Issue 49

49th Edition: December 13, 2013



First Year and Pre-Major Updates

Autumn quarter is over! Congratulations on a great quarter and have an awesome break.

Discovery Core II Courses are online : Check out our website for a list of descriptions, instructors, dates and times for each course.

My First Year Guide : Keep an eye out for Winter's First Year Plan. We've gather a ton of new information just for you!

View the Complete Academic Calendar

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Check Out These Winter Courses

global change flyerBCUSP 131 B : Social Media and Global Change | SLN 10860
Mondays  & Wednesdays 8:45am - 10:45am
Instructor: Greg Tuke
5 Credits

Interact globally (India, Morocco) to solve problems, using live video conferences, student-produced videos and other social media.

Don’t just study it, Do it!

About the class: This unique course provides students with the opportunity to act locally and interact globally with university peers in another country (Egypt, Morocco or India) while learning social media and teamwork skills. We begin with an introduction to each others’ country cultures and the impact of social media on recent social movements in both countries. Students will introduce themselves to each other, and learn together using live video Skype, Facebook and other interactive media means. Through a combination of role-playing and live interactions, students across countries will have hands-on experiences in using these forms of social media to work as a team and produce one of three products: A cause-oriented video, a blog/published article on a current social issue, or an interactive site that sustains interaction between students/activists in both countries. Throughout the course, students will be engaging with their global peers to learn more about each other, developing skills in team work, and understanding how to communicate effectively across diverse cultures, using interactive media. The culminating project will be live team presentations directed at audiences in the participating countries.


Bcusp 131 flyerBCUSP 131 D : Academic Reading & Writing for Multilingual Students | SLN 10862
Fridays 1:15pm - 4:15pm
Instructor: Dr. Young Min
5 Credits

About the class: This course is designed to provide practical guidelines and strategies to develop academic reading and writing skills of students whose native language is not English. The course will guide students to develop a clear sense of the practices and conventions required for good writing in their majors and future careers. Students will learn effective strategies to enhance their vocabulary acquisition as well as reading strategies to facilitate writing various genres of assignments. Students will also develop oral communication skills to articulate their perspectives on various topics in academic contexts.

research in actionBCUSP 290 : Social Media and Global Change | SLN 10918
Fridays 11:00am - 1:00pm
Instructor: Charlotte Rasmussen

2 Credits

Learn how to get involved in research at UW Bothell. Develop the skills necessary to be a successful scholar and researcher while participating in informal and engaging conversations.

About the class: An introduction to research practices, methods and processes in the different disciplines represented on the UW Bothell campus. This 2 hr long class consists of 1 hr of activities, skill development and class discussion and a 1 hr research seminar given by UW Bothell faculty. Students will begin to develop skills necessary to be successful scholars and researchers while learning about research that is being conducted on the UW Bothell campus and surrounding area. Students will have plenty of opportunity to interact with researchers and faculty members in conversations about their research in an informal and engaging environment. After completing this course, students interested in pursuing undergraduate research opportunities on the UW Bothell campus will be more aware of the opportunities and resources available to support undergraduate research. This course is offered as an OPTIONAL W COURSE. Please talk to the instructor on the first day of class is you wish to take this class as a W-course. This course may be repeated for credit (2 credit/quarter for 3 quarters max,for 6 credits total).

shakespear in front of the tardisBCUSP 117 : DC II: The Time-Traveling Bard: Shakespeare | SLN 10841
Mondays & Wednesdays 8:45am - 10:45am
Instructor: Louise Spiegler

5 Credits

About the class: This course examines the real stories behind the greatest poetic dramas ever written in the English language, while examining the artistry of the plays themselves. How do Shakespeareʼs plays connect to the history of Europe, Africa, the Islamic World and even the Caribbean?

We will look at questions such as: What does Othello tell us about the nature of race in a world  shaped by the Atlantic Slave Trade? Had Shakespeare ever met a Jew when he created Shylock in The Merchant of Venice? How did colonization in the Caribbean shape The Tempest? What traditions governed relations between men and women in early modern Europe? And do the victors really write history? Ask Richard III!

Having studied the way in which Shakespeare was embedded in, yet transcended, the history of his times, students will investigate how his works have been transformed to connect with later times. They will even do some of the transforming themselves!

Summer 2014 Study Abroad Now accepting applications!

When in Rome: Interdisciplinary Studio Art and Italian Culture

Program Type: UW Program Summer Term A
Est. Program Dates: June 25 – July 22, 2014
Est. Program Fee: $4,985
Program Directors: Barbara Noah, IAS Studio Art and Sabrina Tatta, Italian Language (UW Seattle)
Overview: A 12-credit interdisciplinary studio art and Italian culture and cuisine program based in Rome, open to all majors, for all levels of art experience (including intro level), and no prior language requirement.

Learn more from the program website and apply by January 17, 2014.

Scientific Explorations of Art and Architecture in France

Program Type: UW Program Summer 2014
Est. Program Dates: June 23 – July 23, 2014
Est. Program Fee: $4,000
Program Directors: Andrew Abian, Math and Engineering and Erin Hill, Physical Sciences.

Overview: A unique 6-credit study abroad program, based in Paris, France geared towards students with an interest in a novel exploration of art and architecture through a conceptual physics lens. This course welcomes students from all disciplines and levels to apply.

Learn more by visiting the program website and apply by January 17, 2014.

For financing study abroad:

  1. Financing Study Abroad page on the Global Initiatives website, It provides details about both scholarships and financial aid and provides a direct link to make an advising appointment in our office.
  2. Email with specific questions

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Trip to Stevens Pass

Friday, January 17 or February 7th
7:15 AM - 5:30 PM
Meet at UWB then go to Steven's Pass

Come join us for a Steven's Pass adventure! The lift ticket, transportation, and lunch are provided with the cost of the ticket. We will leave from uwb at 7:15 am and return at 5:30 pm. Tickets are $35 each at the cashier's office.

There will be two separate trips - first on Friday January 17 and second on Friday February 7, 2014.

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