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April L Greeson
GEN ST 199
Seattle Campus

The University Community

Introduces students to various aspects of the University of Washington community. Includes exploration of university resources and opportunities, and academically related skill development. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.

Class description

Students will learn how to identify and reflect on in-class and out-of-class experiences and how to utilize reflections for learning about themselves and planning for their futures, to reflect on class experiences and learn about different ways in which the UW calls upon them to demonstrate their learning, to reflect on out of class experiences and learn how to connect their identities and interests with people and places of the UW comunity, to identify and reflect their interests and develop an understanding and capacity for pursuing them as a member of the UW scholarly community, and to learn how to interact with instructors and fellow students in ways to support their goals.

In short, they will learn about University of Washington, its programs, ways to figure out what they want to do in different aspects of their lives, and how to plan and accomplish their goals, using reflection as a tool. Also, students will be able to form instant study and social groups from the class, as the FIG class is kept small.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Weekly meetings with some assignments. Also, some out of class excursions and time commitments.

Recommended preparation

An open mind, making sure students have enough time to complete assignments and excursions, and a positive attitude will all help.

Students will be required to read the UW Common Book, Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert, before the quarter begins.

Also a curiosity about the UW and it's programs is great, as I will also design lessons based on what the FIG students are interested in learning more about.

Class assignments and grading

The first FIG meeting is on Sunday, September 23rd at the Freshman Kickoff, during DAWG Daze.

Generally, assignments do not take up much time. Students will work by themselves, in pairs, or in groups for some assignments. We'll discuss some of the assignments in class. There is no final test. There is a final project that will be completed individually and worked on throughout the quarter with plenty of time to ask for help about.

Assignments, attendance, final portfolio project. In order to receive the two credits, you MUST actively participate in EACH weekly class session and complete ALL assignments.


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 April L Greeson
Date: 08/31/2007