Content Area Courses

Featured Content Area Courses
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WINTER 2015

CHE611 Quantitative Analysis (3)
Surveys analytical techniques in chemistry and introduces modern methods of chemical analysis in hands-on experiments. This course digs deeper to emphasize practical applications in laboratory environment. Topics include error analysis and statistics, titrimetric analysis, electrochemistry, ASTM standard methods.
Schedule to be arranged between faculty and students.

ENG638 General Linguistics (3)
Mondays: January 12-March 30, 5:30-9 p.m.
No class January 19 and February 16.

ENG673 Selected Topics: Shakespeare (3)
Studies 11 major plays of Shakespeare and select Sonnets, with emphasis on language, Elizabethan and Jacobean stage, and production, both historical and contemporary, in the context of teaching Shakespeare.
Tuesdays: January 13-May 12, 6-9 p.m.

ENG674 Developing Writers (3)
This course will encourage teachers at all levels to develop as writers and explore practical strategies for the classroom.
Mondays: Beginning February 2, 6-9 p.m. No class February 16.

FRE665 Caribbean Studies (3)
The aim of this course is to study Francophone Caribbean contemporary literature and culture through fiction, film and the current events. We will explore the themes conveyed by various works as well as the notions and theories of négritude, antillanité, créolité, and post-colonialism. We will concentrate on Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti. We will devote some time to the geography and history of the places studied with a focus on literature, cinema and media, to see how they portray and explore culture and identity. Students will develop their written production skills, oral communication skills, and will use higher thinking skills in the target language to reflect on and critically analyze how the matters at hand offer a special approach to cultural and ontological issues. They will contrast and compare Francophone cultures and religions with their own cultural milieu and habits.
Online: Mid-January to Mid-May

HIS639 History of the U.S. in World War II (3)
This course will cover the period from the rise of Nazi Germany and the expansion of Imperialist Japan to the surrender of Japan in 1945. Attention will be paid to the underlying causes for the war; the periods of conquest by the Axis powers and the intervention of the U.S. following the attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor. From 1941 to 1945 the class will examine the American role in the European Theater, the Pacific Theater and the home-front for the American people. Classes will include lectures, discussions, brief media excerpts and at least one field trip to the new Patton Museum in South Hamilton. Readings will be drawn from both secondary and primary source materials including newspaper accounts of the period.
Thursdays: January 22-March 26, 5:30-9:30 p.m. No class February 19.

HIS644 The Ancient Greek World (3)
This course will explore the worlds of Hesiod and Homer, Aeschylus and Pericles, Alexander the Great and Paul the Apostle. Specific topics will be arranged in consultation with students’ academic and teaching interests.
Begins Wednesday, January 21.  Remaining schedule to be arranged with faculty.

MAT627 Investigating Mathematical Concepts (3)
Tuesdays: January 6-March 24, 6-9:20 p.m.
No class February 17.

MAT640 The Mathematics of Science (3)
Examines connections between and integration of mathematics and science. Focuses on the content of science classes that use math.
Schedule to be arranged with faculty.

 

SPRING 2015

ART620 - Photography (3)
In this course, we will consider basic concepts of composition, exposure, and shooting technique important for the aspiring photographer to begin to master. Topics will vary based on student background and interests, but may include: the exposure triangle (ISO, shutter speed, aperture), white balance, available light and fill flash, using the camera’s histogram, and basic composition. This is a hands-on course: we will spend a lot of time shooting and critiquing each other's photos, and cover techniques for portraiture, landscapes and nature, and events. We will not discuss image processing software per se, but may incorporate it as it arises from student questions (in other words, this course is about photography, not Photoshop). As an education course, we will consider how to incorporate photography into the classroom. Students will complete several small photography assignments and a final project.
Must have a camera (DSLR preferred) and computer.  First class: Saturday, April 11, 9 a.m. - Noon.      Remaining schedule to be arranged at first class.

BIO635 Environmental Science (3)
This general course will focus on the broad range of science concerning the environment. Topics will be selected that are relevant to teaching and that will provide necessary background to understand science and the environment for primary and secondary educational institutions. The focus will be conservation biology and the biology of environmental science. $25 materials fee.
Schedule to be arranged with faculty and students.

ENG632 Literature for Adolescents (3)
In-depth examination of literature for young adults used thematically throughout middle school and secondary curricula. Draws on experience of graduate students to examine the cross-cultural implications of literature.
Wednesdays: April 1-June 17, 6-9:20 p.m.
No class April 22.

HIS647 The Ancient Roman World (3)
In this course, we will consider the entire sweep of Roman history, from the legendary founding myths of Aeneas and Romulus through the Republic, Empire, and eventual “fall” in the West. We will read both primary and secondary sources, particularly with an eye towards using them in a teaching context. Specific topics in Roman history and culture to be arranged with students. The course could incorporate readings in Latin if desired by students.
Begins April 15. Schedule TBD.

MAT605 Mathematics and the Greeks (3)
Mondays: April 6- June 15, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
No class April 20 or May 25.

MAT621 Modeling Mathematics (3)
Tuesdays: April 7-June 16, 6-9 p.m. and additional online component.
No class April 21.

SPN636 Latin American Poetry (3)
Schedule to be arranged with faculty and students.

SPN673 Selected Topics: Narratives of War and Post-War Spain by Women Writers (3)
Schedule to be arranged with faculty and students.

SPN695 21st Century Latin American Cinema (3)
Examines films released between 2000 and 2015 that are written, directed and/or produced by Latin American filmmakers or set in Latin American spaces. Student will gain broader understanding of contemporary Latin America cinema, allowing the criticism of different meanings, symbols, styles, experiences and fostering emotional and rational responses. Conducted in Spanish.
April 7, May 26, May 27, June 1; 5:00–9:00 p.m.
 

