One of the major issues this class will explore is the idea of climate change and global warming, since this is an issue of ongoing discussion on an issue that impacts public policy but relies on the interpretation and reliability of scientific data. To frame this major issue, we will explore a novelistic critique of the rhetoric in favor of climate change, State of Fear by Michael Crichton. The first major assignment will involve interrogating the claims presented in the novel.
The second two thirds of the class will revolve around an independent research project that you will develop in conjunction with the instructor. While this can be about climate change, you can also develop a topic that is pertinent to your ongoing interests. In the development of this major research project, you will develop an annotated bibliography, and then finally end the class with a 2500 word essay.
The majority of the grade for this class will be based on an expository essay, an annotated bibliography, a final research project, an article presentation, and daily activities including online postings or in-class journals. Through these assignments, you will become familiar with composition methods, strategies for finding academic sources, and with the resources of the UH Manoa Library.
Crichton, Michael. State of Fear. Harper, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0061782664