Writing 2-3

Writing 2-3 with Teaching Assistant Support

(two-term course in fall and winter terms)

This course is designed to help Dartmouth's underprepared writers who feel that they might benefit from two-terms of instruction to achieve excellence in writing through serious intellectual engagement and intensive academic support.  Writing 2-3 students receive this support from committed faculty and graduate student teaching assistants who have training in writing pedagogy.  By committing themselves to the rigorous process of reading, writing, discussing, researching, conferring, and rewriting, students learn to craft clear and compelling academic arguments.  Students meet weekly with their teaching assistant for a 45-minute, one-on-one conference to discuss their writing.  Students meet with the same class, instructor and teaching assistant for both terms. Class size is limited to 15 students. 

One of these sections is exclusively for international students. Importantly, this is not an ESL grammar course. It is a course for students who might have conducted all or part of their schooling in English or who speak English fluently but have not had the opportunity to write extensively in English and desire a more gradual immersion into academic writing in the context of US higher education. 

Writing 2-3 is taken in place of Writing 5. Students must complete both fall and winter terms of Writing 2-3 to fulfill the first-year writing requirement. Students take First-year Seminar in the spring after completing Writing 2-3. Writing 2-3 does not serve in partial satisfaction of the Distributive or World Culture Requirements.

Writing 2-3: Writing Across the Disciplines

(two-term course in fall and winter terms)

2020-21 Topic: SCREEN/LIFE
 
It is hard to imagine a world without smartphones, streaming TV, or touchscreens, without Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or TikTok. Yet, that was the world the day you were born. Two decades later, screens are all around us. Our perceptions of self and society are mediated by screen time and content.
 
SCREEN/LIFE is a new two-course sequence exploring a range of perspectives on screens as vehicles for meaning, for selfhood, for life. In the first term, we'll seek perspectives from the humanities on the ways screens shape cultural expression, interpretation, and meaning making. In the second term, we'll use social scientific lenses to investigate how we connect with--and disconnect from--others through screens.
 
Across both terms, students will read, research, and write to engage critical questions including: What is the difference between a screen, a mirror, and a window? How do we value and respond to on- and off-screen information, experience, and relationships? How does performing online identity affect our sense of self and of otherness? How do new modes of visibility impact racial politics?
 
Both terms will engage us in discussion, oral presentations, writing workshops, creative and expository writing, peer review, and one-on-one conferences with the instructors. Across the sequence, you will write about art, literature, internet culture, and philosophy; you will discover and engage diverse, interdisciplinary voices on topics that elucidate contemporary life with screens, such as Aristotle on friendship, Susan Sontag on the violence of photography, Jia Tolentino on the delusions of contemporary internet culture, and more.

Writing 2-3: Writing Across the Disciplines does not have teaching assistant support and has a different instructor for the fall and winter term portions of the course. Class size is limited to 15 students. 

Writing 2-3: Writing Across the Disciplines is taken in place of Writing 5. Students must complete both fall and winter terms of the course to fulfill the first-year writing requirement. Students take First-year Seminar in the spring after completing Writing 2-3. Writing 2-3 does not serve in partial satisfaction of the Distributive or World Culture Requirements.