English 1C - Writing About Non-fiction (Online/Hybrid)

English 1C Online -- Fall 2019, City College of San Francisco

Welcome! This is a hybrid course which teaches rhetoric and advanced composition in a (mostly) online environment. It is exciting and invigorating work, requiring dedication from the student, and it is designed to expand the student's understanding of valid and invalid argumentation and effective persuasive writing.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This is a hybrid course, and there will be several on-campus meetings this semester. Please review these dates carefully and make sure that you can attend the required number of meetings in order to pass the class.

If you do not attend one of the orientation meetings, and you are registered in the class, you will be dropped.

If you are on the waitlist for this course, please do attend one of the orientation meetings, and if a spot becomes available you will be eligible for it (depending on your place on the waitlist). All meetings will take place in the Multi-Use Building (MUB) Room 398 on the Ocean Campus of City College of San Francisco.

This class has a compressed schedule of 16 weeks. It will run from 9/3/2019-12/20/19

You must attend ONE of the following Orientation meetings

Tuesday, September 10th, 10-11am or

Friday, September 13th, 2-3pm

Class Days

(you may miss one without penalty. If you miss two you are in danger of not passing the course)

Friday, September 27th, 2-3am

Thursday, November 7th, 1-2pm

Thursday, December 5th, 11-12am


You must attend both exam days

Midterm Examination: Thursday, October 10th, 10-11:30am

Final Examination: Thursday, December 12th, 10am-12pm

All meetings will take place in the Multi-Use Building (MUB) Room 398 on the Ocean Campus and will start promptly on time and run the full time. These meetings are not optional. This is a hybrid class rather than an online-only class, and the in-person meetings are as much a part of the course as any other assignment. If you cannot attend the requisite number of meetings, and both the midterm and the final exam, you must find another English 1C class to take this semester.

Required books and materials for Spring 2019

1. Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson. ISBN 978-0307-71922-5

This is a fascinating study, written as a response to Jared Diamond's Guns, Germs, and Steel, and Why the West Rules for Now by Ian Morris and other books which claim to explain why Western, largely (but not exclusively) European-derived civilizations are dominant at this point in history. Acemoglu's and Robinson's arguments are both economic and political, and their conclusions are thought-provoking and, at bottom, surprisingly simple. But do they really answer the question of why certain cultures seem to have a nearly unbreakable cultural, economic, military, and political dominance right now? We will debate this question throughout the semester. Begin reading this text right away -- it is a long book and you will benefit by reading it once through and then re-reading it again during the semester. I encourage you to buy this text immediately and begin reading it as soon as you get it. This will help you throughout the semester.

2. A Rhetoric of Argument by Jeanne Fahnestock and Marie Secor, 3rd edition. ISBN978-1-121-35649, but any 3rd edition of this text is acceptable.

The standard text for this class at City College of San Francisco, this text introduces students to all the formal structures of arguments, and sets problems and examples in the study thereof.

3. Writer's Help 2.0, Macmillan Learning, an online learning tool.

This site, required for the online version of this class, provides content and exercises for students in the beginning study of rhetoric, as well as in composition skills, such as research-paper writing, annotated bibliographies, and argument development. Assignments completed on this website (accessed through our online class portal, Canvas) will be required throughout the semester. It is necessary for you to purchase this through the CCSF bookstore (we get a special rate). You will have access to this site for 3 years, so it is actually quite a bargain. It has searchable content that can help you for any class that requires writing, not just this class. Please have your access code (either on the receipt from the CCSF bookstore if you buy it in person, or in an email if you bought it through the CCSF Bookstore website) for the first day of class (September 3rd) as it will help for you to be able to sign on during our in-person orientation the following week.

Feel free to bring your laptop to any/all in-person class meetings, if you use one.

Here is a link to the syllabus: https://ccsf.instructure.com/courses/18766/assignments/syllabus