Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 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 110
English as a Second Language – Freshman Studies I

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

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: 6.

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.

UNIC 145
Introduction to Digital Cultures

This course interrogates the nature of digital media and examines the ways in which new informaton technologies are affecting everyday life, culture, institutions, groups, and identity. As such, our goal will be to map the current Internet cultures and introduce students to various online technologies and platforms. 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 communtiy surrounding campus. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Limited to students with freshman class standing; consent of instructor required for sophomores, juniors, and seniors

UNIC 170
Leadership & Service

This course will focus on the complex relationship between leardership and service. Designed for students with significant volunteer or community service experience, the course will look at the role of leadership and the development of leadership skills as an outcome of participation via service in human communities. In this seminar course, students will analyze and discuss readings, films, and lectures on leadership by guest speakers. Units: 3. Prerequisite: Previous volunteer or community service experience

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 recognise 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
English as a Second Language – English in the American University

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
English as a Second Language – Speaking and Listening

This course focuses on developing speaking and listening skills in English. May be taken for 3 or 6 units. Enrollment limited to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program. Units: 3 OR 6. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program

UNIC 208
English as a Second Language – 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. Enrollment limited to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program

UNIC 209
English as a Second Language – Experiential Language Learning

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: 1 TO 3. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Waseda Visiting Student program

UNIC 210
Prize Fiction

A comparative study of recent winners of the American Pulitzer and British Booker Prizes in fiction. Authors read may include Smiley, Ondaatje, Shaara, Trevor, Lively, Coetzee, and Proulx. Lecture and discussion. Units: 6.

UNIC 211
Introduction to American Society I

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

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

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

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 students will develop reading comprehension and coversational skills through the discussion of stories, poems, and novels. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Open only to students in the Waseda CESA program.

UNIC 220
The Ethical Lyricists

A study of contemporary life as represented in lyric poetry. Readings will include lyrics by Zbigniew Herbert, Philip Larkin, Adrienne Rich, and others. Lecture and discussion. 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: 3. 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 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 315
Topics in Civic Engagement and Service Learning

This course will focus on civic engagement through experiential learning. Modes of instruction may involve readings, discussion, field trips, guest lecturers, and service activities. Students will work on a project or projects that address an issue in the local community, in partnership with nonprofit agencies, community members, and local governments. Specific projects will vary each term the course is offered. May be repeated when topic is different. Units: 1 TO 98.

UNIC 345
Topics in New Media Studies

An in-depth examination of a topic in new media studies and emerging technologies. Presentations, lectures, and discussions will interrogate issues relevant to the critique of new media. Students will carry out independent research and detailed analysis.

Topic for Fall 2014: Pwnd!!! Order, Conflict, & Unrest in Virtual Worlds
This course examines the governance of virtual worlds, as well as the conflict and unrest that emerge in these environments. Investigating a broad range of virtual worlds, such as gaming worlds, social worlds, and kid/teen worlds, this course will analyze how these spaces are designed and regulated, more importantly, how their users/players resist some of these governance structures. Accordingly, the course will look at issues that arise from intellectual property ownership, sales of virtual items in real-world websites like eBay, goldfarming, griefing, and virtual harassment, including virtual rape. Specifically, we will investigate how the events that take place in these environments bear the potential to affect our offline lives by redefining our legal systems and policies that govern the Internet at large. Units: 6. Prerequisite: UNIC 145, ART 245, or sophomore standing

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

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