Adam R. Hazlett

 

"I never let schooling interfere with my education."

                                                                                  Mark Twain

Adam R. Hazlett
English & World Languages Division
  & Religious Studies Department
Campus Safety Building, N-231
Phone: (313) 845-6406
ahazlett@hfcc.edu

Teaching Philosophy

I believe every person is a writer.  We constantly create personas, identities and stories that represent ourselves to the world.  If you carry on conversations or have ever related gossip to a friend, you are a writer.  I believe that the secret to writing in an academic setting is much like learning what to say or not to say in front of a boss, a co-worker or a grandmother it is a matter of learning conventions and applying observation and experience.     Academic writing in an academic world is not always easy for writing students.  I strive to provide each writer with the tools needed to write in any circumstance through analysis of purpose, audience, style and content in their writing.

Courses

English 131 - Composition 

In this class we will read a series of essays concerning human experience.  We will delve into the conventions of writing while emphasizing critical thinking.  I constantly ask students to not only struggle with the views and ideas presented in the material, but also to apply new ideas, perceptions, and/or interpretations to their life.

English 132 - Composition II

In this class we will read a series of novels or plays.  Although this class is focused on research writing and literary study, we ultimately are looking at what makes us tick as humans.  We look at theme, structure, characterization, point of view and symbolism in the texts and then present our interpretations through academic writing.

English 245 - Bible as Literature 

In this class we will read the Bible as a literary text. We do get into Biblical history and politics as well as information about how the Bible was constructed. This is not a religion class, but rather serves the purpose to investigate one of the most influential texts in western civilization.

World Religion 131 - Comparative Religion

In this class we study some of the world's major religions.  Topics include Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and various ancient and new faiths.  This is a challenging class for some, because they have to learn about faiths other than their own.

Resources

BeliefNet Online Religious Studies

Sample 132 Paper

Theory Resources for 132 Students

Research

 

Extra Credit!!!

 

 

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                                                                                 Thomas H. Huxley

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