Welcome to ENGL 1101 (J5, G1, P2): “Hear! Hear! Composition by Ear.” As you might guess, this course highlights the role of sound and listening in Georgia Tech’s multimodal approach to teaching composition and communication. We will be listening to podcasts and blogs and films and one another. We will be listening to music videos — on mute. We will read about one scholar’s quest to recover a famous voice that reportedly moved audiences to tears in the age just before sound recording, pause to take stock of the soundscapes around us, and consider how our inner ear hears what we read and write — and then assigns social value to it.
The syllabus for the course is organized into four sections, outlined in the menu just above:
We will read the syllabus together in the second week of class, but you should read each section again carefully on your own, following the link to the Writing and Communication Program’s common policies, and bring any questions you have to class on Wednesday, August 27. When you feel confident that you understand the course policies and expectations, print and sign this acknowledgment that you have read and understood your responsibilities for the fall 2014 semester, as well as the accompanying statement, allowing or forbidding my use of your work from this class for future presentation or publication. You should return your signed acknowledgment and permission statement to me no later than Wednesday, August 27.
I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you and your voices in the coming months. In the meantime, think about how these three presentations of the same event in the history of sound differ:
- RadioLab, “Escape!” episode, Voyager Out blog post
- NASA ScienceCast: “The Sounds of Interstellar Space”
- The Daily Epic, “NASA Probes Record Sounds in Space — and It’s Terrifying”
Question No. 1 might be, in the immortal words of the Beastie Boys, “Where you get your information from, huh?
And on that note, see you in class!