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Woods College of Advancing Studies


FALL 2017

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, Aug 29–Dec 12, 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 28–Dec 11, 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, Aug 30–Dec 13, Francesca Minonne

ADEN 106001  Literary Works
ADEN106001 Syllabus
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 30–Dec 13, 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 9:00 a.m.–12 noon, Sept 2–Dec 16, Ted Murphy

ADEN 126501  Popular Novels with a Social Conscience
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Refer to the course syllabus in Canvas and on the Woods College website for more detailed information.
ADEN126501 Syllabus
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, Aug 31–Dec 14, Andrea Defusco

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, nationality, gender, class, and faith – to further uncover what it means to be “ethnic” in America. Writers include: S. Alexie, E. Danticat, J. Diaz, J. Eugenides, and J. Lahiri.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Aug 29–Dec 12, Akua 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.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Aug 28–Dec 11, Robert Farrell, S.J.

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, Aug 30–Dec 13, Tom MacDonald

ADEN 320001  American Renaissance: Brahmins, Transcendentalists, and Dark Romantics
ADEN320001 Syllabus
The latter half of the 19th century was a fertile period for the New England literary establishment: the Harvard elite (“Brahmins”) such as Lowell, Longfellow and Holmes, told tales reminiscent of their European counterparts; Thoreau and Emerson reflected the cultural immersion of the Transcendentalist movement; while Hawthorne, Melville and Poe presented a Dark Romanticism in their writing. This survey course will consider the major authors of the era, their contribution to the American literary canon, and the cultural movements which inspired their works.
ONLINE, Aug 28–Dec 16, William Boozang
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - Asynchronous. No days or times are specified; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

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