ENGL 153
Androids, Cyborgs, Selves Spring 2025
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed STS 153

Class Details

In this expository writing course, we will analyze and argue about how humanoid and partly human bodies appear in legend, fiction, and film. When are these bodies inviting? When are they threatening? How are they gendered, how are they raced, and why? Which technologies fit easily into human forms, and which are resistant? What do the persons who inhabit these near-human bodies desire? Students in this course will develop arguments in reply to these and related questions, developing 3 or 4 essays through multiple stages of planning, drafting, and revising. Because this is an expository writing seminar, we will spend half or more of our class time discussing and practicing writing skills.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 12
Expected: 12
Class#: 3597
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: several response papers (500 words); three or four essays (1200-1500 words, in multiple drafts); class participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: See details for ENGL 100-level courses on English Department Website.
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
STS 153 Division II ENGL 153 Division I
WS Notes: This expository writing course is dedicated to facilitating real improvement in students' written argumentative work. Students will write and revise response papers and 5-page essays (in multiple drafts) over the course of the semester, receiving substantial instructor feedback. Students will practice: drafting, revising, and responding to critique; writing appropriately for given occasions and audiences; grounding their writing in close, analytical reading; and acknowledging sources.

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