WRPR 101A 01,02 Finding A Voice: Identity, Environment, and Intellectual Inquiry
MW 12:45-2:15; 2:15-3:45
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 167A001 Globalization and Culture in the 21st Century
The primary goal of this course is to challenge students as academic readers, writers and thinkers while providing support for continuous growth. We will define and explore global interconnectedness from multiple disciplinary perspectives - political, economic, etc. - but will focus primarily on various complex social and cultural dimensions of globalization including local/global tensions, Westernization, cultural borrowing, cultural imperialism, cultural exploitation, tourism, and pop culture (music, movies, etc.), as analyzed in ethnographies set in various locations around the world. Most of these locations will be outside the US, and we will include a particular case study of Japan. We will consider questions like: Is there a global village? How does the nation-state matter both more and less in a globalized world? How does globalization impact existing socioeconomic inequalities? Who benefits from increasing global interdependence and who does not, and why? This is a first-semester course with individual tutorials that prepares students for a second-semester writing seminar.
WRPR 195A001 Multilingualism and Multilingual Identity
This course is designed to prepare first year students to read as writers, write as readers, and hone analytical and argumentative capacity. We will do this by investigating multilingualism in diverse communities and contexts, primarily within the United States and with an initial case study based in Morocco. Over the course of the semester, we will engage with questions such as: What does it mean to know more than one language? How are the concepts of language and multilingualism defined? Who is embraced by these definitions? Who is excluded? In what ways do individuals, schools, and government policies support and hinder the development of multilingual individuals and communities? Course texts will include literary and scholarly work from writers and thinkers including Sherman Alexie, Lisa Delpit, Ofelia Garcia, Django Paris, Amy Tan, and others. Through individual tutorials and revision of multiple drafts of writing assignments, students will prepare for a second semester writing seminar and build a foundation for further developing their written work throughout their undergraduate studies and beyond. This is a first-semester course with individual tutorials that prepares students for a second semester writing seminar.