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Alka Kurian
B CUSP 131
Bothell Campus

Special Topics in First-Year Learning

Various topics designed to respond to curricular interests and needs for first-year students. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

This course is designed to help you navigate your way during your stay at the University of Washington, Bothell. It helps you familiarize yourself with the environment within which you live and study. A range of visits in and around Bothell enable you to understand the region, its neighborhoods, its commercial and cultural spaces, and its transportation network. Through a number of collective and collaborative activities, you begin to learn about and appreciate UW Bothellís multicultural environment, and your peers in terms of their national and ethnic backgrounds, their curricular and extra-curricular dreams, the challenges that they face in life, their day-to-day lived experience, habits, rituals, and ways of being. Apart from preparing you to get around the university and the region as a well-grounded, self-reliant, and cosmopolitan individual, the course also prepares you for academic success through initiating you to critically reflect upon representations of people, politics, nations, cultures, and history in literature and film.

Student learning goals

Critically reflect upon the key socio-political and cultural issues in the world

Reflect on questions of identity and its representation in film, fiction and media

Gain an insight into some of the world cultures and religions

Collaborate and communicate with their peers through communal activities

Become self-reliant through the use of public transport

Acquire interdisciplinary skills in critical thinking, collaborative work, and communication in both written and oral formats

General method of instruction

Seminars, workshops, student-led discussions, readings, film screenings, organized visits in the Bothell and Seattle area, and other communal activities

Recommended preparation


Class assignments and grading

This is a pass/fail course and is not graded.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Alka Kurian
Date: 11/23/2013