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Readings in Modern Non-Fiction

Course NumberLIT 230W
Credits3
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPre-requisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course or permission of instructor. Studies selected modern (post-1945) and contemporary non-fiction works in order to understand the variety of forms and expression which are possible. Concentrates on themes and topics which are a recurring part of the human condition. (45-0)


Outcomes and Objectives

Identify different types of non-fiction material by common elements.
Objectives:
  1. Classify such types as biography, autobiography, personal essay, historical, satirical, academic, documentary, journalistic, technical, scientific.

Describe and analyze the approaches to the literature as they are generated by time or circumstance.
Objectives:
  1. Identify and explain specific historical or cultural events and influences in which the various approaches have developed.

Describe various aspects of the aesthetic experience that non-fiction literature provides.
Objectives:
  1. Identify principles for understanding specific works as forms of art.

Identify the connections between culture and literature.
Objectives:

    Integrate the world described in the non-fiction works with their own world.
    Objectives:
    1. Identify the similarities and differences between the world presented by the writer and their own experience of reality.
    2. Reflect on the relationship of the "truths" in the works examined and their own understanding of the world.

    Participate in "writing to learn" activities.
    Objectives:
    1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
    2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
    3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.

    Demonstrate the learning of concepts through oral presentation.
    Objectives:
    1. Deliver an informal presentation on a modern non-fiction work.




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