ENG 202


Document Type

Course Change

Publication Date

Fall 2008


Updated 18 April 2008 KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2008-2009 COURSE PROPOSAL FORM NOTE: Please review the Senate Curriculum Committee Guidelines for instructions on completing proposal form. (refer to pages 4 - 5 for proposal details) DATE OF SUBMISSION: 09/11/08 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: English department WILLIAM STROUP, chair wstroup@keene.edu 8-2692 PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Katherine E. Tirabassi Assistant Professor, English ktirabassi@keene.edu 8-2924 PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or boldface proposed changes. Course Addition Number Change Title Change Credit Change Description Change Prerequisite Change Course Deletion Course Replacement Other: CURRENT COURSE NUMBER, TITLE and DESCRIPTION: ENG 202 Expository Writing Course Description: Extensive writing and reading of various types of expository essays and other prose forms. Emphasis on stylistic techniques and rhetorical devices. Prereq: ITW 101. PROPOSED COURSE NUMBER and/or TITLE: Abbreviated Course Title, if necessary: ENG 202 Creative Nonfiction Writing Updated 18 April 2008 PROPOSED COURSE DESCRIPTION: Introduction to the basic strategies and technique of writing creative nonfiction. Extensive writing and reading of creative nonfiction that will be discussed in class. Opportunity to develop creative and critical writing skills through assignments and independent work. Prereq: ITW 101. LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students taking this course will be able to • Identify various purposes for and audiences of creative nonfiction. • Articulate specific writing challenges related to reading and writing creative nonfiction. ��� Respond critically and constructively to rhetorical/stylistic strategies used by other writers. • Explore various aspects of writing processes, such as brainstorming, critical thinking, researching, revising and editing. • Explore elements used in creative nonfiction (e.g., plot, theme, characterization, setting, point of view, dialogue, symbolism, sensory description). • Articulate and evaluate personal writing goals through reflective writing and/or portfolio assessment. RATIONALE: Historically, ENG 202 Expository Writing has served as one of two possible introductory courses in the writing minor and also as an advanced writing course for Keene State College students who had previously taken ENG 101. With the growing popularity of the Writing minor and with the larger collegiate adoption of the Integrative Studies Program and the Thinking and Writing course in particular, the English Department has reassessed the role and function of this 200-level course, and feels that this new direction for the course will better reflect, in part, the way the course is currently being taught. This new course title and description will clarify the purpose of this course for students choosing to minor in Writing as well as other Keene State College students who are interested in taking additional writing courses. This course will also provide an important introduction for students in the minor who intend to focus on writing nonfiction and who plan to take ENG 303: Nonfiction Workshop. The proposed name change of the course reflects both the larger philosophical shift described above as well as a disciplinary shift in field of English Studies, particularly in creative writing and composition studies. The term “Expository Writing” has become a contested term, as it attempts to describe a mode of writing that is not clearly defined by a particular purpose, audience or tradition. The term “Creative Nonfiction” more clearly describes a well established tradition of writing, one that our writing minors will benefit from learning more about. RESOURCES: Departmental and library budgets are sufficient. No additional staff/resources required. Faculty members regularly teaching ENG 202: Dr. Kirsti Sandy, Dr. Katherine Tirabassi Full-Time Adjunct Faculty regularly teaching ENG 202: Dr. Lorianne DiSabato, Dr. Ali Lichtenstein ADVISORY OPINIONS: No other programs affected.


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ENG 202