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Cool Summer Online Courses in English

May 10, 2018

Check out great selection of online English classes this summer!

Summer Session I: Tuesday, May 29 – Friday, June 29, 2018

ENGL 3122 Irish Literature in English since 1939 Rachael Lynch Online
ENGL 3213 Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century African American Literature Shawn Salvant Online

Alternate Summer I: Tuesday, May 29 – Friday, July 6, 2018

ENGL 1012W Business Writing I Trudi Bird Online
ENGL 2049W Writing through Research Ellen Carillo Online
ENGL 2407 The Short Story Ellen Litman Online
ENGL 3623 Studies in Literature & Culture: Science Fiction Leigh Grossman Online

Summer Session II: Monday, July 9 – Friday, August 10, 2018

ENGL 1616 Major Works of English and American Literature John Reynolds Online
ENGL 2401 Poetry Greg Kneidel Online

Alternate Summer II: Monday, July 9 – Friday, August 17, 2018

ENGL 1012W Business Writing I Trudi Bird Online
ENGL 3503 Shakespeare I Reme Bohlin Online

Detailed Class Descriptions

Course Title Description
ENGL 1012W Business Writing I The course provides an introduction to the rhetorical and genre conventions of business writing. The course is designed for those who want to improve the skills required for writing effectively on the job. It is conducted fully on line through HuskyCT and is asynchronous. Students must be comfortable and competent with the HuskyCT learning tool and may complete all assignments on their own schedule, as long as they are completed on time. Students are required to purchase and make regular use of the one required hard copy text book, Alred, Gerald J. et al. The Business Writer’s Handbook (11th ed) from Bedford/St Martins, 2015.
ENGL 1616 Major Works of English and American Literature From the early stories of Jonah and The Odyssey to the contemporary novels of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey Maturin series, the sea story has been one of the most enduring and popular genres in literature. What is it that makes for the sea story’s broad and lasting appeal? Why does the sea captivate so deeply the human heart and mind? Herman Melville suggests that “meditation and water are wedded forever,” that “there is magic in it.” Undoubtedly, the sea provides a vast and formidable stage upon which the dramas of self discovery and social conflict can be imagined. In this course, we will explore some of the major works in English and American drama, fiction, and poetry that focus on the human relationship to the sea and sea voyages; and, perhaps, through our investigation of these important authors and their works, we will come to understand more fully and clearly our human fascination with “the watery part of the world” (Melville). We will consider Samuel Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Herman Melville’s, Benitio Cereno, Jack London’s The Sea Wolf, Sara Orne Jewett’s The Country of Pointed Firs and Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. Course work will include discussion, a weekly journal, quizzes and a brief analytical essay.
ENGL 2049W Writing through Research Writing Through Research is intended for students in all majors and fulfills one of the W requirements at the University of Connecticut. The first part of the course is devoted to working together as a class on a research project on the subject of technology in order to practice the elements of research, including how to develop a research question, find sources to guide this exploration, engage sources, develop a first draft, and revise this draft. The rest of the course is devoted to applying this methodology. Students will develop and explore an individual research question relevant to them, which will culminate in a large scale research paper.
ENGL 2401 Poetry A study of poetic forms, techniques, and conventions, with poem from across the Anglo American tradition. Focus on analysis and commentary, chiefly in the form of short writing assignments, but with a handful of creative assignments, quizzes, and a longer book review as well. Open to students from any major. Fulfills Gen Ed CA1. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.
ENGL 2407 The Short Story This course is an introduction to the short story genre. Students will read a wide variety of short stories, both classical and contemporary, ranging in style from realism to postmodernism to magic realism, and representing the best of the genre from around the world. Coursework will involve active online discussions, journal posts, quizzes, assignments, and an online presentation.
ENGL 3122 Irish Literature in English since 1939 Fiction, Drama, and poetry by such writers as Beckett, O’Brien, Friel, Heaney, Doyle, Carr, McCabe, Toibin, and McDonagh. Our survey will run from mid-twentieth century to the present day, with a strong emphasis on very recent writing. We will study themes and subjects such as colonialism, religion, violence, martyrdom, exile, and the role of the Irish woman in her culture. Readings will be situated in the context of Irish history, geography, politics, and culture.
ENGL 3213 Eighteenth & Nineteenth Century African American Literature A course in eighteenth and nineteenth century African American literature. Students will become familiar with the development of African American literary history and the recurring themes of the period. We will read through a selection of texts including slave narratives and post Reconstruction era fiction. We will discuss the literary and cultural significance of each text and author. We will also track the forces shaping this period of African American literature, historical and political movements (slavery, emancipation, reconstruction), modes of expression and production (literacy and orality, authentication), and literary forms (imagery, symbolism, narrative, genre, style). Grade will be based on regular assignments, short writing assignments, quizzes, journal entries, discussion boards, close reading and annotation assignments, short essays.
ENGL 3503 Shakespeare I The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good. After years of studying Shakespeare, I still marvel at how good he really is. My major goal in this introductory class is simply to share some of the things I’ve learned about his plays over the years, and to explore with you the reasons why his artistry continues to influence and move us now, 400 years after his death. My more technical goal is to instill appreciation and understanding of the following: the major Shakespearean dramatic genres, comedy, tragedy, and history; the chief characteristics of Shakespeare’s dramatic style: systematic indeterminacy, pervasive metatheatricality, and dialectical structuring; the basic terms and devices of Shakespearean drama, including soliloquy, aside, play within the play, and exposition; the major characters, such as Hamlet, Macbeth, and Juliet; and the major dramatic themes, including nature vs. nurture, fate and freewill, and sacred and profane love. For this six
ENGL 3623 Studies in Literature & Culture: Science Fiction This fully online course traces major themes and concepts in science fiction from the Golden Age writers of the 1930s, through the New Wave of the 1960s and 1970s, to the present day. You will read works by Isaac Asimov, Octavia Butler, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Samuel Delany, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, Ursula Le Guin, and other seminal writers—some still well known and some almost forgotten—and learn about their impact on the field.

