First Year and Pre-Major Program (FYPP)

Autumn 2017 Discovery Core I




10-Credit Discovery Core Options


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

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

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, and 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.

The Block: Place and Performance in Hip Hop Culture
(10 credits, BCORE 104B/107B, VLPA & I&S)

Tuesday/Thursday 3:30PM – 7:45PM
BCORE 104B and B CORE 107B
Instructors: Naomi Bragin and Georgia Roberts

Over the past two decades, Hip Hop has arguably become the most common form of popular expression for young people worldwide. This course starts with the Block, a local hangout spot and conceptual space where Hip Hop artists use music, dance, speech and visual art to study, generate and circulate ideas about the world. This course connects students with active Hip Hop communities (attending performances, meeting artists, entrepreneurs, curators and change-makers and visiting cultural centers). We bridge Georgia Roberts’ emphasis on history, literature and rap lyricism, with Naomi Macalalad Bragin’s emphasis on performance studies and hip-hop dance, and our combined connections to local hip-hop communities. Readings on cultural theory, viewings of early Hip Hop art films (Wild Style, Beat Street, Krush Groove), in-class performance projects and off-site visits shape our study of the Block as a center for the inter-activated practice and performance of global Hip Hop culture.

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

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

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.


10-Credit Linked Classes (DC + Composition class)


The Politics and Practice of Yoga
(10-credit link, BCORE 104D + BWRIT 134P, VLPA and C)

Monday/Wednesday 1:15PM – 5:30PM
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, research on meditation and the brain, 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
(10 credits, B CORE 107D +B WRIT 134O, I&S and C)

Tuesday/Thursday 8:45AM - 1:00PM
B CORE 107D and BWRIT 134N
Instructors: Karen Rosenberg & Lauren Lichty

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.


5-Credit Discovery Core VLPA Options


Visualizing You-topia: How Film and Comics Frame Social Issues and Solutions
(5 credits, B CORE 104E, VLPA)

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 1:15PM - 2:35PM
Instructors: Peter Brooks and Michael Dean

Drawing from a variety of visual forms--film, television, and graphic novels--this course will engage students to think critically about the ways cultural works present idealized or threatening futures and how we as individuals are integrated into society and the world. In particular, students will be asked to read their own academic experience as a utopian scenario and to think through social issues as they relate to their own acclimation to the UW-Bothell environment. Where do “you” fit in your future utopias, whether they are your academic path, your future career or your social/political environment? How do “you” fit in the utopia of our future and ever-changing global society? What skills, knowledge, and experiences might aid “you” on these quests? Focusing on visual representations of various utopias (and dystopias) will 1) help students to visualize and think about models of social problem-solving and 2) contextualize written language for students from a variety of cultural and language backgrounds who are developing reading and writing strategies for college and beyond. In addition to exploring their campus and potential academic paths, students can also expect to work within small groups as a way to actively understand how communities and societies function. A sample of works we’ll discuss in class: Fritz Lang’s film Metropolis, Masamune Shirow’s graphic novel Ghost in the Shell, and Dan Harmon’s television series Community, as well as corporate advertisements, video games, and social media.

Dead Things & The Art of Fear in the Written and Spoken Word
(5 credits, B CORE 104F, VLPA)

Monday/Wednesday 10:15AM - 11:30AM (Additional hours will be required outside of class time)
Instructor: Gavin Doyle

Through analysis of classic horror stories, this class allows students to investigate the reasons we are drawn to the unknown and the frightening. Selected readings will range in period from the Gothic, to the Victorian, and up to present day and will serve as the foundation for class work. In addition to historical investigations of the time period and circumstances in which the works were written, performed, or filmed, students will create new works and will perform adaptations of both new and classic works (a campus Ghost Storytelling Event in October would be an integral part of this course). Students will gain an understanding of how societal changes affect the sort of worries and fears expressed artistically by that period’s artists. The students’ creation of new works will mirror the style and theme of classic works, but the subject will reflect present fears of the class—allowing students to reflect on issues relevant to communities they are a part of. In terms of performance, students can expect to read their own submissions to the class, perform radio play versions of the assigned readings, or stage an adapted one-act play based on the classic horror stories.

