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May Term - Intensive Learning

The College provides a wide array of Intensive Learning opportunities, including travel courses as well as on-campus courses. The majority of these courses are offered in May, during a three-week term, although some travel courses may run a little over or a little under the three-week period.

May Term Courses 2012

Campus Based:

INQ:177 Ecosystem Experience
An investigation into historic and contemporary land use and ecosystems of the upper roanoke River through hiking, overnight camping, food, research, and written exercises.  This course is writing intensive; students will analyze and record their observations and experiences, and will use their writings to contruct a "curricular manual" for the Alta Mons site.  Based from campus, this IL will include camping overnights (tents and gear provided) on location at Alta Mons, hikes along portions of the Roanoke River Greenway and visits to the Salem Historical Museum and other locations.  Given the nature of course activities, each student should be in condition to perform moderate hiking/walking and bring appropriate, comfortable shoes and clothing, including rain gear.

Domestic Travel:

INQ 177: Mines of Southwest Virginia.
This class will look at current and historic mines in Southwest Virginia, concentrating on their environmental impact, technology, and history. These mines will include gold, coal, iron, and other minerals. There will be class work, library work, lab work, and field trips to working and abandoned mines.

INQ 277/I.R. 277/POLI 277  The Cold War in Film 
The course focuses upon the impact of the Cold War on both the domestic and foreign politics of the United States in the half century following the end of World War II. Movies and other references to popular culture will be utilized to critically examine the events and attitudes of the Cold War era. 

Travel Abroad:

GERMANY INQ 177: The Greener Way of Life in Modern Germany and Berlin
This course explores the "greening" of the modern Germany economy via a trip to Berlin. What kinds of green technologies are applied in and around Berlin to fuel the economy? How does Germany's capital try to achieve its unique combination of 21st century modern culture and sustainability? The focus will be on visiting production sites of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, and biogas), inner-city gardening projects, local organic food production, and many other aspects of Berlin's fascinating way of life.