Note: This calendar is subject to revision to take into account the progress of our class.


Week 1: Introduction to the Course and Its Topics

Tuesday, January 20: Welcome to English 201

Intro to Course, Policies, and Rhetoric
Rhetorical Analysis and the Rhetorical Triangle

Thursday, January 22: Community and Networks/Continuing Rhetorical Analysis

Sign Up for Discussion Days
Introduce Rhetorical Analysis
Rhetorical Analysis Practice: Oral-B Commercial
Infiniti Commercial
ASPCA Commercial
Discuss Christakis and Fowler
Freewrite: What communities do you belong to?
Reading Due: “In the Thick of It,” Chapter One from Christakis and Fowler’s Connected: How Your Friends’ Friends’ Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do

Week 2: Arguments About Responsibility and Complicity

Tuesday, January 27: Theories of Complicity

Introduce “Issue Response Paper”
Rhetorical Analysis Practice: The Daily Show
Reading Due: from Kadish, Sanford H. “A Theory of Complicity.” In Ruth Gavison, ed., Issues in Contemporary Legal Philosophy: The Influence of H. L. A. Hart. 1987. page 288.
from Feinberg, Joel. “Causing Voluntary Actions.” Doing and Deserving: Essays in the Theory of Responsibility. 1970. page 158-167.

Thursday, January 29: Unpacking Responsibility through Genre

Introduce “Genre Comparison”
Writing Due: “Issue Response Paper”
Reading Due: 
Primary Sources:
Charlie Hebdo Wiki
Je Suis Charlie Wiki
Twitter Feed for #JeSuisCharlie
Secondary Sources:
NYT Op-ed “I am not Charlie Hebdo” by David Brooks
“United in Grief, Cartoonists Show Solidarity with Charlie Hebdo” by Krishnadev Calamur
Discussants: Emmet and Nick T.

Week 3: Processing Argument

Tuesday, February 3: Introduction to Peer Review/Workshop

Model Peer Review
Introduce Writing Project 1
Discuss Hughes
Reading Due: Peter Elbow selections on peer review
Hughes’ “Why, You Reckon”
Writing Due: “Genre Comparison”

Thursday, February 5: How to Build an Argument

Peer Review: Issue Response Paper Have 3 drafts—whether paper or digital available to exchange!
Brainstorming Exercise
Reverse Outlining Exercise Through Conversation
Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story
Writing Due: Working Draft of Issue Response Paper

Week 4: Workshop Week

Extended Office Hours
Tuesday, February 10 from 2:15-4PM
Thursday, February 12 from 10AM-1PM

Tuesday, February 10: What Does Academic Writing Look Like?
Prepare for Peer Review and Discuss Ken Macrorie’s “The Poison Fish”
Directed Writing Exercise: Reverse Point of View
Reading Due: Macrorie’s “The Poison Fish”
Writing Due: Draft 1 of Writing Project 1 for Peer Exchange (Bring 3 Paper or Digital Copies and submit to Learn@UW)
Thursday, February 12: Peer Review
Reading Due: Read Peers’ Drafts Twice—First to Comprehend, Second to Respond


Week 5: Research: Tracing the Network

Tuesday, February 17: Rhetorical Networks

Introduce Writing Project 2
Introduce Latour’s Actor Network Theory
Research Exercise
Reading Due: Latour’s Introduction to Reassembling the Social
Writing Due: Writing Project 1
Discussants: Ben, Tayler, and Nik B.

Thursday, February 19: Exploring More Theories: Networks and Postliberal Responsibility

Discuss Lavin
Reverse Outline Exercise: How do arguments work?
Reading Due: Lavin, “Responsible Subjects”
Discussants: Dylan, Shelagh, and Miranda

Week 6: How Do Images Make Arguments and What Stories Do They Tell?

