W101: Communication Skills I. Soka University of America (AY, 2013-continuing).
This is a required first-year course in rhetoric and composition. It is designed to teach students a range of rhetorical and analytical skills through reading, writing, and research on an instructor selected course theme. My themes have focused on social constructions of gender, race, and sexuality in an image-saturated world. This course stresses process-oriented writing and writing as a collaborative act. Texts vary in media, history, and genres and have ranged from the speeches of Fredrick Douglass to the films of Spike Lee. Students learn to analyse changing audiences, rhetorical purposes, and engage in a variety writing conventions likely to be encountered throughout their university education.