English R1B

Reading and Composition: Proof

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
13 Spring 2007 Fiona Murphy
TTh 11-12:30 35 Evans

Other Readings and Media

"Bantock, Nick: Griffin and Sabine

O?Brien, Tim: The Lake in the Woods

McEwan, Ian: Atonement

Austen, Jane: Pride and Prejudice

Course Reader "


"What constitutes evidence? Epistemology is the study of the origin, nature, and methods of human knowledge, and in this course we will address in our reading, writing, and discussion such questions as: When should one trust one?s intuition? When and how should one seek validation? When should one trust others instead of one?s own instinct? How can one be fooled or misinterpret things? An essential aspect of analytical writing is finding and utilizing evidence to substantiate one?s points, and our interrogations into literary characters who must face their own conceptions and misconceptions about proof will inform our own strategies of writing and developing a convincing argument. R1B is a course that incorporates research into analytical writing, and part of our focus will be learning how to integrate the opinions of others into our own, whether as supplement or counterpoint.

There will be three required papers in this class: two short essays and a longer research paper, each of which will be revised and rewritten. There will also be a final exam. "

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