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Pitzer College    
  Dec 15, 2017
2016-2017 Pitzer Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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WRIT 010 PZ -Writing Publics: Education, Literacies, and Culture

Institution: Pitzer

Description: “A good education helps make sense of the world and find out way in it,” argues Mike Rose in Why School? Yet, what do we mean by a good education? What literacy practices are privileged? And how do race, class, geography, and gender influence access? In this writing seminar, we investigate the cultural and communicative practices that define literacy in different educational settings. We begin by analyzing the literacy autobiographies of public intellectuals like Ta-Nehisi Coates and Mike Rose, before composing our own narratives about other people, perspectives, and institutions that have shaped our sense of ourselves as writers. Next, we draw on research from sociology, writing studies, and linguistics to reassess problematic representations of literacy in education policies and popular culture. For a capstone project, students write op-eds on an issue in education or literacy that interests them. Possible topics may include standardized tests and the college admissions process, language and identity, or the emergence of new literacies in the digital age.

For up-to-date information on current course offerings and details, please refer to the Pitzer class schedule on MyCampus2 Portal.

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