- Departments:Academic Senate, President's Advisory Group, English, Humanities Division
- Title:Faculty, English
- Phone:(831) 646-4101
Here's my Fall 2017 schedule:
English 5 online, Section 0353 - Intro to Great Books
English 1A online, Section 1414 - College Composition
English 1B, Section 0339 - Intro to Literature
English 2, Section 0349 - Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking
While most you know what English 1A, 1B and 2 are all about, you may wonder just what English 5 - Intro to Great Books - is all about, and why it's a course to take.
Why should you take English 5 - Intro to Great Books?
For one - This course is relevant in an age when short bites of reading are consumed and the art of "deep reading" is almost lost (as Nicholas Carr discusses in "Is Google Making Us Stupid?"). In essence, then, this is a course about deep reading and its importance. We asks questions in this unique, one-of-a-kind course: Why read? Are there Great Books? If so, what are they? Why read Great Books? What is the Great Books Movement? What is the Great Conversation? How is all this relevant? Besides reading articles and discussing these questions about reading, we also will dive into one book. In this dive into a Great Book, we will experience the deep reading of it, the deep interacting with it - in essence, we will experience a bit of that Great Conversation.
Second - This course fulfills requirements - IGETC, CSU-GE, and MPC-GE - and it is required to earn the Great Books Certificate. Learn about that here: The Great Books Program Brochure. And here: The Great Books Program.
Third - This course is meant students in the sciences, engineering, math...lifelong learners...educators or soon-to-be educators...business majors...nursing majors... in short, ANYONE who wants to gather around reading, think about ideas, and participate in the Great Conversation. That is - EVERYONE.
I hope you join me in English 5!
A Few Words About Required Books in my Fall 2017 Classes:
If you enroll in my Fall 2017 online English 1A (Section 1414) or my Fall 2017 English 5 (Section 0353) or my Fall 2017 TTH 11:00-12:15 English 2 class (Section 0349) - you do not need to purchase any books. All source material will come from the MPC library databases and/or the internet.
So...no books to buy for my English 2, English 1A, or English 5! You will access readings on your computer. For English 2, since it is face to face, you'll need to bring your laptop or iPad or Kindle to class to access the reading. If that's not possible for you, then you'll need to make copies of readings in order to use them in class.
If you enroll in my Fall 2017 TTH 9:30-10:45 English 1B class (Section 0339), get the following books:
1) A Book of Luminous Things: An International Anthology of Poetry 1st Edition by Czeslaw Milosz (Editor) ISBN-10: 0156005743 or ISBN-13 978-0156005746
2) The Plague by Albert Camus (Author), Stuart Gilbert (Translator) ISBN-10: 0679720219 or ISBN-13: 978-0679720218
We'll also read some short stories and a play or two - but I'll list those on the syllabus, and they will be accessible at my class site (or on the Web) at the start of the Fall 2017 semester. Like with English 2, you'll need to bring your laptop or iPad or Kindle to class to access the readings from the class site. If that's not possible for you, then you'll need to make copies of readings in order to use them in class.
If you have any questions, the best way to contact me is through email. My email is email@example.com.
Here's my class and office hours for Fall 2017: