Hobbies and the Self

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Course Description and Goals

English 101 satisfies the first-year English writing requirement with a grade of D or higher. The class will give you a foundation for writing in your own field in later coursework by deepening your understanding of style, audience, and genre. You will write two traditional research essays and create a personal website with a digital portfolio.

This section will focus on hobbies, broadly defined as recreational activities that form an important part of our leisure time. We’ll explore how communities (particularly online communities) form around hobbies and how hobbies shape the way we think about ourselves and others. We will look at excerpts from a number of other texts relevant to themes of self-cultivation, such as Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations, Epictetus’s Handbook, and St. Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises.  We will also look web publications relevant to the theme of modern geek selfhood from authors such as Neal Stephenson and Michael Suileabhain-Wilson.

This course will culminate in a digital portfolio that you can add to throughout your time at Emory. As part of this portfolio, you will build a website that showcases the work you do for this class: a web project that explores an aspect of a hobby’s community of practice. You will also write two research essays informed by our course readings on the care of the self. Throughout the course you will practice strategies for generating, revising, editing, and proofreading your texts. By the end of the course, you should be able to identify different rhetorical situations and choose the best way to respond to them by thinking critically and communicating your ideas effectively in the appropriate medium.

To see more details about the writing goals this course is designed around go to the WPA Outcome Statements for first-year composition and see my assignment sequence justification