Fall 2013 Writing Communities

The Writing Community -- Heroes: Those Who Have Paved the Way in Thought, Word, and Deed 

The focus of this writing community will be on role models, both living and dead, who have lived and loved well, and teach us how to do the same by their example and witness. We will examine literary figures, political figures, religious figures, family members, sports figures, and film characters.  These figures include both modern and contemporary (mostly) as well as the most ancient yet relevant who have provided patterns of heroic action, often despite immense dangers and setbacks and even apparent failures.





The Courses:

ENG 101W-01: Composition (Monday and Wednesday, 8:00am-9:15am, Professor James Conley)

Oral and written communication of impressions and judgments upon assigned readings in the essay and allied genres. The course emphasizes the building of an active vocabulary and on correct sentence and paragraph structure. Writing a research paper is required. This course meets the requirements of the State of Florida “Gordon Rule."


STM 150W-01: Introduction to Religious Studies (Monday and Wednesday, 9:25am-10:40am, Professor Mary Carter-Warren) 

An exploration of the human person as a believer, with an emphasis on the need to develop psychologically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually in order to be fully human. The role of religion and its characteristics will be discussed in detail. Particular emphasis is given to Christian theological development and its impact on the individual and community.


UNI 101W-02: First-Year Experience (Monday, 12:15pm-1:30pm, Professor Pamela Cingel)

University 101 integrates students to the campus community, assists them in adjusting to the academic environment of the university, and introduces students to the cardinal values of St. Thomas University as defined in our mission statement. This course is designed to build skills for success in college, the workplace, and for lifelong learning.  Key areas for skills development include self and group assessment, oral communication, critical thinking, research and information processing, conflict resolution and teamwork, and organization and self-management. The course also provides a support group for students by examining problems common to the first-year experience and by facilitating the development of mentor-mentee relationships.


 




The Writing Community -- Modern Day Slavery

This writing community will examine the issue of human rights on both a global and local scale by paying particular attention to the theme of human trafficking.




ENG 101W-02: Composition (Monday and Friday, 12:15pm-1:30pm, Professor Rafael Montes)

Oral and written communication of impressions and judgments upon assigned readings in the essay and allied genres. The course emphasizes the building of an active vocabulary and on correct sentence and paragraph structure. Writing a research paper is required. This course meets the requirements of the State of Florida “Gordon Rule.”

POS 230W-01: Introduction to International Relations (Tuesday and Thursday, 10:50am-12:05pm, Professor Giselle Jamison)

An introduction to the study of international relations with a special emphasis on current issues of security, identity, diversity and economy. Topics include war and peace, international terrorism, the process of globalization, human rights, diplomacy, and nuclear weapons and disarmament.

UNI 101W-01: First-Year Experience (Friday, 1:40pm-2:55pm)

University 101 integrates students to the campus community, assists them in adjusting to the academic environment of the university, and introduces students to the cardinal values of St. Thomas University as defined in our mission statement. This course is designed to build skills for success in college, the workplace, and for lifelong learning.  Key areas for skills development include self and group assessment, oral communication, critical thinking, research and information processing, conflict resolution and teamwork, and organization and self-management. The course also provides a support group for students by examining problems common to the first-year experience and by facilitating the development of mentor-mentee relationships.