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Quest III Course Offerings

For a description of each course, click on the plus sign next to the title. Days and times listed below are subject to change.  Please see Titan Web for the most accurate listing.

Sustainability (SUS)

How do people understand and create a more sustainable world?

  • Business 275: Sustainability: The 21st Century Business Strategy (XS) - TUESDAYS  3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

    This course addresses sustainability with a focus on strategies for organizations, emphasizing the triple bottom line. This course shows how the strategy of an organization affects operations and employees, as well as the broader community, and ultimately, the planet. Students will partner with Growing Oshkosh, assessing their operations, their supplier and customer network.

  • History 210 (Section 001): Capturing the Legacy of Wisconsin Farming (XS) - MW 1:50 - 3:20 p.m.
    This course examines the rich history of farming and rural life in Wisconsin. Unlike most courses you will take at UW Oshkosh, it aims to involve you in a unique learning experiences both within and outside of the classroom, as a contributor to the statewide Wisconsin Farming and Rural Life Oral History Project.
  • History 210 (Section 002): Capturing the Legacy of Wisconsin Farming (XS) - TTH 6:00-7:30 p.m.

    This course examines the rich history of farming and rural life in Wisconsin. Unlike most courses you will take at UW Oshkosh, it aims to involve you in a unique learning experience both within and outside of the classroom, as a contributor to the statewide Wisconsin Farming and Rural Life Oral History Project.

  • Urban Planning 250 (Section 001): Urban Sustainability (XS) - TTH 9:40 - 11:10 a.m.

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!The course focuses on issues of environmental sustainability within an urban context. Students will explore the definition of sustainability and examine methods to measure sustainability. In groups, students will analyze Oshkosh Transit (also known as “GO Transit”) bus routes.

Civic Learning (CL)

How do people understand and engage in community life?

  • Educational Leadership 201 (Section 001): Who is in Charge? Schools vs. Communities (XS) - TTH 1:20 - 2:50 p.m.

    This course is designed to be an exploration of the social and political communities which make up the public school institution and the relationships fostered in the struggle for power and control. Students will explore these relationships through schools within the Oshkosh area.

  • History 215 (Section 001): Charity and Memory: Medieval England to New Deal U.S. (XS) - MWF 1:50-2:50 p.m.

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    This course will approach the question of community life by examining how communities cared for their poorest members (and non-members) from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century in England and then in the U.S.A. Your exploration will include a partnership with the Day by Day Warming Shelter the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry, and Beaming.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies 270: Telling Stories for Fun, Profit and World Peace (XC) - TTH 1:20-2:50 p.m.

    True stories have great power. They have the power to inform; they have power to effect change. In this Interdisciplinary Studies 270 course, Telling Stories for Fun, Profit...and World Peace, you will learn to embrace the power of a good story told in multiple platforms. You will partner with the Veteran’s Resource Center to help UW Oshkosh Veterans share their stories.

  • Physical Education 208 (Section 001): Effective Leadership in Adventure, Outdoor, and Recreation Education (XS) - MWF 10:20-11:20 a.m.

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    This course presents the concepts of adventure, the outdoors, and recreational education including cooperative and leadership activities. Each student will take part in a civic engagement experience at the Oshkosh YMCA, teaching others how to react and respond to a variety of situations while being physically active.

  • Physical Education 208 (Section 301): Effective Leadership in Adventure, Outdoor, and Recreation Education (XS) - January 2015 INTERIM STUDY ABROAD IN PANAMA

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    This course presents the concepts of adventure, the outdoors, and recreational education including cooperative and leadership activities. Each student will take part in a civic engagement experience teaching others how to react and respond to a variety of situations while being physically active.  This course will be a study abroad course to Panama. The community engagement project will take place with local partners in Panama.

  • Political Science 105 (Section 301): American Government (XS) - January 2015 INTERIM, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    This course will provide an introductory, critical examination of the American political system in theory and practice. By attending local City Council meetings students will be introduced to some of the major social, ideological, and economic features of American society that affect politics, the demands for national, state, and local government activity this environment generates, and the basic decision-making processes through which these pressures are converted into laws and public policies.

  • Political Science 108 (Section 008): Essentials of Civic Engagement (XS) - MWF 9:10 -10:10 a.m.

