RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Winter 2022, Section 002 - Narratives of Confinement, Narratives of Liberation
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
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Requirements & Distribution:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
SWC Writing Assessment. Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor.
May not be repeated for credit.
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When Malcolm X was incarcerated in 1946 at age 20, he was functionally illiterate. By painstakingly copying page after page of the dictionary, however, he taught himself to read, ultimately proclaiming, “Months passed without my even thinking about being imprisoned. In fact, up to then, I never had been so truly free in my life.”

In this first year writing seminar, we will explore how writers help us to understand varied manifestations of confinement/oppression and liberation/freedom. Together, we will ask: What are ways that people experience physical, emotional, linguistic, and/or social confinement? How do individuals, systems, and structures directly and indirectly confine, marginalize, and oppress, and how do individuals and communities generate counternarratives in resistance? Finally, how can we leverage narratives - others’ as well as our own - as tools for liberation?

We will engage with work by Chimamanda Adichie, Jhumpa Lahiri, Amy Tan, Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Martin Luther King, Jr., among others, exploring and analyzing not only the content of their work but also the rhetorical strategies they use to convey their arguments. Students will develop and hone college-level writing skills through weekly short writing assignments; 3-4 major essays; and regular peer reviews and essay revisions.

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RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 8:30AM - 10:00AM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
1RC Ugrd
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM

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