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UB Undergraduate Academic Schedule: Spring 2021

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ENG 199SEM - Ub Seminar-Walking Dictionaries
Ub Seminar-Walking Dictionaries HAK Enrollment Information (not real time - data refreshed nightly)
Class #:   23531   Enrollment Capacity:   20
Section:   HAK   Enrollment Total:   19
Credits:   3.00 credits   Seats Available:   1
Dates:   02/01/2021 - 05/07/2021   Status:   OPEN
Days, Time:   M W F , 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM
Room:   Remote view map
Location:   Remote      
Lexicography (writing about words) fundamentally shapes the ways we think about and organize the world around us. From 4,500-year-old Sumerian clay tablets to the definitions that pop up on an iPad, our interactions with words are inseparable from technologies of reference. In this course, we will look at how words, objects, and ideas are defined and get equated across cultures, languages, and time. What words should and should not be included in a dictionary? Who gets to decide what a word means? What kinds of communities emerge from these texts? Readings will be on topics like cognition, memory, the history of writing, and biographies of those harmless drudges involved with compiling dictionaries and other lexicographical works. Students will have the choice of completing different kinds of assignments on such topics as mnemonic techniques, vocabularies in verse, using Google Books to find early instances of terms, and designing the perfect dictionary entry. By reading, discussing, and experimenting with a wide range of genres, students will develop a broad familiarity with the history and practice of lexicography.
Enrollment Requirements
Prerequisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  Course Description
The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.
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