All incoming first year students at Florida Gulf Coast University will read Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner in order to explore FGCU’s Learning Goal Ethical Responsibility. The Kite Runner describes life in Afghanistan over the last few decades and traces the changes that occur in Amir, the main character, as he engages in important decisions that guide his life. Ultimately, Amir, whose struggle is highlighted in a poetic and yet disturbing narrative, must accept that his decisions have consequences for which he is responsible.
The writing assignment will ask students to analyze the ethical perspectives in the text of the book, as well as to consider the relationship between what students learn in the book and their own ethical responsibility. Ultimately students should begin to understand and address the ten General Education Learning Goals in order to begin their own growth and development. Download the Ten General Education Learning Goals. [.pdf - 13kb]
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