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Wei Zhi Gao
B CUSP 135
Bothell Campus

Research Writing

Strengthens performance of college-level argumentative writing and scholarly research, critical reading and thinking, and the critique and the creation of print and new media texts. Prerequisite: either B CUSP 101, B CUSP 114, or B CUSP 134. Offered: AWSp.

Class description

Course Title: The Role of Higher Education: Purposes, Problems & Prospects

The focus of this course is to examine the role of higher education, its purposes, problems and prospects in the past, present and future. The course offers an opportunity to conduct research on a broad spectrum of major competing theories, methodologies and practices on functions of higher education in the western intellectual tradition—with an opportunity and encouragement to pursue comparative study of higher education between the United States and other countries.

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General method of instruction

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Class assignments and grading

Online journal; short assignments involving library and internet research, reviews of published essays and books on the themes of the course; collegial involvement; in-class presentation; two longer essays (5 to 7 page long for the first; 10 to 12 page long for the second.)


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 Wei Zhi Gao
Date: 05/22/2011