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Lauren M. Ciszak
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

In this class, we will be completing the required FIG assignments and materials with an African Studies focus. Students will be given a wide array of Africa-related assignments and as much room to explore topics of their choice as possible. We will also be attending various African events and venues around the city.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

I'd like to keep the class as student-based as possible. That is, within the boundaries of the FIG class, I want students to decide what is important to them, and incorporate it into class. Students will be encouraged to come to class ready to discuss a variety of topics of interest to them.

Recommended preparation

I recommend reading Mountains Beyond Mountains before class begins. If you are interested, I highly recommend Ngugi wa Thiong'o's book, Wizards of the Crow, as well, since we will be seeing him speak in November.

Class assignments and grading

Grades will be based on participation in class and completion of 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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Lauren M. Ciszak
Date: 09/24/2006