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Online Courses

UW Summer Quarter offers a select number of courses that can be taken completely online. These are regular credit courses taught by UW faculty and follow the same academic schedule as other Summer Quarter courses.

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Arts & Language

ART H 272: French Impressionism & Post Impressionism

Examine the lives and works of the French Impressionists and Post Impressionists within the cultural, social, and economic context of their time. Overarching themes include the examination of subject matter, gender issues, contemporary influences in the art world, and modernity.

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DANCE 101: Dance & the American Experience

Investigate shared, conflicting and shifting notions of the American experience as expressed in 20th- and 21st-century American dance. Investigate real, imagined and idealized portrayals of the American experience as enacted on the concert stage, in film and on television. Engage in critical discourse on issues of identity in American society.

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DRAMA 103: Theatre Appreciation

Explore the art of live theatrical performance. Discuss how theatre is assembled, who the artists are, what they do, how theatre differs from other media and how the various genres and styles of performance function to create a deeper understanding of live performance.

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JSIS E 134 Intensive Elementary Modern Greek

Learn the fundamentals of oral and written modern Greek.

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MUSIC 162: American Popular Song

Undertake a historical, social and stylistic study of popular idioms from the late 19th century to the present. Focus primarily on contemporary idioms (rock, country-western, soul, hip-hop). Examine various facets of the industry to learn how they influence taste and musical style.

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SCAND 270: Sagas of the Vikings

The medieval literary treasure known collectively as the Icelandic Family Sagas offers its readers a stunning and strange view of a time gone by, when Viking raids were righteous proof of cunning and some of the toughest warriors composed brilliant poetry on the spot. The Family Saga is typically set in rural Iceland and thus portrays ordinary people rather than court culture of its contemporary, European Romance. In the 10 representative sagas we read in the course a variety of subject areas come to the fore, ranging through biography, feud and justice system, pagan-Christian conversion and Viking exploration.

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SCAND 330: Scandinavian Mythology

Conduct an integrative study of religious life in the pre-Christian North. The emphasis is on source materials, including the Prose Edda and Poetic Edda. Discuss historical, archeological and folkloric evidence.

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T ARTS 120: Music Appreciation

This course will provide students with an introduction to Western art music from the following periods: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern and Postmodern. Develop listening skills as the vehicle through which specific musical concepts are examined. Explore analytical and critical tools to develop a historically informed appreciation of this tradition.

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TWRT 200: Introduction to Creative Writing

Get an introduction to several genres and explore the creative writing process and terminology of imaginative expression.

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History & Social Sciences

COM 489: Black Cultural Studies

Examine how images of blackness have been (re)constructed through identity formation and entrenched inequality. Topics include black women's bodies, black men's bodies, blackface minstrelsy, black queer studies, black power and black hybridities. Course is offered jointly with AES 489/GWSS 489.

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HSTCMP 205 Filipino Histories

What is the relationship between colonialism and nationalism, between politics and religion, and between language and society? This question guides a survey of the histories, cultures and politics of Filipinos and the Philippines. Topics include pre-colonial societies; Spanish and U.S. colonial rule; the rise of nationalism; the Revolution and the First Republic; the Filipino-American war; the Japanese occupation; the postcolonial period leading up to martial law; the recurrence of peasant, communist and Muslim rebellions; the beginnings of the Filipino diaspora; and the persistence of elite rule amid changing conditions of neo-colonialism and postcolonial globalization.

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POL S 321: American Foreign Policy

Investigate concepts such as the constitutional framework; major factors in formulation and execution of policy; policies modified by recent developments; and the principal policymakers — the president, Congress, political parties, pressure groups and public opinion.

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TBECON 220: Introduction to Microeconomic Theory

Gain an introduction to microeconomic theory applied to individual decision making, analysis of markets, and the role of prices. Topics include consumer demand, production, exchange, resource allocation and government intervention.

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T HIST 150: World History: Prehistory to 1500

Survey the social, political, economic and cultural history of the world from Prehistory to the 15th century. Course cannot be taken if you have already taken TCXG 230.

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T HIST 151: World History II 1500 to Present

Survey the social, political, economic and cultural history of the world from the end of the 15th century to the present.

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T HIST 260: Empires & Imperialism in World History

Examine the history of the Roman, Chinese, Mongol, Ottoman and Modern European empires along with imperialism from ancient to modern times. Topics include empire as historical pattern related to political, economics, and cultural spheres of influence and exchange.

