University of Arkansas
**Note: this syllabus is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion**
Unit 1: The Popular Apocalypse
Tuesday, August 26th: Why Do We Love the Apocalypse?
Homework: Read A Sequence for Academic Writing Chapter 6 (p. 216-226)
Thursday, August 28th: Writing Strategies
Homework: Read Lev Grossman’s “Apocalypse New” on BlackBoard, “Reading Critically” (p. 4-5) in ASAW, and Chapter 1 in They Say/I Say (p. 19-28)
Tuesday, September 2nd: Reading Critically. Assign Paper 1.
Homework: Read Chapter 3 in TS/IS (p. 42-50)
Thursday, September 4th: Paragraphs, Quotations, and Paraphrases
Homework: Read Chapter 2 in TS/IS (p. 30-40) and Chapter 1 in ASAW (p. 2-7)
Tuesday, September 9th: What is a Summary?
Homework: Read Paul. A Cantor’s “The Apocalyptic Strain in Popular Culture: The American Nightmare Becomes the American Dream” on BlackBoard
Thursday, September 11th: Writing a Draft
Homework: Rough Draft Due
Tuesday, September 16th: Rough Draft Due. Grammar Workshop.
Homework: Finish Paper 1.
Thursday, September 18th: Paper 1 Due. Turn in via SafeAssign by midnight. MLA Citation Day. Assign Paper 2.
Homework: Read “Apocalypse Soon: Has Civilization Passed the Environmental Point of No Return?” on BlackBoard.
Unit 2: The Environmental Apocalypse
Tuesday, September 23rd: How Late is Too Late?
Homework: Read Chapter 3 in ASAW (p. 81-90)
Thursday, September 25th: Desertification, Climate Change, and Analyzing Similar Arguments
Homework: Read Stephen Moore’s “Apocalypse Not” on BlackBoard and Chapter 3 in ASAW (p. 98-105)
Tuesday, September 30th: The Other Side—Competing Viewpoints
Thursday, October 2nd: Drafting the Introduction to the Explanatory Synthesis
Tuesday, October 7th: MANDATORY CONFERENCES. NO CLASS.
Homework: Rough Draft Due.
Thursday, October 9th: Rough Draft Due. Grammar Workshop.
Homework: Finish Paper 2.
Tuesday, October 14th: Paper 2 Due. Turn in via SafeAssign by midnight. Assign Paper 3.
Homework: Read Chapter 2 in ASAW (p. 51-67) and “Are We At the Dawn of the Age of Epidemics?”
Unit 3: An Apocalyptic Epidemic
Thursday, October 16th: Why is Sickness Scary?
Homework: Read “One Powerful Illustration Shows Exactly What’s Wrong With How the West Talks About Ebola” on BlackBoard and Chapter 2 in ASAW (p. 67-79)
Tuesday, October 21st: FALL BREAK. NO CLASS!
Thursday, October 23rd: Ebola and Logical Fallacies
Homework: Read “Fear-Bola” on BlackBoard
Tuesday, October 28th: Modeling a Critique
Homework: Read “An Epidemic of Fear” on BlackBoard
Thursday, October 30th: The Anti-Vaccine Movement
Tuesday, November 4th: The Anti-Vaccine Movement
Homework: Rough Draft Due.
Thursday, November 6th: Rough Draft Due. Revision Workshop. Zombie Apocalypse
Homework: Finish Paper 2 and read “How a Zombie Apocalypse Could Happen in Real Life” on BlackBoard
Tuesday, November 11th: Paper 3 Due. Turn in via SafeAssign by midnight. Zombie Apocalypse!
Homework: Read Chapter 4 in TS/IS (p. 55-77) and “The Civilizational Significance of Zombies” on BlackBoard
Unit 4: An Apocalypse of Monsters
Thursday, November 13th: Zombies are Freaky
Homework: Read Chapter 7 in TS/IS (p. 92-103) and Chapter 7 in ASAW (p. 252-256, 261-270)
Tuesday, November 18th: Library Day. Drafting Your Prospectus. Bring your laptop to class.
Thursday, November 20th: Alien apocalypse—Independence Day
Tuesday, November 25th: Alien apocalypse—Independence Day
Thursday, November 27th: THANKSGIVING. NO CLASS!
Tuesday, December 2nd: Film screening
Thursday, December 4th: Film screening
Tuesday, December 9th: CONFERENCES. NO CLASS!
Thursday, December 11th: Rough Draft Due. Revision Workshop and Course Wrap-Up.
Homework: Finish Paper 4
Friday, December 12th: DEAD DAY.
Sunday, December 14th: Paper 4 due by midnight.