English 103 - Critical Thinking, Writing, and Reading - Mike Harutunian
|Course:||Critical Thinking, Writing, and Reading|
Hello there! My name is Mike Harutunian, and I have taught at COC for a very long time. I'm fully aware how much the last two years have disrupted our lives and learning in general. My thematic focus for this semester will be identity and we will be using the semiotic approach of our textbook, Signs of Life in the USA to address this issue. Semiotics is the study of signs. Its origin is in linguistics, but it has since morphed into a powerful tool for understanding our modern pop culture.
As noted in the introduction, we will be using a semiotic approach and writing four essays over the course of the semester. The first essay will focus on how advertising helped to form identities around products to help sell them. The second paper will be about the polarization of identity that is part and parcel of modern living. The third paper will look at how, after internalizing all these forces, we now project our own identities in the cloud. Finally, the last paper will be a research paper.
What to Expect in this Course
This course is 100% online through Canvas. I will be offering office hours online through Zoom. I encourage students to work together through the discussion board assignments, but also on their papers.
Types of Assessments
The course will consist of:
- Online discussion boards
- Written assignments
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
The textbook for this course is Solomon and Maasik's Signs of Life in the USA, 10th Edition ISBN# 978-1-319-21366-4
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Last updated: 05/14/2022 Sub#: 1354