First Year and Pre-Major Program (FYPP)

Autumn 2016 Discovery Core I



10-Credit Discovery Core Options

Los Angeles: Land of Dreams, Land of Nightmares
(10 credits, BCORE 104A/107A, VLPA & I&S)

Monday/Wednesday 11:00AM - 3:15PM
BCORE 104A and B CORE 107A
Instructors: Michael Goldberg & Amparo Padilla

Description: In the national imaginary, LA is a land of sunshine, opportunity, and eternal optimism. In reality, the power structure of the city (whether City Hall or Hollywood) worked to create and manage an ideal that was in sharp tension with the realities and aspirations of Angelenos who didn't fit neatly into the myth.  We will be examining a range of sources, including Hollywood movies and independent films, short stories, advertising posters, maps, historical studies, and music ranging from pop to rap.  The course will combine historical thinking skills, close textual analysis, film analysis, geographical knowledge, and theoretical concepts to help students appreciate the complex interactions between culture, politics and social reality.


Place & Displacement in the Americas: Human Rights, Culture & Ethnicity
(10 credits, B CORE 104B/107B, VLPA I&S and W)

Monday/Wednesday 1:15PM - 5:30PM
B CORE 104B and B CORE 107B
Instructors: Jennifer Atkinson & Julie Shayne

Description: This course explores how human rights, race, class and culture are shaped by the dynamics of place & displacement. We examine how structures of power are produced/maintained through place-related practices and institutions, such as private property, national borders, immigration policy, incarceration, reservations, privatization of public space, gentrification, land dispossession, political exile, & environmental racism. Our analysis spans South, Central & North America and uses a combination of fiction, poetry, social science, journalism, film, testimony, service learning & guest lectures. We examine how the meaning of place varies among social & economic groups, & how groups reshape/reclaim relations to place through cultural productions.


Self & Society in Everyday Life
(10 credits, B CORE 104C/107C, VLPA & I&S)

Tuesday/Thursday 8:45AM - 1:00PM
B CORE 104C and B CORE 107C
Instructors: Amoshaun Toft & Christian Anderson

Description: Everyday life in the modern world is complicated. Even though we may not realize it, many of the things that we do all the time and take for granted—the way we eat, work, get information, and organize our day to day lives—have histories and geographies that connect us to other people and places in all sorts of intricate ways. This course will explore these connections and invite you to think hard about the inevitably social character of everyday life in the modern world.  Ultimately, this class aims to show how interconnected we really are, and to closely consider what that might mean for our lives and our futures, both as individuals and as a society.


Thinking Beyond Borders: Philosophical Explorations of Science Fiction
(10 credits, BCORE 104D/107D, VLPA &I&S and W)

Tuesday/Thursday 11:00AM - 3:15PM
B CORE 104D and B CORE 107D
Instructors: David Nixon & Kristy Leissle

Description This course explores philosophical and ethical questions of humanity through science fiction film and text. We are interested in the thresholds between emotions and logic, bodies and minds, and utopias and dystopias. We emphasize the social construction of gender, ability, and race, and explore how science fiction texts and films can reinforce or disrupt these essentialist, binary constructs—revealing existing social structures even as the genre helps us imagine more just ways of living. Students in this course author an original science fiction short story as the final project, building upon multiple writing assignments and workshops over the quarter.


San Jaun Island Discovery: Absences in Archives
(10 credits, BCORE 104F/110D, VLPA & NW)

Tuesdays 8:45AM - 10:45AM 
Fridays 8:45AM - 1:00PM

Field trip has been scheduled from Friday, October 14th, to Sunday, October 16th.
B CORE 104F and B CORE 110D
Instructors: Amy Lambert & Kristin Gustafson

Description: With experiential learning at San Juan Island as the centerpiece of this course, we explore what gaps in the record mean and what is at stake when these occur. What happens when a butterfly species disappears for 90 years? Or a community's newspaper record cannot be found? Students in this course look at absences and archives. We look at absences central to the instructors’ research. We visit off-campus sites, including a three-day, two-night field experience on San Juan Island, to see how people across arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences creatively describe gaps in archives. We will explore public art, dig into library microfilm, interview people, count butterflies, and discover together. This in-depth and engaged learning enables us to see what is present in the record and explore how to address these gaps.
There is a cost of $150 associated with the required San Juan Island field trip. Scholarships will be available to students needing to offset their costs.


10-credit Linked classes (DC + Composition class)

Yoga in the US: History, Industry Community?
(10-credit link, BCORE 104E +BWRIT 134M, VLPA and C)

Monday/Wednesday 8:45AM - 1:00PM
B CORE 104E and B WRIT 134M
Instructor: Alice Pederson

Yoga seems to be the modern cure-all, prescribed for everything from inflexibility to PTSD. In this class we will critically examine the meanings and values of yoga in contemporary US society. Topics include the arrival of yoga in the US and its acculturation, the flourishing of the yoga industry, neuroscience research, and issues of cultural appropriation, equity, and access in the greater Seattle yoga community. Students will be expected to participate in the local yoga economy as participant-observers and think critically about their own positions as consumers, researchers, and critics within this thoroughly modern tradition. In the linked section of BWRIT 134 we will focus on honing the skills necessary to successful college writing.


