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WINTER 2016

ART663 Selected Topics: Ceramics (3)
Create stoneware functional pieces on pottery wheels in addition to crafting unique hand-built pieces (pinch pots, coil pots, slab pieces). Finish pieces from a selection of over 25 high fire glazes. Small classes focus on individualized attention. All clay and materials are provided. Lab fee due at the end of the session to the professor is a firing charge of $4.75/lb. of finished, glazed pots.
Thursdays: January 7-March 3; 6-9 p.m.

BIO673 Selected Topics in Biology: Cancer Biology (3)
Tuesdays: January 19 – May 11; 6 - 7:30 p.m.

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.
Wednesdays: Beginning January 27; 5-8 p.m. $25 lab fee

EDU629 Integrating Reading, Writing, and Technology (3) Online
This course will be loaded on CourseSites by Blackboard and has easy to follow modules. The pace is flexible.  The Discussion Forum will be utilized to cover the discussion that normally occurs in class. Assignments include weekly responses to articles as well as peers’ posts. Class presentations made by the professors will be loaded on Blackboard to be watched when you are ready. Students must be comfortable with technology and know how to navigate the internet, upload documents, engage in Google Docs, and other basic skills. If this doesn’t describe you, it may be best to register for the in-person course in the summer. There are two professors co-teaching this course. They will be available via live chat throughout the course. Please contact the if you have any questions.
Online. Begins Tuesday, January 19.

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.
Online, except for first and last class meetings which will be face-to-face. First class meeting: Monday, January 25, 6-9 p.m. Last class meeting: TBD.

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

ENG663 Selected Topics: Shakespeare Active in Class & History (3)
Tuesdays: January 26-March 29; 6-9 p.m.
No class February 16.

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.
Tuesdays: January 19-March 15; 6-9 p.m.
No class February 16.

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 professor and enrolled students.

HIS673 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.
Online, except for first and last class meetings which will be face-to-face. First class meeting: Monday, January 25, 6-9 p.m. Last class meeting: TBD.

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

SPN673 Selected Topics: Teaching Spanish Culture (3)
This course will study visual aids that can be pedagogical resources for teaching vocabulary, grammar and culture in Spanish courses. The emphasis this semester will be the analysis of popular images, comic strips and audiovisuals particularly from but not limited to Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, México, Perú, and Spain. Students will study methodologies that highlight the importance of teaching culture in addition to grammar and vocabulary. The course will also evaluate different methodologies of teaching culture.
Saturdays: January 23 - March 12; 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

 

SPRING 2016

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. Begins in April.  Schedule to be determined between faculty and enrolled students.

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. $25 lab fee.

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. Begins in April (Date TBD).

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.

MAT621 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.

SPN695 21st Century Latin American Cinema (3)
Examines films released between 2000 and 2012 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.
Selected Saturdays: 8:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.; April 2 - June 18 (specific dates TBD)

 

SUMMER 2016

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 July (date TBD).

BIO663 Selected Topics: The Biology of Earth and Space (3)
This course will include basic astronomy, meteorology, geology, and oceanographyand will include topics 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.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.
$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 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.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled 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 determined between professor and enrolled students.

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 to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

HIS678 Using Museums in the Classroom (3) 
Weekdays: July 11-15; 8 a.m.–4:15 p.m. 
$25 materials fee.

MAT627 Investigating Mathematical Concepts (3)
Weekdays: July 11–15; 8:30 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

MAT636 Mathematical Inquiry (3)
Weekdays: July 25–July 29; 8:30 a.m.–4:45 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 18–22; 9 a.m.–12 p.m.  Additional hours to be arranged if needed.

PHY624 Astronomy (3)
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

 

FALL 2015 ***Stay tuned for FALL 2016 courses***

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.

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. 
First meeting Wednesday, October 7; 3-6 p.m.  Remaining schedule to be arranged with faculty and enrolled students. $25 lab fee.

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.
First meeting Tuesday, October 6; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Remaining schedule to be arranged with faculty and enrolled students. $25 lab fee.

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.
First meeting Thursday, October 1; 5-9 p.m  Remaining schedule to be arranged with faculty and enrolled students. $25 lab fee

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.

ENG673 Selected Topics: Advanced Grammar for Writing (3)
Begins week of October 5.  Schedule to be arranged between professor and enrolled students.

HIS650 History of Renaissance and 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 30; 6-7 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 30; 7–8 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.