UCCI rolls out new courses

| 26/08/2010

(CNS): Part of the many changes going on at the Cayman Islands university, UCCI has introduced a new minor in sociology and political science, and the phased introduction of a minor in English. It begins this semester with the addition of a new humanities course, “African American Literature” which will introduce students to some of the issues of African American Literature, seen across genres and historical periods.  It analyzes the nature and impact of the African-American "voice", in terms of race, values, identity quests, and the roles and contributions of African American writers, within the larger body of American writing and culture.  This course is to be taught by UCCI professor Dr. Paula Grace Anderson. 

The courses offered in these new minors will be of particular interest to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Education, now also offered at UCCI.  
Other new humanities courses being introduced are “Introduction to Caribbean Dance and Culture,” and “Introduction to Drawing.” 
The Caribbean Dance and Culture course is to be taught by adjunct professor, Dr. Monika Lawrence, of the University of Technology, Jamaica.  Participants will explore the role of traditional Caribbean dance forms, with particular reference to religious dances, their meanings and purposes, and their relationships to other forms and to contemporary society, particularly in Cayman. 
The art course is the first of two introductory-level drawing courses offered by UCCI.  The course will expose students to the art of line-drawing and then will go on to perspective and the formal rules of proportion of both the human figure and head, among other techniques. 
Other new developments is a course auditing arrangement for persons interested in boosting and enriching personal and academic development.  Grades and credits are not given for audited courses, and acceptance of persons into this arrangement is dependent on space availability and the approval of the Department Chair. 
Registration for auditing of courses is now in progress at UCCI, where classes begin on Monday (30 August).
A combined minor in Spanish and English is also on the drawing board and expected to be introduced later. 
For further information on humanities courses, go to www.ucci.edu.ky, or contact Drs. Jennifer Williams or Livingston Smith.  For arrangements on auditing courses, interested persons may contact Registrar John Frederick at jfrederick@ucci.edu.ky or by calling 623-0520.
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