Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Wednesday, December 13, 2017, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

UNIC 101: Beginning Italian I

Students enrolled in this course will learn the basic skills of speaking and communicating, reading, and writing in the Italian language. Italian culture will be emphasized throughout the term. Audio-visual materials and computer-assisted programs will be available to students as part of the course.
Units: 6.

UNIC 102: Beginning Italian II

Students enrolled in this course will continue learning the skills of speaking and communicating, reading, and writing in the Italian language. Italian culture will be emphasized. Compositions will aid students in further developing their skills in the Italian language. Audio-visual materials and computer-assisted programs will be available to students as part of the course.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: UNIC 101 or consent of instructor

UNIC 103: Introduction to Liberal Learning for International Students

This course provides an introduction to learning in the liberal arts tradition at Lawrence University, with a special focus on the challenges faced by international, non-native speakers of English. The specific works and topics may vary each year, but will be representative of the courses typically encountered by first-year students. In addition, the course will focus on the aspects of academic language and culture that often present hurdles for international students.
Units: 3.
Prerequisite: Student must be a participant in the Summer Institute for International Students

UNIC 104: Introduction to Liberal Learning

An introduction to the rigorous tradition of liberal learning at Lawrence University, this course includes two components: a seminar emphasizing close reading of works in various disciplines, classroom discussion and writing thesis-driven essays; and a study of topics in a particular academic discipline through lecture-based instruction, assigned reading and discussion.
Units: 2 OR 3.
Prerequisite: Must be a participant in the Freshman Academic Institute

UNIC 110: ESL: Freshman Studies I (Waseda)

A modified version of Freshman Studies 100 designed for CESA students with limited English proficiency. Enrollment limited to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program

UNIC 115: ESL: English for Academic Purposes I

This course will offer non-native speakers of English the opportunity to further develop key academic language skills including: writing and structuring academic essays, discussion strategies, listening and note-taking skills, reading and vocabulary development. Additional language concerns will be addressed as needed.
Units: 3.

UNIC 116: ESL: English for Academic Purposes II

A continuation of English for Academic Purposes I, this course gives non-native speakers of English additional experience developing written and oral academic language skills and understanding the conventions of American academic culture. Students will improve their ability to effectively express complex ideas in English with ease, accuracy and fluency.
Units: 3.

UNIC 117: Investigating Academic Success: Cognitive and Affective Theories in Practice

This course is designed to introduce students to cognitive and affective theories that can positively impact success in a university environment. Integration of current theory and evidence-based research allows students to study and apply effective strategies applicable to their own academic lives.
Units: 3.

UNIC 121: Beginning Arabic I

An introduction to Modern Standard Arabic. After students learn the alphabet and the sound system, they will get acquainted with the basic skills of speaking, understanding, reading and writing Modern Standard Arabic. The course includes a strong cultural component, with such items as films and music. Not open to students who have completed UNIC 123.
Units: 6.

UNIC 122: Beginning Arabic II

A continuation of Beginning Arabic I. Students will continue working on the ability to perceive and produce the sounds out of which Arabic words are made, with further practice in the basic language skills. Particular emphasis will be placed on the cultural component. Not open to students who have completed UNIC 123 or UNIC 223.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: UNIC 121

UNIC 123: Intensive Beginning Arabic

In this course students will undertake intensive study of Modern Standard Arabic, including some colloquial expressions. Students will be introduced to basic language skills: speaking listening, reading, writing, and culture. The primary goal of this course is to enable students to communicate about everyday situations in Modern Standard Arabic, both orally and in writing. Not open to students who have already completed UNIC 121 or UNIC 122.
Units: 6.

UNIC 130: Public-Speaking Practicum

Emphasizes theory, skills, and practice of presentational speaking relative to a variety of forms of communication (including ceremonial, persuasive, and impromptu speaking; intercultural communication; use of PowerPoint; and podcasts). This course will assist students in developing their academic and professional communication skills through hands-on practice, classroom activities, self-assessments, and review of others’ speeches.
Units: 3.

