Summerterm 2020 Online Courses:
Summer Session I: June 1, 2020 - July 1, 2020
ENG 243ONL: Techniques of Creative Nonfiction
Instructor: Dr. Bob Cowser
English 243 is an introductory study of the formal concepts and technical problems of the literary essay, a study we undertake so that we can become essayists ourselves. Becoming an essayist, as Hoagland remarks above, is a "tall order" which involves adopting a certain habit of mind, requires of us a certain way of going at the world, cultivating a fascination with what it is to be human. As a means of acquiring this habit, we will read a great deal of nonfiction and write essays on various topics. The work to be done is well worth the effort. As Scott Sanders points out, we need not expect to be professional writers to benefit from the practice of writing essays.
As an online course, we have the special task of trying to create a writing community that is virtual but no less viable or nurturing. If Carol Bly is correct above, and I think she is, then you are embarking on what can be a lonely, arduous adventure anyway (I love the title of Robin Hemley’s essay on the subject, “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Writer.”) Our role as a workshop, thenm and mine as a mentor and teacher, will be to counteract some of this isolation with critique, conversation, and fellowship.
ENVS 101ONL: Introduction to Environmental Studies
Instructor: Dr. David Murphy
This summer-term course is an introduction to the basic concepts and interrelationships needed to understand the complexities of environmental problems. A survey of the characteristics of natural environments and human populations is followed by a study of environmental degradation and alternative solutions to environmental problems. The student is introduced to the roles of many disciplines (including both the natural and social sciences) in the study of environmental problems. The emphasis of the course is on interdisciplinary thinking. Fulfills EL requirement (2013 curriculum).
GEOL 117: Dynamic Ocean On-Line
Instructor: Dr. Antun Husinec
This online course is an introduction to geological and physical oceanography which provides students with an understanding of the marine environment and natural and human impacts on it. Topics include ocean in Earth system, plate tectonics, marine sediments. atmosphere and ocean, currents, waves and tides. coastal ocean and shoreline processes. It also includes study of oceans and climate change, ocean's role in global warming, and ocean acidification. There are no prerequisites for this course.
GNDR 103ONL: Gender and Society
Instructor: Dr. Mahrou Zhaf
This interdisciplinary course examines how being male or female is translated into the social relationships of gender. It explores the ways gender roles, identities, and institutions are constructed in relation to race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality. The primary goal of this course is to familiarize students with key issues, questions, and debates in Women's and Gender Studies, both historical and contemporary. Gender studies scholarship critically analyzes themes of gendered performance and power in a range of social spheres, such as education, law, culture, work, medicine, and the family. This course integrates analysis of current events through student presentations, aiming to increase awareness of contemporary and historical experiences of women and of the multiple ways that sex and gender interact with race, class, nationality, and other social identities. Throughout the semester, we will "question gender" in multiple ways: a) why has gender been a primary organizing principle of society? b) How do "gendered scripts" for dress, appearance, and behavior emerge among different social groups and in different cultures and historical periods? c) How do we explain the sexual division of labor and the unequal social status of women and girls and those activities and roles deemed "feminine" in society? d) In what ways does gender intersect with race, ethnicity, and sexuality? e) How do gendered structures of power and authority operate? f) What factors contribute to the formation and success of movements for and against gender equality and fluidity? g) Can we imagine a future in which we largely ignore gender or envision gender and sexuality in more expansive, fluid, or egalitarian ways?
GNDR 3078: Business and Bias in the Equestrian Industry
Instructor: Dr. Piper Klemm
Despite being ostensibly the sport with the greatest gender equality—men and women compete equally at all levels—the $112-billion equestrian industry of the twenty-first century struggles to address issues of economics, business, and gender. At the younger and lower levels, >90% of equestrians are women, while the sport’s leadership, champions, and Olympians are predominately (>70%) men. Using the interdisciplinary tools of economics, psychology, and gender studies, students in this course will learn how the status quo evolved and can be navigated through cultural norms, customs, and niche market biases. Issues of power and justice as they apply to the coach/rider experience and patterns of abuse within the industry will also be explored. Students will be equipped with an intellectual skillset to navigate through and flourish within the sport.
