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Intensive Summer Arabic

This intensive summer course (Equal to ARAB 0100 and ARAB 0200) is an introductory course designed to build basic listening, speaking, writing, and reading skills in Arabic. Given the vast geographical region in which it is spoken, the Arabic language has a variety of forms. One of them is Modern Standard Arabic (MSA). MSA is the medium of formal oral and written communication...

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Performing Racial Stereotype

This class engages how writers and directors of color have included racial and/ or racist stereotypes in their texts in an effort to expose their absurdity, and by extension the absurdity of race in the United States. What are the origins of stereotypes? How have these pathologies come to circulate? And what does it mean for authors to include and reclaim them? We will look...

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Modeling Living Systems: The Principles of Life

Why can some cancer types elude treatments? How come we still haven't found a vaccine for HIV? Why do antibiotics sometimes work and sometimes don't? Adaptation, while providing quite a general answer to these questions, is not at all illustrative. This one simple principle governs many very different phenomena that we encounter in everyday life. The key to understanding...

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How to tell stories about science, medicine and the environment to the rest of the world

Based on a popular and longstanding course at Brown for students in the sciences who want the skills to explain the science and technology that shape our lives, the overarching goals of this course are to learn how to make complicated issues more understandable and to learn how to communicate best to the general public in a world of facts and "alternative facts,"...

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TOEFL Preparation

This course is an intermediate-advanced level English course focused on preparation for the TOEFL test. Students will review test-taking strategies and develop skills in Listening, Grammar, Reading and Writing. Students join in class discussions to reinforce their knowledge of the structure of English. They will complete in-class and homework assignments related to developing...

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Writing Seminar: Composing the Academic Essay

Based on Brown’s well-regarded Academic Essay course, in this class you will learn how to organize and craft a well-researched academic essay that explores a topic of your choice on an issue that matters to you. You will develop an idea, expand and support it with evidence, articulate it by means of a carefully-structured argument, and conclude it with implications...

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Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

This intensive, fiction writing program offers a blend of small workshops, group writing sessions, and presentations by practicing writers, which will inspire students to consider writing as a process and to experiment with new approaches and modes of creativity. Students will grow as a writer, hone their creative skills, and deepen their passion for the writer's craft....

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Reading, Writing, Traveling: An Exploration in Creative Nonfiction

Who says you need to board a plane or take a road trip to travel? Wherever you are, being “in the moment” provides each of us a unique window of experience. Good writers open up those windows for others with words by sharing their personal experience with vividness and intelligence. Reading inspires us to travel because we want to experience the places we read...

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Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

This intensive, poetry writing program offers a blend of small workshops, group writing sessions, and presentations by practicing writers, which will inspire students to experiment with new approaches and modes of creativity. Students will grow as a writer, hone their creative skills, and deepen their passion for the writer's craft.

Participants explore numerous...

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Introducing The Craft of Journalism

This course is designed to introduce students who are already strong writers to the craft of Journalism. They will learn to report stories, how to conduct interviews, and to become close observers of everyday life. In the process, they will become even stronger writers, learning how to rid their writing of clutter, focus on the essentials, and learn what it takes to become...

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Writing the College Admissions Essay

The main objective of this course is to teach high-school students how to write a personal statement for their college applications.Wondering how you're going to describe yourself in 500 words? Talk about your dreams without using cliches? Don't you want to set yourself apart from the rest of the college-bound hopefuls? In this week-long seminar, students...

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Monsters and Beauties, Heroes and Villains: Writing About Literature by Reading Below the Surface

The goal of this two-week course is to introduce you to the practice of college-level critical reading and writing. Making the transition from high school to college writing is a complex process, one that first entails re-thinking the reading process. This class works under the assumption that there is not a single, easy meaning to any piece of literature. Thus, instead...

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Experimental Writing

Experimental Writing is offered to high school students interested in producing works of fiction and non-fiction. By thinking critically about both established authors' works and those of their peers, students will enhance their own understanding of writing. They will have the opportunity to practice drafting in a variety of styles and genres, including memoir, poetry,...

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Writing for College and Beyond

Are you ready to start writing the way college students write? Challenge yourself intellectually and creatively as you explore and experience writing as a form of inquiry, and a part of social conversation.

The first half of this course offers you the chance to think carefully about writing narrative prose, which is in effect a form of storytelling. Thus you begin the...

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Putting Your Ideas Into Words

Do you ever wish you could express your thoughts in a clearer and more compelling manner? Do you have convincing arguments and brilliant insights in your mind that just don't seem to translate into your writing? This course will help you get those great ideas onto paper and communicate them effectively to your intended audience, whether that is a high school teacher,...