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T HIST 466: Modern Korea

Trace Korea's transition from traditional Asian state to modern nation emerging on the world economic scene. Explore how, because of its geographic location, Korea has suffered chaotic change in the modern period. Examine Korean society, culture, and politics, looking at Korea's time as a Japanese colony, the division of Korea, the Korean War and recent developments.

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TRELIG 350: Philosophy, Religion, & the Environment

Examine the value of nature and whether it is socially constructed or objectively existing. Consider how our philosophical and religious worldviews affect the way we value ourselves and our environment — including perspective from diverse traditions.

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T SOC 165: Introduction to Sociology: Developing the Sociological Imagination

Survey social issues such as race, social class and gender using sociological theories and perspectives. Get an introduction to sociological methods and the relationship between research and public policy. Examine how individuals and organizations have used sociological theories to institute social change.

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T SOC 455: The Sociology of Gender

Explore biological and social bases of gender differences; ways in which changing social definitions of womanhood and manhood affect self-perceptions, opportunities and behaviors. Examine social movements and theories that challenge traditional roles of men and women in U.S. society, and those which question the benefits of liberation.

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TSOCWF 351: Applied Statistics for Social & Human Services

Apply statistical methods for use in social and human services. Examine the purpose and use of social statistics to include analyzing the relationships between variables as a tool for conducting research; central tendencies and dispersion; probability; descriptive statistics, statistical inference and hypothesis testing; and bivariate analysis.

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T URB 110: Introduction to Digital Urban Data Analysis

Learn a methodological foundation to digital research and data analysis technologies to build a unique set of urban analytical tools.

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T URB 211: Digital Cities

Examine the impact that information technology has had on the spatial form and socio-economic processes of contemporary metropolitan areas. The course covers the information economy, the digital divide, and placemaking applications of mobile technology.

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T WOMN 101: Introduction to Women's Studies

Survey the roles and status of women in the United States; the process of gender socialization; the intersection of gender with identities such as race, class, and sexual orientation; the history and experience of women; and feminist theory and practice.

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Math & Science

ASTR 101: Astronomy

Introduction to the universe, with emphasis on conceptual, as contrasted with mathematical, comprehension. Modern theories, observations; ideas concerning nature, evolution of galaxies; quasars, stars, black holes, planets, solar system. Course cannot be taken for credit if you have already taken ASTR 102 or ASTR 301; not open to upper-division students majoring in physical sciences or engineering.

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ASTR 150: The Planets

Survey the planets of the solar system, with emphasis on recent space exploration of the planets and on the comparative evolution of the Earth and the other planets.

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BIOL 100: Introductory Biology

Develop an awareness of science by studying basic biological principles and their application to problems of humans and society in the contexts of special topics or themes. Course is for non-science majors only.

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ESRM 100: Introduction to Environmental Science

Examine the importance of the environment in society, with particular emphasis on worldwide distribution and uses of resources, the role of natural and man-made environments and causes of environmental degradation. Learn about the ethics of conservation and recycling. Course cannot be taken for credit if you have already taken ESC 110.

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STAT 311: Elements of Statistical Methods

Examine elementary concepts of probability and sampling; binomial and normal distributions; basic concepts of hypothesis testing, estimation and confidence intervals; t-tests and chi-square tests; linear regression theory; and the analysis of variance. You may receive credit for only one course out of these courses: STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 311 and ECON 311. Course has a prerequisite of one of the following: MATH 111, MATH 120, MATH 124, MATH 127 or MATH 144.

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TESC 239: Energy & the Environment

Explore elementary concepts of probability and sampling; binomial and normal distributions; basic concepts of hypothesis testing, estimation and confidence intervals; t-tests and chi-square tests; linear regression theory; and the analysis of variance. Students may receive credit for only one of these courses: STAT 220, STAT 221, STAT 311 and ECON 311. Course has a a prerequisite of one of the following: MATH 111, MATH 120, MATH 124, MATH 127 or MATH 144.

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TESC 245: Chemistry Through History

Examine the discovery and development of natural and man-made chemicals processes that has shaped history and impacted society and the environment. Connect chemistry with other scientific discoveries, as well as linking to other academic disciplines such as politics, social science and art.

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