RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Section: 016 Writing In Transition
Term: FA 2008
Subject: RC Core Courses (RCCORE)
Department: LSA Residential College
Course Note:
Enrollment in RCCORE 100 is limited to incoming Residential College students.
Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
FYWR
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
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.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

George Benson crooned in the 70s:

Everything must change; nothing stays the same


And so it continues — dramatic social and political change within which we experience personal transitions. During the term we will read an eclectic assortment of fiction and non-fiction, reflecting dramatic social change and/or personal transitions that evolve from seemingly imperceptible shifts. Ranging from Ernest Hemingway’s powerful story of war, For Whom the Bell Tolls, to Ruben Martinez’s panoramic, The Other Side: Notes From the New L.A., Mexico City and Beyond, we will experience a variety of expressions of transitions, including Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy; C. Vann Woodward’s The Strange Career of Jim Crow; and Harriette Arnow’s The Dollmaker.

Writing is a process that includes brainstorming, researching, creating drafts and rewriting in order to achieve a finished product. Along the way, we often discover that original ideas may metamorphose as words meet paper and the writer begins to interact with them outside of the head.

This class will be opportunity rich for interacting with words outside of the head and learning about shifts in content and style as we attempt to explore the shifts in our lives and place ourselves in a social context. The course will emphasize the use of details, humor, personal observation and an assortment of techniques used in fiction that can strengthen expository writing.

The only way to learn to write is to write. To that end, students will write a series of five papers, each 4-5 pages in length, critiquing the assigned readings. The sixth and final project will be an 8-10 page paper, exploring some aspect of social and/or personal transition. All work on papers will include revising their drafts. In addition, students should be prepared to share work in class as well as participate in creative, in-class writing exercises.

Required Reading:

  • Ernest Hemingway – For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • C. Vann Woodward – The Strange Career of Jim Crow
  • Harriet Arnow - The Dollmaker
  • Jamaica Kincaid – Lucy
  • Ruben Martinez – The Other Side, Notes from the new L.A., Mexico City and Beyond
Technical Resource: William Strunk and E.B. White, The Elements of Style

RCCORE 100 - First Year Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
15329
Open
1
1RC Ugrd
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MTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
15330
Open
4
4RC Ugrd
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TuTh 2:00PM - 3:30PM
003 (SEM)
P
16796
Open
1
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 5:00PM
004 (SEM)
P
18187
Open
3
3RC Ugrd
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MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
005 (SEM)
P
18188
Open
5
5RC Ugrd
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
006 (SEM)
P
18189
Closed
0
 
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Th 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Tu 11:00AM - 1:00PM
007 (SEM)
P
18190
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
M 7:00PM - 9:00PM
008 (SEM)
P
18191
Open
2
2RC Ugrd
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MW 11:00AM - 12:30PM
009 (SEM)
P
18192
Open
3
3RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
010 (SEM)
P
18193
Closed
0
1RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
011 (SEM)
P
24868
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
012 (SEM)
P
21400
Open
1
2RC Ugrd
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MW 3:00PM - 4:30PM
013 (SEM)
P
28216
Open
8
 
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
014 (SEM)
P
20107
Open
3
3RC Ugrd
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
016 (SEM)
P
23908
Open
2
2RC Ugrd
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TuTh 3:00PM - 4:30PM
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