WRPR 101A 01,02 Finding A Voice: Identity, Environment, and Intellectual Inquiry
This course considers students fluid relationship to identities that they examine, explore, and take on through course materials. We begin by examining how difference is perceived/obscured/challenged and/or bridged in constructions of identity. We then consider how identities exist in the physical environment and how environment affects these identities. In particular, we will look closely at the debate concerning hydraulic gas fracturing, or fracking. Haverford Colleges location in Pennsylvania, home of the Marcellus Shale and location of many fracking sites, makes this topic especially relevant. The different positions that experts have taken in the debate about fracking serve as a model, finally, for students to enter another scholarly debate within an area of interest in a possible prospective major. In this later stage of the course, students try on the identity of a major and examine how to think and write like someone in that prospective major. This course involves significant reading, writing, and research. You will learn how to move between several different kinds of writing: from writing to express yourself to writing to communicate with an audience, to take a position on a written text, to create arguments and counter-arguments, to learn scholarly research skills, to learn interview and presentation skills, and to develop your own voice through your writing and speaking in order to participate more fully in the work of intellectual inquiry. This is a first-semester course with individual tutorials that prepares students for a second semester writing seminar.
WRPR 115A001 Literacy: How and Why We Read and Write
This course is a Writing Intensive Seminar (WSI) that seeks to prepare students for the spring Writing Seminar. Specifically, the primary goal of this course is to build and develop students’ skills as academic writers, readers, thinkers, and speakers. At the end of this course, students should feel confidently primed to meet the rigors of college-level reading and writing. These skills include analyzing academic texts, composing academic essays, and engaging in academic inquiry. To facilitate these learning objectives, this course will focus on the field of literacy studies. Literacy studies focus on the study of how people read, write, and generally interact with the written word. Throughout the course, we will explore how literacy isn’t as simple as being able to read and write: there are many different types of reading and writing, and many types of situations in which people communicate with language. We will read, write and talk about major threshold concepts in literacy studies to enrich your ideas about reading and writing, and hopefully help you discover and embrace your own literacy background and practices. The creation of new technology in our century has had an especially new and profound impact on how we communicate, and we will also consider the ways in which literacy continues to change (and change us , as Walter Ong argues in “Literacy is a Technology that Restructures Human Thought”).