Academic Literacy: Building Community, Talent, and Cultural Competency Skills
(5 credits, B CORE 104G, VLPA)

Monday/Wednesday 11:40AM - 1:05PM (Additional hours will be required outside of classtime.)

Instructor: Tasha Buttler

This course explores adventurous and traditional ways to broaden our fields of thinking, feeling, and representation of ideas and notions. We begin by rigorous vocabulary building, starting with Latin and Greek roots, prefixes, and suffixes, and then move into integrated applications using poetry and short story. We will build on this cognitive enrichment throughout the quarter using strategies, such as summary, analysis , synthesis, and reflection to write well-structured, academic texts. We will review basic learning strategies such as note-taking, close reading, time-management, and stress reduction. Students will be introduced to campus resources such as the library databases, librarian support, the WACC, the Student Success Center, Student Engagement and Activities, and the QSC. Faculty from STEM, Business, Nursing, and IAS will provide short presentations on the kinds of work done in their departments. In addition, we look at the student-run activities at UWB, the various international collaboration (COIL) courses on campus, and the tri-campus options for study abroad. All our work, including reflective essays, will be archived in an electronic portfolio.

Art and Politics of Walking
(5 credits, B CORE 104H, VLPA)

Monday/Wednesday 2:45PM - 4:05PM (33% Hybrid)
Instructor: Jason Lambacher

This class uses the theme of “walking” to explore themes of public space and environmental protection, the protest marches of social movements, and the human experience of cognition and contemplation.  We will consider how the simple act of walking can reveal insights into the way a body moves through space, who has access to public space and who doesn’t, the relation between walking and thinking, and associated social, political, and environmental questions.  Provisional texts include, Alexandra Horowitz’s On Looking: A Walker’s Guide to the Art of Observation, Rebecca Solnit’s Wanderlust: A History of Walking, Rousseau’s Reveries of a Solitary Walker, Heidigger’s Conversations on a Country Path about Thinking, Sax’s Mountains Without Handrails, Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, and Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, among others.  Films that feature walking will also be important component of the class.  Additionally, we will take walks together, both on and off the Bothell campus, and students will be encouraged to develop walking practices of their own.  Learning goals include attainment of conceptual vocabulary to understand our texts, improved ability to contribute to discussion, journaling and analytical writing, and activities that encourage contemplative strolling and group walking.  Instruction methods vary and will involve a mix of lecture, small group work, all class discussion, and different kinds of walking excursions outdoors.  Assignments are comprised of a walking journal, response papers, and a research paper.  Participation in class conversation is also vital to success in the class. 

The Cultural Work of Stereotypes
(5 credits, B CORE 104I, VLPA)

Monday/Wednesday 4:15PM – 5:35PM (Additional hours will be required outside of classtime.)
Instructor: Jason Morse

This course will trace the ways that culture is a site of struggle over the signifying practices we use to represent others, and ourselves. The stereotype will be a conceptual path through which we will explore the ways that constantly contested social categories such as race and gender intersect to produce social figures that define people’s lives and delimit their opportunities. We will explore how stereotypes are structures of knowledge that become embedded into social formations as the salient way of knowing and determining the actions, attitudes, and behaviors of the figures they represent. This class will also unpack the role of cultural texts (including primarily American literature and film, but also popular and visual culture) in negotiating, reinforcing, and challenging stereotypical representation, as we also think about how stereotypes mold our very reading practice of texts. We will read each critical text not only to understand and apply their key concepts but also rhetorically to understand how their claims are built and intertextually to find conceptual connections between texts and to build specific critical lenses that we’ll apply to our reading of cultural texts. Our primary object of analysis will be the complex theorizations of the social world and stereotypes that literature is able to achieve but we will also engage with other cultural forms as well to engage how different artistic genres engage stereotypes. 

