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English 101
Course Outline
(Subject to Change)

Weeks One through Six


• What is a “C”? What is an “A”? Student samples
• Structure and purpose of this course
• Using Hacker to help your writing
• Introduction to semiotics
• Signs pp 1-21; 33-43; 48-67
• Writing semiotic analysis
• Chapter One — “Consuming Passions: The Culture of American
Consumption”
• Signs pp 75-85
• Readings to be announced
• Chapter Two – “Brought to You B(u)y: The Signs of Advertising”
o Signs pp 171 - 181
o Readings from the text and exercises in analyzing ads
• Movie – Advertising and the End of the World
• Movie – Affluenza
• Essay # 1 rough draft – three opening paragraphs and outline – due Th
Sep 9
• Essay # 1 final draft due at the beginning of class, Th Sep 23
• NOTE: – Last day to receive a full tuition refund is Tue Aug. 31

Weeks Seven through Nine


• Helping others and improving yourself — peer commentary:
demonstration and practice
• Chapter Five – “You-Topian Dreams: MySpace, YourSpace, and the
semiotics of Web 2.0”
• Signs pp 423-31
o Readings to be announced
Chapter Six – “American Paradox: Culture and Contradiction in the U.S.A.”
• Signs pp 477 – 86
• Readings from the text
• Essay #2 complete rough draft due at the beginning of class, Th Oct.
14
• Essay #2 final draft due at the beginning of class, Th Oct. 21
• Hacker: defining sentences, phrases, and clauses; identifying sentence
problems

Weeks Ten through Thirteen


• Chapter Three – “Video Dreams: “Television, Music, and Cultural Forms”
o Signs pp 249 - 64
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o Readings from the text
• Chapter Four – “The Hollywood Sign: The Culture of American Film”
o Signs pp 331 – 41
o Readings from the text
o More Hacker – apostrophes
o Movie – Merchants of Cool
o Essay #3 rough draft – three opening paragraphs – due Th Nov. 4
o Essay #3 final draft due at the beginning of class, Th Nov. 18

Weeks Fourteen through Sixteen



NOTE: Thanksgiving Break: No classes Nov. 24 – 28

Movie - Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women
• Chapter Seven – “We’ve Come a Long Way, Maybe: Gender
Codes in American Culture”
o Signs pp 559 – 66
o Readings from the text

• NOTE: The last day to drop with a “W” is Saturday, Nov. 13 by


noon
• Essay #4 final draft due at the beginning of class, Th Dec. 9. No late
papers will be accepted.

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