ENGL-103H - Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking, Honors - Jim Keller
|Course:||Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking, Honors|
My name is Jim Keller and I'm looking forward to working with you.
This course teaches critical thinking from the perspective of analyzing information and writing well-thought-out papers. We'll be looking at biases, fallacies, and argumentation errors across media, and will dive into the ways we can find ourselves manipulated into thinking we're thinking critically. The final project asks students to take a deep dive into the world of conspiracy theories to see how they stand up to critical thought and research.
What to Expect in this Course
This is a three-unit honors course. Remember that each unit carries with it the expectation of 3 hours per week of work over the course of a regular semester, so you should plan to dedicate 9 hours per week to this class, including time spent in class. Readings will be distributed in Canvas and most assignments will be turned in there, so reliable Canvas access is a must. I expect that everyone in the class has successfully completed ENGL-101 or its equivalent and is already familiar with how to write a college-level paper in MLA format, or to know how to get the help necessary outside of class to be able to do so. You will be required to do group assignments, so the ability to work with others is essential. Most students who are willing to put the work in find the class to be engaging and even exciting, so it can be a lot of fun if you let it be a lot of fun.
Types of Assessments
The class is assessed primarily through your writing and group work, though quizzes and other assignments make up a statistically significant percentage of the grade.
Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook
Our primary textbook is From Critical Thinking to Argument: A Portable Guide, sixth edition, by Sylvan Barnet, Hugo Bedau, and John O'Hara. There will be additional OER materials distributed via Canvas.
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Last updated: 11/26/2022 Sub#: 1510