May 2020 Campus & Field Trip Courses

Campus & Field Trip Courses for May 2020
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INQ 177-CK Differ-abilities

Instructor: Frances Bosch
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $25

What are the experiences of an individual with disabilities living in an able-bodied world? Throughout American history how have able-bodied individuals provided opportunities and imposed limitations on those perceived to be disabled? What qualifies as a disability? This course is designed to challenge students to understand, and view with greater tolerance and appreciation, the challenges and abilities of differently-abled individuals. We will examine basic human anatomy, and consider mis-function in the human system, and living with mal-functions. We will investigate how laws and society perceive, protect, and limit people with differ-abilities; examine the lives of famous and successful individuals with differ-abilities; investigate careers in Assistive fields; and propose solutions or modifications to improve the lives of individuals with differ-abilities. Increasing empathy, and consideration of careers in the field are the expansive goals of this curriculum.

INQ/ARTH 277-CI Experimental Archeology

Instructor: Leslie Warden
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $60

How did ancient people make tools? How did they cook their food or brew their beer? How skilled were ancient cooks and ancient artisans? Experimental archaeology allows us to find answers for these, and other, questions through recreating food and artifacts using materials and technologies actually available to ancient peoples. Through experimentation, we can learn how such tools work—or if our interpretations of material culture are even correct! We will make beer, recreate the first Chinese noodles, knapping flint, and experiment with faience in the hopes of answering questions about ancient peoples and showing the role and importance of human (not alien!) ingenuity and skill in the past.

INQ-277-CJ Computer Graphics

Instructor: Eliz Heil
Prerequisites: none
Fee: tba

Intensive investigation and exploration using the computer in the visual arts. Emphasis is on learning computer graphic software and equipment. Application of computer knowledge is applied to various visual products.

INQ-177-CA Exploring Social Wellness

Instructors: Sandra McGhee and Wes Brusseau
Prerequisites: none
Fee: none

Student leadership in health advocacy is the key to successful promotion of responsible decision making, risk reduction and improved overall wellbeing in the college population. The goal of this course is to prepare students for campus leadership, advocacy, and activism in health promotion. Students should be comfortable discussing topics such as emotional well-being, alcohol and substance use, healthy sexuality, and multicultural well-being. The course is an academic exploration of social health and wellness issues with emphasis placed on practical skill development. Furthermore, students will gain valuable experience that will better prepare them for continued study in a variety of health care fields.

INQ/CJUS/POLI 277-CD Law & Film

Instructor: Bridget Tainer-Parkins
Prerequisites: none
Fee: none

This course will examine how popular culture (more specifically, film) portrays lawyers and the legal system and how those images affect our perceptions of the legal system.

INQ/ECON 277-CA Experimental Economics

Instructor: Edward Nik-Khah
Prerequisites: ECON 121 or 122
Fee: none

The use of controlled laboratory experimentation in economics was regarded an impossibility a mere two decades ago, and yet practitioners have recently been recognized with nothing less than the Nobel Prize in economics. In this course we shall find that the study of laboratory experimentation in economics provides a golden opportunity to develop an understanding of the sudden emergence of economics as an “experimental” science, experience being an experimental economist and an experimental subject, and examine the pathways along which experimentation is actually changing social science. Students will not only learn the precepts of the field, but also have the opportunity to participate in real experiments.

INQ/POLI 277-CK African Politics through Film

Instructor: Joshua Rubongoya
Prerequisites: none
Fee: none

This course has one overarching objective, namely to examine African politics in the context of the major historical, economic and cultural factors that have determined and continue to shape political systems on the continent.  The course will employ films, docudramas, and texts.

INQ 177-CF1 or INQ 177-CF2 Mathematics of Gambling and Games

Instructor: Adam Childers or Maggie Rahmoeller
Prerequisites: none
Fee: none

The gaming industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that relies on the mathematics of its games to drive their profits and avoid their losses. This course provides both a hands-on and a computational analysis of the probabilities involved when gambling and playing games. We include an introduction to the rules of and basic winning strategies for roulette, blackjack, various forms of poker, and other games, including selected board games and sports. Students will also learn to apply skills developed in this class to other games they come across.

INQ-277-CC The Prophetic Message of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Instructor: Paul Hinlicky
Prerequisites: none
Fee: none

Why did Martin Luther King's Christian message have such a powerful impact?  How does that impact continue to resonate? Is King represented in ways that respect his own self-understanding? This course queries the theological perspectives, rooted in the Bible and the Black Church in America experience, which inspired and informed the public ministry of Martin Luther King Jr. It further develops critical and analytic tools for the evaluation of the representation of King in literature, cinema, monuments and other works of art. This is an intensive reading course with an experiential component that will include interviews with local religious leaders on the influence of King in their own ministries. 

INQ 177-CJ Psychology of Teams

Instructors: Danielle Findley-Van Nostrand and Travis Carter
Prerequisite: none
Fee: $50

The goal of this course is to examine what makes teams effective, drawing upon classic and modern research in psychology. What changes when individuals must function as part of a team? How do effective teams solve problems and make decisions? What group dynamics lead to challenges in effectively solving problems? What kinds of team environments foster cooperation and allow for successful communication? What makes for a good team leader? What kinds of personality traits make for the most (and least) effective team members? We will attempt to answer these questions through a combination of readings and daily activities, including a number of cooperative and competitive team-based games and local field trips.