GOVT 3038: The Politics of Game of Thrones
Instructor: Dr. Ronnie Olesker
Game of Thrones, The most popular show in the world in 2018-2019, has inspired much academic research and exploration, especially in the field of international relations. The show, based on the Novels by George R.R. Martin, was viewed in over 170 countries. World leaders incorporated memes from the show as well as some of its discourse ("winter is coming" for climate change for example) in their political communication. This course combines the discipline of international relations (IR) with pop culture to learn how the two interact using Game of Thrones show. You will be asked to learn about concepts in the academic field of international relations, know how IR scholars have analyzed or studied pop culture, especially GoT, and apply your knowledge to the show’s content in season 1 and 7. No prior knowledge of either IR theory or Game Of Thrones is required.
HIST 203ONL: Early Canada (c. 1500-1885)
Instructor: Dr. Neil Forkey
After first laying eyes upon the eastern coast of Canada in May 1534, the French explorer Jacques Cartier remarked that it resembled the “land that God gave to Cain.” Despite Cartier’s initial misgivings, Canada presented numerous opportunities to Europeans, as it had for the First Nations before them. During the next three centuries, the northern half of North America evolved into an imperial domain of the French, and then of the British. In 1867, through a political union known as Confederation, the Dominion of Canada was created, and the first steps toward the contemporary Canada that we know today were taken. In this course we will explore the political, economic, social, and cultural life of Early Canada, from the age of European contact to the era of Confederation.
HIST 204ONL: Modern Canada (c. 1867-Present)
Instructor: Dr. Neil Forkey
On July 1, 1867 the three British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the United Province of Canada (early Ontario and Quebec) joined to create the Dominion of Canada. From the time of Confederation to the end of the Great War, Canada remained in the shadow of Great Britain. In the period following the war, the Dominion moved toward closer relations with the United States. It is between these two empires, one across the Atlantic Ocean, the other on the North American continent that Canada might be understood in the broadest sense. Yet, such an approach masks the internal forces that moved Canada from colonial status to one of the world’s most prolific international actors of the twentieth century. In this course, we will examine the “making” of modern Canada from Confederation to the present by focusing on the imperial and continental contexts, as well as domestic political, economic, social, and cultural factors.
ND 3032: Live Green Live Sustainably
Instructors: Dr. Sara Ashpole & Mr. Samuel Joseph
The pursuit of sustainability has generated lifestyle changes for individuals across the globe. What does it means to live sustainably in our society? Is it recycling, reducing our waste, choosing a metal straw, buying local organic food, eating less meat, or opting for a homemade deodorant? What really makes a difference locally and globally? This course aims at helping you achieve a more sustainable existence by discovering what can really make a difference and how to get the most out of life by living more intentionally and considering your impact. However, sustainability goes beyond controlling our consumption and lifestyle. There are key social, political, and economic areas that need to be addressed as well, and there are several steps that individuals can take to help in these areas. Live Green Live Sustainably is an online course that explores the basics of sustainability, drawing on non-fiction literature, scientific papers, and practical steps that can make a difference. Assignments include developing one’s own evidence-based guide to living green, a research project exploring one idea in depth, and a current issue presentation.
PCA 125ONL: Introduction to Theatre
Instructor: Dr. Jennifer Thomas
Students are introduced to the formal aspects of play texts and develop the critical skills necessary to read plays and critique live and video performances. Representative dramas from the Greeks to the present are investigated in terms of character development, dialog, settings and central ideas, as well as their original theatrical contexts: theater architecture, stage conventions, scenic devices, costuming and acting techniques. The emphasis is on analysis of scripts and the relationship among performance conditions, cultural context and dramatic conventions.
PHIL 202ONL: Reasoning
Instructor: Mr. Nicholas Hughes
Critical reasoning is the ability and tendency to be moved by good reasons and not by poor ones. This course examines arguments—how to identify them, how to evaluate them, and how to produce them—so that students will be better prepared to reason critically about issues of importance to themselves and to society. Topics may include both the formal and informal evaluation of arguments, scientific reasoning, and fallacious reasoning.