UNIC 140: Personal Sustainability

This course offers a broad, holistic examination and reflection of the effects of lifestyle, wellness, and health promotion on the individual an society. The goal will be to discuss and research current wellness topics and examine ways to improve personal well-being.
Units: 3.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

UNIC 155: Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

Through a variety of texts, in-class discussions, and written and oral assignments, students will develop a critical appreciation of science and technology not simply as objective endeavors governed by rationality, truth and efficiency, but rather as contested and politically embedded endeavors whose trajectory depends upon the influence of multiple users, competing ideologies, and unique historical and social circumstances.
Units: 6.

UNIC 160: The Practice of Community in Appleton

The diverse human communities in which we participate are defined by shared location, history, identity, employment, or interests. This course explores the idea and practice of community using written works, films, and other resources in combination with field trips to and guest speakers from the community surrounding campus.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Limited to students with freshman class standing; consent of instructor required for sophomores, juniors, and seniors

UNIC 201: Intermediate Transitional Italian

Review of the basic skills of speaking and communicating, reading, and writing in the Italian language. Additional selected texts and compositions will reinforce previously learned material. Italian culture will be emphasized. Audio-visual and computer-assisted programs will be available to students as part of the course.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: UNIC 102 or consent of instructor

UNIC 203: British Crime Fiction

The course will offer a survey of the development of crime fiction in Britain from the mid-nineteenth century to the pre sent. Taught as a lecture/discussion class, it will also attempt to exploit the London setting to provide a physical context for some of the work under scrutiny. Students will be able to develop their analytical and writing skills, and should expect to achieve a good grasp of the characteristics of genre fiction; they should also be able to recognize the contribution that a study of these popular forms can make to developing a broader understanding of the values and concerns of the society within which they arise.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Must be attending the Lawrence London Centre. Sophomore standing

UNIC 206: ESL: English in the American University (Waseda)

An introduction to academic English at the university level designed for students with limited English proficiency. Students work to develop English proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing through the exploration of different academic disciplines. Enrollment limited to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program

UNIC 207: ESL: Speaking and Listening (Waseda)

This course focuses on developing speaking and listening skills in English. May be taken for 3 or 6 units.
Units: 3 OR 6.

UNIC 208: ESL: Advanced Communicative English

This course focuses on developing increased communicative competence in English as a second language. In addition, it introduces some of the components of communication and the conventions of discourse in English.
Units: 6.

UNIC 209: ESL: Experiential Language Learning (Waseda)

Development of English language proficiency in a specialized field of study. Students design and complete projects based on intensive exploration of a specific English-speaking environment, such as a university course or a community volunteer site. The course may be repeated if based on the exploration of a different and progressively more challenging language-learning environment. Enrollment limited to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program.
Units: 3.
Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program

UNIC 211: Introduction to American Society I (Waseda)

An introduction to life in America and to academic life at an American university for foreign-exchange students. Students will explore American values, attitudes, and patterns of behavior through formal study, structured observation and interviews of Americans, and through the analysis of their everyday living and studying at Lawrence. Enrollment limited to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program.
Units: 2.
Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program

UNIC 212: Introduction to American Society II (Waseda)

An introduction to life in America and to academic life at an American university for foreign-exchange students. Students will explore American values, attitudes, and patterns of behavior through formal study, structured observation and interviews of Americans, and through the analysis of their everyday living and studying at Lawrence. Enrollment limited to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program.
Units: 1.
Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program

UNIC 213: Introduction to American Society III (Waseda)

An introduction to life in America and to academic life at an American university for foreign-exchange students. Students will explore American values, attitudes, and patterns of behavior through formal study, structured observation and interviews of Americans, and through the analysis of their everyday living and studying at Lawrence. Enrollment limited to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program.
Units: 1.
Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program

UNIC 214: ESL: Through American Fiction (Waseda)

Through close reading and analysis of American fiction, visiting students in the Waseda program will continue to develop their English language proficiency and their understanding of American culture.
Units: 6.

UNIC 215: ESL Through World Literature (Waseda)

Waseda students will develop reading comprehension and conversational skills through the discussion of stories, poems, and novels.
Units: 6.

