Winter Intercession

English 2000: Studies in English: Career Exploration

Patricia Okker
Section 5

January Intersession: 1:00-3:30 M-F: 2 credit hours
From School to Career: Using Your Skills to Find a Job after Graduation.  Are you anxious about finding a job after you graduate? Do you want time and help to figure out what your career options are? Do you want a fabulous resume and cover letter?  If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then this is the class for you. A January Intersession course, open to students in any major, this course is designed specifically for students who are unsure about their careers. This class prepares students for individualized job searches and includes units on resumes, cover letters, and interviews.

English 2000: Frankenstein: Contexts and Afterlives

Julie Melnyk
Section 3

MTWRF 12:30-3:00
Jan 6-17, Section 3 -- 2 Credit Hours
Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel, written when she was only nineteen, created a modern myth that persists in multiple forms in our culture today. First adapted for the stage in 1823, Frankenstein has gone through many further adaptations and reconfigurations, including an early silent film, the iconic 1931 Boris Karloff movie, and Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein. It is also invoked in scientific debates on genetic research, cloning, and climate change. The novel and its afterlives raise questions about fundamental issues: to what extent are we responsible for the consequences of our scientific advances? Why do people turn to crime and violence? And, most crucially, what does it mean to be human? In this 2-credit-hour course, we will first read the original novel in its historical and cultural context; then we will examine how the myth and its meanings have changed over time and what it means now in the twenty-first century. Requirements: in-class writing, 2 short papers and a final exam. [This course may be taken independently or in conjunction with ENGL 2000: Animals, Androids, and Clones.]

English 2000: Animals, Androids, and Clones

Julie Melnyk
Section 4

MTWRF 10:45-12
Jan 6-17 -- 1 Credit Hour

What does it mean to be human? Scientific discoveries and technological advances in genetics, robotics, and artificial intelligence have made us think about this question in new and urgent ways. Writers and filmmakers have used these ideas from science to create fictional worlds full of human/animal hybrids, clones, and androids, worlds that allow us to explore the meaning and limits of humanity. In this 1-credit-hour course, we will examine a variety of works from the last 120 years that question the division between the human and the nonhuman, including H.G. Wells’s The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896), Franz Kafka’s “A Report to An Academy” (1917), Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go (2005), as well as Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner. Requirements: in-class writing, one short paper, and a final exam. [This course may be taken independently or in conjunction with ENGL 2000: Frankenstein: Contexts and Afterlives]