Cool Summer Online Course – Modern Chinese Culture (in English!)

Great Hall of the People China

Check out this cool new online course!

CHIN 1122: Modern Chinese Culture

  • Fulfill CA1 and CA 4 requirements
  • Taught in English
  • Explore the social, cultural, historical, and philosophical aspects of China
  • Investigate how Chinese society maintains its traditions and customs
  • Examine how China moves along with the rest of the world in contemporary time
  • contact:nan.meng@uconn.edu

3 credits.

This course will be taught in English during Summer Session 1 (May 29 – June 29, 2018).

This course fulfills UConn General Education requirements CA1 and CA4!

Cool Summer Course – Intro to Latin America & the Caribbean

March 16, 2018

Check out this cool online course!

Map of South America (historic)

This course is a multidisciplinary exploration of the historical development of such aspects of Latin America and the Caribbean as colonization and nation formation; geography and the environment; immigration and migration; race, ethnicity, and gender in society, politics, economy, and culture.

  • This course runs online during May Term without the “W” component as LLAS 1190
  • This course also runs online in Summer Session 1 and Summer Session 2 as LLAS 1190W

LLAS 1190 (3 credits).  Come take this great online course during Summer Session May Term, May (7 – 25), or as a Writing Intensive course (W) during SS1 (May 29 – June 29) or SS2 (July 9 – August 10).

It fulfills both a General Education Content Area 1 (CA 1/Arts & Humanities* and a Content Area 4 (CA 4-INT).

Cool Summer Courses – American Sign Language (ASLN 1-4)

American Sign Language manual alphabet
American Sign Language alphabet

American Sign Language (ASL) – ASLN 1 – 4

Have you ever wanted to learn a sign language or communicate with people who are Deaf? The best way to learn ASL is to be immersed in it. ASL Classes here at UConn are taught by faculty who are Deaf! Each class will be an immersion into the Deaf world where you will see and learn so much about the Deaf Community while simultaneously becoming conversationally competent! This is not just a foreign language requirement, it is a way to broaden your horizons!

Language Requirement: Do you need to satisfy a language requirement before graduating? Most colleges require taking two elementary level classes and two intermediate level classes – that’s four semesters! Instead of taking two years to complete this requirement, finish it in only three months! The American Sign Language Department is proud to offer four ASL classes offered this summer. These classes would completely satisfy your University language requirement!

Classes Offered:

Note: class dates do not match sessions, as this sequence runs across multiple sessions.  Please double-check dates/days/times in Student Admin.

  • ASLN 1101: Elementary Level 1 – 5/7/18 – 5/25/18 (May)
  • ASLN 1102: Elementary Level 2 – 5/29/18 – 6/14/18 (AS1)
  • ASLN 1103: Intermediate Level 1 – 6/18/18 – 7/5/18 (AS1)
  • ASLN 1104: Intermediate Level 2 – 7/9/18 – 7/26/18 (AS2)

Cool Summer Courses in Sociology – May Term

Check out these two cool May Term courses in sociology:

  • SOCI 1501: Race, Class, and Gender
  • SOCI 2310: Intro to Criminal Justice (online!)
American Way of Life (photo)
“American Way of Life.” From wikimedia.org

SOCI 1501: Race, Class, and Gender

Race, class, and gender, as they structure identities, opportunities, and social outcomes.

  • This May Term (3-week) course meets at the Storrs campus, M-F, 1:00 – 4:00 PM each day in Oak 441.  This course meets a CA-2 General Education requirement.
March for civil rights in Washington DC 1963
Crowd in front of Lincoln Memorial on day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963 (New York Times).

SOCIOLOGY 2310: Intro to Criminal Justice

The criminal justice system from a sociological perspective, including crime, police and law enforcement, courts and adjudication, corrections and juvenile justice.

  • This is a May Term online course (3 weeks).

