FALL 2017 FWIS 100 Course Descriptions

As a prerequisite for FWIS, FWIS 100 uses engaging topics to introduce students to an academic field of inquiry. The course descriptions below are designed to give you an idea of the texts you will encounter and the subject matter you will explore as you develop the reading, writing, and presentation skills necessary to participate in an academic conversation.

Immigration Stories

Cummins-Munoz, Elizabeth
From politicians calling for border walls to young, undocumented “DREAMers” fighting for legal status, immigration across the US-Mexico border has long been a flashpoint of political and personal passions in the US. In the midst of these extremes, what happens when we put aside the statistics and political rhetoric and experience the “issue” of immigration through personal stories? How do fictional and non-fictional accounts of border crossings change the nature of the debate, and in what ways do the form and the medium of the narratives shape the message? In this course, students will explore these questions as they learn to read the stories and the debate surrounding them with a critical eye. As we reflect on these texts, we will use writing, discussion, and presentation as tools to ask new questions and to add our own voice to the conversation.

FWIS 100 001・MWF 9:00 – 9:50
FWIS 100 002・MWF 10:00 – 10:50
FWIS 100 003・MWF 1:00 – 1:50

FWIS 100   The Myths and Realities of Expertise

Nixon, Burke
Is 10,000 the “magic number” of hours for success? Is lecture-based learning “oppressive”? What constitutes expertise in politics, in sports, in the arts, in scholarly debates? These are some of the central questions we’ll be exploring in this section of FWIS 100. We’ll consider arguments by best-selling authors like Malcolm Gladwell while also looking at scholarly research that scrutinizes such arguments; we’ll read the work of Paulo Freire and debate his critique of the “banking concept” of education; and we’ll also consider our own areas of expertise and what it means to develop academic expertise at the college level. Most importantly, we’ll examine and respond to all these topics by writing in a variety of genres, as well as creating presentations and videos, ultimately building our own expertise as writers, speakers, and digital communicators.

FWIS 100 005・MWF 3:00 – 3:50