UNIC 221: Intermediate Arabic I

In this course, students will acquire new and more complex linguistic structures and be exposed to a wider range of written and oral texts, so that they may start speaking, reading and writing at a higher level. Selected newspaper articles and short stories will be introduced. The cultural component will be particularly emphasized. Not open to students who have completed UNIC 223.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: UNIC 122

UNIC 223: Intensive Early Intermediate Arabic

Building on the work done in Intensive Beginning Arabic, this course will keep strengthening students’ knowledge of Modern Standard Arabic. Using Arabic as the only means of communication, students will continue their study of Arabic grammar and syntax and their discovery of Arab culture through newspaper articles, literary texts and contemporary cinematographic productions in the target language. Not open to students who have already completed UNIC 122 or UNIC 221.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: UNIC 123

UNIC 260: British Life and Culture

This compulsory course utilizes visiting speakers, site visits, small group fieldwork and short research projects to introduce students to contemporary life in London and the United Kingdom. Site visits usually include the Museum of London, Imperial War Museum, London Mosque, and a football match. Speakers have included religious leaders representing several different traditions and a homeless couple, among others. The course is designed so that the majority of work takes place during the single class meeting, allowing students the possibility of pursuing up to three elective courses.
Units: 2.
Prerequisite: Must be attending the Lawrence London Center

UNIC 262: “The Fields Beneath”: Discovering London’s Histories

This interdisciplinary course aims to give students a thorough grounding in the chronology of London’s development from Roman settlement on the periphery of Empire to 21st-century “World City.” The use of contemporary literary and visual sources will serve both to develop students’ historical imagination and to enable them critically to examine the concepts involved in the discipline of history itself. Alongside this historical approach, a theoretical examination of specific themes and topics will be used to explore the nature of “the town as palimpsest,” a layered structure in which the past is never entirely obliterated by what succeeds it. Examples of such themes and topics might include, inter alia, religious observance, theatrical presentation, immigration, commerce, domestic life, and government. Offered at the London Centre.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Must be attending the Lawrence London Centre.

UNIC 264: London Internship

Students in the internship program participate in this seminar meeting once per week and building upon the field study, lectures, and discussions in the British Life and Culture course. Students are expected to maintain a journal with substantial entries each week that critically reflect on their experiences from intercultural, cross-cultural, social, ethical, organizational, and interpersonal perspectives. Students are also required to complete short reflective essays and a final internship essay interrogating their experiences in terms of the course readings, class discussions in the seminar and the British Life and Culture course, and the broader issue of how a liberal arts-informed perspective frames one’s experience in the workplace.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Must be attending the Lawrence London Centre.

UNIC 271: Practicing Leadership

This course provides an opportunity for purposeful leadership development, connecting the liberal arts, performing arts, and athletics. Students will cultivate introspection and a growth mindset through study and practice of leadership, develop effective communication skills, and articulate a personal philosophy of leadership informed by relevant scholarship. Seminar course: guest speakers, discussion, reflective and analytical writing, and a term-length project focused on a real-world leadership challenge.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

UNIC 300: Internship: Journalism and the Liberal Arts

Intensive study, under the direction of a faculty member, of topics related to a student’s work on The Lawrentian and other local publications or media outlets. Expectations include regular meetings with a faculty member, outside reading, and a final project or paper.
Units: 3.

UNIC 370: Academic Research and Academic Culture

This course will help students who are involved in a research project, developing a senior experience, or pursuing an honors project, to locate, understand, and evaluate published academic resources in relevant fields, and expand their familiarity with the work of the academy beyond the classroom.
Units: 1 OR 2.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

UNIC 409: The Meaning of Life

Seminar course featuring focused readings paired with conversations with members of the Lawrence and Fox Valley communities concerning life's big questions: How do such activities as work, service, community, political engagement, spiritual faith and family make life meaningful? Which pursuits in life warrant more time and energy than others? How do we know we're choosing the right paths? Student discussion with short papers.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing

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