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Read, Think, Write - Approaching the College Essay

Despite our increasing reliance on screens in our 21st-century lives, writing remains a crucial skill that one must have. The texts we will read are not only important for their philosophical and social content, but also for their exemplification of various modes of written argumentation. Our discussion of the various texts will focus on the three levels of reading: summary,...

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Science Communication: Writing, Editing, Reviewing and Presenting the Language of Science

Do you see science or medicine in your future? Two of the greatest challenges facing budding scientists/physicians are to learn the unique language of science and how to effectively communicate with peers. This course introduces essential skills necessary for any science major or pre-med student, emphasizing the language of science and how information is disseminated. Students...

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Writing Seminar: Writing the Expository Essay

This course is designed to teach you how to introduce your voice into an academic conversation. You will learn how to closely read primary texts, summarize arguments, evaluate and respond to critical sources, incorporate evidence and cite references, and employ a variety of rhetorical tools and strategies that will strengthen your position.Students will study and...

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Sherlock's Methods: An Investigation of the Detective Novel

You know my methods, Watson! In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories, the detective frequently draws attention to his methods of detection and investigation. These methods are precise forms of close readings that focus on details as well as structures or patterns and require logical reasoning. In this seminar, the detective as a reader, as well as the reader...

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To Understand the World: Mississippi Writers

"To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi."

Attributed to William Faulkner, this quotation will serve as the framework for an examination of 20th century Mississippi literature. This course will introduce students to major 20th century writers and will focus on how these writers engage issues of class, race, gender, language,...

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Writing Seminar: Putting Yourself into Words

This week-long workshop will explore the balance between self-expression and effective communication essential to writing powerful personal narratives, college admissions essays, and creative reflections. As you write and receive feedback daily, you’ll learn not only about purpose, revision, and style, but also about writing as a means of exploring, learning, figuring...

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The Art of Medicine: How Learning to Write Can Make You a Better Doctor

This course focuses on how skills of observation, diagnosis, character development, pacing, subtext and other elements of good writing are essential to both doctoring and writing. Readings will be drawn from fiction, memoir and essays, by and about physicians, that explore the practice of medicine as well as what it means to think and feel like a doctor. Creative writing...

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Varying Effects: Reading Short Fiction for Form

The main objective of this course is for students to establish critical thinking and expository writing skills while analyzing the relation between literary form and content. The short fiction form—derived from the sketch, tale, or parable—allows readers to experience and visualize its various elements at once, and to conceptualize the part-to-whole relation...

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Introduction to Fiction Writing

The overarching theme is how to write stories that make a reader think and make a reader feel. We are surrounded by stories—they're like air—yet writing compelling stories is requires work, craft, technique, and a hearty dose of bravery. The objectives of this course are to give students the toolkit they need to write effective and moving fictions,...

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Writing from the Margins: Ethnic Literature and the American Dream

This course aims to highlight the importance of ethnic literature to the American literary canon. We will do so by investigating what ethnic writers and texts have to say about the shared ideals—such as freedom, democracy, and equality—that constitute the “American dream.” The course seeks to demonstrate that ethnic literature provides...

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Reading the Cosmopolitan: American Fiction and the City.

This course focuses on the significance of the cosmopolitan city to 20th and 21st century American literature and cinema. Through it, students will learn about the history and role of urban writing in the US, and how through this genre varied cultural experiences are presented and explored.Why do we come together, live together and stay together in urban settings,...

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Building Flying Machines: The Science of Flying from Earth to Space

Have you ever looked at an airplane and wanted to know how it works? Have you ever wanted to know how NASA launches satellites into outer space to reach their final destination thousands of miles away? Would you like to build machines that fly? If you want to investigate flying, aerospace, rocket science, airplanes, satellites, drones and astronauts, then this course is...

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Introduction to Mechanical Engineering: Design and Experimentation

Do you want to learn what it takes to be an engineer? There are many kinds of engineers; those who specialize in building bridges, designing submarines, or building massive off-shore wind turbines. While it might be daunting to figure out what type of engineering is right for you, this class will show you many of the different types of work that engineers do.

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Hack Your Space: Bringing J.A.R.V.I.S. Home

There are many reasons to envy Tony Stark, the Marvel character who created Ironman. He’s rich, good-looking, and can invent pretty much anything he wants. While the first two qualities are beyond the scope of this course, we can tackle the third. We want you to be able to build whatever you want, and this class will help you learn the skills.

First off, we won’t...

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Materials Engineering: A Revolution in the Making

What do you think will be the greatest, coolest invention of this century? Many of the greatest scientists and technologists believe that this will be in the field of Materials research: "of new materials that have amazing properties,” and what’s more, “are capable of changing themselves to suit their requirements.” Though we know of an amazing...

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Materials Science and Engineering: Designing for Society's Needs

Are you interested in learning more about the materials that surround our everyday lives? How might newly developed, advanced materials positively impact society? In this course, you will explore the mathematical and scientific fundamentals behind the field of materials science and engineering. You will explore the current state of the art in engineering design as you test...

