Content Area Courses

Featured Content Area Courses
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WINTER 2017

ART620 Photography (3)
Introduces fundamentals of cameras, lighting, composition, basics of processing and printing black and white film, and use of photography as medium of communication and artistic expression. $25 lab fee.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

BIO601 The Forensics of Science (3)
Focuses on biological and chemical principles and processes that aid in solving crimes. Identifies chemical clues and signatures, DNA fingerprinting, decomposition and decomposer life cycles related to timing and location of crimes. Explores the use of science in the service of justice for all.
Saturdays: January 21, February 11, February 25, & March 18   9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Additional days to be determined.
$25 lab fee

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.  
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

CHE625 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 determined between professor and enrolled students.

ENG635 Shakespeare Active in Class and History (3)
The reading and performance of Shakespeare has been part of the English classroom canon in both high school and college for many years. This course addresses both the historical context of Shakespeare’s plays and the themes within the plays. Strategies to make the reading and performance of Shakespeare’s plays are examined.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students

ENG636 Poetry and Literary Analysis (3)
Exploration of genre of poetry. Using literary elements, students analyze how meaning is created in poems, compare the sonnets of Petrarch and Shakespeare, and explore early roots of poetry and poetic novels of Mel Glenn and Sandra Cisneros. Practice in writing of poetry demonstrates literary concepts.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students. 

ENG676 Literary Analysis (3)
Literary analysis is the method by which we examine and understand the literature we read. Critical theory is the variety of lenses we bring to that analysis. Not surprisingly, there are multiple lenses through which scholars have viewed literature. Many of these theories reflect the social and philosophical issues of the period in which they were developed. At the same, time they raise universal questions about life and its meaning. This course will allow you to understand how these different theories examine literature, and how they are similar and different from each other. 
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

CHE601 The Forensics of Science (3)
Focuses on chemical and biological principles and processes that aid in solving crimes. Identifies chemical clues and signatures, DNA fingerprinting, decomposition and decomposer life cycles related to timing and location of crimes. Explores the use of science in the service of justice for all.
Saturdays: January 21, February 11, February 25,  & March 18    9 a.m–3 p.m.
Additional days to be determined.
$25 lab fee

CHE673 Selected Topics: Chemistry (3)
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 determined between professor and enrolled students.

HIS655 Exploring Urban Schools: Character, Culture, and Contexts (3) 
This online course is an overview and study of the character of urban schools, many of which face significant challenges in our society. The study is based upon current research in the field and the real-life narratives of urban teachers, school leaders, students, and parents. We will examine not only the areas of education and pedagogy, but also consider the significant role and impact of economics and urban poverty, culture and multiculturalism, race and racism, politics, the role of government, and social ethics. The course is structured to allow for individual pacing but will also include participation in online forums and occasional live discussions online. The goal of the course is to raise awareness of the issues and challenges of urban schools as well as to consider and develop the possibilities for renewal and reform with.
Online beginning Monday, January 23. 

MAT627 Investigating Mathematical Concepts (3)
Tuesdays: January 10–March 28, 6–9:20 p.m.
No class February 21

PHY625 Electronic Circuits (3)
Examines and explains concepts of electronics, calculating numerical quantities related to analog electronics, such quantities as voltage, current, impedance, power, bandwidth and gain.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

 

SPRING 2017

ART620 Photography (3)
Introduces fundamentals of cameras, lighting, composition, basics of processing and printing black and white film, and use of photography as medium of communication and artistic expression.
$25 lab fee.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students
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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 the 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.
$25 lab fee
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students
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CHE673 Selected Topics: Green Chemistry Theory and Practice (3)
Green chemistry, also known as sustainable chemistry, is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances. Green chemistry applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, and use.  $25 Lab fee. 
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

ENG604 Advanced Grammar for Writing (3)
Studies and analyzes grammar systems and syntax of English language.  Includes roles of grammar in construction of written style and pedagogical implications in schools.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled 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 M.A.T. students to examine cross-cultural implication of literature. 
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

