Fall 2016

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
WRPG 101-01 U.S. Culture and Academic Writing for International Students
Instructor: Lisa Wolff
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required. 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.
1500:MR   BOSLER 213
WRPG 101-02 U.S. Culture and Academic Writing for International Students
Instructor: Lisa Wolff
Course Description:
Permission of Instructor Required. 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.
1500:TF   ALTHSE 109
WRPG 211-01 Writing in and for Digital Environments
Instructor: Sarah Kersh
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-01. In this course, students will think about the stakes of writing in a range of digital environmentsblogs, online forums, personal collections (pinterest, tumblr, twitter, facebook, etc), as well as the politics and history of publishing, copyright, and the public domain. In addition, students will examine archives and the responsibility of holdings within a library or other institution. Finally, students will learn the technical skills to create a class website as they consider writing across different environments.
0930:MWF   EASTC 312
WRPG 211-02 Writing About Natural History
Instructor: B Ashton Nichols
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-02.Permission of Instructor Required.Part of the Natural History Sustainability Mosaic.Part of the semester long Natural History Sustainability Mosaic by application only.ENGL 212: This course is designed only for students who are registering for the three (3) classes in the Fall 2016 Natural History Sustainability Mosaic II. It will improve your skills as a writer of expository prose by emphasizing the genre of natural history writing. We will concentrate on a variety of writing problems and techniques: description, summary, narration, argumentation, analysis, and interpretation. Our focus will be on the natural world, natural history, and human connections to that world. Numerous field trips (Chesapeake Bay, North Carolina Fossil Quarry, Pennsylvania Elk Herd) to museums (Carnegie in Pittsburgh, State museum in Harrisburg) and field experiences (insect collecting, turtle trapping, saw-whet owl banding, hawk watching) will form the basis of our writing. Discussions of essay reading assignments will be supplemented by group workshop sessions and individual tutorials.
1030:TR   KAUF 152
WRPG 211-03 Writing About the Self
Instructor: Jacob Sider Jost
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-03.Students will improve their own personal and academic writing through an apprenticeship to masters of the essay. Authors read include Montaigne, Addison, Hume, Johnson, Emerson, Baldwin, Didion, and Foster Wallace.
1330:TF   EASTC 406