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Renewable Energy Engineering: Wind and Solar Power

The demand for energy is expected to grow 30% by 2040. What role can engineers play in developing renewable energy sources? In this course, you will explore some of the science, math, and technology that is used to extract energy from renewable resources. You will:
Apply engineering concepts and principles to solving renewable energy issuesExamine...

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Mechanics of Materials and the Engineering of Catapults

If you like the idea of applying physics concepts to hurtling objects through the air, then you're in for an exciting week. From forces to launch angle, kinematics to bending stress, and composites to prototyping, you'll get the chance to do some quality engineering backed up by college-level scientific concepts. Will you be part of the team to engineer the ultimate...

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Fluid Mechanics through Hovercraft Physics

This course introduces students to the wide world of fluid mechanics, an area that covers vast scientific fields such as aerospace engineering, bacteria locomotion, and combustion dynamics, and which is fundamental for flight, rocketry, swimming, bio-locomotion, and countless other topics in engineering. We will focus on the physics and engineering of fluids and visualize...

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Materials Science and Engineering: Where Would the World Be Without Them?

Virtually every segment of our everyday lives - be it transportation, housing, clothing, communications, recreation, sports, and so on - is influenced by materials in one way or another. In our contemporary era, sophisticated electronic devices, such as laptops and cell phones, rely on components that are made of semiconducting materials. Automobiles would not have been...

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The Creative Process: Making Your Ideas Come Alive

The most useful skill in the world – no matter what your field of interest – is coming up with exciting ideas and then productively making them happen. This intensive two-week course will guide students to build a creative process and workflow that allows them to sidestep fear and procrastination and happily and confidently create whatever it is they love --...

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The final frontier of the electromagnetic spectrum: the Terahertz Gap

The course will introduce students to one of the most fascinating and relatively new engineering research fields, namely, Terahertz (THz) Science & Technology; or in short, the THz field.

The THz field deals with the generation, detection, and manipulation of electromagnetic waves in the THz frequency range. THz waves bridge the gap between microwaves and light-waves,...

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Global Climate Change: Fact or Fiction?

So what's really going on? Climate change is an important issue that affects many aspects of our lives, including politics, science, the economy, and more. How can we understand what's happening? How do we gauge how important it is to us? How do we make sense of everything we hear from the media, or from our families and friends?This is a topic that we can't...

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Climate & Climate Change: Scientific, Societal, and Global Implications

What is climate change? How do humans interact with the climate system? How can science inform action? This course is designed to provide you with an understanding of the climate system on Earth, interactions between climate and human society, and how climate science is communicated and interpreted from various perspectives.

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Habitable Worlds: Possible Places for Life in the Solar System and Beyond

Does life exist anywhere else in the Solar System or galaxy? If you have ever looked at the sky and wondered if habitable worlds like (or unlike) ours exist elsewhere, then this is the class for you. This week-long course explores possible habitats for life on Mars, the icy moons of Jupiter and Saturn, and exoplanets (planets around other stars). Along the way, you will...

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Humanities Seminar: Disruptive Thinkers, Ideological Conflict, and Social Revolution

Experience what it’s like to participate in a Brown University seminar that will challenge your ideas and invigorate your thinking. In this course, you will engage with great thinkers in world history, explore great social movements of our time, and immerse yourself in key ideological controversies that underpin contemporary global society.
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Technology and Power: A History of American Energy

Whether referencing jobs in coal country or foreign entanglements, prices at the pump or climate change, modern American political discourse has increasingly centered on how Americans produce and consume energy. How has increasing energy use transformed American social, political, and economic life? What are the conditions that cause one source of energy to become dominant...

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Bridging the Gap Between Math Class and the Real World

More often than not, the things we learn in math class seem to have no other use except in math class: the quadratic formula, finding domain and range, the Pythagorean Theorem... Yet these very techniques can give us a deep understanding of the world around us and even enable us to do things like create basic computer animation and predict the weather. This course will offer...

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Elevator Pitch for the New Media Age: Short-Form Writing and Speaking

Tweets, Facebook posts, e-mails, texts, instant messages, news alerts, ads: ours is the age of short-form communication. This course offers an introduction to different styles and genres of short-form verbal and non-verbal communication to help make you a more persuasive, concise, and creative writer and speaker. We will examine historical and current uses of the short form...

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The Grand Tour: Our Solar System Up Close and Personal

Strange worlds exist within our solar system. On Saturn’s moon Titan, methane falls instead of rainwater. Mars is home to both the deepest canyon and the tallest mountain. Pluto has mountains made of ice that may still be actively forming today.

Humans have explored the Earth and our moon, but the other planets are millions of miles away. How do we learn about...