ENG635 Shakespeare Active in Class and History (3)
The reading and performance of Shakespeare has been part of the English classroom canon in both high school and college for many years. This course addresses both the historical context of Shakespeare’s plays and the themes within the plays. Strategies to make the reading and performance of Shakespeare’s plays are examined.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students

ENG636 Poetry and Literary Analysis (3)
Exploration of genre of poetry. Using literary elements, students analyze how meaning is created in poems, compare the sonnets of Petrarch and Shakespeare, and explore early roots of poetry and poetic novels of Mel Glenn and Sandra Cisneros. Practice in writing of poetry demonstrates literary concepts.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students. 

ENG676 Literary Analysis (3)
Literary analysis is the method by which we examine and understand the literature we read. Critical theory is the variety of lenses we bring to that analysis. Not surprisingly, there are multiple lenses through which scholars have viewed literature. Many of these theories reflect the social and philosophical issues of the period in which they were developed. At the same time, they raise universal questions about life and its meaning. This course will allow you to understand how these different theories examine literature, and how they are similar and different from each other.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

ENG638 General Linguistics (3)
Tuesdays: April 4–June 20, 6–9:20 p.m.
No class April 18.

ENG673 Selected Topics: The History and Literature of the Ancient Greeks (3)
Explore literature of ancient Greece from the Trojan War to the time of St. Paul. Historical periods covered will include the Trojan War, the Dark Ages, Greek colonization, the Persian War, the Classical Period, the Peloponnesian War, the conquests of Alexander the Great, and the Hellenistic era. Texts will include in whole or in part The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer, The Oresteia of Aeschylus, Oedipus the King of Sophocles, The Histories of Heridotus, The Peloponnesian War of Thucydides and The Symposium of Plato.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

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 determined between professor and enrolled students.

HIS646 Roma Aeterna: History and Language of the World's Greatest Empire (3)
Focus on the 200 years from 100 BC to 100 AD. Readings provide significant historical and cultural insights into daily Roman life. Connections to modern English will be made at every opportunity. Spoken Latin will be incorporated as well, engaging pedagogical discussions for teachers interested in incorporating some Latin (or English derivatives) into the curriculum. Instruction will be differentiated according to prior knowledge of the language.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

HIS672 U.S. Constitution (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.

MAT621 Modeling Mathematics (3)
Tuesdays: April 4–June 20, 6–9:20 p.m.
No class April 18.

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SUMMER 2017

ART620 Photography (3)
Introduces fundamentals of cameras, lighting, composition, basics of processing and printing black and white film, and use of photography as medium of communication and artistic expression. $25 lab fee.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

BIO630 Introduction to Marine Biology(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
$25 lab fee.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

BIO637 Biology of Earth and Space (3)
Includes basic astronomy, meteorology, geology and oceanography.  Topics will range from plate tectonics to climate change to the history of earth and the universe. Emphasis on activities, field trips and laboratories for these topics.
$25 lab fee.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

EDU655 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 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 course: Start date TBA

ENG604 Advanced Grammar for Writing (3)
Studies and analyzes grammar systems and syntax of English language. Includes roles of grammar in construction of written style and pedagogical implications in schools.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled 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 M.A.T. students to examine cross-cultural implication of literature. 
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

ENG635 Shakespeare Active in the Class and History (3)
The reading and performance of Shakespeare has been part of the English classroom canon in both high school and college for many years. This course addresses both the historical context of Shakespeare’s plays and the themes within the plays. Strategies to make the reading and performance of Shakespeare’s plays are examined.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students. 

