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ENH113  Writers and Current Issues


ENH113  (Fr 10:50AM - 12:05PM, TC244) & ENG101 (9:30-10:45, TC244)



Course Summary

In-depth analysis of literary works by prominent contemporary writers throughout the world, including essayists, journalists, playwrights, novelists, short story writers, and/or poets. Examines perspectives representing a variety of cultures. Literary responses to current issues of worldwide interest examined, including topics as environment, technology, medicine, economics, politics, education, human rights, law and order. May be repeated for a total of eight (8) credit units with permission of instructor. Prerequisites: None



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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:




ENH113   Writers and Current Issues
1. Outline/explain the chronology of key events related to the issue. (I)
2. Name the key figures involved in the issue and explain the role each plays. (I)
3. Explain the major theories on the causes of the controversy/issue. (I)
4. Describe current theories on how to deal with this issue. (I)
5. Analyze a work of literature to determine the writer's views on a given issue. (II)
6. Evaluate a writer's contribution to our understanding of a given issue. (II)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
ENH113   Writers and Current Issues
    I. Overview of Issues
      A. Chronology of major events
      B. Key figures
      C. Theories on causes
      D. Proposed solutions or current positions on issues
    II. Writers' Perspectives
      A. Biography(ies) of author(s)
      B. Authors' views on issues
      C. Analysis of the literary work(s)
      D. Critical responses to the literary work(s) and the authors' contribution to our understanding of the issue(s)
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Possible Current Issues We Could Cover

  • Internet Censorship
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Online Identity
  • Popular Culture
  • File Sharing & Digital Media
  • News: Evolution or Revolution?
  • Music & Television
  • China
  • Islam
  • Obama
  • Web 2.0
  • Social Networking
  • Global change

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