Fall 2014 New and Special Topics Class Descriptions

EDE-306-OL1 Data Literacy
This course will help students develop the kinds of data literacy skills needed for success in teaching.  It will focus on five related skills that teachers need:

  • Finding the relevant pieces of data in the data system or display available to them (data location)
  • Understanding what the data signify (data comprehension)
  • Figuring out what the data mean (data interpretation)
  • Selecting an instructional approach that addresses the situation identified through the data (instructional decision making)
  • Framing instructionally relevant questions that can be addressed by the data in the system (question posing)

The course will be taught online but with an in-class final examination.  Prerequisite: EDU-206.

ENG 315 F1 Topics in Specialized Writing: Writing to Influence
This is a writing course that seeks to explore that definition of rhetoric through a variety of means. How do 20th and 21st century rhetoricians compose rhetorically, and for what purpose? To answer these questions, we will focus on the rhetorical canon (invention, arrangement, memory, style, and delivery) and examine how writers have used these canons to influence their audiences. We will pay particular attention to rhetoric as the "available means of persuasion" in political rhetoric; in popular culture and writing; and in the role of context, audience, and purpose in the creation of persuasive texts.

English 355 C1 Selected Topics in English: Utopian and Dystopian Literature
This course introduces students to a rich genre of literature that includes myth, essays, poetry, fiction, drama, and film, and facilitate students' deeper consideration of selected topics within this literature of ideas.  With particular emphasis on texts from the late-nineteenth century and onward, we will consider the way utopian and dystopian literary texts imagine the outcomes of ideological perspectives on such topics as gender, class, race, sexuality, science, and technology, as well as political and economic systems.  Our class will also consider why utopian and dystopian narrative has made a resurgence in the late-twentieth- and twenty-first centuries, connecting current global conversations on politics and culture to recent publications such as Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas."

ENG 355 G1 Selected Topics in English: The Ghost Story in England and America
An exploration of ghostly fiction by masters of the genre such as Le Fanu, James, Dickens, Wharton, Bierce, and Shirley Jackson as well as lesser known conjurors such as L. P. Hartley, Arthur Machen, and Ramsey Campbell. We will also watch the most artful specimens of ghostly cinema: films by Jack Clayton, Alfred Hitchcock, Val Lewton, and Roman Polanski. Music is also a key part of the course: spectral film and symphonic scores by Debussy, Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, and George Crumb.  This course does not deal in slasher films, torture porn, or what ghost story master Oliver Onions once called "the groans and clankings of the grosser spook."