Autumn 2014 Discovery Core I

10-Credit Discovery Core Options:

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

SLN: 22854 Sec: A  Monday / Wednesday 1:15 - 5:30  Amoshaun Toft and Christian Anderson

The things we do every day are often more than they seem. 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, relax, and organize time—have histories and geographies that connect us to other people and places in complicated ways. Ultimately, the course aims to show how interconnected we really are, and to closely consider what that might mean for our lives and our futures, both collective and singular. Students will be introduced to key academic skills and socio-cultural concepts as they critically analyze how social structures are produced in and through ordinary, everyday activities with which they are already intimately familiar.

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

SLN: 22856 Sec: B  Monday / Wednesday  11:00 - 3:15 Jennifer Atkinson and Julie Shayne

This course explores how human rights, race, class and culture are shaped by the dynamics of place and displacement in the Americas. Students examine how structures of power are produced and maintained through place-related practices and institutions, such as private property, national borders, immigration policy, reservations, restrictions on use of public space, gentrification & segregation in the city, land dispossession, political exile, and environmental racism.  Our analysis spans South, Central, and North America and uses a combination of fiction and poetry, social science, journalism, film, testimony, service learning activities and guest lectures.

Thinking beyond Borders: Philosophical Explorations of Science Fiction (B CORE 104C/107C, I&S, VLPA) (10 credits)

SLN: 22858 Sec: C  Monday / Wednesday 3:30 - 7:45 Kristy Leissle & David Nixon

This course explores philosophical and ethical questions of humanity through science fiction film and text. We are interested in the thresholds between humans and machines, emotions and logic, bodies and minds, and disrupting the binary divisions that govern social relations among Earthlings. We also consider how the narratives and technologies of science fiction pervade our lives and shape our identity and everyday interactions—from cars to iPhones to Facebook, we are already blurring the boundaries of our humanity.

Words, Voice, Movement: A Physical Approach to Creative Writing (B CORE 104D/107D, I&S, VLPA) (10 credits)

SLN: 22860 Sec: D  Tuesday / Thursday  11:00 - 3:15 Deborah Jacoby & Chelsea Jenning

In this course, you will 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. In exploring these concepts, we will use performance-based analysis to increase your understanding and interpretation of existing texts. We’ll also use a combination of creative writing and performance to increase your capacity for self-expression and connection to others. Through active participation in in-class writing, acting, and movement exercises, you will develop skills for devising performance projects and creating original compositions.

Global Perspectives: Literature and Social Media for Local Change (B CORE 104E/107E, I&S, VLPA) (10 credits)

SLN: 22863 Sec: E  Tuesday / Thursday 8:45 - 1:00 Tasha Buttler and Greg Tuke

This course introduces students to UW Bothell’s resources and academic expectations. Employers increasingly seek those with critical thinking and time management skills, who can collaborate across cultures in virtual teams. We will use literary texts to explore our cultures and those of international peers in Morocco and Brazil as we challenge and expand this learning through technology-enhanced virtual exchanges. This course will help you build writing and collaboration skills using social media for problem solving, and ultimately, improved social conditions. You may learn as much about your talents and your hidden assumptions, as you will about others, exploring the meaning of the phrase, “An enemy is one whose story we have not yet heard.

5-Credit Discovery Core Options:

Rhetorics of Redress: Talking Back to Injustice (B CORE 107F, I&S) (5 credits)

SLN: 22867 Sec: F  Monday / Wednesday  11:00 – 1:00 Mira Shimabukuro

During World War II, in a case of what we would now call mass racial profiling, over 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were forced from their homes into so-called “internment” camps. Given such injustice, how have people "talked back" in order to redress the past? Why have both the private relief of individual suffering and a public accounting of mass injustice been necessary for redress? And how has the process of writing enabled such “relief” and “accounting?"  This course will examine questions such as these we consider the ways camp survivors and their descendants have used language to resist the trauma of history. By the end of the quarter, students will begin to understand the lasting significance of "writing back" to mass injustices that have touched their own lives as they find ways to redress the past in order to reckon with the future.

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

SLN: 22869  Sec: G  Tuesday / Thursday 11:00 - 1:00 Andrea Kovalesky

Since the mid-1980s the use of the arts has increased quite notably in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Healthcare design with ample use of the arts is now a multi-million dollar industry. This course will provide students with general background knowledge of the healthcare system and of various artistic modalities, and most importantly, how these arts are being used therapeutically, expressively, and receptively in today'  healthcare settings. Students also will review with guidance portions of selected empirical support for the use of the arts in healthcare, and will assess the aesthetics at a community healthcare site.

"Low" Culture and Social Criticism  (B CORE 104H, VLPA) (5 credits)

SLN: 22870 Sec: L  Tuesday / Thursday  11:00 - 1:00  Travis Sands

How does reality television offer frames for understanding formations of gender, race and class? What does the ubiquity of zombies and vampires in popular culture have to do with debt and fiscal austerity? Why are animated series regularly centers of controversy in debates about social values? In this course, we will focus on cultural forms often regarded as beyond the pale of serious inquiry in order to consider the high stakes of "low" culture. Based on the premise that low culture is critically important precisely because it is “accessible,” this course will use silly, satirical and otherwise debased texts as entries to critical conversations about such issues as gender and sexual difference, race and citizenship, and debt and poverty.