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    This course introduces student to the obligations and benefits of active citizenship and participation in their communities. We will explore theories of citizenship and citizen activity, policy analysis and the challenges of the practice of democracy at the full array of governing levels from local to global. By partnering with the Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Center, students will gain hands-on experience in active citizenship and policy analysis.

  • Social Work 268: Social Welfare Institutions: Supporting Communities in Need (XS) - MWF  12:40 - 1:40 p.m.

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    Students will study the history of the American social welfare system and its current application. The course emphasizes a critical approach toward understanding social welfare institutions, and highlights social work’s role in humanizing these institutions and promoting social justice. Students will spend 1-2 hours per week volunteering with the Oshkosh Area School Board, Oshkosh City Council, Winnebago County Board, or state level elected official (District 18 Senate Office and District 54 Assembly office) in an effort to effect change on a social welfare issue of their choice.

  • Urban Planning 260 (Section 001): Community Development (XS) - TTH 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    Community development, at its best, focuses on empowering community residents with the civic knowledge and skills that enable them to make and implement decisions about their future and the future of their communities. This course will focus on how some Oshkosh residents understand and engage in community life, but you are encouraged to think much more broadly than that. Your experience in this course will provide a vantage point from which you can examine how you, your family, your friends, your neighbors, and other community residents understand and engage in community life within your own life and community.

Intercultural Knowledge and Competence (IKC)

How do people understand and bridge cultural differences?

  • Anthropology 225 (Section 001): Celebrating Culture Through the Arts (XC) (ES) - M Lecture 3-5 p.m., TWTH 4-5 p.m.

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    This course will focus on community engagement with people of diverse ethnic groups. In particular, students will work with elementary age children involved in the Lighted Schoolhouse afterschool program at one of three Oshkosh schools: Emmeline Cook, Webster Stanley, or Washington School. In the course, students will examine how people of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds communicate through visual art, music, and dance about issues such as gender, family, identity, tradition, historical consciousness, ideology, experience, and more.

  • Anthropology 225 (Section 002): Celebrating Culture Through the Arts (XC) (ES) - Times/Days TBD
    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    This course will focus on community engagement with people of diverse ethnic groups. In the course, students will examine how people of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds communicate through visual art, music, and dance about issues such as gender, family, identity, tradition, historical consciousness, ideology, experience, and more. The community partner for this course is to be determined.
  • Interdisciplinary Studies 224 (Section 001): Conflict and Memorial (XC) (ES) - MWF 1:50 - 2:50 p.m.

    Quest III Conflict and Memorial is an interdisciplinary course in which students will explore memorials and the conflicts they represent, including history, communication, social justice, political science, and art. Our Community Partner will be the UW Oshkosh Veterans Resource Center as together we expand our knowledge and understanding of the function of memorials and gain experience with socially engaged art.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies 284: Community and Collaboration (XC) (NW) - TTH 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

    This course will consider how groups of people can work to best understand one another as partners of a complex web of cultures and subcultures in the 21st century. To begin this consideration, we will study writing centers as a model of collaborative discourse. How can different people in a community collaboratively work together to construct meaning? Students in this course will work with either International groups at UW Oshkosh, or with individuals from World Relief.

  • Theatre 275 (Section 001): Performing Difficult Dialogues on Diversity (XC) (ES) - TTH 1:20 - 2:50 p.m.
    Hear more about this course from the instructor!

    Interactive Theatre is a performance mode designed to prompt difficult dialogues and to lead its participants—both actors and audiences—through a process of creating social change. This course will provide you with the opportunity to learn and later employ the precepts of Augusto Boal’s Forum Theatre for the purpose of addressing issues of diversity. Students will work with UW-Oshkosh campus to create transcripts from interviews as a source of inspiration as they write, direct, and produce your own Interactive Theatre scene.

  • Theatre 275 (Section 002): Performing Difficult Dialogues on Diversity (XC) (ES) - MWF 9:10 - 10:10 a.m.

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    Interactive Theatre is a performance mode designed to prompt difficult dialogues and to lead its participants—both actors and audiences—through a process of creating social change. This course will provide you with the opportunity to learn and later employ the precepts of Augusto Boal’s Forum Theatre for the purpose of addressing issues of diversity. Students will work with UW-Oshkosh campus to create transcripts from interviews as a source of inspiration as they write, direct, and produce your own Interactive Theatre scene.