SUMMER 2015

ART673 Street Art: A Culture of Social and Political Change (3)
Street art has become a global means of cultural, social, and political reform. Numerous forms, genres, and strategies for street art generate new forms of communication and meaning, giving visibility to marginalized voices. Some of the leading practitioners and innovative kinds of work being done from the 1990s to the present including: Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Os Gemeos, Barry McGee, Hot Tea, JR, Swoon, Zevs etc.. Questions considered: how did "street art" and "graffiti " become a legitimized form of cultural transmission? How does an "outsider" form of art become a privileged category "inside" established art and media institutions? What affect does this privilege have on the legitimacy of street art itself. What influence does media coverage, rebel persona, identity politics, and art world institutions have on the credibility and authenticity of street art? Upon completion of this course, students should be able to engage in critical thinking, semiotics, urban anthropology, to apply critical imagination in decoding of subversive artifacts, and to interpret the streets and other public spaces of urban landscapes.
Online course. Begins the end of June.

BIO625 – Nutrition (3)
Explores fundamentals of current nutritional science; emphasizes physiological basis. Analyzes proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and their major functions, and importance of water. Encompasses whole person and integral role of nutrition in human health.
Schedule to be arranged with faculty and students.

BIO630 - Marine Science (3)
The ocean is a complex environment, and as such, the field of Marine Science is interdisciplinary by its very nature. This course will provide an overview of the four main disciplines of oceanography: geological, chemical, physical and biological oceanography in the classroom and lab, out in the field, and out on the water. Lab fee.
$25 lab fee. Schedule to be arranged with faculty and students.

BIO673 Selected Topics: Earth and Space (3)
This course will include basic astronomy, meteorology, geology, and oceanography. Topics will range from plate tectonics to climate change to the history of earth and the universe. The class emphasis will be on activities, field trips and laboratories for these topics.
$25 lab fee. Schedule to be arranged with faculty and students.

EDU673 Selected Topics: Exploring Urban Schools: Character, culture, and contexts (3)
This course is an overview and study of the character of the urban school. In our consideration of current research and thinking about urban education, students will examine not only the areas of education/pedagogy and sociology, but will also investigate the significant role and impact of economics, culture and multiculturalism, race, politics, the role of government, and social ethics. Designed as a seminar-style course, this study will necessitate meaningful, thoughtful and well-prepared participation in all class meetings. The course is not exhaustive in its consideration of the varied contexts that are interwoven into urban school culture and experience, but time will be taken to be thoughtful and aware, with a concomitant view toward helping teachers engage with the possibilities of social justice within a highly challenged urban educational setting.
Weekdays: August 3–7; 8 a.m.–4:15 p.m. 

EDU674 Selected Topics: Data: Collecting, Evaluating & Implementing Change (3)
Data driven instruction and decision making is a hot topic of conversation among administrators and educators in the era of accountability, however the practical application on the ground is much more complex. This course will explore how data can be collected, the problem solving and analysis processes that is required to make meaning from, and drive instructional decisions, as well as the culture and learning community that must be in place to really get to the heart of instructional matters.
Weekdays: July 20–24, 8 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

ENG640 Contemporary American Fiction and Visual Media (3)
Explores the influence of visual media over culture in recent American literature; a theme most deeply explored by David Foster Wallace.
Online course. Begins the end of June.

ENG673 Selected Topics: Shakespeare: Active in Class and History (3)
This course will introduce and practice strategies, which allow students to grapple successfully with the language of Shakespeare and enter the action of his plays. Material used will include works by Shakespeare and those of Ben Jonson and Christopher Marlowe as well. The historical background of the time period will be explored to give students an understanding of the challenges encountered by theaters and playwrights of the time. This class is interactive and participants should leave with multiple methods of bringing Elizabethan drama to life in their classrooms.
Schedule to be arranged with faculty and students.

ENG674 Developing Writers (3)
This course will encourage teachers at all levels to develop as writers and explore practical strategies for the classroom.
Schedule to be arranged with faculty and students.

ENG675 - Advanced Writing (3)
Provides personal direction and group critique of substantial individual writing projects across genres. Integrates use of literature within writing.
Schedule to be arranged with faculty and students.

HIS678 Using Museums in the Classroom (3)
Weekdays: July 13–17, 8 a.m.–4:15 p.m. $25 materials fee.

MAT627 Investigating Mathematical Concepts (3)
Weekdays: July 6–10, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

MAT636 Mathematical Inquiry (3)
Weekdays: July 27–July 31, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

POL673 Street Art: A Culture of Social and Political Change (3)
Street art has become a global means of cultural, social, and political reform. Numerous forms, genres, and strategies for street art generate new forms of communication and meaning, giving visibility to marginalized voices. Some of the leading practitioners and innovative kinds of work being done from the 1990s to the present including: Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Os Gemeos, Barry McGee, Hot Tea, JR, Swoon, Zevs etc.. Questions considered: how did "street art" and "graffiti " become a legitimized form of cultural transmission? How does an "outsider" form of art become a privileged category "inside" established art and media institutions? What affect does this privilege have on the legitimacy of street art itself. What influence does media coverage, rebel persona, identity politics, and art world institutions have on the credibility and authenticity of street art? Upon completion of this course, students should be able to engage in critical thinking, semiotics, urban anthropology, to apply critical imagination in decoding of subversive artifacts, and to interpret the streets and other public spaces of urban landscapes.
Online course. Begins the end of June.