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Woods College of Advancing Studies



Suzanne Barrett, A.B. Newton, M.A.T. Trenton State, A.M. Clark, Ph.D. Brown; Nina Bogdanovsky, M.L.S. Simmons, M.A. Moscow; Elisabeth Brink, A.B. Brown, Ph.D. Brandeis; Andrea Defusco, A.B., A.M. Boston College; Carol Fallon, B.S. Salem State, Verizon Certification; Robert Farrell, S.J., A.B., A.M., S.T.B. Boston College, A.M. Middlebury; Stephen Kurkjian, A.B. Boston University, J.D. Suffolk, Pulitzer Prize, '72, '80, '03; Tom MacDonald, A.B. Stonehill, M.B.A. Boston College, M.F.A. Southern Maine; Andrew McAleer, A.B., Boston College, J.D. Mass School of Law; Ted Murphy, A.B. Boston College, Author Seven Books; Dustin Rutledge, A.B. Penn State, M.F.A. Notre Dame; Akua Sarr, A.B. Dartmouth, Ph.D. Wisconsin-Madison; Robert Sullivan, B.S. Bridgewater, A.M. Boston University, A.M., C.A.E.S. Boston College; Diane Thompson, A.B. Vassar, A.M. Iowa, M.F.A. Emerson.

EN 05201  Introductory College Writing
EN05201 Syllabus - Spring
Class requires simultaneous registration in EN 12901
Course presents the basic techniques that are necessary for successful college writing. It provides the essential tools for clear, organized, effective analytical expression. Opportunities for revisions heighten self-confidence.
Spring, Tues 6:30–9, Jan 14–May 6, Professor Thompson

EN 12901  Informing Writers: Text and Tech
EN12901 Syllabus
- Spring
Class requires simultaneous registration in EN 05201
All good writing flows from good information. The four library sessions will familiarize students with the organization of libraries, the organization and presentation of information in print, online, and other formats and its importance to writers. A primary goal is for students to become more proficient at finding the information they need at libraries, on the Web, and from other sources. Students also learn about new tools and techniques that will inform their research and writing projects. Practical application is stressed.
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 13–May 5, Professor Bogdanovsky

EN 05202  Introductory College Writing
EN05202 Syllabus - Spring
This course, which introduces flexible strategies for approaching each stage of the writing process, prepares students to succeed in their college-level writing. Students learn from readings that illustrate conventions and techniques of composition and from their own regular practice in drafting, revising, and editing.
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 13–May 5, Professor Rutledge

EN 06001  Literary Works
EN06001 Syllabus
Concentrated introductory study of a limited number of major authors. Purpose is to develop an ability to read literature with appreciation and to write intelligently.
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 13–May 5, Professor Farrell, S.J.

EN 09601  Craft of Writing
EN09601 Syllabus
Introductory course addressing frequent problems in writing. Students write short weekly papers that encourage the development of individual strategy and style. Class essays, as well as creative prose works, provide models. Course is an elective or alternative for Introductory College Writing.
Spring, Sat 12:30–3:30, Jan 18–May 3, Professor Murphy

EN 20301  Social Networking in the Digital Age
EN20301 Syllabus
Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have, for better or worse, changed the nature of friendship. Today friends meet, converse and interact online. Networks connect friends from afar, offer group support, and provide a vital means of communication for the elderly and the housebound. Social networking also raises many questions: among the troubling developments, power-users “collect” friends; digital conversations are easily misinterpreted; and conversations, once private, are now visible to entire networks. Readings, discussion and reflection explore friendship in the digital age, providing a rich palette for writing.
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 13–May 5, Professor MacDonald

EN 57501  Corporate Communication
EN57501 Syllabus

In a globally competitive and technologically advanced world, the ability to convey ideas and persuade diverse audiences is critical to professional success in every organization. Course provides a learning environment which develops proficient communication skills. Focusing on business writing and oral presentations with attention to purpose and audience, the curriculum offers strategies for effective business communication in letters, memos, email, reports, proposals, resumes, meetings, and presentations. Classroom interaction, written assignments, collaborative media design, and team presentations provide multiple opportunities to demonstrate and enhance skills and to receive feedback on your professional communication style.
Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 15–May 7, Professor Fallon

EN 16101  Crime, Criminals, and the Courts
EN16101 Syllabus
Real life crime captivates our sense of intrigue, imagination and our investigative nature. The Whitey Bulger saga, the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Lizzie Borden case, the Boston Strangler murders and the Charles Manson family, and are just some of the fascinating cases that enthrall the public. Analyzing alleged criminals, their suspected motives, and the justice system, students discover how true crime writers master the art of recreating and retelling notorious crimes. Videos and guest lecturers supplement class discussions.
Spring, Tues 6:30–9, Jan 14-–May 6, Professor McAleer

EN 19501  College Years: Literary Images
EN19501 Syllabus

This class considers fiction, nonfiction, drama and movies describing the experience of higher education. We examine and analyze the works on their own merits and we also use them to inform relfection on our experiences in education. Works include A Hope in the Unseen, by Ron Suskind; The Student Body: Short Stories About College Students and Professors, John McNally, editor; Educating Rita, by Willy Russell.
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 13–May 5, Professor Barrett

EN 32601  Shakespeare’s Comedies
EN32601 Syllabus

Shakespeare’s comedies with their light hearted tone and style offer a “happy” uplifting message. Shakespeare’s comedic arsenal of memorable devices includes: jokes, puns, gender confusion and slapstick humor. A set a motifs; the superiority of rural life to city life, the reconciliation of intellectual needs and hedonistic urges, and the resolution of social conflicts organize the plays. A look at comedies from different phases of Shakespeare’s career: As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest and the Merchant of Venice.
Spring, Thurs 6:30–9, Jan 16–May 8, Professor Defusco

EN 39001  Global Literature: Cultures of the World
EN39001 Syllabus
Global literature attempts to redefine the borders of the world we live in through narratives that recognize the many conflicting issues of race, language, economy, gender and ethnicity, which separate and limit us while also recognizing that regardless of the differences in our stories, we are united by our humanity. Through literature we journey across continents, countries, cultures and landscapes to reflect on various renditions on the human experience. Writers include:  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria), Elaine Chiew (Malaysia), Ha Jin (China), Marjane Satrapi (Iran), JM Coetzee (South Africa).
Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 15–May 7, Professor Sarr