Faculty of Arts
Writing and Culture
A course in cultural literacy and critical thinking: how we understand and negotiate common culture and how we analyse its major concepts. We address public culture through writing, that is, by constructing educated critical arguments about its most basic tenets. In order to do so, we develop skills of analysis, argument and writing. The course is organised around local and global topics of public contention: celebrity culture, the impact of new technologies, technocapitalism, consumerism, counter-culture.The course is also concerned with close analyses of various species of popular culture: music, television, literature, street art, social networks. Based on the assertion that popular culture is participatory, the paper requires students to engage collaboratively in projects undertaken through the most common forms of social media: blogs, tweets, and other forms of online interaction.
ENGLISH 257: 15.0 points
30 pts including ENGLISH 121 or ENGWRIT 101, or any 30 points in English, or any 45 points