May 2020 IL Courses

IL Courses for May 2020

Due to the Governor's Stay-at-Home order, only online options will be offered for May 2020. Registration for open seats will begin April 8. Students may add or drop sections via Self Service or Elucian Go.

INQ 177-CD Adventure in Nature

Instructor: Steve Powers
Prerequisite: none

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. 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.

INQ/POLI-277-OL2 American Political Parties

Instructor: Bryan Parsons
Prerequisites: none

Are political parties organized to win elections, or are political parties organized to translate demands into public policy? In short, the focus of inquiry in this course is: “why parties?” The course is designed to provide a broad overview of American political parties, focusing specifically on the politics of the formation and change of America’s two-party system. The course will involve in an intensive learning, team-based project on the development, presentation, and critical debate of the “State of the Parties” in 21st century American politics.

INQ 277-OLG Asian Cinema-Global

Instructor: Wendy Larson-Harris
Prerequisites: none
This course counts in the East Asian Concentration and satisfies the Global requirement

In this course, we'll watch films from China, Japan, and India, and learn about the historical, religious, artistic, and cultural contexts they came out of.  We’ll pay particular attention to traditional art forms (like painting and theater) and see how they influence filmmakers.

INQ 177-OL6 Biology for the Witch

Instructor: DB Poli
Prerequisites: none

Whole cultures are shaped by the relationship of the plants and animals that surround them. That deep connection creates myths and truths that develop a sense of identity and importance in the world. Together we will use ethnobotanical principles to explore herbals and the stories that surround some popular plants. We will delve into the literature to see what modern science has to say about herbal remedies and learn about the field of medical botany. Finally, the course will try to gather how animals become some of our best friends by inspecting evolution, domestication, and companion animal and wild animal definitions.  This course will require you to do some hiking/exploring in your immediate environment around your home and watch videos on YouTube (to be linked in Inquire). 

INQ-277-CJ Computer Graphics

Instructor: Eliz Heil
Prerequisites: none

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-CK and INQ 177-OL5 Differ-abilities

Instructor: Frances Bosch
Prerequisites: none

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: open only to students aged 21 or older 
Fee: $60 paid to Business Office

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/ECON 277-CA Experimental Economics

Instructor: Edward Nik-Khah
Prerequisites: ECON 121 or 122

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-177-CA Exploring Social Wellness

Instructors: Sandra McGhee and Wes Brusseau
Prerequisites: 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 and INQ 277-OL4 Law & Film

Instructor: Bridget Tainer-Parkins or Daisy Ball
Prerequisites: 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 177-OLG Folktales of the Eastern Europeans-Global

Instructor: Martha Kuchar
Prerequisites: none

Reading of folktales from Poland, Czechia, Serbia, Ukraine, Russia, and other East Europeans nations. Featured will be Baba Yaga, Koshchei the Deathless, Marzanna, Chernobog, the Vilas and Rusalkas, the Firebird, and other famous figures of this folklore. Some of these folk characters are known to contemporary readers of Neil Gaiman, the Witcher books and games, and the Harry Potter series, among others. We will situate the old folktales in their geographical and historical settings, so course readings will include essays about the East European region.

INQ 177-CC Health & Happiness

Instructor: Michael Maina
Prerequisites: none

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 277-OL7 Interpersonal Relationships

Instructor: Darcey Powell
Prerequisites: none
This course counts in the Human Development Concentration

This course will examine the current theories and research related to interpersonal relationships. Specifically, we will be looking at family relationships, peer relationships, and intimate relationships. The focus of this course will be on dyadic relationships, but some attention will also be given to triadic and group relationships (e.g., family as a whole or peers in school/work setting).

INQ 177-OL3 Keeping a Journal

Instructor: Katherine Hoffman
Prerequisites: none

The personal journal can be a way of delving into the psyche, a record of a spiritual journey or a way of life, a storehouse of dreams and ideas, a historical record of the times.  What could be more appropriate in this time of pandemic? In this course, you will write every day, share some of your writing and the reflections that arise from it with others, and be part of a supportive audience for others' writing. You will read examples of and try out many different kinds of journal writing in order to discover the kinds o​f personal writing that are most valuable to you.  In the end you will  produce 3 weeks of intensive writing -- some private, and some drawn out into public pieces.  We will form a community of writers as we work to generate insight in this stressful time, and to develop the skill of using writing to living an examined, meaningful life.


INQ 277-OLG2 Marketing in a Global World

Instructor: Ivy Kutlu
Prerequisites: none
This course counts in the Marketing Concentration and satisfies the Global requirement.

This course introduces the students to marketing in a global world. The students will learn about development of international products, pricing strategies, promotion techniques, and channels of distribution.

INQ 277-OL1 Middle School Immersion

Instructor: Gary Whitt
Prerequisites: EDUC 210

This course will examine the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional characteristics which make 10-14 year old children unique. Based on these characteristics, we’ll then examine best teaching practices for this age group and design effective instruction and assessments of learning.

INQ/SOCI 277-CF Politics in Art

Instructor: Marit Berntson
Prerequisites: SOCI 101 or INQ 260SO

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. 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-OL8 Religion at the Movies

Instructor: Marwood Larson-Harris
Prerequisites: none

The class will read about four religious traditions (Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, and Christianity) and watch dramatic and documentary movies about these traditions. Students will watch roughly 3 films per week and have a Zoom-based discussion on the following day. All of the films will be on Netflix and Amazon Prime.