Classes

All courses taught at the University of Richmond.

ADED 301U Knowledge Management: Seminar in the Disciplines I

Develops advanced reading, writing, and research techniques, using a variety of disciplinary approaches. Requires students to read a range of primary and scholarly texts related to the content of the course, synthesizing them in assignments of varying medium, length, and purpose. Also requires students to locate, evaluate, and incorporate a wide range of research sources. Explicit writing instruction is central to the course.

  • Fall 2014 Topic: Network Society
  • First half of two-part common interdisciplinary seminar required of all School of Professional and Continuing Studies undergraduate students, regardless of major.
  • Received University of Richmond Mobile Device Initiative grant to provide each student an iPad for the purpose of collaborative in networked environments and reflecting on the role of mobile in collaborative composing environments.

ENGL 201U Critical Writing and Research I

Focuses on academic writing, critical reading, and research. Throughout the semester, requires students to write on a range of topics for a variety of purposes and audiences, emphasizing writing as a process. Introduce a broad array of texts that are intended to improve students’ critical reading skills. Includes training in research and proper methods of documentation.

  • Last taught: Spring 2014
  • First of two-course sequence of first-year composition (FYC)-like courses. Focuses on composing in multiple genres and media for academic and non-academic purposes.
  • Taught using Google Drive as primary course-management using entirely digital composing, reflection, review, and assessment processes.

ENGL 202U Critical Writing and Research II

Focuses on academic writing, critical reading, and research, building on the skills developed in ENGL 201U. Requires students to write essays of varying length and purpose, culminating in a research-driven persuasive essay. Introduces a broad array of cultural texts that are intended to improve students’ critical reading and analytical skills. Includes additional training in research and documentation.

  • Last taught: Fall 2012
  • Second of two-course sequence of first-year composition (FYC)-like courses. Focuses on composing in traditional and nontraditional genres and modes for academic purposes.

ENGL 203U Research Process

Covers the process of researching and writing a documented argument paper. Topics covered include forming a strategy, learning the library’s resources, incorporating evidence, avoiding plagiarism and writing correct citations.

  • Last taught: Fall 2013
  • Team-taught collaborative research and writing class focused on producing 8-10 pages of research-based academic composition.
  • Combines expertise of composition specialist and research librarian.

ENGL 349U/398U Tracking Contemporary Trickster

Examines archetypal tricksters in literature, mythology, and cultural history in an effort to identify contemporary tricksters. Begins study with Hermes, Eshu, Coyote and more, then shifts to identifying potential contemporary tricksters from across the globe. Analysis of old media, like texts and the oral tradition, and new media, like film and social media, fleshes out characteristics of the trickster archetype as it applies to the modern age.

  • Last taught: Spring 2013
  • Selected Topics course (ENGL 398U) turned into permanent course following Academic Council approval.
  • Course focuses on a multimodal, multimedia, interdisciplinary approach to understanding the trickster principle and applying that understanding to tracing trickster behavior in contemporary society and culture.

HUM 346U The History of Human Expression

Examination of the arts in their wide variety: visual, literary, plastic and melodic.

  • Last taught: Spring 2012
  • 6-hour course, one of ten courses in the Weekend College interdisciplinary studies major.
  • Traced broad strokes of creative expression from the pre-Hellenic Greeks to the postmodernists.

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