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Fall 2013 Courses: 400 Level

42352 | 403A Advanced Seminar

Burnett (4 credits)

 

Materials Fee: $ 15.11

Prerequisites: Required by all Fairhaven students in their final quarter at Fairhaven.

 

ANNE TREAT, Spring 2007 grad, said: "There is no possible way I can give justice to the complexity of experiences, triumphs, pitfalls and challenges of my academic career in the course of this paper. This artifact of self-reflection is simply a pause in the broader conversation of my academic journey, an invitation for me to mindfully articulate the ways those things I've studied, read, discussed and experienced over the past four years have informed and challenged my personal development, and how I've chosen to integrate and express that knowledge through the actions of my life"

 

This seminar is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what you have been up to all these years of being educated--through writing, conversation, presentations, and listening to each other. You will read and discuss a book and other readings, co-facilitating at least one discussion; write and share a variety of short writing assignments, designed to help you complete your Summary and Evaluation, and provide a supportive community in which to Each student will also present or teach something to the class from the heart of his or her educational experience. This course is one of our favorites to teach at Fairhaven because we learn so much about our students, and the many intriguing, complex, deep, creative and quirky ways there are to be human and to become educated. The class also illustrates the value of writing as a process of discovery, synthesis and meaning. We will all do our best to help you express most clearly what your education has been about, and are honored to learn from your stories, your minds, your creativity, and your lives. The course will be as significant as you make it. Be honest. It is your life, your education, so let us understand what it has meant and what it really means to you now.

 

Text: Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy

 

Evaluation: Active, informed participation in class discussion and excellent class attendance; supportive collaboration with your classmates in the writing process; timely completion of assignments; a final presentation of significant aspects of your educational experience; and a final draft of your Summary and Evaluation, approved and signed by your concentration chair (or by your advisor for majors or upside-down students).

 

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42331 | 403A Advanced Seminar

Conton (4 credits)

 

Materials Fee: $ 15.11

Prerequisites: Required by all Fairhaven students. Senior status.

 

ANNE TREAT, Spring 2007 grad, said: "There is no possible way I can give justice to the complexity of experiences, triumphs, pitfalls and challenges of my academic career in the course of this paper. This artifact of self-reflection is simply a pause in the broader conversation of my academic journey, an invitation for me to mindfully articulate the ways those things I've studied, read, discussed and experienced over the past four years have informed and challenged my personal development, and how I've chosen to integrate and express that knowledge through the actions of my life"

 

This seminar is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on what you have been up to all these years of being educated--through writing, conversation, presentations, and listening to each other. You will read and discuss a book and other readings, co-facilitating at least one discussion; write and share a variety of short writing assignments, designed to help you complete your Summary and Evaluation, and provide a supportive community in which to Each student will also present or teach something to the class from the heart of his or her educational experience. This course is one of our favorites to teach at Fairhaven because we learn so much about our students, and the many intriguing, complex, deep, creative and quirky ways there are to be human and to become educated. The class also illustrates the value of writing as a process of discovery, synthesis and meaning. We will all do our best to help you express most clearly what your education has been about, and are honored to learn from your stories, your minds, your creativity, and your lives. The course will be as significant as you make it. Be honest. It is your life, your education, so let us understand what it has meant and what it really means to you now.

 

Text: Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone, Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy

 

Evaluation: Active, informed participation in class discussion and excellent class attendance; supportive collaboration with your classmates in the writing process; timely completion of assignments; a final presentation of significant aspects of your educational experience; and a final draft of your Summary and Evaluation, approved and signed by your concentration chair (or by your advisor for majors or upside-down students).

 

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43975 | 412e Advanced Topics in the Law: Criminal Procedures

Helling (4 credits)

 

 

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44071| 432q Ecological Restoration

Tuxill (5 credits)

 

Materials Fee: $23

Prerequisites: upper level standing, or instrutor's permission.

THIS COURSE MEETS THE UPPER-DIVISION REQUIREMENTS FOR SCIENCE AND OUR PLACE ON THE PLANET

 

Long-term solutions to our present-day environmental problems involve not just conservation of the natural world, but increasingly the restoration of ecologically healthy landscapes and communities. This course introduces students to the science and practice of restoring ecological systems. We will examine the implications of ecological theory for understanding how natural landscapes change under the impacts of human activities. We also will review case studies where shifts in natural resource use and environmental policies have helped restore the ecological health of forests, rivers, grasslands, and other ecosystems. Students will gain practical skills by working collaboratively to plan, implement, and evaluate an ecological restoration project at a local field site. As part of the interdisciplinary focus of this course, we also will connect our scientific understanding to social, philosophical, and psychological meanings of ecological restoration as experienced by individuals, communities, and cultures.

 

Texts: Reading assignments will be drawn primarily from scientific journals and distributed via Blackboard.

 

Credit/evaluation: Regular attendance and informed contribution to discussions is essential. Evaluation will be based on each student’s grasp and understanding of the issues presented in the readings. Students also will: 1) work in teams to research, plan, implement, and evaluate an ecological restoration project locally; 2) document their restoration work with a written final report and oral presentation; and 3) complete at least 3 hours of service learning (i.e. one afternoon) with a local or regional conservation organization involved in ecological restoration.

 

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43978| 454y Scriptwrting Workshop II

Larner (4 credits)

 

Materials Fee: $ 6.89

Prerequisites: medium, or instructor permission.

THIS COURSE MEETS THE UPPER-DIVISION REQUIREMENTS FOR HUMANITIES AND THE EXPRESSIVE ARTS

 

The workshop is a collaborative, supportive group experience. Students are expected to comment on, support, and participate in the work of their fellow students in the workshop. Initial exercises and rewriting work will be followed by intensive work on each student's individual project. Students in 454Y are expected to complete at least the equivalent of a longer one-act play (30-60 minutes in length), and are strongly encouraged to tackle part or the whole of a full-length work. The particular goal for each 454y student will be individually negotiated with the instructor early in the quarter. We may also read a published play or screenplay and discuss it together, as well as attend a play production or film showing during the term.

 

Emphasis will be placed on acquiring a sharp, critical sense of dramatic action, on developing strong technique for the stage, screen, or radio, and on completing the script and bringing it through a complete revision. If time remains, students will be urged to get their scripts ready for production--screenplays for video production and showcasing here on campus, and/or through the Projections Film Festival in Bellingham, and through film and video festivals in Seattle; stage plays for production here at Fairhaven, and/or at the New Playwrights Theatre in the Theatre Arts Department, at KUGS Radio, and/or other opportunities in Bellingham and the northwest. There will also be discussion and resources available for marketing scripts to theatres and film producers.

 

454y students are expected to make substantial critical contributions to the work the class, to offer leadership in discussion, and to reflect an advanced understanding of our texts, and our dramatic material and its workings.

 

Texts: Jeffrey Sweet, DRAMATIST’S TOOLKIT; Robert McKee, STORY. and a play and/or a screenplay, TBA, may be required, as may attendance at selected film screenings and/or theatre productions.

 

Credit/Evaluation: In addition to providing leadership in class discussion, and in doing and staging the exercises, 454 students will be responsible for finishing the project individually negotiated with the instructor. Minimum requirement: one act play or it's equivalent in another medium, 30-60 minutes in length. Work must be brought to class regularly and shared with the group. A portfolio of selected writings done during the term will be due at the end of the course. Dependable attendance; completion of assigned readings; progressively better informed, responsive and constructive participation in the workshop; and steady effort in rewriting and revising are required for credit. Writing will be evaluated for improvement in technique and style, its aptness for the stage or screen (or appropriate medium), and the overall development of the writer during the term.

 

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