ELIT200 Critical Reading and Writing

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
ELIT200 Critical Reading and Writing 2 1 6 Wed. 09:0-11:50, Wed. 15:00- 17:50
Prerequisite None It is a prerequisite to
Lecturer Ervin Kovacevic Office Hours / Room / Phone
Monday:
13:00-15:30
Tuesday:
8:30-11:00
E-mail ekovacevic@ius.edu.ba
Assistant Mirza Cengic Assistant E-mail mcengic@ius.edu.ba
Course Objectives This course is designed to endow students with the skills essential to critically approach, analyze, and evaluate an array of realworld and literary texts across different genres, styles, and registers. The course focuses on critically reading and analyzing texts on contemporary issues, such as articifical intelligence, satire, social media, and discrimination, using a plethora of both academic and critical thinking skills such as skimming, scanning, analyzing, summarizing, inferring, inducing, deducing, reasoning, etc. Furthermore, the course aims at building students' argumentation skills in speech and writing - the former through students' presentations/speeches and the latter through writing argumentative essays.
Textbook ELIT200 Course Reader
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. critically approach, assess, reconstruct, and analyze different pieces of writing
  2. construct arguments to be presented either in spoken or written form
  3. identify and amend various logical fallacies in both speech and writing
  4. write well-constructed, persuasive, and compelling argumentative essays on different topics
  5. engage in well-argumented debates, discussions, and exchange of viewpoints
Teaching Methods Lectures, class discussions, in-class activities, take-home assignments, and presentations.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Introduction to the course; Introduction to critical thinking and critical reading Syllabus, Reader
Week 2 Critical reading: Getting started; Deeper into arguments; Building an argument; Rhetorics: Audience appeal and tone; Logical fallacies Reader (PART 1)
Week 3 Critical reading: Getting started; Deeper into arguments; Building an argument; Rhetorics: Audience appeal and tone; Logical fallacies Reader (PART 1)
Week 4 Critical reading: Artifical Intelligence; Assignment 1 Reader (PART 2)
Week 5 Critical reading: Artifical Intelligence; Reader (PART 2)
Week 6 Critical reading: Satire; Reader (PART 3)
Week 7 Critical reading: Satire; Assignment 2 Reader (PART 3)
Week 8 Critical reading: Social media; Midterm exam Reader (PART 4)
Week 9 Critical reading: Social media (cont.) Reader (PART 4)
Week 10 Critical writing: Argumentative essay; Reader (PART 5)
Week 11 Critical writing: Argumentative essay Assignment 3 Reader (PART 5)
Week 12 Critical reading and writing: Argumentative essay; Reader (PART 6)
Week 13 Critical reading and writing: Discrimination (cont.) Assignment 4 Reader (PART 6)
Week 14 Critical reading and writing: Discrimination (cont.) Speaking exam/video Reader (PART 6)
Week 15 Progress review
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 30 1,2,4
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Presentation/Video 1 15 2,5
Midterm exam 1 30 1,2,3
Assignments 4 25 1,2,4
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Attending the lectures 3 15 45 Home study/Revision 1 11 11
Presentation 4 4 16 Presentation 4 4 16
Assignments 6 5 30 Studying for the final exam 8 3 24
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 06/11/2020
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