Sep 20, 2018  
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

FYS 1036 - Reading for Our Lives

Hours: 4
Many of us grow up liking to read, but begin to see reading as a chore at some point, a requirement for school or an obstacle between us and other, more exciting activities. Others of us have never liked to read or struggle with it. Yet we know reading is important and often wish we could be better at it and even like it more. What would happen if we read for our lives? How might reading and our attitudes about it change if we changed our questions, approaches, and aims? This course will ask students to read a couple of books together (the common book and one other), to choose other books they would like to read from lists in pre-determined categories (going through a transition, growing up, being different, helping others), and to bring ideas to class for other books to read in categories they determine. They will read their books in book clubs, share their discoveries with other clubs and the class, and discuss how reading for one’s life differs from other kinds of reading. The class will also explore different technologies of reading: books, internet, portable reading devices, phones.