Spring 2014

Tuesdays and Thursdays

CRN# 13318 = 2:30 – 3:45PM in Sparks Hall 432

CRN# 10423 = 4:00 – 5:15PM in Langdale Hall (GCB) 320

The traditional wisdom is that “English class” is about picking out metaphors, memorizing a soliloquy, or the learning why Hester’s “A” was scarlet. At many universities including GSU, however, English 1102 is not an application of specialized literary knowledge, but an introduction to college composition specifically, the argument. This encompasses a wide range of related skills — critical thinking, conducting research, organization, presentation, media design, and analysis. The goal of this class is to prepare students for academic writing across the university landscape. It will use several traditional techniques you may already be familiar with and combine/introduce the use of several types of digital media with those techniques.

In “New Media Literacy” we will interact with a variety of sources, including a rather non-conventional ‘textbook’ that is designed to help you think differently about new media and the traditional school system. We will examine a variety of questions such as the following: Is multi-tasking really bad for us? How do platforms such as social media affect the way we think? Is our traditional school system setting us up for the future, or the past? We will spend the first third of the course with our main text, discussing issues it introduces and choosing our overarching argument topics. The second 2/3rds will be spent on designing our argument topics in two very different ways that will teach us (I plan to learn from you too) multiple ways to argue.

A note about audience: remember that old English class? All of the students in that class understood that their essays had an audience of one – the teacher. A more authentic understanding of audience, however, improves our writing. Additionally, digital media allow us to share multiple forms of communication rapidly and efficiently. Therefore, most of the writing you will do for class will be viewable by your peers. Some of it may be viewable to the web at large. We are responsible to each other to write, critique, and receive critique maturely. You should develop comfort with this aspect of the course or find a new composition class.

Please begin by reading this article: The IRL Fetish by

And by enrolling yourself in Canvas – see tools page.

Required texts:

The First Year Guide to Writing @ GSU bookstore ONLY — you should already own this from your 1101 course

Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century by Cathy Davidson – paperback – you need this right away

The Pocket Style Manual 6th edition – by Diana Hacker — If you bought the Everyday Writer for your previous 1101 course, you may use that instead.

Important dates: 

January 20, MLK Day (no classes)
March 4, Last Day to Withdrawal
March 17-23, Spring Break
April 24, Final Day of Class