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Woods College of Advancing Studies


FALL 2014

Nina Bogdanovsky, M.L.S. Simmons, M.A. Moscow; Andrea Defusco, A.B., A.M. Boston College; Robert Farrell, S.J., A.B., A.M., S.T.B. Boston College, A.M. Middlebury; Tom MacDonald, A.B. Stonehill, M.B.A. Boston College, M.F.A. Southern Maine; 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.

ADEN 105201  Introductory College Writing
Class requires simultaneous registration in ADEN112901
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.
Fall, Tues 6:30–9, Sept 2–Dec 9, Professor Thompson

ADEN 112901  Informing Writers
Class requires simultaneous registration in ADEN105201
ADEN112901 Syllabus
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.
Fall, Mon 6:30–9, Sept 8–Dec 15, Professor Bogdanovsky

ADEN 105202  Introductory College Writing
ADEN105202 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.
Fall, Wed 6:30–9, Sept 3–Dec 10, Professor Rutledge

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.
Fall, Mon 6:30–9, Sept 8–Dec 15, Professor Sullivan

ADEN 106001  Literary Works
ADEN106001 Syllabus

This course offers students a concentrated, introductory study of a selection of major authors. Students read canonical and contemporary works, learning how to analyze and appreciate literature.
Fall, Mon 6:30–9, Sept 8–Dec 15, Professor 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.
Fall, Sat 9–12, Sept 6–Dec 13, Professor Murphy


ADEN 126601  Contemporary American Ethnic Literature
ADEN126601 Syllabus
Ethnic difference has a profound effect on personal and social understandings of what it means to be an American. Multicultural fiction navigates the complex terrain of race and ethnicity in America. Fiction depicts a variety of experiences and suggests that what constitutes an American identity is far from settled. A discussion of the literature invites students to share their own personal narratives - stories of race, ethnicity, class, gender, faith, and nationality - to further uncover what it means to be “ethnic” in America. Writers include: S. Alexie, E. Danticat, J. Diaz, J. Eugenides, and J. Lahir
Fall, Tues 6:30–9, Sept 2–Dec 9, Professor Sarr

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.
Fall, Mon 6:30–9, Sept 8–Dec 15, Professor Farrell, S.J.

ADEN 130001  Youth in Twenty-First Century
ADEN130001 Syllabus

As national and international boundaries evaporate in this interconnected always “on” world, our understanding of young people as a force in the 21st century changes continuously. Topics include the relationship between youth and mass culture, youth as consumers and producers. Examines growing up without a childhood, the impact of dislocation, instability, youth’s political activism, the emergence of “teenage”, “student”, “young adult” as social constructs
and how these interact with categories of race, gender and identity. Readings include: A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini; Life of Pi, Yann Martel; Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd; Coming of Age in Mississippi, Anne Moody; The Next Better Place: A Father and Son on the Road, Michael Keith; Twilight, Stephanie Meyer.
Fall, Thurs 6:30–9, Sept 4–Dec 11, Professor Defusco

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.
Fall, Wed 6:30–9, Sept 3–Dec 10, Professor MacDonald