Writing 2-3

This two-term, two-credit writing course is designed to help students who might benefit from a two-term writing course to achieve excellence in writing through serious intellectual engagement and intensive academic support.

Writing 2-3 with Teaching Assistant Support

(two-term course in fall and winter terms)

  • In Fall 2020 and Winter 2021, most sections of this course are being offered in the BL, C, D, and E timeslots as remote/synchronous courses. In addition, one section will be offered as a remote/asynchronous course and has an AS (Asynchronous) timeslot.
  • Synchronous means that there will most likely be some meetings during the assigned timeslot in which everyone needs to meet online. 
  • Asynchronous means that there are not fixed times during the week when everyone needs to meet online to fulfill the requirements of the course.
  • The newly revised schedule of timeslots can be found on the Registrar's website at: https://www.dartmouth.edu/reg/docs/class_schedule.pdf

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-five-minute, one-on-one conference to discuss their writing.  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.

Writing 2-3: Writing Across the Disciplines

(two-term course in fall and winter terms)

  • In Fall 2020 and Winter 2021, all sections of this course are being offered in the J timeslot as a remote/synchronous course meeting from 10:20 - 12:10 am EST on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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 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.