will illustrate sites of extreme accumulation such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, the Tire Graveyard in Kuwait, and the Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada in order to grasp the scale of environmental devastation humans cause. Because the scale of the sites students illustrate in their first project is almost too huge to communicate, students will spend the second unit analyzing imagery from texts such as Vik Muniz’s, Wasteland and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.  In order to describe the effects of mass consumption and practice narrative techniques, students will compose analysis driven argumentative essays that connect the personal, psychological aspects of collecting with the extreme accumulation that threatens the continued existence of humans on earth. Finally, students will study environmental rhetoric in film and produce a first-person, video in which they narrative the objects they consume and accumulate. Through a collaboration with Serve Learn Sustain, students will contribute the final video projects they film on the waste that their own personal collections produce to the Climate Stories of Georgia Project. Using a WOVEN approach to communication that considers the interrelationship between Written, Oral, Visual, and Nonverbal modes, this course aims to help students develop practices consistent with their roles as responsible members of local, national, and international communities, while also being able to identify relationships among ecological, social, and economic systems.

Course Goals/Concepts


Goals/Concepts Description
Rhetoric Students learn rhetorical strategies to create purposeful, audience directed artifacts that present well-organized, well-supported, well-designed arguments using appropriate conventions of written, oral, visual, and/or nonverbal communication
Process Students develop confidence in using recursive strategies, including planning, drafting, critiquing, revising, publishing/presenting, and reflecting
Multimodality Students develop competence in major communication modalities (Written, Oral, Visual, Electronic, and Nonverbal) and understand that modalities work synergistically
Collaboration Students learn to be productive in communities of practice—for example, as readers and critics, as team members and leaders—balancing their individual and collaborative responsibilities
Sustainability Students learn to identify relationships among ecological, social, and economic systems