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Woods College of Advancing Studies


Fall 2015

ADEN 105201  Introductory College Writing
ADEN105201 Syllabus
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.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Sept 1–Dec 15, Anne Pluto

ADEN 105301  Introductory College Writing
(For Non-Native Students)
ADEN105301 Syllabus
Designed for non-native students proficient in spoken English who for personal/professional interests wish to sharpen their writing skills. In a supportive environment, students study the finer points of grammar and punctuation,   patterns for composing sentences, paragraphs, and essays. Analysis of literature enhances critical reading and writing skills. Weekly writing exercises build confidence.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Aug 31–Dec 14, Robert Sullivan

ADEN 105401  College Writing
ADEN105401 Syllabus
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.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Sept 2–Dec 16, Cindy Jones

ADEN 106001  Literary Works
ADEN106001 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.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Aug 31–Dec 14, Dustin Rutledge

ADEN 109601  The Craft of Writing
ADEN109601 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.
Sat 9–12, Sept 5–Dec 19, Ted Murphy

ADEN 126501  Popular Novels with a Social Conscience
ADEN126501 Syllabus
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Woods College website for more detailed information.
A look at novels that illuminate the injustices evident in cultures and communities, including injustices related to gender, race, and class. Memorable and moving literature opens learners hearts and minds to the universal nature of the human condition. Course examines and critiques works including Wright’s Native Son; Dickens, Oliver Twist; Naylor, Women of Brewster Place; Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men, Stockett, The Help; Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Sept 3–Dec 17, Andrea Defusco

ADEN 129501  Survivals
ADEN129501 Syllabus

Various American writers portray the survival of individuals faced with emotional, cultural, economic and social stress in a rapidly changing world. Course examines how changes in the workplace, society and family affect the psychological and spiritual growth of characters who must cope with conflicting demands and envision new solutions. Works include Wharton, Ethan Frome; Cather, O Pioneers!; Guest, Ordinary People; Tyler, Saint Maybe; and short fiction by Kate Chopin, Theodore Dreiser and others.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Aug 31–Dec 14, Robert Farrell, S.J.

ADEN 1139001  Global Literature
ADEN139001 Syllabus
Global literature goes beyond the notion of the globe as a physical geographic entity andtranscends national boundaries to comment on the most prevailing aspects of the human condition.  This course will attempt 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, students will journey across continents, countries, cultures and landscapes, to reflect on various renditions on the human experience.  Writers will include:  Aravind Adiga (India), NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), Edwidge Danticat (Haiti), Yu Hua (China), Dinaw Mengestu (Ethiopia), and Marjane Satrapi (Iran).
Tues 6:15–9:15, Sept 1–Dec 15, Akua Sarr

ADEN 157201  Techniques of Precise Expression I
ADEN157201 Syllabus
With instant communication, delivering the message fast sometimes seems to trump getting it right. Yet, whether communicating in business, disseminating information online or blogging for pleasure, writing clearly, with precision, economy and style, is more important than ever. Course expands powers of expression, develops a large and vital vocabulary and enables learners to write and speak with precision. Sharpens writing skills through exercises and brief assignments, with special attention paid to writing for the Web.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Sept 2–Dec 16, Tom MacDonald


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