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Prof. James Click Spring- 2011
Pasadena City College                                                                          Professor James Click Spring 2011
Room C161English 1C: Critical Thinking and Argument
Office Hours: By Appointment
Section #4740- MW 6-8:15pm
Class Website:
http://profclickenglish.blogspot.com                           Mailbox: C-245
Required Texts
Sigmund Freud-
Civilization and It’s Discontents
. Norton
. Oxford World Classics
Dave Eggers
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
. Vintage
Diana Hacker-
A Writer’s Reference
6th Ed. (P.C.C. Custom)An English language college dictionary(You will also need a wide-ruled composition book and a thumb drive to save 
work until grades have been issued)
Thinking Beyond the Limits of Convention
Course Overview 
Language, literature, writing, argument, research, teaching, learning, etc. are allgoverned by conventions or rules, both explicit and implicit. In fact, it is very difficult to think of anaspect of our lives that isn’t governed, in some way, by conventions. Nevertheless, we tend to operateunder the assumption that we are autonomous individuals whose actions, beliefs, and perspectives arealways the product of conscious choices. However, as critical thinkers, we might want to ask whether theconcept of free-will is itself a convention, and if so, to what extent?  For example, think about the cultureyou were raised in; in what ways has it determined how you see yourself, the world, and others?  Inaddition, we might want to ask whether this immense network of conventions that governs our lives has alimit, and what happens when we cross that limit?  In this class, we will explore these questions and howthey relate to advanced critical thinking, reading, writing, and research. We will do so by closely readingand discussing texts representing a variety of perspectives, including Literature, Psychology, Philosophy,and personal experience. You will be expected to write two in-class essays, three independent research-related papers, and to contribute to a group project and presentation.
Grading Breakdown:                                                       Grading Scale:
In-class essays…………………………….. .10%              90 – 100 = APapers…………………………………….....60%              80 –   89 = BReading Journal/Quizzes……...….................10%              70 –   79 = CGroup Project/Presentation………………....10%               60 –   69 = DAttendance/Participation/Writing Center.......10%                0 –    59 = F 
Rules & Procedures
Come to class fully prepared. This means you will bring pen, paper,reading journal and the textbook or reading handout to each classmeeting.
To be successful in college, you must keep up with the reading; it iscritical for participating in class discussions, understanding lectures, andcrafting well-argued papers. It is also your responsibility to ask questionsin class or outside of class if a reading or assignment is unclear orconfusing.

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