Tuesday, February 24: Networking Responses from Current Events

Visual Rhetoric Presentation
Discuss Kennedy and Schuessler and the News Writing Genre
Meet with Peer Group and Discuss Options for Writing Project 2
Reading Due: 
Background Information on Ferguson:
WSJ Ashby Jones’s “Five Things to Know about the Ferguson Decision”
NYT’s “What Happened at Ferguson”
Article for Discussion:
Kennedy and Schuessler’s “Ferguson Images Evoke Civil Rights Era and Changing Visual Perceptions”
Discussants: Justin and Abby

Thursday, February 26: Outlining Your Network

Introduce “Actor Roll Call” Assignment
Reading Due: Gerald Graff “They Say, I Say”
In Class Work Day (bring all materials to class)

Week 7: Understanding Systemic Responsibility

Tuesday, March 3: Consumer Responsibility

Discuss Young’s “From Guilt to Solidarity”
Reverse Outline Exercise
Introduce “Letter of Application: Responding Professionally” Assignment
Reading Due: Young, “From Guilt to Solidarity: Sweatshops and Political Responsibility”
Writing Due: “Actor Roll Call”
Discussants: Amy, Christine, and Tom

Thursday, March 5: Community Collision

Tips for Letters of Application
In Class Work Day
Writing Due: Brainstorming/Drafting Exercise

Week 8: Workshop Week

Tuesday, March 10: Navigating Arguments and the Various Modes They Use

Review Questions/Concerns about Unit Project (First Draft Due by the end of class)
Exchange Cover Letter Drafts with Peers
Some time will be left to work in class
Writing Due: Letter of Application Assignment Bring 3 Drafts to Exchange with Peers!

Thursday, March 12: Workshop Day/Peer Review

Workshop Cover Letter Writing Drafts
Finalize News Article Drafts


Week 9: Deliberating in Publics

Tuesday, March 17: Writing (in the) Publics

Introduce Writing Project 3
Small Group Work:
Time Magazine Ebola Infographic
24 Maps and Charts Explain Marijuana
“The Game”: #Iamonestudent
MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre : a short film
The Salvation Army advertisement AND Twitter #blackandblue
Design Lab Presentation
Reading Due: 
Nicholas Behm et al., “The Case for Academics as Public Intellectuals”
Writing Due: Writing Project 2

Thursday, March 19: Talking About Controversial Topics

“Yellow Rain”
Introduce “Proposal”
Brainstorm Solutions
Discussants: Sam

Week 10: Setting Up a Research Plan

Tuesday, March 24: Research Plan and Interview Prep

Mapping Out the Stages of Research and Synthesis
Writing Due: “Proposal” for PEER REVIEW

Thursday, March 26: Ethnography, Observation, and Its Ethics

Reading Due: Kirin Narayan “Story and Theory”
Listen to This American Life “Babies Buying Babies”
Writing Due: “Proposal” To Dropbox at Learn@UW

(SPRING BREAK: March 30-April 3)

Week 11: Using Narrative Arguments to Fill Community Needs

Tuesday, April 7: What Voices Count?

Introduce SOGC
Watch “CNN Catcalling Response”
Watch “The Girl Effect”
Reading Due: Linda Alcoff’s “The Problem of Speaking for Others”
Discussants: Max and Dana

Thursday, April 9: Remixing, Intellectual Property, and the Question of Plagiarism

In class debate: Does the law prohibit creativity or protect artists?
View Kirby Ferguson’s TED Talk “Everything is a Remix”
Reading Due: “Squelching Creativity: What the ‘Blurred Lines’ Team Copied is either Not Original or Not Relevant” (Watch both music videos linked in article)
Discussants: Josh and Nicole

Week 12: Purposeful Civic Engagement

Tuesday, April 14: Workshop Day

In Class Writing: Journal Entry
In Class Work Day Bring all materials to class!

Thursday, April 16: How to Critique?

View Ivory Tower

Week 13: Peer Review

Tuesday, April 21: Communicating with Purpose

Finish Viewing Ivory Tower
Discuss Liberal Education Goals
Review Presentation Guidelines
Reading Due: Bill Cronon’s “Only Connect…” and Chris Anderson’s “How to Give a Killer Presentations”

Thursday, April 23: Peer Review 

Week 14: Wrapping Up/Presentations

Tuesday, April 28: Presentations (In no particular order)


Thursday, April 30: Presentations (In no particular order)


Week 15: Wrapping Up/Presentations

Tuesday, May 5: Presentations (In no particular order)

Nick T.
Nik B.

Thursday, May 7: Wrapping Up
Writing Due: Writing Project 3

See course assignments.