Fall 2014 Course Descriptions

MW 2:30-3:45PM, ENG-W 365 & LBST-D 511
Editing in the Global Marketplace: Theories, Practices, and Methodologies (Cook)
In this class, students will learn how to edit technical documents, from proofreading for errors at the surface level to ensuring that documents contain appropriate content, organization, and visuals for their various audiences. Students will also learn long-forgotten (or perhaps never-learned) principles of correct English grammar, syntax, and punctuation; how to use traditional editing and proofreading marks; the editing functions within Microsoft Word 2010 and 2013; and basic principles of layout and design. Finally, this course introduces students to the full spectrum of workplace responsibilities today’s editors and editorial teams face, including large-scale project design and management, ethical and legal issues, and the impact of the global marketplace on editing practices, theories, and methodologies.

TR 2:30-3:45PM, ENG-W 131
Images, Text, and Reality (Cook)
This learning community (paired with NMCM-N 210; Jones) focuses on the way we interpret and produce visual and written texts to understand and portray reality. The composition course focuses on work, working lives, and the experience and meaning of work in both American culture and the Kokomo/Howard county region. The visual communication course complements the composition course, while also teaching students to interpret and create visual pieces using photography, Photoshop, and other digital hardware and software.  

MW 10:00-11:15AM, ENG-L 205
Literary Interpretation (Cook)
This course introduces students to the major theoretical movements, thinkers, and concepts of twentieth century critical theory, with a special focus on how “theory” has impacted the production, reception, and interpretation of “capital-L” Literature since midcentury. Rather than a more traditional focus on figures and schools, this course is organized around concepts—life, politics, text(uality), difference/s (i.e., gender/sex, race/ethnicity, alterity), culture, and ideology—in an effort to show students how English departments and literary scholars have colonized, poached, expanded, domesticated, and even radically altered the insights and advances of critical theory.    

MW 1:00-2:15PM, ENG-E 301
Literatures in English Medieval to 1600 (Keener)
Though ostensibly a survey of this time period, the course pairs older texts with more contemporary selections to demonstrate the relevancy of such ancient texts.

TR 10:00-11:15AM, ENG-L 204
Introduction to Fiction (Keener)
This class is coupled with a W131 as part of a Freshman Learning Community. The topic is "Monsters," which will examine traditional definitions of this role and expand to an even greater understanding of the "other." 

MW 10:00-11:00AM CLAS-C209 #31590
Medical Terms from Greek and Latin (Stouse)
This course focuses on decoding and understanding medical terminology utilizing a variety of strategies, including the separation of words into parts (prefixes, roots, and suffixes), learning word origins and histories, and practicing word use interactively.

MW 1:00-3:45PM, HSS-BE 203 #33633
Freshman Learning Community—Answering Life's Big Questions: A Literary and Creative Journey through Love, Loss, Faith, Politics, Culture, and the Universe (L102 taught by Christine Taff; W203 taught by Karla Stouse)
Using literature as a guide and creative writing as a tool for discovery, this Freshman Learning Community explores some of the challenging issues we all struggle with on our life journeys.  

T 10:00-12:45PM, HON-H399 #22799
Honors Colloquium—A Healthy Dose: What If Medicine Met the Humanities? (Stouse)
Using a humanities-based perspective, this course examines an extensive range of issues related to health care, including the history and progression of medical care, ethics in research, medical mysteries, medicine in and medicines from underdeveloped countries, national health care programs, innovations in medical technology and in delivery of health care, and relationship shifts among patients, providers, and those who pay.   

TR 2:30-3:45PM, ENG-L369 #23215
Studies in British and American Authors—What Hitchcock Saw: The Stories behind the Movies (Stouse)
This course explores some of the novels, stories, and plays that inspired one of the world’s greatest movie directors. Written by literary masters Daphne du Maurier (Rebecca), Patricia Highsmith (Strangers on a Train), Cornell Woolrich (“It Had to Be Murder,” which became Rear Window), and Thornton Wilder (Shadow of a Doubt), these works were transformed into iconic films by the Master of Suspense.  This course also comes with its own mystery—the search for John Steinbeck’s manuscript for Lifeboat.

In L390 Children's Literature students will examine both historical and modern children’s books; in addition, the course is designed to assist students in both selecting the best in children’s literature for each period of the child’s life and also practicing techniques for sharing literature with children. Special features of the course include visits from authors and illustrators as well as a project that will enhance the literacy of area children.

TR 2:30-3:45PM, ENG-L 209 “The Hunger Games” and Stories of Power (Snoddy)
This learning community will introduce students to an overview of leadership theories and practices as well as literature that explores the human yearning that seeks power for the powerless or right over wrong.  Focusing on Suzanne Collins’ novel series, The Hunger Games, students will explore the themes of dystopia/utopia societies, good versus evil, powerless versus the powerful. These themes will be examined through the lens of the Relational Leadership Model and as it applies to both fiction and real life.

M 2:30-5:15PM, ENG-W 131
Reading, Writing and Inquiry
& L295 American Film Culture (Snoddy & Withers)
This learning community focuses on film in relation to American culture and society. Works of literature will be used for comparison, but the main emphasis will be on film as a narrative medium and as an important element in American culture. The course also meets concurrently with ENG-L 295.