Cape Fear Community College – Spring 2001
English 112 – Argument Based Research
Instructor: Kathy Komis
Phone:  251-5616
Office:  S301C
Office Hours:
Credits: 3 Semester Units

Prerequisite: ENG 111

Required Texts:

(These texts can be purchased at Cape Fear Book and Supply, 310 N. Front Street, 251-1800.)
All other reading material will be given as handouts.

Suggested Text:

Course Description: ENG 112 is the second of the two required composition courses. In  ENG 111 your writing was based on your own thoughts and ideas. In ENG 112, you continue to work from your own ideas, but now you add the ideas of other authorities, and you learn to incorporate their words into your own writing. You will examine your own ideas about issues and how you have come to those thoughts. You will also listen to and research the opinions of others. In other words, you will examine all sides of issues that are relevant to your world today. You learn how to use in-text citations, to create a Works Cited page, to do research, to know how to determine an authoritative source, and how to write an essay in which you bring all of these concepts together.

In the above section of ENG 112 you will be assigned readings, both fiction and nonfiction, and there will be class discussions on these readings and the relevant issues that they raise. One of the most important things about these discussions is to learn to listen to ideas of peers and to evaluate based on a well-rounded view of the issues presented.

Course Objectives:


Class Discussion Leadership:  (100 points)

Each class will be based on discussions of the material assigned for the day. One student each day will lead the discussion. You will have the opportunity to sign up for the reading that you would to be responsible for. Early in the semester you will be given a handout that outlines what you should cover, and you will be given a handout outlining the criteria on which you will be graded.  There will be no written material handed in for this assignment. Your grade is based solely on the oral leadership.

Reading Journal: (140 points)

You will keep a reading journal from which the class discussions will be taken. You will be assigned a writing (summary, interpretation of a passage, etc.) for each class, and you will be graded on each writing. As you hand in each day’s writing, you will be given a check indicating that you have done that writing or a minus indicating that you have not. All of these writings will be turned in after each class. Although you must do all of these assignments, you may be late with two during the semester.

Essays: (100 each – 300 points)

The class is broken into three sections, and you will write three formal essays, one covering each of these sections. Each essay will be taken from a prompt that will reflect the material covered for that time period.

Late Assignment and Make Ups: I will not accept any late assignments (other than the one described in "Reading Journal" above) and there will be no make ups or extra credit for the class. Please plan ahead and if you have problems with your work see me during office hours or make an appointment with me.

Attendance: According to the CFCC catalogue, absences in excess of 20% of the class (10 clock hours) will result in a grade of NC. Because this is an extremely liberal policy, after you have missed 10 clock hours you will be given a grade of NC. Please be clear about this from the beginning of the semester. This is not negotiable.

Responsibility for classes missed: If you miss a class it is your responsibility to get the assignments or the notes or any other information from that day’s work. Please take this time to find someone in the class with whom you can exchange a phone number or email
and put that name and number in the following space

Course Grading:  CFCC Grading:
540-497 = A        100-92 = A
496-454 = B          91-84 = B
453-410 = C          83-76 = C
409-367 = D          75-68 = D
366 – 0  = F           67-0    = F


Plagiarism is using as your own the words or ideas of another, whether written or oral.  When you use material from a source, you must quote or paraphrase accurately and properly cite the information.  Failure to do so is considered plagiarism.  Examples of plagiarism include word-for-word copying without correctly indicating that you are quoting, inaccurate quoting and paraphrasing, and incomplete or missing documentation. Purchasing a paper or copying someone else’s work and submitting it as your own is also plagiarism.  Any misrepresentation of the source in your writing or speaking would constitute a form of plagiarism.

Whether intentional or unintentional, plagiarism is not acceptable.  The English Department adheres to the CFCC policy on cheating as stated in the Catalog and Student Handbook.

Tentative Schedule for Reading:

I.  Social Justice: Poverty

January 18  "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas," (handout) Ursula K. LeGuin and Peter Singer, "Famine, Affluence, and Morality" (handout)
January 25  Frank McCourt, Angela’s Ashes
February 1  Angela’s Ashes
February 8  Angela’s Ashes
February 15 "Lifeboat Ethics: The Case Against Helping the Poor,"  (handout) Garrett Hardin

Essay for this section due February 22

II.  Social Justice: Racial Justice

February 22  Frantz Fanon, Wretched of the Earth
March 1  Wretched of the Earth
March 15  Wretched of the Earth
March 22  Do The Right Thing  (film)
March 29  bell hooks,  (handout) and Cornel West, from Race Matters  (handout)

Essay for this section due April 5

III.  Gender/Sexual Morality

April 5   James Baldwin, Giovanni’s Room
April 12   "In a Different Voice...," Carol Gilligan and Annette Baier, "What Do Women Want in a    Moral Theory."
April 19  Christina Hoff Sommers, from The War Against Boys  (handout)
April 26  Adrienne Rich, "Women and Honor" (handout)
May 3   Film

Essay for this section due May 8

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