ENG636 Poetry and Literary Analysis (3)
Exploration of genre of poetry. Using literary elements, students analyze how meaning is created in poems, compare the sonnets of Petrarch and Shakespeare, and explore early roots of poetry and poetic novels of Mel Glenn and Sandra Cisneros. Practice in writing of poetry demonstrates literary concepts.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

ENG673 Selected Topics: The History and Literature of the Ancient Greeks (3)
Explore literature of ancient Greece from the Trojan War to the time of St. Paul. Historical periods covered will include the Trojan War, the Dark Ages, Greek colonization, the Persian War, the Classical Period, the Peloponnesian War, the conquests of Alexander the Great, and the Hellenistic era. Texts will include in whole or in part The Iliad and Odyssey of Homer, The Oresteia of Aeschylus, Oedipus the King of Sophocles, The Histories of Heridotus, The Peloponnesian War of Thucydides and The Symposium of Plato.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

ENG674 Developing Writers (3)
Encourages teachers at all levels to develop as writers and explore practical strategies for the classroom.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students

ENG676 Literary Analysis (3)
Literary analysis is the method by which we examine and understand the literature we read. Critical theory is the variety of lenses we bring to that analysis. Not surprisingly, there are multiple lenses through which scholars have viewed literature. Many of these theories reflect the social and philosophical issues of the period in which they were developed. At the same time, they raise universal questions about life and its meaning. This course will allow you to understand how these different theories examine literature, and how they are similar and different from each other.
Schedule to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

FRE679 Immigration in Contemporary France-La France arabe(3)
The theme of the assimilation of immigrants from the Maghreb into contemporary French life, the problems that face their new generations in integration and acceptance, and the Islamophobia that permeates modern French culture will be explored through novels, short stories, news articles and music videos. Student reports as well as an "explication de texte" and a paper or final project will be required.  Some attention will be given to culling segments of the works for use in the public school setting. 

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 determined between professor and enrolled students.

HIS646 Roma Aeterna: History and Language of the World's Greatest Empire (3)
Focus on the 200 years from 100 BC to 100 AD. Readings provide significant historical and cultural insights into daily Roman life. Connections to modern English will be made at every opportunity. Spoken Latin will be incorporated as well, engaging pedagogical discussions for teachers interested in incorporating some Latin (or English derivatives) into curriculum. Instruction will be differentiated according to prior knowledge of the language.

HIS655 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 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 course: Start date TBA

HIS678 Using Museums in the Classroom (3)
Weekdays: July 10–14, 8 a.m.–4:15 p.m.
$25 materials fee.

MAT627 Investigating Mathematical Concepts (3)
Weekdays:  June 30; 6–9pm  and July 10–13, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. July 14,  8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

MAT636 Mathematical Inquiry (3)
Weekdays: July 24–July 28, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

MAT673 Number Sense (3)
This course will address the progression of number sense concepts from Kindergarten through Grade 8 as they relate to and support instruction in middle school and high school settings. Emphasis will be on deepening teachers' understanding of arithmetic operations, teaching concepts vs. procedures, and incorporating the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
Mondays and Wednesdays:  June 26 & 28, July 10 & 12, 17 & 19, 31 & August 2.   4:45 p.m–8:45 p.m.

PHY 628 Physics and Engineering of Materials (3)
This course explores how the history of a material (its processing) influences its structure, and thus determines its properties and performance. The earliest humans lived in the Stone Age, where people used only natural materials such as stone, clay, skins, and wood. Later, people discovered copper and how to harden it, leading to the Bronze Age about 3000 BC. The use of iron and then steel, gave mankind an even stronger and harder material, with the Iron Age beginning about 1200 BC. Inexpensive processes to produce steel were commercialized in the 1800s, enabling the Industrial Age and modern civilization as we know it. In the twentieth century, the development of solid state electronics brought modern man into the Silicon Age.
$25 lab fee
Schedule to be arranged between professor and enrolled students.

 

FALL 2017

ENG604 Advanced Grammar for Writing (3)
Studies and analyzes grammar systems and syntax of English language.  Includes roles of grammar in sconstruction of written style and pedagogical implications in schools.
Begins week of October 2
Schedule to be determined 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 to be determined between professor and enrolled students.

HIS672 U.S. Constitution (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.

MAT621 Modeling Mathematics (3)
Tuesdays: September 20–December 6, 6–9 p.m.