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)

2021-22 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, raising questions both new and old about who we are and how we understand the world around us.

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 will discuss insights from the humanities on how we use screens to augment, dissect, and explain ourselves, examining theories of perception, fantasy, and ideology to define the concept of a screen. In the second term, we will 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 relationship between our inner lives and what we do with our screens (or what our screens do to us)? What is the difference between a screen, a mirror, and a window? How can we use screens to explain the intricate relationship between self and society? 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 the politics of race, class, gender, and ability?

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 film, 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, Jia Tolentino on the delusions of contemporary internet culture, José Estaban Muñoz on queer appropriation of mainstream 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.