Content Area Courses

Featured Content Area Courses
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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 effect does this privilege have on the legitimacy of street art itself? What influence do 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, and 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 June 22.

BIO625 Nutrition (3)
Explores fundamentals of current nutritional science; emphasizes physiological basis. Analyzes proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and their major functions, and the importance of water. Encompasses whole person and integral role of nutrition in human health.
Weekdays: July 20–24; 8 a.m.–4:15 p.m.

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—in the classroom and lab, out in the field, and out on the water. 
Begins July 10, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.  
Additional dates to be arranged with faculty and students at first class meeting. $25 lab fee.

BIO663 Selected Topics: The Biology of 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.
June 27, 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; July 8, July 29, July 30, and August 5, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. 
$25 lab fee.

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 we will take time 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.

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 June 22.

ENG674 Developing Writers (3)
This course will encourage teachers at all levels to develop as writers and explore practical strategies for the classroom.
July 13 and July 15, 6–9 p.m.  Additional meetings TBD.

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

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.
July 20–23, 9 a.m.–12 p.m.

MAT673 Selected Topics: Number Sense (3)
Schedule to be arranged with faculty and enrolled students.

PHY636 Modern Physics (3)
Schedule to be arranged with faculty and enrolled students.

PHY672 Thermo Physics (3)
Schedule to be arranged with faculty and enrolled students.

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 June 22.
 

FALL 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.
Schedule will be determined at the first class meeting on Wednesday, September 16; 6–7 p.m.

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 effect does this privilege have on the legitimacy of street art itself? What influence do 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, and 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 in September.

BIO635 Environmental Science (3)
This 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 education. The focus will be conservation biology and the biology of environmental science.
Schedule to be arranged with faculty and enrolled students.

CHE673 Selected Topics in Chemistry: Exploring Principles of Chemistry (3)
This course will explore concrete, real-world experiences to provide students the opportunity to deepen understanding of concepts associated with motion, matter and energy. Students will look at the periodic table, elements, compounds and mixtures, changes of state, specific heat, properties of water and air, and differentiate between physical changes and chemical changes. Practical application of chemistry and physical science concepts to life and the environment will be made.
Schedule to be arranged with faculty and enrolled students.

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 in September.

HIS650 History of the Reformation (3)
From the roots of the Reformation in Late Medieval/Renaissance Europe, we will begin our exploration of Martin Luther’s angst, his “95 Theses” and subsequent writings. We will then consider expression reforms in the first three generations of the Reformation, including the views of leading figures such as Zwingli, Calvin, and those in the English Reformation. We will consider both the “magisterial” and “radical” branches of the Reformation, as well as the Catholic “Counter-Reformation.” Particular topics will vary depending on student interest.
Schedule will be determined at the first class meeting on Wednesday, September 16; 7–8 p.m.

HIS672 US Constitution: Origins and Applications (3)
Examines the background, foundations, drafting, implementation, and subsequent history of the U.S. Constitution. Core texts include the Constitution itself and America’s Constitution: A Biography by Yale Law Professor Akhil Reed Amar. This course examines major sections of the Constitution separately and considers how it can be incorporated into individual classroom settings.
Schedule will be determined at the first class meeting on Wednesday, September 16; 8–9 p.m.

MAT621 Modeling Mathematics (3)
Tuesdays: September 15–December 8; 6–9 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 effect does this privilege have on the legitimacy of street art itself? What influence do 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, and 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 in September.

 

WINTER 2016

ENG638 General Linguistics (3)
Mondays: January 11–March 28; 5:30–9:10 p.m.
No class January 18 and February 15.

HIS644 - The Ancient Greek World (3)
Explores 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.
Schedule to be arranged with faculty and enrolled students.

MAT627 Investigating Mathematical Concepts (3)
Tuesdays: January 5–March 29; 6–9 p.m.
No class February 16.
 

SPRING 2016

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.
Schedule to be arranged with faculty and enrolled students.

MAT601 Modeling Mathematics (3)
Tuesdays: April 5–June 21; 6–9:20 p.m.
No class April 19.

MAT605 Mathematics and the Greeks (3)
Mondays, April 4–June 20; 5:30–9:15pm
No class April 18 and May 30.