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Physics for the Curious Mind

While most courses in science begin by introducing the theory first, and asking questions later, this course is intended to do just the opposite! “Why is the sky blue?”, “Why does the soccer ball curve in the air?”, “Can we really live on Mars?”, “Is it possible to build a jet-pack using downward firing projectiles?” This course...

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From the Solar System to the Universe: An Introduction to Astrophysics and Cosmology

The Solar System. Black holes. Galaxy clusters. Quasars. The closer we look at these and other astrophysical objects, the more mysteries we uncover. This course will provide an introduction to topics of active research in astrophysics and cosmology, traveling from our galaxy to the furthest reaches of the Universe. Along the way, we will explore objects like black holes,...

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The Extraordinary Inventions of Nikola Tesla: an Introduction to the Applications of Electricity and Magnetism

Much is speculated and little is known about one of the most brilliant inventors at the turn of the century, Nikola Tesla. With more than 1,000 patented inventions, Tesla laid the foundations of modern society. Students will be introduced to the theory of electricity and magnetism and its applications, the principles of wireless transmission of signals, and the idea of harvesting...

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The Quantum Revolution in Technology

Nearly 100 years ago, quantum mechanics changed the face of physics forever. The orderly, deterministic rules of classical physics were turbulently turned on their head, unveiling a veritable zoo in which particles can behave like waves and waves like particles, particles can tunnel through walls, and either the position or speed of an object can be known, but both can't...

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From Newton to String Theory: A History of Physics

We all know how a falling apple helped Newton discover the laws of gravitation, but did you know that playing bongos in the desert helped Richard Feynman untangle quantum field theory? Or that every famous physicist who studied thermodynamics eventually went crazy?This is a course for people who want to understand what physics is all about. We will discuss the equations...

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Light and Sight: The Science of Vision

What is light? How does it encode information about the world around us? What are our eyes made of, and how do they record images? How do those images get converted into brain signals? These are the questions guiding our exploration.Every experience you've ever had has relied on a group of special nerve cells devoted to responding to external stimuli. These cells,...

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Introduction to Nanotechnology

Introduction to Nanotechnology provides a broad overview of nanotechnology, discussing the fundamental science of nanotechnology and its applications to engineering, biomedical, and environmental fields. We will discuss the interdisciplinary nature of nanotechnology and how the different basic sciences merge to create the field.The course provides a background of...

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Science of Everyday Phenomena

Have you ever wondered: "Why is the sky blue during the day and red at sunrise and sunset?", "How do the breakdancers perform the windmill?", "Can you use a magnifying glass and moonlight to light an object to fire?", "Can raindrops shatter your windshield if you drive too fast?", "Is Mars inhabitable?". Human imagination...

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Quantum Mechanics and the Nature of Reality

Quantum mechanical formalism suggests that the underlying mechanics of our universe is far divorced from our perception of reality. In this course, we will examine the conceptual fundamentals of quantum mechanics and explore their metaphysical implications.Quantum mechanics posits that the behavior of particles in our universe is necessarily probabilistic, and that...

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Science, Perception and Reality

Modern science throws light on many of the perennial questions of philosophy, sometimes seeming to confirm or refute old answers and sometimes suggesting new ones. Are sensory qualities, such as colors, in external things or only in our minds? Is the world governed by deterministic laws, and if so, what room is there for freedom of the will? Could space have extra dimensions?...

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Presenting to the Public

Want to make amazing presentations and influence people? Learn the tips, tricks, tactics, and tools of giving effective public presentations. This course will introduce you to fundamental methods of public speaking and designing effective graphic presentations.Public presentation skills are central to success in any academic or professional career. This course will...

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Critical Reading and Writing I: The Academic Essay

An introduction to university-level writing. Students produce and revise multiple drafts of essays, practice essential skills of paragraph organization, and develop techniques of critical analysis and research. Readings from a wide range of texts in literature, the media, and academic disciplines. Assignments move from personal response papers to formal academic essays....

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Basic Physics (3)

Survey of mechanics for concentrators in sciences other than physics-including premedical students or students without prior exposure to physics who require a less rigorous course than PHYS 0050, 0060. Employs the concepts of elementary calculus but little of its technique. Lectures, conferences, and laboratory. Recommended: MATH 0090 (Calc I) or 0100 (Calc II)Recommended:...

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Basic Physics (4)

Survey of mechanics, electricity, magnetism, optics, and modern physics for concentrators in sciences other than physics-including premedical students or students without prior exposure to physics who require a less rigorous course than PHYS 0050, 0060. Employs the concepts of elementary calculus but little of its technique. Lectures, conferences, and laboratory. Twelve...

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Persuasive Communication

Provides an introduction to public speaking, and helps students develop confidence in public speaking through the presentation of persuasive speeches. Limited to 18.

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