Reading and Writing Workshop : Utopia and Dystopia

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Course DatesLengthMeeting TimesStatusFormatInstructor(s)CRN
June 21, 2021 - July 21, 20216/21 - 7/214 WeeksOnlineCancelledOnlinePanetha Nychis Ott

Course Description

Our goal is to improve students' analytical and technical skills through close examination of different genres and frequent writing exercises. What are the responsibilities of society toward the individual?

What are the individual's expectations of society? This course is focused on readings about the real and hypothetical issues societies face. Our work will be centered around students’ perceptions of and reflections on some of the revered institutions found in society. After initial personal reflections, students will focus their work on the theme of utopia and dystopia. Students will work in teams to examine their reactions to the readings. They will write daily reflections on personal observations and on the readings. As the cornerstone of good writing includes critical reading skills, this course will emphasize not only intensive writing but a close reading of texts. Readings will include excerpts from classical prose writers as well as contemporary newspaper articles and works of fiction to examine society through different lenses. The course will culminate in small group projects on which each group of students creates a vision of the perfect society. At the end of four weeks, each student will have strengthened both reading and writing skills, as well as communication skills. The focus of the class will be group activities and team collaboration. In addition, there will be 1-2 individual conferences with the instructor every week, in which each student will receive personal feedback.

Prerequisites: None

Course Information

  • Course Code: CEEL1008

Program Information


Brown’s Pre-College Program in the liberal arts and sciences for students completing grades 9-12 by June 2021.

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