Students will examine issues relevant to peace and social injustice by critically analyzing the thematic development and concerns of poems dealing with these issues. Students will examine how the use of poetic technique and form helps convey the poet’s thematic concerns. Through an analysis of selected poems, students will consider the causes of war and social injustice as well as the alternatives. Emphasis will be on poems that reflect culturally diverse perspectives. Because this course may be taken as an alternative to English Composition II, students will be expected to demonstrate competency in writing and research by producing work which is not only grammatically and mechanically correct but which displays effective sentence structure and organization, precise diction, appropriate use of research materials, and proper MLA documentation. This course satisfies the Gordon Rule writing requirement and is an alternative to ENC 1102. A grade of “C” or higher must be attained.