PSYC 101ONL: Introductory Psychology
Instructor: Dr. Serge Onyper
This course surveys the scientific study of behavior and mental processes as natural phenomena. Basic psychological areas such as biopsychology, perception, learning, memory, motivation and emotion are typically addressed. Broader, integrated topics such as development, personality, and social and abnormal psychology are also explored. This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in the psychology major, and is also required for the neuroscience major.
REL 206ONL: New Testament
Instructor: Dr. Charles Thomas Fraatz
In a backwater province of the Roman Empire, Jesus of Nazareth was tortured and put to death in 30 CE by the Roman state in a manner befitting an insurrectionist. In the years and decades that followed, a movement spread which believed that this Jewish peasant had a cosmic significance beyond his execution. The followers of this movement began writing down their understandings of this significance; these writings were later collected, codified, and canonized into a text that we call the New Testament.
This course introduces students to the critical study of the New Testament in a historical and theological context. Written in ancient Greek over the course of the late first and early second centuries, the New Testament preserves an ancient anthology of diverse narratives, religious treatises, and theological disputes between the ancient Jews and Christians who believed the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth mattered. As the foundational and canonical religious text of the world’s two billion Christians, the New Testament is also a text that is imbued with religious authority and has been deployed to authorize religious and political leaders over the centuries.
Introduction to the New Testament focuses on critical and contextual reading skills in ancient and modern contexts. No prior knowledge of the Bible or Christianity is required. Indeed, students should not expect the Bible to be read as a devotional text, but rather consider how the Bible has been read, understood, and deployed in its ancient and modern contexts.
SSES 115ONL: Introduction to Kinesiology
Instructors: Mr. Mike Mahoney & Mr. Chris Wells
This is the introductory course for the Sports Studies & Exercise Science minor. It focuses on the study of physical activity from socio-cultural, behavioral, and biophysical perspectives. The role of physical activity in human development as it relates in the contexts of school, community, workplace, and the natural environment will be examined.
SSES 212ONL: Sociological Perspectives on Sport
Instructor: Ms. Mare MacDougall Bari
Sport plays a giant role in contemporary society worldwide. But few of us pause to think about the larger questions of politics, race, sex, culture, and commercialization that surround sport everywhere. By understanding many of the issues and controversies based in the structure of sport, students will be able to understand the complex nature of this social institution. This course will challenge students to develop a deeper understanding and a new perspective of sport.
SSES 3019: Grit, Toughness, and Contemporary Equestrian Coaching
Instructor: Dr. Piper Klemm
The equestrian sport industry is changing rapidly due to shifts in social policy, parental involvement, expense, regulation, and mental skills. As a result, successfully coaching and teaching riders means running an equestrian business. This course will focus on identifying and resolving the education challenges facing young riders and how to critically and creatively substantiate which methodologies serve riders best. Given the historic nature of the sport and its traditions, studying the impacts of regulation on horse shows and points systems, micromarkets, and consumer behaviors will provide context for rider growth. Data and texts from sources in both the equine industry and the broader athletic community will support our study of long-standing and contemporary issues in modernizing education in the equestrian industry.
SSES 3020: English Riding: History, Culture, and Industry Evolution
Instructor: Dr. Piper Klemm
As the only sport where professional men and women compete equally in every class and Olympians span heights from 5’0” to 6’5”, English riding carries a futuristic mentality on many issues while clinging to customs and tradition in others. This course will present the history, culture, and industry that have led to the current state of hunter, jumper, and equitation competition in the equestrian community. From evolving equine physiology, the rise of horse importation, longer horse shows, and more divisions to shifting societal and economic pressures, we will explore the factors that have influenced this insular yet globe-spanning community. Governing bodies will be evaluated for influence and role of regulation in the current marketplace. Students will encounter English riding through readings and video interactions with professionals in the field.