Summer Writing Courses

1020, 2020W, and other WID Courses in Summer 2018

For room assignments and other information from the Registrar, please see the Schedule of Classes.

UW1015 Courses


UW1020 Courses

Service-learning courses address a community need through direct or indirect service and community-based research.



UW2020W Courses


1015 Course Descriptions

Writing Seminar for Summer Scholars

Marcus, Robin
CRN 61006 | UW 1015 | Section 20 | MTWR 11:00AM - 12:15PM Summer Session II


1020 Course Descriptions

Animalia: Writing and the Non-Human

Bieda, Casey
CRN 60600 | UW 1020 | Section 20 | MTWR 10:00AM - 12:00PM Summer Session II

This university writing course focuses on teaching the skills and motivations of academic writing through the lens of non-human studies, particularly on the subject of animals, ecology, and conservation. As humans, we are often given the task to “speak” for the animals we share the planet with—being often titled “stewards” or “guardians” of these non-human bodies. However, communicating non-human stories through a human lens often leads to misrepresentation and a narrowed focus of the world we live in and the creatures we share it with. Learning to deeply engage with the unfamiliar and to thoughtfully report and interrogate those unfamiliar subjects is a crucial academic skill, as well as an integral part of becoming an effective writer. Through studying these non-human narratives, students will gain a well-rounded perspective of not only this focus, but also of the nature of narrative and the importance of crafting an argument from multiple perspectives. By investigating multimodal texts, including various films, news stories, and articles, students will learn how to engage with a complex subject, investigate and implement source material in various forms of writing, and craft a research paper on a subject of their choosing relating to this course’s focus.


Speaking of Animals: Thoughts on Human and Animal Nature

Botts, Eric
CRN 61374 | UW 1020 | Section 21 | MTWR 3:30PM - 5:30PM Summer Session II 

For over a century, many psychologists and linguists have tried to teach human language to great apes, most famously, American Sign Language. Whether they’ve succeeded is a controversy that, especially in the 1970s and '80s, evolved into a bitter war of words, less about science than the nature of humans and other animals.
Many studies suggest not only great apes, but other, less “intelligent” animals use tools, show compassion for one another, adhere to apparent moral codes, and recognize themselves as unique beings separate from the rest of the world. Each of these studies reveal non-human animals demonstrating some quality that linguists, scientists, and philosophers had regarded as a dividing line between human and animal nature.
Each time a chimpanzee, a dolphin, an ant, a rat, or an elephant crossed one of these lines, a group of linguists, scientists, or philosophers would propose a new dividing line, always begging the question: If language is not uniquely human—nor the use of tools, nor compassion, morality, or self-recognition—what makes us unique?
Underneath the question lies the presumption that humans are unique among animals. But this presumption flies in the face of what these studies keep telling us.
This course takes a different tack: Rather than presuming that humans are special, we ask questions to help understand ourselves in relation to other animals and other animals in relation to us.
Such questions demand that we examine how and why we, as individuals and as a culture, arrive at our ideas, beliefs, and claims about non-human animals. They require that we place ourselves in other animals’ perspectives, making this course an apt space to learn how to think critically. Because we humans often have deeply ingrained beliefs about human and animal nature, the course theme also demands careful, well-reasoned, and thought-inspiring arguments and ideas, making it useful for teaching rhetorical principles. Writing about animals often directly challenges established ideas and beliefs, guiding us always toward deeper research into the ever-shifting landscape of fact, opinion, and rhetoric about humans in relation to other animals.
To help you establish nuanced perspectives informed by both broad and deep research, you’ll explore multiple subjects linked by a single topic within animal studies. As this course takes an interdisciplinary approach, you’ll explore both popular and academic sources relating to history, science, and culture very broadly. You’ll also conduct and record at least three interviews and find or conduct other forms of primary research, like exploring social media discussions as part of a cultural criticism project, seeking out a historical figure’s journals for a historical profile, or reading scientific papers to write a piece of popular science analysis.

