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Instructor Class Description

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Jeanette M. Bushnell
CHID 270
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Each special topics course examines a different subject or problem from a comparative framework.

Class description

This course will offer two things: 1) information about the idea of 'diversity', its histories and contemporary implications from various perspectives; and, 2) places and opportunities for individual students to engage with this information in ways that are meaningful to their lives.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The full group of participants will meet twice a week for faculty lectures given by 22 distinguished UW faculty members and administrators (including Pres. Emmert and Vice Pres. Barcelo).

In addition, there will be once a week graduate TA sections of 25 students and once a week peer facilitated section of 12-13 students.

This class has been designed by a group of twenty students under a grant from the UW Diversity Initiative.

Recommended preparation

Although we will not all agree about our interpretations of the various materials, we can agree that the only political correctness appropriate in this course is the committment to encounter and engage course readings, course goals and each other with openness, careful listening, honesty and mutual respect.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will include weekly response &/or reflection papers and groups project(s).

Grading will be based on participation, weekly papers and group project(s).

Honest and critical engagement with course content.

The four course TA's will do the grading.


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 Jeanette M. Bushnell
Date: 11/05/2005