Undergraduate Course Offerings

The following courses are open to all students in all majors

B EDUC 230 - Culture, Knowledge, and Education (5) (I&S)
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Maurice Dolberry
This course will address the intersection of three concepts fundamental to our time and place: culture, knowledge, and education.  Each of these concepts will be explored separately using seemingly simple yet complex questions such as: (a) What is culture? (b) What is knowledge? (c) Whose knowledge counts? and (d) What is the purpose of education?  Then the focus will turn to considering ways these concepts interact and affect educational opportunities.  How do race, culture, socio-economic histories, language, gender, sexual orientation, and religious views affect educational opportunities?  We will consider perspectives from diverse disciplines including psychology, multicultural education, philosophy, cultural and language studies, and science, and “education” will be understood as extending beyond the school setting. 

We will approach issues from positions of empowerment rather than victimization, even as we discuss the realities of individuals and groups frequently marginalized or underserved in schools and society.  This is not a methods course. Instead it will provide a knowledge base relevant to any major or profession, including those planning to be educators. This course is open to first- through fourth-year students.

B EDUC 391A - Special Topics in Education: Race, Culture, & Identity in the Classroom (5)
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 1:15-3:15 p.m.
Wayne Au
The overall purpose and goal of “Race, Culture, and Identity in the Classroom” is to develop an understanding of the ways that various aspects of student identity are entwined with pedagogy and curriculum. Topics covered will include multicultural education, the politics of language, racism and testing, cultural identity development, and classroom diversity.

  • Explore concepts of race, culture, and identity as they relate to pedagogy, teaching, and classroom practice;
  • Connect the power of language with student identity;
  • Connect effective teaching practices with an engagement with students’ cultural identity;
  • Explore the complex relationship between student achievement, student identity, pedagogy, and curriculum.

B EDUC 391B - Special Topics in Education: World Englishes (5)
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Young Min
The course will look into the spread of English around the world and the current and future status of the English language. We will discuss the variety of ways in which people use and appropriate English for their own purposes in various contexts as well as the diverse beliefs and ideologies that people hold about English as a lingua franca. By examining the rapidly changing realities of the English language, students will become more aware of the multilingual and multicultural ideologies in which the variety of Englishes has evolved. Students will be guided to reflect on the essentialist and ethnocentric assumptions of the notion of the native speaker of English, the ownership of English, and the Standard English. The readings in this course cover a wide spectrum of topics, which include the history of the English language, the relationship between language and culture, and the powerful influence of literacy practices on rhetorically constructed realities in our everyday lives.

B EDUC 391D - Special Topics in Education: Learning Science in Informal Settings (3, CR/NC)
2 Fridays, 8:45-10:45; 3 Saturdays, 8:45-10:45 a.m.
Carole Kubota
This class will expose student to other venues besides schools in which teaching and learning occurs and in which teachers teach. Class will meet twice on campus, at the beginning and end of winter quarter, and then three Saturday session at informal sites such as the Pacific Science Center, the Seattle Aquarium, the Woodland Park Zoo, or Islandwood Environmental Education Center. There will also be some online work.
B EDUC 452A - Service Learning Practicum in Education (2, CR/NC)
Maybe taken in conjunction with B EDUC 391D

B EDUC 456 - Adolescents in School and Society (5)
Mondays/Wednesdays, 1:15-3:15 p.m.
Jason Naranjo
Discusses some of the transformations of consciousness that occur in adolescence and examines how social structures, particularly formal schooling, help shape those transformations.

B EDUC 491A - Special Topics in Education: History of Math (5)
Mondays/Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Robin Angotti
This course is designed to develop your understanding of mathematics as a discipline. In this regard, we will investigate the role of mathematics in various cultures and in various time periods. Further, we will consider a variety of mathematical topics within a historical context. This includes, for instance, number representation, algebraic notation, computational tools, as well as differentiation and integration. Similarly, we will learn about important individuals in the development of mathematics.

B EDUC 491C - Special Topics in Education: New Literacies for Digital Learning (5)
Mondays, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Jane Van Galen
40% Hybrid course. This course will examine what new skills and dispositions will be needed for individuals to fully participate in political, civic, social, and cultural work in digital spaces.

M.Ed. Course Offerings

The following courses are open to all Master of Education students at UW Bothell. Entry codes for other majors are available from the Education Program.

B EDUC 502A - Teachers' Self-Understanding (5)
Tuesdays, 4:30 - 7:15 p.m.
Carolyn Jackson
40% Hybrid course. Uses readings and writing autobiography and examining key concepts in multicultural education as a basis for creating the reflective space necessary for teachers to better understand how personal elements of their lives, formed historically and culturally, influence their teaching and relationships with students.

B EDUC 502B - Teachers' Self-Understanding (5)
Tuesdays, 5:45-8:15 p.m.
Wayne Au
40% Hybrid course. Uses readings and writing autobiography and examining key concepts in multicultural education as a basis for creating the reflective space necessary for teachers to better understand how personal elements of their lives, formed historically and culturally, influence their teaching and relationships with students.

B EDUC 507A - Reviewing the Literature (3)
Wednesday, 5:45-8:00 p.m.
Pamela Joseph
Explores how to locate, analyze and synthesize professional literature on a topic and how to assemble the resources necessary to write a review of that literature. Supports critical literature review application of knowledge product for program completion dossier.

Following course is also approved for the Reading Endorsement requirements:
B EDUC 508A - Early Literacy Instruction (3)
Thursday, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Barbara Waxman
Builds an understanding of how young children (ages 4-8) develop literate behaviors, and how teachers can support this development. Explores emergent literacy behaviors, oral language development, building a literate identity, phonemic awareness, decoding, reading comprehension, spelling, and writing.

B EDUC 536A - Teacher Leadership: Reviewing, Revising, Reframing (3)
Wednesdays, 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.
G. Thomas Bellamy
Develops and promotes in teachers the knowledge, skills and "conditions of the heart" necessary to be a teacher leader. Based on the premise that teachers need to be active participants in the formation of a future that positively impacts the lives of students and professional community of schools.

B EDUC 577A - Curriculum Development (3)
Thursdays, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Pamela Bolotin Joseph
Introduces the field of curriculum studies including curriculum theory and interdisciplinary study of the educational experience. Explores dominant ideas and alternative practices. Focuses on how curriculum and schools are manifestations of culture and how historical and contemporary premises about curriculum influence the culture of classrooms and schools.

B EDUC 591D - Special Topics in Education: Global Perspectives on Schooling (5)
Meeting days vary 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Jean Eisele
This course encourages open-minded exploration of different world views of Education without leaving behind faculties of critical thinking. Students may choose to travel to South India with the course instructor or remain on the UWB campus to participate in this course. Working in teams, all students will participate in an exploaration of issues germane to schools universally. Each team will develop a question, an issue to be explored by the student in India and to provide focus for their own learning. They will reamin in daily contact through email, telephone, or Skype, as each team works together to explore an indipendent study based on mutual questions/areas of interest. All participants will meet face-to-face several times over two weeks prior to the departure to India. Upon return, class will meet several times again prior to the end of winter quarter.

B EDUC 591E - Special Topics in Education: Global Perspectives on Schooling (5)
Jean Eisele
This course section is specifically for those students participating in the Global Perspectives on Schooling course AND travelling to India. Students will be expected to Reflect upon their experiences and their voluntary work in schools in Auroville, India. Students travelling to India will register for this course and the other 5 credits Special Topics in Education: Global Perspecitves on Schooling course.

Education course descriptions in the General Catalog