Spring 2015 Quest III Course Offerings

Sustainability (SUS)

How do people understand and create a more sustainable world?

  • Art 236: Experience Mapping (XC)

    Using a variety of media, we will make maps and information graphics that address the concept of Sustainability by illustrating connections between people and place, nature and the built environment, meaning and experience. The goal of this community experience is to develop a deeper sense of place for the location you’ve found yourself spending serious time in: Oshkosh and its environs. We will do this by interviewing and mapping the life experiences and memories of long-time Oshkosh-area residents at the Oshkosh Senior Center.

  • Biology 104: Ecosphere in Crisis (XL)

    All of Earth’s biota, including humans, ultimately relies on the natural environment for existence; yet human actions often compromise the availability of resources necessary for life.This course and will address sustainability of human interactions on the environment with an emphasis on community-based experiential learning experiences. Our community partners in this class will be area schools and farms. Projects will be carried out in small groups.

  • Business 275: Sustainability: The 21st Century Business Strategy (XS)

    This course addresses sustainability with a focus on strategies for organizations, emphasizing the triple bottom line. This course shows how the strategy of an organization affects operations and employees, as well as the broader community, and ultimately, the planet. Students will partner with Growing Oshkosh, assessing their operations, their supplier and customer network.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies 294: Literary Landscapes: Ireland - SPRING INTERIM STUDY ABROAD TO IRELAND (XC) (ES)

    The Ireland of our imaginations is a vast green field scattered with crumbling castle towers and picturesque cottages, a rustic, rural place where sheep cross the motorway and the evening is spent dancing or singing. We can find this Ireland when we travel to the west coast, although today the green fields are likely to also be dotted with wind farms, the fiddler might be Polish, and the pub might be owned by an American. In other words, while Irish traditions have been sustained, the realities of a global economy have brought new people into the country and made demands upon the environment. In our travels, we will develop an understanding of sustainability as it relates to Irish landscape, tradition, and identity. Community Partner: Restoration work with a traditional Irish workhouse.

  • Political Science 214: The Politics of Food (XS)

    We all love to eat. Thanksgiving turkey, birthday cake, Christmas cookies, a quick trip through the lines at Blackhawk or Reeve, a midnight snack while studying for an exam…our lives find rhythm and comfort in food. But food is about so much more than just eating. As you’ll learn in this course, food is one of the most intensely political topics around, and disentangling the many ways in which government ends up on your plate everyday takes some detective work and a lot of patience. Community partners: Oshkosh Area Community Pantry.

  • Sociology 261: Environment and Society (XS)

    Society and the natural environment are vitally linked in a number of ways. In this course, we will explore these linkages at various levels from the local to the global, but with a focus upon the Oshkosh area as a case study. We will examine the important contributions that sociology can make to the study of natural resources and the environment, which starts with the premise that what appear to be “environmental problems” are actually social in origin. It will be a discussion- and active-learning based course that gets you out into the community working with Oshkosh North High School.

  • Urban Planning 250: Urban Sustainability (XS)

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    The course focuses on issues of environmental sustainability within an urban context. Students will explore the definition of sustainability and examine methods to measure sustainability. In groups, students will conduct a sustainability audit of Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh, Inc's residential facilities.

Civic Learning (CL)

How do people understand and engage in community life?

  • History XXX: Legacy of UW Oshkosh (XS)

    Description coming soon!

  • History 215: Charity and Memory: Medieval England to New Deal U.S. (XS)

    This course will approach the question of community life by examining how communities cared for their poorest members (and non-members) from the Middle Ages to the early twentieth century in England and then in the U.S.A. Your exploration will include a partnership with the Day by Day Warming Shelter and the Oshkosh Area Community Pantry.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies 270: Telling Stories for Fun, Profit and World Peace (XC)

    True stories have great power. They have the power to inform; they have power to effect change. In this Interdisciplinary Studies 270 course, Telling Stories for Fun, Profit...and World Peace, you will learn to embrace the power of a good story told in multiple platforms. You will partner with the Veteran’s Resource Center to help UW Oshkosh Veterans share their stories.

