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Susannah A Carney-Waddy
Office Hours: Fall 2020
Location: Room 350H
Alternate Location: Online


Susannah A Carney-Waddy
Adjunct English Instructor

Susannah Carney-Waddy profile

MA English, MA Literature
With Cabrillo College since 2004

Course Descriptions

Fall 2020 English 2 sections--Due to COVID 19, these courses will be delivered fully online via Canvas and Zoom for the Fall 2020 semester until further notice.This means that students will be accessing course materials and submitting assignments in Canvas and meeting with me in Zoom for short "lectures" and discussions. Live Zoom meetings will be scheduled during the class times listed below and recorded for asynchronous viewing. If you have any questions about how this work work or other questions about the class, feel free to email me at

ENGL 2 15 Comp & Crit Thinking TTH 9:30AM - 10:50PM Room 426

ENGL 2 21 Comp & Crit Thinking TTH 11:10PM - 12:30PM Room 321

Course Description

Huge and powerful industries -- alcohol, tobacco, junk food, guns, diet -- depend upon a media-illiterate population. Indeed they depend upon a population that is disempowered and addicted. These industries will and do fight our efforts with all their mighty resources. And we will fight back, using the tools of media education which enable us to understand, analyze, interpret, to expose hidden agendas and manipulation, to bring about constructive change, and to further positive aspects of the media."
--Jean Kilbourne, author: Deadly Persuasion: How Advertising Manipulates Us in an Age of Addiction

The 21st century has seen an increasing reliance on multimedia (vs text) as a primary mode of communication and means of disseminating social, political, and cultural values and information. Consequently, literacy and critical thinking can no longer be understood and achieved only in terms of the ability to comprehend and analyze printed text. In order for individuals to be truly literate and think independently, it is essential to develop the skills to perceive and deconstruct the messages that are delivered via an ever-growing array of mediums. As Marshall McLuhan has famously put it,

The medium, or process of our time – electric technology – is reshaping and restructuring patterns of social interdependence and every aspect of our personal life. It is forcing us to reconsider and re-evaluate practically every thought, every action, and every institution formerly taken for granted. Everything is changing – you, your family, your neighbourhood, your education, your job, your government, your relation to "the others." And they're changing dramatically.

--Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects (1967).

Broadly, this section of English 2 focuses on honing critical thinking skills introduced in English 1A, including the ability to analyze, criticize, and write persuasively. In addition, it examines the relationships between, rhetoric, multi-media, and logic and provides students with tools they can use to monitor their own thinking, evaluate information, rhetoric, and the reasoning process, recognize faulty reasoning, and name the more common fallacies.With an emphasis on media literacy and analysis, students will examine their thought processes, becoming aware of how their own observations, assumptions, and opinions influence the ways they interpret the written word and visual images/media. Students will also learn to analyze and evaluate the arguments of others by studying a wide range of nonfiction texts produced by both academic and popular culture. They will learn to analyze complex issues presented in a variety of mediums from multiple perspectives, distinguish between claims and evidence, and construct solid and interesting arguments of their own.

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