“There’s Gonna Be a Racket”: Social Justice History, Activism and the Arts
(5 credits, B CORE 104J, VLPA)

Tuesday/Thursday 11:00AM - 1:00PM
Instructors: Gary Carpenter and Louise Spiegler

Mother Jones, an early 20th century union activist and tireless champion of the right of children to go to school instead of to the factory, once exuberantly declared, “There is going to be a racket and I’m going to be in it!” What is it that empowers ordinary people like Jones to throw themselves into the fray in pursuit of social justice? This course will engage with the history of social, political and economic change in the United States through the lens of individual movers and shakers, the larger movements they were part of and the cultural productions (such as songs, drama, literature, visual arts, public speech and performance) that popularized their causes.  In tandem with these historical investigations students will address contemporary social justice issues through the creation of a range of arts projects to deepen their understanding of the relationship between social change and the arts.

 Questions we will tackle include: What tactics did these leaders and others in their movements employ to make a racket and ultimately change the world? What worked and why? Why did some efforts fail?   How was artistic creation a part of that struggle? How do activists impact social change through the arts today?    What tools are they utilizing from the past and what artistic approaches are propelling these causes today?    This class will challenge students to analyze the elements of the struggle for social justice, and to arrive at unique art based approaches to furthering them within contemporary culture.

Mythbusters!—This class is for students in the STEM Living Learning Community
(5 credits, B CORE 104K, VLPA)

Tuesday/Thursday 1:15PM - 3:15PM
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, critical thinking, diversity, and persistence – 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 and learn how scientists communicate that work.  Through will practice communication by designing 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. 

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

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

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

Cycles of Sustainability: the Science and Economics of Living within our Means - For students participating in the Economics and Environment Living Learning Community
(5 credits, B CORE 107F, I&S or B CORE 110E, NW)

Tuesday/Thursday 8:45AM – 10:45AM
B CORE 107F or B CORE 110E
Instructor: Avery Shinneman

Understanding Earth’s biogeochemical cycles is the basis of investigating how human activities benefit from and disrupt environmental systems. Investigating and responding to the feedback among earth system processes, human values, governance, and the global economy requires close collaboration between natural and social scientists. This class focuses on developing basic scientific understanding of three 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 more sustainable interactions through understanding policy options, new technologies and economic development pathways. Students will also be introduced to basic economic analyses, including environmental valuation and managing public versus common goods.

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

Tuesday/Thursday 8:45AM – 10:45AM
Instructor: 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. 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. This movement is dynamic. Although efforts to pass the Defense, Relief, and Education of Alien Minors Act have been unsuccessful at the federal level, the movement of undocumented youth in their fight for education access and a path to citizenship continues. The recent election poses serious challenges for undocumented youth. This course will examine the continued strategies of the movement to secure higher education.

Los Angeles: City of Dreams, City of Nightmares
(5 credits, B CORE 107H, I&S)

Tuesday/Thursday 11:00AM – 1:00PM

Instructor: Yolanda Padilla

In the national imaginary, LA was 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 lived experiences and aspirations of Angelenos who didn't fit neatly into the myth. This course uses a range of sources, including Hollywood movies and independent films, short stories, advertising posters, maps, environmental and demographic data, historical studies, and music ranging from pop to rap to explore the complex relationships between cultural myths and social, political, economic and environmental realities.

Sustainable and Just Cities
(5 credits, B CORE 107I, I&S)

Tuesday/Thursday 11:00AM – 1:00PM
Instructor: Ian Porter

Rapid urbanization, economic inequality, and global climate change are three major global crises of our time, crises that threaten social, economic, political, and ecological stability. Yet, these interrelated crises present opportunities to reimagine how our world works and thereby to build an environmentally sustainable, economically equitable, and socially just world. Many scholars, policymakers, and activists are looking at cities as a primary site of intervention on all three crises. In this class, we engage a range of discourses that address the questions: How can we collectively build sustainable and just cities and metropolitan areas? What social, political, economic, cultural, and ecological conditions are necessary for such a city? To answer these questions, we will read a range of texts, watch films, and engage in discussion and debate in class in order to refine our critical thinking and analytical writing skills and to understand these issues from a rhetorical perspective.

