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2017 summer course collage

For ASU students this summer—a multiplicity of online courses


Kristen LaRue-Sandler

Updated: May 9, 2017

ASU students can choose from a diversity of offerings in the Department of English this summer. Whether you want to knock out those general studies credits, explore an area of interest, or check-off a required course, you’re likely to find what you need in our schedule. Below are a few of the online classes on the books for summer 2017:

Session A: May 16 – June 26, 2017

ENG 321: Shakespeare (Bradley Irish)
  • Forbidden love; brutal revenge; elaborate disguise; world-bending magic: the plays of William Shakespeare explore the very limits of human experience. In ENG 321, you'll read five classic works from one of the greatest dramatists the world has ever seen.
ENG 369: Science Fiction (Paul Cook)
  • Monsters and mad scientists! Rockets to the Moon! Travel in time to the far future! English 369: Science Fiction Studies takes the student on an exciting tour of the beginnings of the genre in a failed ghost story (Mary Shelley's 1819 novel, Frankenstein) and follow it as it grew in popularity from the get-go in the writings of such authors as Edgar Allan Poe, Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle, H.P. Lovecraft, and H.G. Wells, to name just a few. We'll read four to five novels and about twelve to thirteen classic short stories. We’ll also write two analytical papers on topics sure to excite the most jaded, CGI, special-effects-addled space movie buff. This is the real deal, where it all started. Join your Instructionator, Dr. Paul Cook, a real, sci-fi writer-type person, in exploring some of the most fantastic literature ever written. Sign up for ENG 369: Science Fiction Studies today. Or in the future. Or the past. (Whatever works.)
FMS 302: US Media Now (Kevin Sandler)

**Now also available as an iCourse!**

  • Want to find out how Hollywood works? FMS 302: US Media Now provides an overview of the business of contemporary U. S. media practices including film, television, web-based media, music, video games, mobile phones, and other interactive media. It examines the changing economic structures of these media industries and their relationship to artistic vision and production. We will read articles on contemporary media from scholars as well as executives, policymakers, film makers, marketers, and researchers to provide both a theoretical and practical understanding of “US Media Now.”
FMS 351: Emerging Digital Media (Jeremy Carr)
  • In this course, we will attempt to define, study, and explore a moving target—emerging digital media. What does the term “digital media” mean, and what makes it “emergent?” What needs and desires have driven media change in the past? How might our history with media use inform our current and future relationships with media? What are the social dimensions of digital media?
ENG 354: African American Lit.: Harlem Renaissance to the Present (Lynette Myles)
  • What is African American literature? Using novels, poems, essays, and plays, we will examine major Black literary works and African Americans’ contributions to the canon of American literature. The course will also closely consider the verbal modes—including oral traditions, signifying, folklore, and music, which includes spirituals, gospel, jazz, the blues, folktales, and hip-hop. We’ll explore these modes’ evolutions and how they help create a uniquely African American literary voice.

Session B: June 29 – August 9, 2017

ENG 287: Beginning Poetry (Valerie Bandura Finn)
  • Come join a community of writers in a course that offers an introductory survey of poetry writing. Students read a variety of poems to learn the basics of poetry writing, from image and metaphor, to voice and revision. Generate six original poems from guided exercises and prompts, and share your poems with a community of peers to receive feedback. No previous poetry writing experience necessary. The course’s instructor, Valerie Bandura (Finn)’s second collection of poems, Human Interest, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press. Her first book, Freak Show, was a Patterson Poetry Prize Finalist. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, the Gettysburg Review, Alaska Quarterly, and many others.
ENG 288: Beginning Fiction (Jenny Irish)
  • Why does fiction matter? Come find out! Writers employ a kind of general intuition, a cultural radar: we observe, absorb, recount. In this introductory course, we’ll engage in these practices together. We’ll read a variety of contemporary short stories alongside essays on craft in order to develop a language for talking about fiction and how it works. Through writing exercises, we’ll examine specific elements of craft. Every student will have the opportunity to develop their skills by giving and receiving constructive criticism in an online workshop environment. And, we’ll have fun!
FMS 100: Intro to Film (Matthew Robinson)
  • The great, late film critic Roger Ebert said “Every great film should seem new every time you see it.” What if every movie could seem new? This dynamic online course will give you the power to see things in movies you didn't notice before, the ability to break down why a scene in a movie is your absolute favorite, and the knowledge to school any film geek out there.


Please contact your advisor or the course instructor for more information.