Development of critical thinking skills. Application to reading and writing. Academic (analytical, argumentative) writing based on reading of complex texts. Outside research leading to analysis, comparison, self-reflection, and synthesis in a documented research paper.
English Writing 1A.
Instructor Information: John Swensson
I welcome you to my classes. I came to De Anza in 1989 and have taught English, Business, and Speech classes. I served for eight years as Dean of the Language Arts Division including one as Interim VP of Instruction. I am very pleased to be back in the classroom.
A retired Army Officer. I have a lot of Sales and Marketing experience, and created a Hollywood film, FIRE BIRDS with Nicolas Cage, Tommy Lee Jones, and Sean Young. I have spent many quarters on Campus Abroad in Viet Nam, France, and England, and have lived in Asia, Africa, and Europe. I work with our Global Education Partnerships Program with sister colleges in Viet Nam, China, Taiwan, and soon to be added: Mexico and Belize. We just sent 20 students to Viet Nam, and next summer we will have trips going to Viet Nam and Taiwan.
My EWRT 2 Critical Thinking courses use the American Conflict in Viet Nam (1954-75) as a subject matter since we have in the DeCillis Viet Nam Conflict Collection 3000 books and 1000 DVDs on the subject. As a student you will have the opportunity to pursue your own interests/major in this course. Examples of general subjects for your research paper might include: Government, International Relations, Art,History, tactics, Economics, contributions of women and other groups in VN, and other countries (China, Korea, the Philippines, etc.) You will be limited only by your imagination.
My classes focus a great deal on your individual success and what it takes for YOU to create the choices in your own life that will allow you to prevail, rather then merely endure. These last words are William Faulkner's. I look forward to learning from you. Welcome.
Phone: (408) 590-4430
Office Location: Forum 6A
Office Hours: 0930-1020 Tues in Forum 6A and by appointment anytime.
- To learn to write an effective, well-organized, and supported research
paper, argumentative themes, and a variety of paragraph forms.
- To learn and practice a variety of Critical Thinking strategies, using
Viet Nam as a subject matter.
To learn and appreciate Logic and how we use it in critical thought:
Induction, Deduction and Fallacies
- To examine the relationship between the Vietnamese culture and the
Vietnamese experience in the early 1960s, and American culture and the
- To critically examine a work of fiction, the classic Vietnamese folk tale,
THE TALE OF KIEU (K).
- To critically examine a wonderful memoir of a Vietnamese doctor who
was killed by an American ambush
- Swensson, John. SWENSSON'S ARGUMENTATIVE APOCALYPSE 09/09 ed.;
De Anza College Printing Services.(DeAnza Bookstore--also known as the
"Without Libretto" version)
- Du, Nguyen. THE TALE OF KIEU, trans. Huynh Sanh Thong. New Haven:
Yale University Press, 1983.
- Halberstam, David. THE MAKING OF A QUAGMIRE. Revised Edition. New
York: Knopf, 1988 (De Anza bookstore)
- and Tram, Dr. Dang Thuy, LAST NIGHT I DREAMED OF PEACE. Trans.
Andrew X. Pham. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2007.
Online course offered through Catalyst.
Honor Code and Plagiarism
By signing up for this
class, you are agreeing to abide by an honor code that includes not providing
or accepting unauthorized assistance, nor submitting work as your own when
someone else actually did all or part of it. Please review De Anza's integrity
Plagiarism is hereby defined as handing in any work as your own when in fact
you did not create it yourself. This includes, but is not limited to, essays
downloaded from the web; essays copied from a book, newspaper, or
magazine; essays written by a friend/ tutor/ spouse/ sibling/ relative; essays
you "wrote" but which were more or less dictated to you by someone else;
essays you acquired from a "research service." I have thirty years experience
teaching college writing courses and have dealt with plagiarists trying all of
the above options; I have zero tolerance for them. I also have worked with
computers and the internet since 1980 (when it was still BITNET). Whatever a
plagiarist finds on the web I can also locate, usually very easily.
In addition, if an essay includes facts that are not part of general
knowledge, or includes other people's ideas, you must acknowledge the
sources of that information.
If you try to pass off other people's work as your own, the penalty is an F
on the assignment, an F for the course, and formal procedures initiated to
dismiss you from the College. Do not do it. If you have questions about what
might be potential plagiarism, ask me before you succumb to the temptation.
You may access your final grade through the Star System (408-777-9394 or
650-917-0509), and the Internet(http://regserv.fhda.edu/da-grades.html).
For De Anza Students
This course is intended for
matriculated students at De Anza College in Cupertino, California, and is
governed by the rules, regulations, and procedures of that campus, including
the prerequisite that students must have taken the campus English Placement
Test or passed EWRT 100B. I cannot waive these requirements. For questions
about campus policies please contact De Anza Admissions and Records.
College-level Writing Skills
To take this course, students need good
writing skills, including mastery of sentence structure and grammar,
production of organized and well developed paragraphs, and willingness to
complete multiple revisions. If you do not have these skills, do NOT sign up
for this section.
In addition, you will need strong computer
skills, including knowing how to use the internet, how to use email, how to
use passwords, how to open and work in two or more windows
simultaneously, how to use MSWord, including copying, cutting, and pasting,
etc. If you have very little computer experience, please do not sign up for an
online course. This is a college course designed for adults. This means that
you may be exposed to language, images, or ideas which you might find
challenging, uncomfortable, or even offensive. We must be able to engage in
critical analysis of even offensive ideas if we are to participate as adults in the
multicultural democracy America has become. Remember: this course is not
trying to tell you what to think. It is trying to help you learn how to read and
write critically and analytically.
Weekly Assignments This is NOT a self-paced course. That means
you must complete assignments by their due dates, and may NOT hand in a
stack of late work and expect to get credit for it. Each week you will have one
or more assignments or tasks due by different days of that week (our week
starts on Monday). If you run into problems finishing an assignment, contact
me ASAP and we will try to work something out.
Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
Library West Computer Lab(LWCL)
The Library West Computer Lab offers support services for Distance Learning students including: open computer
lab with Internet access, stations for viewing videotapes and videotape checkout.
A photo I.D. card is required to check out materials or use computers in the Library West Computer Lab, use
computers in other campus computer labs.
To check out videotapes from the OML a Distance Learning Center I.D. Card is also required
The Distance Learning I.D. cards are available from the Distance Learning Center.
Basement floor of the Learning Center West building, Room 1, on the De Anza College campus.
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at https://catalyst.deanza.edu/
to login. Please note that you will be unable
to login until the first day of class
. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your
student ID, please view the short instructional video at: https://catalyst.deanza.edu/?pg=mod1
. Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
De Anza College Library Services are available for all students and faculty, both on and off campus.
Please consult the library website for a complete description of the library services and hours:
De Anza College Library: http://www.deanza.edu/library/
Services of particular interest to off campus students include:
- Access to the Library Catalog
which includes books, DVDs, and course reserves. Here is a link to the library catalog:
- Article Databases and Research Databases The library subscribes to several electronic databases which
provide access to thousands of full-text journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. Research databases
include: LEXIS NEXIS Academic, Encyclopedia Britannica Online and a Practice Test Database which contains
Nursing Exams, TOEFL Preparation, College Entrance Exams, and many more.
To use the article or research databases from an off campus computer, log in with your 14 digit library
number or eight digit student id number. These instructions are repeated on the first page of the library
website along with descriptions of all the online resources provided.