  • Physical Education 208: Effective Leadership in Adventure, Outdoor, and Recreation Education (XS)

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    This course presents the concepts of adventure, the outdoors, and recreational education including cooperative and leadership activities. Each student will take part in a civic engagement experience at the Oshkosh YMCA, teaching others how to react and respond to a variety of situations while being physically active.

  • Urban Planning 260: Community Development (XS)

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    Community development, at its best, focuses on empowering community residents with the civic knowledge and skills that enable them to make and implement decisions about their future and the future of their communities. This course will focus on how some Oshkosh residents understand and engage in community life, but you are encouraged to think much more broadly than that. Your experience in this course will provide a vantage point from which you can examine how you, your family, your friends, your neighbors, and other community residents understand and engage in community life within your own life and community.

Intercultural Knowledge and Competence (IKC)

How do people understand and bridge cultural differences?

  • Anthropology 225: Celebrating Culture Through the Arts (XC) (ES)

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    This course will focus on community engagement with people of diverse ethnic groups. In particular, students will work with elementary age children involved in the Lighted Schoolhouse afterschool program at one of three Oshkosh schools: Emmeline Cook, Webster Stanley, or Washington School. In the course, students will examine how people of various cultural and ethnic backgrounds communicate through visual art, music, and dance about issues such as gender, family, identity, tradition, historical consciousness, ideology, experience, and more.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies 284: Community and Collaboration (XC) (NW)

    This course will consider how groups of people can work to best understand one another as partners of a complex web of cultures and subcultures in the 21st century. To begin this consideration, we will study writing centers as a model of collaborative discourse. How can different people in a community collaboratively work together to construct meaning? Students in this course will work with either International groups at UW Oshkosh, or with individuals from World Relief.

  • Theatre 275: Performing Difficult Dialogues on Diversity (XC) (ES)

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    Interactive Theatre is a performance mode designed to prompt difficult dialogues and to lead its participants—both actors and audiences—through a process of creating social change. This course will provide you with the opportunity to learn and later employ the precepts of Augusto Boal’s Forum Theatre for the purpose of addressing issues of diversity. Students will work with UW-Oshkosh campus to create transcripts from interviews as a source of inspiration as they write, direct, and produce your own Interactive Theatre scene.

  • Theatre 275: Performing Difficult Dialogues on Diversity (XC) (ES)

    Hear more about this course from the instructor!
    Interactive Theatre is a performance mode designed to prompt difficult dialogues and to lead its participants—both actors and audiences—through a process of creating social change. This course will provide you with the opportunity to learn and later employ the precepts of Augusto Boal’s Forum Theatre for the purpose of addressing issues of diversity. Students will work with UW-Oshkosh campus to create transcripts from interviews as a source of inspiration as they write, direct, and produce your own Interactive Theatre scene.

  • Women's and Gender Studies 204: Global Perspectives on Women (XS) (NW)

    This class entails focusing on the lives and experiences of girls and women around the world, and my goal is to provide you with a framework for understanding the complexity of those lives and experiences.  We will examine women’s status and power around the globe, with a specific focus on the following issues: education, health and reproduction, family, gendered violence, work, the environment, and political representation.  Our class will be working with Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, whose mission is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

  • Women's and Gender Studies 226: Saving Seeds, Saving Community: Women, Land and Action (XC) (ES)

    This course focuses on American ethnic women’s relationship to nature, the land and culture. Through collaborating with local women farmers, we will explore how people’s attitudes toward the land, animals and the earth are influenced by culture —beliefs and values shared by a group of people. Thus, we will begin to understand how people’s worldview—their cultural perspective—shapes them. We will see how women’s choice to work the land is also a choice to create a future for themselves, their families and their communities.

  • Women's and Gender Studies 232: You Don't Belong Here: Inclusivity and Diversity on University Campuses (XS)

    This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to academia and how it serves diverse populations, with particular focus on women, the LGBTQ community, and multicultural groups. As the signature question for this course is intercultural knowledge, we will provide actual experiences of cultural differences for students throughout the course. This course is a forum in which we can discuss those experiences, and we will work together to foster an inclusive, safe and respectful environment in which to discuss difference within the classroom. You will gain familiarity with the Women’s Center, LGBTQ Resource Center and Multicultural Educational Center.