Reading Without Words: The Image as Text

Fletcher, Wade
CRN 60642 | UW 1020 | Section 10 | MTWR 12:30PM - 2:30PM Summer Session I

Music as a Reaction to Societal Ills and as a Source of Community

Miller, Bruce
CRN 61283 | UW 1020 | Section 11 | MTWR 10:00AM - 12:00PM Summer Session I
From homemade banjo-like stringed instruments employed by rural Malawians, Florida musician Moses Williams fashioning a one-stringed instrument out of a door, to Nigerian Afro beat pioneer Fela Kuti’s slogan that “music is a weapon”, various types of sound art have been used to stare down poverty, radicalize groups of people into a movement for social justice, or simply allow us all to recognize something about where we come from and what we have in common. In this course, we will survey readings, performance, video, documentary, and no doubt some deep listening in order to craft our own writing, and perhaps opinion, on the subject. Along the way, we’ll take on everything from urban free jazz, rural folk and the complexities inherent in semi-known folk-pop hybrids from Mauritania to Thailand.
Students will craft papers that trace anything from origins of a particular musical form and how it was shaped by environment, to musical statements both cultural and political, to various folk traditions, and how they are either preserved or threatened. Topics may deal with movements such as Rock Against Racism, and Riot Grrrl; we will check in with the West Blue Nile People of Sudan and note their ability to harness song and dance in order to fight back against a government that bombs its own people. There will also be a chance to write short reviews or other commentary on the importance of an artist or style.
Texts may include:
    Alan Lomax’s The Land Where the Blues Began (video)
    Michael Azerrad’s Our Band Could Be Your Life
    Francis Bebey’s African Music: A People’s Art
    Photo collections of early phonograph memorabilia from around the globe
    Reebee Garofalo’s Rockin’ The Boat: Mass Music and Mass Movements
    Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony
…and of course, select recordings to enhance what we discuss and write about.

Cultures, Canons, Communities and Cognitions: Reflecting on Service Learning and Literacy

Presser, Pamela
CRN 60920 | UW 1020 | Section 12 | MTWR 12:30PM - 2:30PM Summer Session I
NOTE: This is a service learning course.

What exactly is good writing? What set of ideas about writing should be developed in the classroom? What constitutes rigorous research? What do our ideas about writing enable or restrict? Questions like these, which we will discuss in this class, provoke heated debate in the academy.

This class will start with the assumption that classrooms are contested spaces because instructors don't agree how best to choose texts to teach, or how to study the texts once they are selected. These debates are often referred to as the "culture wars" and they are part of a long standing conversation about the nature of education. John Dewey, often considered the father of progressive education, believed that experiences which enable students to interact within communities, and critical reflection on such experiences, are essential to the learning process. Experiential educators, drawing upon Dewey's work, have established a body of theory which suggests that service learning is one of the best ways to achieve these goals. In this class, we will partner with community organizations, establishing a relationship of reciprocity which will allow you to contribute to their missions while gaining knowledge and expertise.


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2020W Course Descriptions

Intro to Women's Studies

Gamber, Cayo
CRN 61932 | UW 2020W | Section D81 | Online course Summer Session I
Note: This course will satisfy a WID requirement. This is a distance learning course.

The course is designed to give students with diverse backgrounds and disciplines a basic understanding of the debates and perspectives discussed in the field of WGSS as well as the larger theoretical scope of feminism. The course will ask questions such as: What is gender? What is sexuality? What is feminism and is it still relevant today? What role do gender, sexuality, and intersectionality (as informed by class, race, biology, ethnicity/nationality, ability and disability, education, appearance, age, and others) play in terms of understanding the varieties of human experience? How are issues of femininity, masculinity, and sexuality constructed and defined differently according to various texts within popular media (e.g., advertisements, children's toys, popular films)? What are the various types of feminist perspectives and praxis that can be used to create equality for all women and men in contemporary society?


Internships & Workplace Writing

McCaughey, Jessica
CRN 60987 | UW2020W | Section D01 | Online course Summer Session I
NOTE: This course will satisfy a WID requirement. This is a distance learning course. Students must be simultaneously working in a summer internship to take the course. Limited to 15 students. This is a Writing in the Disciplines (WID) course. You must have successfully completed UW1020 to receive WID credit for this course.

Memos, mission-statements, whitepapers, tweets: how does the writing within a workplace reflect the culture of that organization? Designed for students working in summer internships, this online course guides students to analyze their own experiences using language in a new setting. Building from highly relevant readings about organizational culture, the comparative philosophies of non-profit, for-profit and government institutions, and rhetorical theories of professional writing, students will study the rhetoric of their organizations and their roles as interns. This is a fast-paced course with a substantial workload of reading, daily online discussions, and three main writing projects.

