Hey ASU undergrads: is the class you wanted already full? Bored by your initial scan of course offerings? Here’s your chance! These new fall 2017 English and Film and Media Studies courses—offered in-person on the ASU campus in Tempe—are still enrolling but seats are filling fast. Topics range from digital media to poetry, water and dams in literature and film to human health, postcolonial studies to YA lit. For more information, visit the course catalog, contact the course’s instructor, or make an appointment with your advisor.
FMS 110: Introduction to New Media (83977)
UPDATED 5/22: Instructor: Abigail Oakley
M/W/F 12:55-1:45 p.m.
- UPDATED 5/23: Generally, society has a love-hate relationship with technology. Since the time of Socrates and the advent of the written word, people have bemoaned the creation of new technology and "new media." In this course, we will touch on important topics and phenomena surrounding new media including the development of new media, its cultural impacts, and the impact of culture on new media. Course themes are grounded in the interests of digital scholars, and you will become conversant on topics such as digital literacy, remix culture, internet privacy, and mediated communication. It is imperative for us to become critical consumers and users of new media, and we can only do that through knowledge and practice of new media. So, over the course of the semester, we will work within digital spaces for many of the projects in this course, giving us the opportunity to both study and explore new medias.
ENG 287: Beginning Workshop Poetry (83677)
Instructor: Sally Ball
T/Th 12-1:15 p.m.
- Whether your interests lie in social justice and politics or storytelling and narrative intimacy or figuring out how your own mind moves from intuition toward knowledge, poetry offers rich and strange and provocative territory in which to pursue them. In this class, you’ll hone your ability to go ever deeper with your subject, and you’ll develop the skills you need to bring the reader with you.
Don’t worry if you aren’t sure whether you even like poetry: chances are we can surprise you with contemporary, relevant poems that you’ll be glad to know exist, poems that move you or exhilarate you. For a long time, poetry was shrugged off as a dying art; now it’s on Buzzfeed and in the New York Times and the basis for Jim Jarmusch movies! Come join the movement for the Liveliest Minds!
ENG 367: Environmental Literature: Water, Dams and Culture (83704)
Instructor: Joni Adamson
T/Th 10:30-11:45 a.m.
- We’ll explore stories, novels and films, and do scientific and technical reading, to help us imagine alternatives and solutions to the environmental challenges we are facing now and in the future. We’ll start with two books and a film—Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement and Linda Hogan’s Solar Storms, and the documentary People of a Feather to help us articulate critical issues of water, dams, circulation, and global health. Our aim, throughout the course will be to see if novels and films can help us imagine and plan a “future we want,” a future that is desirable, instead of one that is apocalyptic.
ENG 394: Interdisciplinary Health Humanities (89329)
Instructor: Cora Fox
T/Th 12:-1:15 p.m.
- What is health? How do we know it when we have it? Can you be healthy in mind, but not in body or vice versa? How does your community or your socio-economic status affect your health? What is well-being and how is it shaped by individual and collective histories and identities?
This course is for you if you are inspired by these questions, regardless of your major field of study. It may be of special interest to pre-health professions students who want to know more about the “whys” as well as the “hows” of healthcare practices, and to humanities majors or minors interested in health, the body, or pursuing a career in health or healthcare.
ENG 436: Postcolonial Studies (89242)
Instructor: J. Edward Mallot
M/W 3:05-4:20 p.m.
- This class introduces undergraduate majors to postcolonial literature and forms of cultural expression. This highly charged, highly contested field has gained enormous attention—along with frequent controversy—within the past quarter century, and continues to rise in popularity amongst English students and scholars. We’ll encounter texts from Africa, India, Ireland and the Caribbean—in novels, plays, poems, films (including Bollywood), advertising campaigns, visual art, music and more. We finish by looking at contemporary multicultural Britain and the rise of extremist nationalisms worldwide.
ENG 471: Literature for Young Adults (92733)
Instructor: James Blasingame
M/W/F 11:50 a.m.-12:40 p.m.
- In this class we will take a look at the intersection between adolescents (11-16-ish), new adults (17-26-ish) and literature that is written and marketed with these young readers in mind. This includes “tweener,” middle level, young adult, and new adult books. We will look at its history, its trends, its relationship to developmental psychology (and the brain science and adolescent psychology theories that pertains). We will have visits from authors, both by Skype and in-person, as well as some visits by major publishing company editors and marketing agents. If you are an aspiring secondary English teacher, a hopeful author, a potential publishing house editor or marketing agent, or just interested in this range of books, we will have something for you. Classes will follow a secondary teaching and learning model (literature circles, personal Goodreads Bookshelves, Reader Response Theory, Web Quests, etc.). There is some potential for adapting this class to serve your interests.
Images left to right: Times Square, New York City (HDR) by Francisco Diez on Wikimedia under CC 2.0. | Found poetry on Pinterest. | Photograph of the Hoover Dam (formerly Boulder Dam) from Across the Colorado River; From the series Ansel Adams Photographs of National Parks and Monuments, compiled 1941 - 1942, documenting the period ca. 1933 - 1942. U.S. National Archives and Records Administration. | Anatomical drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci. | George Stubbs (1724–1806). “Cheetah with Two Indian Attendants and a Stag.” Oil on canvas. Public domain image. | YA Literature by Abby Dansiger / ALA Student Chapter at SJSU on Flickr under CC 2.0