English R1A

Reading and Composition: Near Futures

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
9 Fall 2021 Bernes, Jasper
MWF 8-9 305 Wheeler


This writing-intensive course will familiarize students with the principal elements of the academic essay, from sentence grammar and paragraph construction to the development of original argument. When not writing, or reading about writing, students will focus on Kim Stanley Robinson’s Ministry of Future, an optimistic work of speculative fiction that describes global reconstruction in the face of climate change. Published as an e-book in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic, the novel engages issues central to any discussion of political change in the twenty-first century, and will provide students with many opportunities for meaningful inquiry.

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