With Cabrillo College since 2003
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Spring 2017 English 1A, Special Topic: The Undead vs. The Living
Only by becoming critical thinkers can we begin to make real active choices in our lives. This single skill can save us from becoming the walking dead and instead allow us to live purposeful, wonder filled lives. Writing serves as one of the most powerful and effective tools in developing our critical thinking skills.
This semester, we will examine the historical representations of zombies, vampires, and corpses and explore their popularity as metaphors for contemporary cultural concerns.
"Popular culture has virtually become our culture. If we wish to understand ourselves, we must learn to think critically about what was once condescendingly regarded as 'mass culture'" (Maasik, Solomon V).
Through this critical examination we will achieve the English 1A Learning Outcomes:
1. Write essays, including research-based writing, demonstrating academic rhetorical strategies, documentation of resources, and critical analysis.
2. Analyze and evaluate assigned and researched texts.
English 1A, The Undead vs. The Living, also supports students in meeting The Cabrillo Core Competencies
1. Communication—reading, writing, listening, speaking and/ or conversing
2. Critical Thinking and Information Competency—analysis, computation, research, problem solving
3. Global Awareness—an appreciation of scientific process, global systems and civics, and artistic variety
4. Personal Responsibility and Professional Development—self-management and self-awareness, social and physical wellness, workplace skills
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