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Woods College of Advancing Studies


FALL 2016

ADEN 105201  Introductory College Writing
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, Aug 30–Dec 13, Anne Pluto

ADEN 105301  Introductory College Writing (For Non-Native Students)
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 29–Dec 12, Robert Sullivan

ADEN 105401  College Writing
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, Aug 31–Dec 14, Cindy Jones

ADEN 106001  Literary Works
This course offers students a concentrated, introductory study of drama, poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students read a selection of contemporary works, learning how to analyze and appreciate literature.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Aug 31–Dec 14, Dustin Rutledge

ADEN 109601  The Craft of Writing
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 9:00 a.m.–12 noon, Sept 3–Dec 17, Ted Murphy

ADEN 128701  Popular Fiction: Action Thrillers
James Patterson has defined action thrillers by the “intensity of emotions they create ... of apprehension and exhilaration, of excitement and breathlessness. ... By definition, if a thriller doesn’t thrill, it’s not doing its job.” John Grisham, Dan Brown, Stieg Larson, Michael Crichton, Tess Gerritson, Thomas Harris - whether legal, political, military, medical, psychological or sci-fi writers - nonstop action, precarious situations, hair-raising suspense, and heroic characters all exemplify the best thrillers. Course examines the various thriller genres, the control of pacing, the treatment of time, the use of language, and the manipulation of event. Students come to understand and work with the ways authors tell a story and sense what is essential for making fiction.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Aug 30–Dec 13, Akua Sarr

ADEN 129501  Survivals
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 29–Dec 12, Robert Farrell, S.J.

ADEN 130001  Youth in Twenty-First Century
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Refer to the course syllabus on the Course Information and Schedule page in AGORA and on the Woods College website for more detailed information.
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.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Sept 1–Dec 15, Andrea Defusco

ADEN 157201  Techniques of Precise Expression I
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, Aug 31–Dec 14, Tom MacDonald


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