Coffee and Media: Representations, Histories, Activism (B CORE 104 I, VLPA) (5 credits)

SLN: 22871 Sec: I  Monday / Wednesday 8:45 - 10:45 Robin Oppenheimer

This course examines coffee as a global commodity connected to cultural histories; media representations (ads, documentaries) and literacies; and socioeconomic activism. Seattle is known for its coffee culture so we explore coffee-centric issues, people, and places through guest lecturers, a field trip, and student research. This course includes creating a class wiki and culminates in a final research paper that incorporates multiple exercises and collaborations with librarians and the Writing and Communication Center (WaCC) to learn research and thesis-based scholarly writing.

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

SLN: 22876 Sec: J  Monday / Wednesday  8:45 - 10:45  Howard Hsu

Light and the rendering of light is the foundation for many scientific applications, vision, and even human expression. The course, "Seeing is Believing", explores light as a science and light as an art form – photography. During the quarter, students will be introduced to the physical properties of light and scientific applications, photography as a means of communication and personal expression, historical and contemporary photographers, and the history behind the medium. Throughout the course, students will learn to operate the controls and settings on an SLR camera while exploring the science behind capturing light.   Photography as a means of visual dialogue will be emphasized with a focus on developing a personal vision.

Energy, Economics and the Environment (B CORE 107H, I&S) (5 credits)

SLN: 22875 Sec: H  Friday  11:00 - 3:15  Maura Shelton and Kimberly O’Neill

The available supply of conventional energy and the need for alternative, sustainable energy is a source of controversy. How can we separate fact from fiction? What are the issues with conventional energy?  What other options are possible? How do you decide that an energy source is preferable? In this course we will examine basic principles of creating energy, explore conventional energy sources and their environmental and social impacts, and investigate renewable energy sources and their issues and challenges. We will explore energy generation and consumption using science, economics, politics, culture, and the environment. The course includes lectures, guest speakers, case studies, field trips, and hands-on exploration of energy sources.

Undocumented, Unafraid, Unapologetic: Youth Resistance and Social Change (B CORE 170I, I&S) (5 credits)

SLN: 22877 Sec: I  Tuesday / Thursday 1:15 - 3:15 Loren Redwood

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. This youth resistance organization is known as the DREAMers. These youth 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 in order to investigate the ways in which these young people were able to organize and collaborate while integrating the support of other organizations and gaining their own autonomy.

Energy in the Future (B CORE 107J, I&S) (5 Credits)

SLN: 22878 Sec: J  Monday / Wednesday  11:00 - 1:00 Matthew Gliboff

Survey of scientific, technological and potential of large-scale renewable energy and barriers to its implementation. Includes discussion of solar, wind, nuclear and other possible energy sources; energy efficiency, large-scale energy storage, climate change; and numerous domestic and international case studies of efforts in sustainability.

Electrifying Inventions:  An Introduction to Engineering (B CORE 107G, I&S or B CORE 110A, NW*) (5 credits)
*Students can take this class for either I&S or NW credit depending on which section they sign up for.

B CORE 107G (I&S) SLN: 22874 or  B CORE 110A (NW) SLN: 22879   Tuesday / Thursday  8:45 - 10:45   Steven Collins

Introduces students to engineering and invention through hands-on exploration of electrical technologies and their histories.  Working in teams self-organized around a particular device—for example, a telephone, camera, microphone, refrigerator, computer chip—students explore the underlying science, piece together a historical narrative, describe the roles of engineers, and probe ethical, environmental, and societal implications of their chosen device.  Readings integrate the science of electromagnetism with history of specific electrical technologies, while kit-based projects provide opportunities for designing, building, and testing basic circuits and devices.  The contributions and responsibilities of engineers are emphasized throughout.

The Future of the Earth (B CORE 110B, NW) (5 credits)

SLN: 22880 Sec: B  Monday / Wednesday 3:30 - 5:30  Rebeca Rivera

There is talk and disagreement about environmental issues such as ""sustainability,"" ""global warming,"" ""conservation,"" ""green consumerism.""  How do our values determine our perspectives on the issues?  What do our environmental problems mean for your own future as well as the future of the earth?  We will examine how these terms are being used in both popular culture and by scientists. This course is an introduction to environmental science and environmental studies at UWB.  We will explore interdisciplinary perspectives that combine economics, anthropology, geography, ecology, conservation biology, and climate science.  Through this course you will gain academic skills as well as understand how these issues may impact your lifestyle.

Myth Busters: Cultivating Scientific Habits of Mind (B CORE 110D, NW) (5 credits)
**This course is for students participating in the STEM Living Learning Community Only**

SLN: 22881 Sec: D  Tuesday / Thursday  3:30 - 5:30  Avery Shinneman

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