Fall 2018: New Themes Announced for Analytical Writing and Thinking!

Published: October 30th, 2017

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ENC 2305, Analytical Writing and Thinking, is designed to advance students’ critical thinking and writing skills beyond first-year composition. To achieve those goals, students will learn advanced analytical techniques and communication strategies that professors in all disciplines expect them to know.

The texts and assignments in the course will expose students to challenging ideas. The subject matter of the course will be developed in accordance with the instructors’ own studies, with wide-ranging themes in areas such as Languages, Political Science, Anthropology, or Biology. By examining humanistic or scientific theories or principles, students will learn how to read deeply and think critically. As such, the students will be introduced to seminal ideas in specific disciplines and will be asked to engage in in debates important to our time and our culture.

This course challenges students in both writing and thinking:

“I hoped for a class that would expand my mind in areas I had not considered before and teach me techniques to become a better writer. My expectations were blown away. I have been forced to consider ideas and topics that have never been topics of thought for me. The focus of this class, illicit behavior, is something that people are so often taught to accept and not question. I used to be one of those people. Now, I can proudly say I question everything” (UF ENC2305 Student).


“Coming in to this class, I hoped to improve as a writer. However, what I learned in this class went far beyond that. This class taught me a lot about writing–things I am good at and things I need to improve on. It taught me to front load sentences, make topic sentences clear, limit modifiers, have better organization in my papers, and write effective introductions. I also learned so much about critical thinking. For example, the critical definition paper helped me to think abstractly and show me that things can be looked at from many different viewpoints and angles” (UF ENC2305 Student).

Section 13953/13950/13959 –Analyzing Propaganda

Explores the nature of propaganda and how it differs from other forms of persuasive or political communication.  We’ll consider some visual media (film and art), but we’ll mostly deal with texts of varying sorts.  We will focus on identifying, defining and comparatively analyzing propaganda from the 1930s to the present day, and we will ask questions including: Can we agree on what makes a work of propaganda?  How do moral or ethical concerns shape our perception of propaganda, and its effectiveness?


Section: 13955/13951        — Activism and Social Justice

Explores the interrelationship between media and activism: the collective act of protesting has swept the U.S. and the globe, from Occupy Wall Street and Arab Spring, to Black Lives Matter, the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Women’s March. Central to these movements is the role that media has played in molding, mobilizing, and mapping activist agendas both nationally and internationally. This course will examine contemporary examples of such mediated activism, that is, movements that specifically employ media and social media to advocate for a specific cause, propose a plan of action, and promote global solidarity for that action.

Section: 13956/13952     –-Medical Narratives

Examines the stories of illness and disease written by physicians.  Explores the process of writing through the lens of the healer and examines the intersections of stories and science, fiction and fact, and disease and health. What are doctor’s stories?  What are patient stories? Why are they important to understanding health and how disease is written about? We will examine the place of narratives and how they are constructed.



Section: 13954/13948–Spiritual Quests

Examines what it means to embark on a spiritual quest and how we determine our purpose in life. This course will not only examine spiritual concepts and practices through a variety of experiential lenses, but will also explore the motives that inspire individuals to break tradition and search for spiritual answers on their own. Whether or not students identify with a spiritual path, they will have the opportunity to analyze and define “spirituality” relative to their own observations and life experience. Ultimately, students will be encouraged to reflect on their sense of spiritual autonomy and to think critically about how the quest for meaning applies to their own lives and within the world around them.


Section: 13947/13949 –The Bad Guys in Film




Section: 13957/13958–No Place Like “Home”

Explores how we define certain places, how places are imbued with a variety of identities, and how we create and use spaces. In order to develop a better understanding of ourselves, our history, and our relationships with the world around us, we will consider what forces influence our understanding, knowledge about, relationship to, and behavior in a particular place.


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