Gender Under Construction: Intersections, Roadblocks, Detours
(10 credits, B CORE 107E +B WRIT 134N, I&S and C)

Monday/Wednesday 11:00 AM - 3:15PM
B CORE 107E and BWRIT 134N
Instructors: Karen Rosenberg & Lauren Lichty

Description: "What is gender and how does it differ from sex?  How has our understanding of gender changed over time?   How does gender intersect with other categories of difference, such as race, class, sexuality and nationality? Through active inquiry we will develop a set of tools to look at these questions and examine how gender operates in our lives and the spaces we inhabit. 

As a composition class, we will focus on improving our college-level reading, writing, revising, communication, presentation and facilitation skills.  We will adopt a process-oriented approach, meaning that we will work through multiple drafts, revisions, rewrites, and reflections. 


Race, Language & Power
(10-credit link, B CORE 107F + B WRIT 134O, I&S and C)

Tuesday/Thursday 8:45AM - 1:00PM
B CORE 107F and  B WRIT 134O
Instructor: Mira Shimabukuro

How does language affect our perception of race? And how can it best address the realities of racism? In addition to introducing students to college resources, this course will explore interdisciplinary perspectives on the ways language shapes our understanding of race and racism. More specifically, we will consider how language contributes to the biological illusion of racial categories and the socio-political reality of racial injury, and explore multiple ways people use language to redress that reality. Specific topics covered will include the biological fallacy of race, different types of racism, the history of racial categories, discourses of citizenship, the politics of racial epithets, and the rhetoric of redress and reparations.



5-Credit Discovery Core VLPA Options

Graphic Novels & Cultural Critique: A Global Dialogue
(5 credits, B CORE 104G, VLPA and W)

Monday/Wednesday 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Instructor: Michael Dean

This course would use comics and graphic novels to engage students from a variety of cultural backgrounds with thinking and writing critically about texts at the college-level. The integrated presence of graphic images helps to contextualize written language for students developing language skills. Because they are found in various forms in countries all over the world, they provide a bridge between cultures. The course will expose students to cultural history, global issues and language through comic books, strips and graphic novels, and will provide an opportunity for students to share their experience with comics from their own backgrounds. Students will also use social media to collaborate on comics work with students outside the U.S. 


Words, Voice, Movement: Reimagining Performance
(5 credits, B CORE 104H, VLPA and W)

Tuesday/Thursday 1:15PM - 3:15PM
Instructor: Deborah Jacoby

Description: In Words, Voice, Movement we will work both individually and collectively to create original performances in a supportive and interactive classroom community. This introduction to performance and creative writing will allow you to find a deeper connection to your own words and the words of others, develop your artistic voice, and use movement and physicality to convey ideas. Through active participation in in-class writing, acting, and movement exercises, you will develop skills for devising performance projects and creating original compositions. You will practice expressing yourself in writing and in speaking in front of others, which will translate into skills and tools that are relevant in other classes and workplace contexts.


Arts in Healthcare
(5 credits, B CORE 104I, VLPA)

Tuesday/Thursday 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Instructor: Andrea Kovalesky

Description: In this course we survey the use of various art modalities such as expressive writing, 2- and 3D visual arts, music, dance, landscaping, and interior design currently being used in a wide range of healthcare settings (hospitals, skilled nursing facilities for elders, incarcerated youth settings, community centers). We use the book, Perceiving the arts:  An introduction to the humanities (Sporre, 2011, 10th ed.), as well as reading selected scholarly and popular articles for which reading guidelines are provided, and perusing related websites. Students also complete a weekly entry in a semi-structured journal entitled "Chill and Spill".


The Art of Myth: Sacred Stories Brought to Life
(5 credits, B CORE 104J)

Tuesday/Thursday 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Instructor: Gavin Doyle

Description: Through an exploration of myths & sacred stories selected from a diverse range of cultures, students parse out universal truths — looking for differences, commonalities, and meaning. Students will learn to re-imagine stories and to communicate their interpretations to an audience through creative writing, visual arts, stage movement, and spoken word. Throughout the course students will write personal stories, directed journals, and dreams journals to serve as evidence of who, what, and where they currently are as individuals and as members of larger groups. Readings, assigned essays, and class discussions will pair with class exercises. Student artifacts from the course will be taken up and transformed into final group artistic Showcase.


Seeing is Believing
(5 credits, B CORE 104M, VLPA)

Tuesday/Thursday 3:30PM – 5:30PM
Instructor: Howard Hsu

Description: Seeing is Believing, introduces students to both the science of light and the photographic recording of light for personal expression. During the course, students will be introduced to the following topics and concepts: photography as a means of communication and an art form, the physical properties of light and its effect in the natural world, philosophical and early theories on light, and historical and contemporary photographers. The course will include in-class labs, demonstrations of physical properties of light and photographic principles, a research paper exploring a scientific phenomenon of light, and culminate with a personal photographic essay/series for the final project.


