Fall 2018

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
WRPG 101-01 U.S. Culture and Academic Writing for International Students
Instructor: Noreen Lape, WRPG STAFF
Course Description:
This course introduces international students to important U.S. cultural conversations while also explaining the forms, conventions, and expectations of U.S. academic writing. Students will read texts from various disciplines, such as sociology, history, and literature, which provide different perspectives on issues of race, ethnicity, and gender. Through class discussion and writing assignments, students will examine some of the diverse identities within the U.S. and will develop a critical understanding of the issues of power and privilege that shape the interaction between dominant and subordinated groups. Also, students will learn about U.S. academic discourse by practicing the research and writing processes and analyzing the choices U.S. writers make in organization and argument. As a result, the course will help international students make the transition to U.S. culture and academic life at Dickinson College.Full credit. Offered every year.
 
WRPG 211-01 Writing, Identity, & Queer Studies: In & Out, Either/Or, and Everything in Between
Instructor: Sarah Kersh
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 221-01 and WGSS 201-01. Kate Bornstein writes: "I know I'm not a man...and I've come to the conclusion that I'm probably not a woman either. The trouble is, we're living in a world that insists we be one or the other." In this reading and writing intensive course, students will investigate how we approach the space outside of one or the other through literature, film, and narrative more generally. Throughout the semester we will explore and engage critically with established and emerging arguments in queer theory, as well as read and watch texts dealing with issues of identity and identification. Although queer is a contested term, it describesat least potentiallysexualities and genders that fall outside of normative constellations. Students will learn how to summarize and engage with arguments, and to craft and insert their own voice into the ongoing debates about the efficacy of queer theory and queer studies. Moreover, well take on questions that relate word to world in order to ask: How might our theory productively intervene in LGBTQ civil rights discourse outside our classroom? How do we define queer and is it necessarily attached to sexual orientation? How do our own histories and narratives intersect with the works we analyze? Our course texts will pull from a range of genres including graphic novels, film, poetry, memoir, and fiction. Some texts may include Alison Bechdels Fun Home, Audre Lordes Zami, Jackie Kay's Trumpet, David Sedaris _Me Talk Pretty One Day_, and films such as _Paris is Burning_ and _Boys Dont Cry_.
1330:MR   EASTC 312
WRPG 214-01 Working with Writers: Theory and Practice
Instructor: Noreen Lape
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 214-01.Permission of Instructor Required. Designed primarily for students who serve as tutors in the Norman M. Eberly Writing Center as well as for future teachers, this course examines how people learn to write from both a theoretical and a hands-on perspective. Prerequisite: permission of the Director of the Writing Program. This course is cross-listed as ENGL 214.
1330:TF   ALTHSE 110