Research, Writing, and Argument

Investigating the X-Files

What is an X-File?

According to ezri, an X-File is "any case that can't be explained. It covers every aspect of the strange including UFO sightings, landings, alien encounters, government cover ups, psychic crime solving, faith healing, spontaneous combustion, feral humans, freaks of nature, ghosts and moden threats and much much more."

Why is this relevant to us?

Well...as Hamlet notes "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy." Additionally, this class focuses its attentions on argument, audience analysis, critical thinking, research, and writing. All of the foci of this class come to bear when we think about the various questions asked by Agents Mulder and Scully as they investigate the cases found within the X-Files:
  • Can humans spontaneously combust?
  • Is there really extraterrestrial life out there?
  • What's actually going on in Area 51?
  • Can the government really cover up its wrong doings?
  • Do ghosts exist?
  • What is the difference between science and pseudo-science?
  • What's up with the Bermuda Triangle?
Over the next 16 weeks, we'll look at these questions and much much more.
Course Information
Calendar: Mon/Wed 12.30 & 3.00

Portfolio Contents
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Paranormal Phenomena
Curses & Treasures

Conspiracy Theory

Skepticism Links

Writing Links