5-Credit Discovery Core I&S Options

Undocumented, Unafraid, Unapologetic: Youth Resistance & Social Change
(5 credits, B CORE 107G, I&S)

Tuesday/Thursday 8:45AM – 10:45AM
Instructor: Loren Redwood

Description: This course examines youth activism though a study of the growing movement of undocumented youths and a particular focus on immigration reform regarding access to education; specifically, through the fight for government support of the Defense, Relief, and Education of Alien Minors Act, they are known as the DREAMers. These youths have taken a leading role in the debate over immigration reform building on a long history of immigrant resistance and social change. In this course students examine the emergence and growth of the movement and investigate the ways in which they were able to organize and collaborate with others. This course is also designed to connect students to the campus community through involvement in on-campus social action.  


Urban Life: A Communication Perspective
(5 credits, B CORE 107H, I&S)

Monday/Wednesday 8:45AM – 10:45AM
Instructor: Ian Porter

Urban life emerges in the context of buildings, streets, and neighborhoods, but finds its character in the ways people imagine, remember, and depict urban places. Using rhetoric as a cultural-analytical perspective and a set of persuasive skills, we examine and respond to urban life by looking at how humans ‘make place’ in acts of speaking, writing, making, and doing and undertaking our own placemaking projects. By analyzing cultural texts (fiction and nonfiction), conducting fieldwork in and around the campus, and designing their own placemaking project, students will learn to find and make place on campus in their first quarter at UW Bothell and to situate their own experiences in the context of broader discourses on urban life.


(5 credits, B CORE 107I, I&S)

*This class is open to all freshmen, but geared toward students who are participating in the STEM Living Learning Community* 

Monday/Wednesday 3:30-5:30PM
Instructor: Charity Lovitt

This course, and the linked residential community, is for students who have a passion for innovation and discovery in the fields of science and technology. What all of these fields share are scientific habits of mind – habits like curiosity, skepticism, and investigation – that build new and innovative ideas. Using the background of scientific discovery and the trials, experiments, questions, successes and failures of the scientists we learn about, we will also reflect on the process of discovery. Reading about science is not as effective as doing science. You will design a research project to investigate the specific myths that exist about the natural world and then report the results of your project through a Mythbusters! style video.


5-Credit Discovery Core NW Options

Cycles of Sustainability: The Science & Culture of Living Within our Means
(5 credits, B CORE 110A, NW)

**Open to all students though required for students who are participating in the Sustainability Living Learning Community*

Monday/Wednesday 8:45AM-10:45AM
Instructors: Avery Shinneman

Understanding Earth’s biogeochemical cycles is the basis of investigating how human activities benefit from and disrupt environmental systems. This class focuses on developing basic understanding of three such cycles: the water cycle, the carbon cycle, and the nitrogen cycle. As we investigate each, we will discuss how human enterprises (energy generation, agriculture, urbanization) utilize and disrupt these cycles and opportunities to develop sustainable interactions with these natural cycles. We touch on sustainable agriculture, architecture, product lifecycles, and the marketing and business of a sustainable society. 


Farm 2 Fork (Fa2Fo): Local to Global Perspectives
(5 credits, B CORE 110C, NW and W)

Friday 8:45AM - 1:00PM
Instructors: Maureen "Mo" West & Annie Bruck

Description:  Our day-to-day decisions surrounding food have important personal and local to global community consequences.  Misinformation and conflicting messages about the quality, safety and health benefits of our food supply are common, making it difficult to know what to eat, as well as where to buy and how best to prepare various foods. In this course we will integrate topics that include understanding select historical and cultural paradigms of food cultivation and consumption; identifying major nutrition problems and guidelines; generating sustainable solutions from individual, local, and global perspectives; and participating in a community food service project. 


5-Credit Discovery Core with OPTIONAL 2-Credit

What is Nature Worth?
(5 credits + 2 credit optional support class, B CORE 110B, NW + optional 2 credit BCUSP 100G The Habits of Highly Successful Students)

Tuesday/Thursday 1:15PM – 3:15PM
Instructors: Maura Shelton and Cleopatra Neculae

Students will develop skills to transition to a university environment while engaging in an interdisciplinary subject, the value of nature and ecosystem services (e.g., water quality, flood abatement, carbon sequestration, biodiversity, and recreation). This valuation study combines environmental science, economics and human health, allowing students to engage in both quantitative and qualitative analysis using a local project. Students will be involved in readings, research, and analysis of ecosystem services related to the UWB Wetlands and a community partner, N. Creek Forest. Course activities will require students to utilize university resources and technology as well as develop skills related to presentations and teamwork.

OPTIONAL 2-credit elective, The Habits for Highly Successful Students link (lab associated with What is Nature Worth?)

Friday 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Instructor: Sara Ali

Area of Knowledge Key:


VLPA - Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts
I&S- Individual and Societies
NW- Natural World
W- Writing
C- Composition