INQ 177-CD Adventure in Nature

Instructor: Steve Powers
Prerequisite: none
Fee: $100
Hiking most days and a multi-day hiking field trip with tent camping

This course is an adventure into nature examining the geology, plants and animals of the central Appalachians and their interactions with each other and their human inhabitants.  These interactions will be experienced in a classroom setting as well as first hand through trips into the central Appalachians that will include many strenuous hikes, wilderness camping and snorkeling in rivers.  This course will provide students with a background in natural history and experience with resources commonly used by amateur and professional field naturalists, planning and executing adventures into nature, maintaining trails, and interpreting those adventures within an academic context providing students with the tools necessary for a lifetime of adventuring into nature.

Students must be proficient swimmers (will have to pass a swim test) and have at least a moderate level of cardio-vascular fitness for admission to class.  Camping in unimproved campgrounds will be the only form of lodging available for the travel portion of the course and is essential for complete “immersion” into our topic.  That means no hotels, no beds, no bathrooms, no showers, etc.  So, if you don’t think you can bathe in a river, cook food on a camp stove, or “go” in the woods, this is not the class for you.  One objective of this course is to prepare you for future adventures into nature, and using unimproved campgrounds will illustrate how economical adventure travel can be when hotel costs are not an expense.  

INQ 177-CI Bluegrass and Old Time Music

Instructor: Hannah Robbins
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $150
Multiple field trips including overnights

This course offers students a hands-on introduction to the traditional “mountain music” culture of southwestern Virginia. Experiential learning “in the field” will include attending music and dance events, class visits by musicians, and attendance at a regional music festival. Students develop and present a group project that explores how a music-culture of their choice can be better understood in light of what they have learned about the ideas, activities, repertories, and material culture of “old time” and “Bluegrass.” No prior experience performing music, either singing or playing, is required: a basic tenet of old-time music is that every member of the community can participate, regardless of familiarity or skill. Central to the course is the global idea that music is learned in the music-making experience.

INQ 177-CC Health & Happiness

Instructor: Michael Maina
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $400
Overnight trip to North Carolina; outdoors and physically active every day

What makes people happy? How do people find happiness? How does being happy influence your life? The focus of this course will be on the relationship beetween the concept of happiness and its impact on all aspects of wellness. In particular, the course will look at several theories surrounding the idea of happiness, how real people have applied the theories to their everyday lives, and the results they have experienced. Students will be required to actively participate in all activities planned and be able to reflect upon their experiences showing a deeper understanding of the complex nature of happiness and its influence on health.

INQ/PHST 277-CB Outbreaks and Epidemics

Instructor: Kristen Schorpp
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $650
Four nights in Atlanta

Epidemics shape the world we live in. History has demonstrated that bacteria, viruses, and parasites, though often invisible to us, have the power to decimate populations, restructure economies, and shape the way cultures and civilizations develop. This course will examine outbreaks and epidemics in historical and contemporary context. Course content and discussion will apply a population perspective of health, using several illustrative examples of both infectious and non-infectious epidemics that have fundamentally shaped the practice of public health and outbreak investigation. This class will also explore how knowledge of outbreaks and epidemics are acquired by outbreak investigators, translated to the public, and interpreted through the lens of both scientific and cultural understandings of the time. Finally, to further class knowledge and understanding of outbreak investigation, we will visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other important health-related sites in Atlanta, Georgia. Four nights in Atlanta

INQ/SOCI 277-CF Politics in Art

Instructor: Marit Berntson
Prerequisites: SOCI 101 or INQ 260SO
Fee: tba
Overnight trip to Washington, DC

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the study of political ideas, conflict, events, and action as expressed in literature, cinema, and other works of art – technology, architecture, painting, and sculpture. We will view several films, read 2-3 books and take a field trip to Washington, DC to learn about the architecture of our capital’s major buildings, monuments, and the design of the city itself. We will visit the Smithsonian, the National Gallery, and the Newseum. Students will explore the representation of politics in art through a combination of requirements, including large and small group discussions of films, books, and art, informal essays and journal writing, and a final exam consisting of short answer and essay questions.

INQ 177-CB Sex, Drugs, and Rock 'n Roll

Instructor: DB Poli
Prerequisites: INQ 250 or any other lab science class
Fee: $600
Three-day trip to Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland

In this course, we will use rock and roll music to explore the biology behind sex, drugs, and the rock and roll lifestyle. We will understand sex through the examination of human reproduction, STDs, and pregnancy. Drugs will take us into the world of street and over-the-counter drug use, addiction/dependency, and the ethnobotanical history of each of these drugs. The rock and roll lifestyle is filled with consequences like hearing loss and tattooing and specific lifestyle choices; we will delve into these phenomena from a cultural perspective exploring the biology along the way. Investigating the lives and music of sensations like Hendrix, Sex Pistols, Kurt Cobain, Mötley Crüe, and Aerosmith through books, music videos, and movies will give us a human perspective on some exciting biological processes while allowing us to enter the most extreme version of this musical lifestyle.