IDIS 300P: COVID-19 In Context

In response to the COVID-19 crisis faculty at the University of Mary Washington created a course called COVID-19 in Context. This course was designed to take a broad and interdisciplinary approach in understanding the effects of COVID-19 on society. It was an eight-week summer course that started June 1 and was open to all UMW students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Fredericksburg community. This course was offered online every Monday and Wednesday at 4 pm. The class consisted of a 30-minute lecture that was followed by a 30-minute Q&A with the presenters.

An important aspect of this course was that it allowed current and incoming UMW students to take the course for credit. If students were interested in enrolling in this course they were admitted into the Canvas course. Being apart of the Canvas course required weekly readings, discussion posts, short weekly quizzes, and a 3-5 reflective paper at the end of the semester. The course was pass/fail only and students who completed the course with a pass will be given 3 credits on their fall 2020 transcript at no additional cost.

In my opinion, this was a unique opportunity and I am so happy that I decided to participate in the largest class that Mary Washington has ever offered!

This timeline will help you navigate the different lectures that were featured in COVID-19 in Context. However, for information check out the course website located at