The Half Marathon: What it takes to run 13.1 miles
(5 credits, B CORE 107J, I&S)

Tuesday/Thursday 1:15PM-3:15PM
Instructor: Kim O’Neill

This course will use the half marathon as a means to explore goal setting, human performance, exercise physiology, and the recreation running industry. Students will develop their own half marathon training program and will have the opportunity to apply what they learn by training for, and potentially completing, a half marathon. Progressive training for the 13.1 mile event will include walking, running, and core strengthening, as well as stretching, hydration, nutrition, and injury prevention. In addition, students will evaluate their own physiologic characteristic related to human performance, such as lactate threshold and VO2MAX, and explore psychological limitations to performance. The course will also explore the multi-billion dollar running industry, including touring of a major running shoe retailer and volunteering at a local road race.


5-Credit Discovery Core NW Options (some cross-listed as BCORE 107, I&S)


Energy In the Future
(5 credits, B CORE 110A, NW or B CORE 107L, I&S))

Monday/Wednesday 8:45AM-10:05AM (Additional hours will be required outside of classtime.)
B CORE 110A or B CORE 107L
Instructor: 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.

Nutrtional Science
(5 credits, B CORE 110B, NW)

Monday/Wednesday 11:00AM-1:00PM
Instructor: Grace Lasker

This course introduces key concepts of nutritional science: biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, diet analysis, and scientific principles of investigation. Students will explore components of a healthy diet in the context of health and wellness, self-discovery, research analysis, and current issues. They will also learn issues of justice and advocacy around health and diet.

Zika and other Viral Epidemics
(5 credits, B CORE 110C, NW or B CORE 107M, I&S)

Tuesday/Thursday 8:45AM-10:45AM
B CORE 110C or B CORE 107M
Instructor: Susan McNabb

Late in 2015, news of a new epidemic caused by the Zika virus started to reach the consciousness of people in the US. Although it had been described decades earlier, something was causing it to spread more widely and swiftly than seen previously. It was particularly devastating when it caused life-threatening microcephaly in the children born to mothers who were infected while pregnant. What is the Zika virus? How is it related to other viruses, and do those relationships offer clues to its effects? How do viral diseases arise, how are they spread, and how do they become epidemics? How do we stop them? We will investigate the nature of biological organisms vs. viruses, viruses as a major cause of infectious human disease, the origins of viruses that have jumped to humans, the involvement of insect vectors, how disease is tracked, the development of vaccinations and treatments, and why Zika affects brain development in the fetuses of infected mothers.

Farm to Fork (Fa2Fo): Local 2 Global Perspectives
(5 credits, B CORE 110D, NW or B CORE 107N, I&S)

Fridays 11:00AM-3:15PM
B CORE 110D or B CORE 107N
Instructors: Annie Bruck and Mo West

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 Option for students with 30-45 credits


Credibility, Journalists, and Media
(5 credits, B CORE 207A, I&S)

Monday/Wednesdays 8:45AM-10:45AM
Instructor: Kristin Gustafson

Students in BCORE 207 will examine credibility as it relates to journalism and media. The course creates a cohort of first-year students who already have 30–45 college credits. Students will orient to UWB, make connections within the university, and deepen interests through research. The critical analysis skills students use in this course are timely given contemporary discourse that perpetuates simplistic notions such as “fake news” and fails to engage more deeply with historical context of these issues in media and journalism. Together we will explore intertwined notions of credibility, journalism, and media in a way that encourages greater context and complexity. We will continually return to our class as a cohort and reflect upon our positions as university members, media users, and knowledge producers. Using case studies, students will work on research projects that consider socially constructed and changing notions of journalism balance, fairness, objectivity, and credibility. We will consider economic and societal forces that shape these constructions. Students will look more closely at how media producers and users—including students themselves—deploy notions of credibility across different media.


Area of Knowledge Key:


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