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English Department
SCCC Ammerman Campus
Islip Arts Building
Selden, NY 11784

Department Hours: 8:00am – 5:00pm

Special Topics Classes in Fall, 2017:

ENG 195: News Literacy
This course is designed to teach students to exercise their power as citizens by becoming perceptive news consumers. Armed with critical-thinking skills, a firm grasp of relevant history and practical knowledge about the news media, News Literacy students learn how to find the reliable information they need to make decisions, take action, make judgments and responsibly share information through social media. At a time when the digital revolution is spawning a flood of information and disinformation each day, the course seeks to help students recognize the differences between facts and rumor, news and promotion, news and opinion, bias and fairness, assertion and verification, and evidence and inference. For more information, contact Professor Liz Cone, conee@sunysuffolk.edu.

ENG 296 (Honors): Our Robots, Ourselves
Ranging from the early 20th Century to the last year, this class will engage with films, short fiction, literary theory, and sociological studies to study the robot figure as it increasingly appears in our mass media and our cultural imaginary. Students will read selections from Asimov’s corpus of work about robots, Jack Williamson’s “With Folded Hands,” Philip K Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (which will be paired with the film Blade Runner), Paolo Bacigalupi’s anti-imperialist The Windup Girl, and Ekaterina Sedia’s Alchemy of Stone. They will also look at several films, including Ex Machina, HER, CHAPPiE, and Moon, as well as the late ‘60s episode of the futuristic cartoon, The Jetsons, “Rosey’s Boyfriend.” What tropes do these filmmakers and writers fall back on to humanize or to tell human stories about these robot characters; how do these figures threaten and/or how do they bolster our notions of autonomy, selfhood, and identity? For more information about this class, email Professor Audrey DeLong at delonga@sunysuffolk.edu.


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