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Summer 2016 Syllabus for EWRT-D002.-66Z
EWRT-D002.-66Z - John Swensson
Critical Reading, Writing, and Thinking
Call Number: 00819
Term: Spring 2012
5 units
De Anza College Online Education Center • LC 107 • Phone: 408-864-8969 • FAX: 408-864-8245 •
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 year 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 coordinate our Global Education Partnerships Program with sister colleges in Viet Nam, China, Taiwan, and soon to be added: Mexico and Belize. We just sent 33 students to Viet Nam and Taiwan, and next summer we will have a trip going to Viet Nam. 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. Mr. Swensson

Phone: (408) 590-4430
Office Location: Forum 6A
Office Hours: 0930-1020 Tues in Forum 6A and by appointment anytime.

  1. To learn to write an effective, well-organized, and supported research
    paper, argumentative themes, and a variety of paragraph forms.
  2. 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
  3. To examine the relationship between the Vietnamese culture and the
    Vietnamese experience in the early 1960s, and American culture and the
    American experience.
  4. To critically examine a work of fiction, the classic Vietnamese folk tale,
  5. To critically examine a wonderful memoir of a Vietnamese doctor who
    was killed by an American ambush

    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.
Media Availability
Online course offered through Catalyst.
Written Assignments
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
statement at
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.

Extra Credit
Final Grade
You may access your final grade through the Star System (408-777-9394 or
650-917-0509), and the Internet(
Additional Information
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.

Computer Skills 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.
Assignments Schedule
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 Online Education 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 Online Education Center I.D. Card is also required

The Online Education I.D. cards are available from the Online Education Center.

LWCL Location
Basement floor of the Learning Center West building, Room 1, on the De Anza College campus.
(408) 864-8850

Catalyst Information
This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at 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: Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website.
De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
Phone: 408-864-8455
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:

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:
    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.

Online Education
Building: MLC 210

Phone: 408.864.8969
M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
F: 9:00a-4:00p


Last Updated: 1/27/16