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Assignment: 01-02
Essay 2 - Evaluating a Text for a Freshman Seminar

M\In Essay 2 you are writing in response to the request of a professor who is planning a freshman seminar course new to the University. The professor teaching this freshman seminar has decided that all of the designated readings will fit topically with the general focus of the course but is seeking student views on how effective these readings will be to use in the seminar. Your role is to recommend (or not recommend) one of the texts we've read and discussed for this situation, based on clearly defined criteria that you decide are important. To help plan how you might approach this assignment, here is the course description:

This freshman seminar is designed to serve the larger goal of the University in developing critical awareness by exploring how cultural/social influences and factors shape attitudes, ways of thinking, and behaviors. How does culture shape our views of and expectations for identity and social interactions? Among other activities, students will read, discuss and write reaction papers to several assigned readings intended to help us examine how we are influenced by and participate in culture. Students will also be able to explain how some of their ideas have come from cultural factors. Finally, students should think critically about how culture influences them personally so that they can consider different choices for themselves in the future.

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