This online course is organized into three units. At the end of each unit, students will submit a writing assignment reflecting on their experiences as an intern. Leading up to each assignment, the class will have extensive discussions of course readings, reflections about how the readings relate to these experiences, analysis of the workplace site, and a draft workshop. The course is designed to be very interactive. As students will be in different types of internships, working for different organizations and within different workplace philosophies, the comparison across experiences will be a substantive part of the course. Therefore, students must participate regularly and fully. Through the course readings, research, and writing about individual experiences, students will gain a rich understanding about organizational culture, socialization, and the particular role that writing plays in signaling and sustaining cultural norms.


Time And Space In Science Fiction

McReynolds, Leigha
CRN 60994 | UW2020W | Section 10 | MW 11:00AM - 2:00PM Summer Session I
Note: This course will satisfy a WID requirement.

We move through time and space every day. But do we live in them or do they exist because we live? In this course we’ll read and watch science-fiction that re-imagines our relationship to time and space. We’ll explore how changing these familiar dimensions might change what it means to see, to know, and to, in fact, be human.


Amsterdam: City As Museum

Troutman, Phillip
CRN 62478 | UW2020W | Section 61H | Short Term Abroad course Summer Session I
This is a short-term abroad course. Overseas course component in the Netherlands from June 16 - July 1, 2018. Course will meet online from May 21 - June 16, 2018. Students must contact the Office for Study Abroad to register. Instructor approval required to register.

This is a course in the art of looking:  What does it mean to see Amsterdam as one grand museum? How do architecture and urban design shape urban life, from 16th century canal houses to 21st century mod condos? How do residents and outsiders engage with art & design? How do museums interpret Amsterdam’s conflicted history, from Golden Age cosmopolitanism and colonialism to 20th century Nazi collaboration and decolonization? How do city-dwellers today--including immigrants and their descendants from north Africa and the former Dutch colonies-- interact and claim city space and culture? We’ll read, discuss, and write online (weeks 1-4) then roam Amsterdam & write a group travel blog (weeks 5-6). We’ll visit the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandt House, Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, Stedelijk Museum of modern design, VanMoof Bicycles, Red Light District, ARCAM Architecture Center, and Marken village, plus take architecture tours and attend an Ajax soccer match and the Roots music festival. Satisfies WID credit.


Latinx Issues in the 21st Century

Yunis, Bernardita
CRN 61931 | UW 2020W | Section 80 | MTWR 12:30PM - 2:00PM Summer Session I
This course will satisfy a WID requirement.

What is Latinx? What are the issues and struggles facing folks who identify as Latinx, especially in this new American era? In this course, we will explore these issues, engage in academic and popular conversations going on around these issues, and develop our own original scholarship to address and further these conversations. Earn a WID/Humanities credit this summer! Explore issues impacting Latinxs in the United States!

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Other WID Summer Courses

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

American Studies

AMST 3950W | CRN 22717 | Section D80 Science Politics & Society in Modern America
Cohen-Cole, J | ON LINE


ENGL 1411W | CRN 20694 | Section D01 Introduction to English Literature II
Frawley, M | ON LINE

ENGL 1411W | CRN 21390 | Section D20 Introduction to English Literature II
Frawley, M | ON LINE

ENGL 1511W | CRN 21969 | Section D01 Introduction to American Literature II
Lopez, A | ON LINE

ENGL 1710W | CRN 21412 | Section D80 Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film I
Daiya, K | ON LINE


ENGL 3001W | CRN 22718 | Section D80 Science Politics & Society in Modern America
Cohen-Cole, J | ON LINE


HONR 2054W | CRN 21564 | Section D60 Honors Proseminar: Arts and World Cultures
Ralkowski, M | ON LINE


MATH 4239W | CRN 21211 | Section 80 Real Analysis I
Junghenn, H | MTWR 6:00PM-7:30PM


MUS 3175W | CRN 22947 | Section D80 Topics in Music History & Literature
Dueck, J | ON LINE

