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Raz Barnea
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 can expect to learn (from another student, that is the cool part!) how to be an intelligent consumer and take advantage of all the resources that the UW has to offer. We will be discussing information resources, recreation, advising, transportation, and the ins and outs of the Honors program.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

The method of instruction for this class will be very colloquial. While there will be a "lecture" every week, I would like the class to be a sort of open forum whereby each week we can discuss the previous week's assignment (do not worry, easy stuff) and learn about cool things from each other. My role as facilitator will be to point the conversation in various directions and try to fill up awkward silences with amusing anecdotes, and maybe even a cowboy song or two!

Recommended preparation

None. Show up, listen. and you will do fine. I hope this class will be fun and success will come with enthusiasm.

Class assignments and grading

Assignments will be very manageable. Assignments will be designed to get you to explore various elements of the universtity. An example assignment might be to go to one of your prof's office hours and then report on the experience to the class.

There are two grades: Pass and No Pass. I can honestly say that it would take as much or more energy to muster the negligence needed to fail this class as it would take to pass it. If you show up, do the minuscule amount of work that is assigned and are a good person in general, you will do just fine.


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 Raz Barnea
Date: 09/20/2003