Mar 18, 2019  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog 2018-19

ENG 130 - Voices From Behind Bars: The Literature Of Prisons


Course Description: Explores the world of prisons, both as a reality and as a metaphor in our lives, utilizing literature from prisons around the globe. This course asks students to consider issues of incarceration while reading passages from classics such as “The Falconer,” “Merchant of Venice” and the Bible, as well as more modern texts as “Short Eyes” and “Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number.”

ISLOs: This course supports student development of Written and Oral Communications, Critical Thinking, and Social Responsibility.
Prerequisite(s): Eligible for ENG 101.
General Education Elective(s): Humanities; Literature
Note(s): This course has been approved to meet the Core curriculum General Education Requirement.

Course Student Learning Outcomes:
  • Produce fluent informal writing that includes thoughtful reflection on subject matter, themes and other elements of literature
  • Create analytical essays that follow the conventions of Standard English and MLA format and include synthesis from a variety of sources
  • Deliver an oral & visual presentation of documented research
  • Analyze stories, essays, plays, academic articles and poetry and evaluate texts for bias
  • Argue effectively using data and personal experience to support their position
  • Synthetize material from the course and their own research to conduct deep analyses of a social institution
  • Critique personal and cultural stereotypes of prisons and prisoners

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