Organizational Sciences

ORSC 4197W | CRN 21846 | Section 20 Senior Research Seminar
Mote, J | MW 3:30PM-6:00PM


PHIL 2111W | CRN 23062 | Section D01 History of Ancient Philosophy
Ralkowski, M | ON LINE

PHIL 2125W | CRN 20952 | Section D01 Philosophy of Race and Gender
Davis, M | ON LINE

PHIL 2132W | CRN 20687 | Section D20 Social and Political Philosophy
Sigrist, M | ON LINE

PHIL 3142W | CRN 20902 | Section D01 Philosophy of Law
Brand, J | ON LINE

Political Science

PSC 3192W | CRN 22537 | Section 11 Politics & Technology
Lawerence, E | MW 9:35AM-11:45AM

PSC 3192W | CRN 20460 | Section 20 Constitution: History & Ideas
Olson, L | TR 2:20PM-4:40PM

PSC 3192W | CRN 20511 | Section D80 Theories of Judicial Review
Bartels, B | ON LINE


PSYC 4106W | CRN 21793 | Section 10 Research Lab in Sensation and Perception
Hoyer, D | T 2:15PM-3:30PM AND R 12:00PM-2:50PM

PSYC 4202W | CRN 21792 | Section 10 Research Lab in Applied Social Psychology
Weldon, R | M 2:15PM-3:30PM AND W 12:00PM-2:50PM

School of Media and Public Affairs

SMPA 2110W | CRN 20653 | Section 10 Introduction to News Writing and Reporting
Belkind, M | TR 1:30PM-4:30PM  


SOC 2181W | CRN 21441 | Section D01 Sociology of the Holocaust & Genocide
Kelso, M | ON LINE

Theatre and Dance

TRDA 2191W | CRN 20558 | Section D20 Dance History
Buckley, M | ON LINE

University Writing

UW 2020W | CRN 22509 | Section 20 Media and Cultural Studies
Larsen, K | MW 10:00AM-11:30AM

UW 2020W | CRN 22510 | Section 21 Latinx Issues on the 21st Century
Yunis, B | MW 12:30PM-2:00PM

UW 2020W | CRN 21145 | Section 80 Black Women in the 21st Century
Kristensen, R | TR 6:00PM-8:00PM

UW 2020W | CRN 22088 | Section 60H Amsterdam: City as Museum
Troutman, P | ON LINE

UW 2020W | CRN 21133 | Section D01 Internship & Workplace Writing
McCaughey, J | ON LINE

UW 2020W | CRN 22511| Section D81 Anthropologies of Sport & Sound
Dueck, J | ON LINE

UW 2020W | CRN 21133 | Section D01 Intro to Women’s Studies
Gamber, C | ON LINE

Women’s Studies

WSTU 2120W | CRN 21407 | Section D80 Introduction to Women’s Studies
Gamber, C | ON LINE

WSTU 3170W | CRN 20778 | Section 80 Black Women in the 21st Century
Kristensen, R | TR 6:00PM-8:00PM


Elliot School of International Affairs

International Affairs

IAFF 2190W | CRN 21088 | Section D01 Women in Global Politics
Clark, M | ON LINE


Milken Institute of Public Health

Health Sciences

HSCI 2112W | CRN 21298| Section D01 Writing in Health Sciences
Lee, A | ON LINE

HSCI 2112W | CRN 23119| Section D03 Writing in Health Sciences
Lee, A | ON LINE

HSCI 2112W | CRN 21143| Section DA Writing in Health Sciences
Lee, A | ON LINE

HSCI 2112W | CRN 21144| Section DA1 Writing in Health Sciences
Lee, A | ON LINE

HSCI 2112W | CRN 21398| Section DB Writing in Health Sciences
Lee, A | ON LINE

HSCI 2112W | CRN 23118| Section DB1 Writing in Health Sciences
Lee, A | ON LINE

HSCI 4112W | CRN 20981| Section D01 Research/Writing in Health Sciences
Lee, A | ON LINE

HSCI 4112W | CRN 20982| Section DE Research/Writing in Health Sciences
Lee, A | ON LINE


School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Biomedical Engineering

BME 4925W | CRN 21433 | Section 10 Biomedical Engineering Capstone Project Lab III
Zara, J | R 11:00AM-1:30PM

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