Cool May online course – Watch (French) Movies: Get credit!

Still from Un Chien Andalou (1929)
From Un Chien Andalou (1929)

FREN 1171. French Cinema

Watch films and earn credit? Sound too good to be true?  But it’s not!  Watch a series of French films, from early French comedy to surrealist films, New Wave and the hip filmmakers of the 1990s and beyond.  This course will introduce you to film history, analysis and interpretation.

This course fulfills GenEd CA 1 and CA 4-INT. (3 credits).

Three credits. Online. Readings, viewings and lectures in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement.

Cool New Grad Music Ed Courses this Summer!

April 26, 2017

Students in a music classroom

Take a look at these great 5-day courses in music education!

EDCI 5040-60: Popular Music and Informal Education (July 17-21)

Exploration of how popular music intersects with education, including the production and consumption of popular music and use of related informal pedagogies. Critical theory, cultural theory feminism, and race studies will be used to explore these issues. Methods in “popular music” instruments and technology will also be covered.
Open to visiting/non-degree students!

EDCI 5830-62: Instrumental Performance Pedagogy & Conducting  (July 10-14)

Open to students enrolled in the MA in Music Education and others with permission.

EDCI 5830: Choral Performance Pedagogy & Conducting  (July 10-14)

Open to students enrolled in the MA in Music Education and others with permission.

Curricular courses are open to teachers and administrators seeking practical solutions to curriculum problems in elementary and secondary schools. Reorganization of courses, reorientation of the program of studies, articulation of administrative units, and development of new materials are considered in relation to the local situation. Students make individual studies of their specific problems, and group studies of related problems.

All three courses are open to non-degree/visiting students!

 

Cool May online course – Watch (French) Movies: Get credit!

Still from Un Chien Andalou (1929)
From Un Chien Andalou (1929)

FREN 1171. French Cinema

Watch films and earn credit? Sound too good to be true?  But it’s not!  Watch a series of French films, from early French comedy to surrealist films, New Wave and the hip filmmakers of the 1990s and beyond.  This course will introduce you to film history, analysis and interpretation.

This course fulfills GenEd CA 1 and CA 4-INT. (3 credits).

Three credits. Online. Readings, viewings and lectures in English. May not be used to meet the foreign language requirement.

Cool Summer Courses in Sociology – Latinos & Social Movements

April 10, 2017

Check out these two cool May Term courses in sociology!

  • LLAS/SOCI 3525: Latino Sociology
  • SOCI 3821: Social Movements
Graffiti on L.A. wall by ManOne
“They Claim I’m a Criminal” by Man One in Los Angeles, 2010

LLAS/SOCI  3525: LATINO SOCIOLOGY

In 2001 Latinos became the largest minority group in the United States, projected to reach 132.8 million in 2050. The demographic significance of Latinos has led politicians, policy-makers, and academics to debate the future of this population. The purpose of this course is to help you think critically about the role that Latinos play in U.S. society and their diverse experiences. I will provide you with a set of ideas, concepts and ideas to analyze the contemporary and historical experiences of Latinos. In this course, we will primarily use sociological texts to 1) make sense of the history of Chicano and Puerto Rican Movements and the discipline of Latino Studies, 2) explore the diverse migration experiences of Latinos, and 3) study the patterns of incorporation that Latinos face in the United States.

March for civil rights in Washington DC 1963
Crowd in front of Lincoln Memorial on day of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, August 28, 1963 (New York Times).

SOCIOLOGY 3821: SOCIAL MOVEMENTS

The purpose of this course is to introduce you to the sociological study of social movements. By analyzing specific movements, you will gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics that shape both current and historical social movements. After you have taken this course you will be able to answer the following questions:  why do certain movements emerge at particular times? What motivates people to join them? What tactics and strategies do activists choose and why? We will look at movements for global justice, anti-racism and racism, immigrant rights, and many more.

LLAS/SOCI  3525: Latino Sociology.  May Term (M-F 9:00-11:30 a.m.)

SOCI 3821: Social Movements. May Term (M-F 1:00-4:00 p.m.)

 

Cool Hybrid Summer Courses – Chinese I & II in 10 weeks!

CHIN 1111 & 1112 (Elementary Chinese I and II).

These introductory language courses will introduce you to Mandarin Chinese so that you can communicate across
ethnic, cultural, ideological and national boundaries.  Through the study of Chinese, you will develop an understanding of
Chinese interpersonal behavioral culture and related thought patterns.  You will acquire the skill to speak, listen, read and write Chinese at a level of proficiency appropriate for continuing on to the next level in the curriculum. You will further acquire a level of cultural understanding suitable for correct performance of assigned tasks in Chinese.

Both courses are offered in the hybrid mode, combining online and in-person meetings. You will finish the first-year Chinese sequence in 10 short weeks!

Chinese 1111: Summer session 1 (SS1), May 30-June 30
Chinese 1112: Summer session 2 (SS2), July 10-Aug 11