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Course ENG 185.09B and ENG 185.10A: Critical Reading and Writing
Time Fall 2016, M/W/F 9:30-10:35 & 10:45-11:50
Location Humanities Hall, CONF
Instructor McKenna Rose
Office Hours Monday 12-2 and by appointment, Oxford Library 131
Contact msrose@emory.edu
Instructor Site mckennarose.org
Course Site afterlives.mckennarose.org

Course Description

For decades now legislatres and activists have been warning the public that ecological catastrophe is imminent: the Global Mean Sea Level has risen 4 to 8 inches; 2016 is on its way to being the hottest year on recordbiodiversity has fallen below “safe” levels; and the sixth mass extinction is well underway. These are just some figures that represent ways in which life on earth is becoming unsustainable. In this course we will analyze the rhetoric of ecological catastrophe to answer questions such, what if the crisis that these warnings seek to forestall has already happened? What if we are already living after catastrophe? Since the last century the Global Mean Sea Level has risen 4 to 8 inches; 2016 is on its way to being the hottest year on recordbiodiversity has fallen below “safe” levels; and the sixth mass extinction is well underway. These are just some figures that represent ways in which humans affect life on earth. To which modes of representations are most effective, in this course we will read, watch, and listen to texts from multiple genres, time periods, and geographic regions. Texts include, but are not limited to Silent SpringKing Lear, and The Walking Dead. Over the course of the semester, you will write and administer your own websites on which you will publish required projects such as essays, infographics, videos, and a series of short multimedia blog posts.

Domain of One’s Own

ENG 185: Post-Catastrophic Ecologies is a registered Domain of One’s Own course. Domain is a digital pedagogy project in which you are required to own and administrate your own websites that function as a component of curricula, professional portfolios, social media databases, and community outreach platforms. You are required to pay $12.00 for server space and a domain name of your choice. The Emory Writing Program hosts your name and server space. No prior experience with web design or digital authoring is required for successful completion of course work. All major class projects work will be published to the web and available to reading publics beyond the class and university.

Projected Learning Outcomes


Outcome Description
Critical Reading Students will develop their ability to read texts closely and critically, focusing first on understanding before moving to evaluation.
Critical Writing Argument: Students will develop their abilities to compose, organize and support academic arguments in order to engage in ongoing intellectual conversations.
Revision process: Students will understand that good writing is the result of a process of planning, drafting, receiving and giving feedback and revision.
Research Students will develop their abilities to find evidence using library and other resources. Students will develop their abilities to incorporate their findings into academic arguments and to document their sources.
Oral Expression Students will develop, through informed conversation, the ability to speak clearly and persuasively about the texts they study. Students will improve their oral communication skills by delivering a formal presentation.