May 2021 Non-Travel IL Courses

Non-Travel IL Courses for May 2022

You can register for any of these non-travel courses via Self Service.

Room and Board for May 2022 is included in your Spring Semester Room and Board fees.  Note that some courses have an additional fee for day trips or short trips away from campus.  These will be charged to your Self Service account in April, 2022.

INQ 177-B  Health and Happiness

Instructor: Julie Schlegel  
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $400 (covers travel/lodging for a week in Buxton, NC)

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 between 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 177-C  The Trial of Socrates

Instructor: Michael Hakkenberg
Prerequisites: none
Fee: none

This course will look at the trial of Socrates and examine different views about it. Was he a martyr for the truth, for example, or a victim of political intrigue? Was he guilty of the accusations set against him, or unjustly prosecuted for his religious and political views? How should we understand the reports of those who wrote about his trial? Finally, what would we have to know about his society and intellectual milieu in order to answer any of these questions?


INQ 177-D  Symbolic Narrative: The National D-Day Memorial

Instructor: Tom Carter
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $20

How does a monument tell the story of the event that it memorializes? This course looks at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford and will examine how its design and construction creates symbols that tell the story of the Normandy Invasion. Students will first learn about the invasion through books and films and will make several trips to the memorial for first-hand analysis. Students will present their final reports at the memorial.


INQ 177-F  Irish and British Theatre

Instructor: Nelson Barre
Prerequisites: none
Fee: none

How are cultural values of Ireland and England reflected in their art, specifically through theatre? This course seeks to answer this question through viewing and discussing Irish and British theatrical productions. All levels are welcome: for some it could be an introduction while others will deepen their understanding of theatre and its artistic forms. In this course, we will view shows created in Ireland and England to explore the social and cultural values of the nations. We will respond to plays themselves as well as their larger contexts, through analysis and discussion. We will view these recordings in class and afterwards there will be discussion of various aspects (from acting and design to content and the audience experience). The goal of the course is to cultivate your ability to write and speak critically about this art form and the many aspects that go into its production, especially as they pertain to the meaning and cultural value for these countries' socio-political identities.


INQ 177-I  Drawing On and Off the Page

Instructor: Kate Shortridge
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $50

Artists spend years developing the integration of perceptual and drawing skills—coordinating hand, eye, and mind to create polished works of art. We don’t have that kind of time in May. In this experimental course, we are going to pivot and focus on developing perceptual skills and pairing these with exploring a broad understanding of drawing/mark making and visual communication. What can drawing be? Why does one draw? What does a drawing look like? How can mark-making communicate content? What role does the audience and their participation have in making meaning? We will explore a variety of approaches to “alternative” drawing such as performative drawing techniques, installation, mapping, and collaborative projects. Our primary muse will be our interaction with nature and our environment through exploratory walks, day trips, readings, and reflective writings.


INQ 177-J  Differ-abilities: Considering the Experiences of the "Disabled"

Instructor: Frances Bosch McCutcheon
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 177-M  Sport Consumer Behavior: Exploring Fandom

Instructor: Olzhas Taniyev
Prerequisites: none
Fee: none

Why are people sports fans? Why do people like certain teams, sports, or players? Why do people watch and attend games? This course will provide students with the opportunity to analyze sport experiences to gain a deeper understanding of the motives and psychology of participants and fans and the implications for the sports enterprise. Students will analyze how sport organizations enhance the consumer experience and increase loyalty within the sport. Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on understanding the application of marketing principles to ensure sport organizations’ profitability.


INQ 177-N  Religion at the Movies

Instructor: Marwood Larson-Harris
Prerequisites: none
Fee: none

Religious movies give us an opportunity to examine religions from a variety of unusual perspectives. This class will explore three religious traditions—Hinduism, Judaism, and Christianity—as they are represented by a variety of film genres including documentary, musical, and comedy. After reading overviews of these three traditions, we will examine how the medium of film simplifies, distorts, but also attempts to express the essence of a religion. Questions considered include: Can film give an accurate experience of a religion? Is there a middle ground between the sentimental and satirical? Can watching a film become a religious experience?


INQ 177-O1 & INQ 177-O2  The Mathematics of Gambling and Games

Instructors: Karin Saoub and Hannah Robbins
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 177-Q  Exploring the World on a Motorcycle

Instructor: Anil Shende
Prerequisite: none
Fee: none

Students will read accounts of motorcycle travels around the world, study the meaning of freedom in the context of the motorcycle culture, understand the nexus between motorcycling and narratives about culture and society, and learn about writing travelogues. Students will contrast the experiences of motorcycle travels of the legendary Che Guevara from Argentina to Venezuela, from those of actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman from London to New York, from those of two British World War I veterans, Theresa Wallach and Florence Blenkiron, across Africa. These travelogues differ vastly in their geographic, social, economic and cultural contexts; the commonality is the love for adventure travel. To appreciate the joys and hardships of motorcycle travel, students will take a motorcycle safety course where they will learn how to ride safely with about ten hours of riding time on motorcycles provided by the safety course.


INQ 277-B  Keeping a Journal

Instructor: Mary Hill
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $100

The personal journal can be literature, historical testimony, a way of delving into the psyche, a record of a spiritual journey or a way of life, a storehouse of dreams and ideas. 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 of personal writing that are most valuable to you. You will develop your skills and learn to use your journal for your own purposes by solitary practice and by shared reflection upon that practice.


INQ 277-C  Identity Quest at Washington DC

Instructor: Nadia Martinez-Carrillo
Prerequisites: none
Fee: ~$800 (covers travel/lodging for ~4 days in Washington, DC)

How accurately is identity represented in popular media? What are the implications of these representations for us as individuals as well as for our society? In this course, students will learn about the history of some underrepresented social groups such as African American, Indigenous, and Latinx people. Students will learn about current issues that affect these groups, and how these issues and their identities are portrayed in popular media. The class will travel to historical landmarks, museums, and explore cultural events, art, and food relevant for these groups.


INQ/ECON 277-D  Intemperate Spirits: Economic Adaptation During Prohibition

Instructor: Allice Kassens
Prerequisites: ECON 121 or 122
Fee: $35

This course explores the 18th Amendment and the resulting economic incentives both nationally and in the Roanoke Valley. We will examine the targets of the legislation along with its violators, line tip-toers, and enablers through readings, film, and a visit to the Blue Ridge Institute & Museum. What incentives did the legislation create? How did those incentives alter the cost-benefit calculus for each group? What (surprising) choices did people make?


INQ 277-F1 & INQ 277-F2  Psychology of Eating

Instructors: Chris Buchholz and Lindsey Osterman
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $200

How does the latest science inform us about food and diet and how they interact with our biochemistry, psychology, and social contexts? How can this knowledge be applied to our lives to make better choices about what, how, and when we eat? In this class, we will explore the scientific study of food and eating through many lenses, from the biochemical, to the sociocultural, to the behavioral. Students will learn how to critically evaluate scientific (and pseudoscientific) claims about food and eating in order to make better-informed decisions about eating well and staying healthy—without eating “diet foods” or going hungry. Students will also learn practical and efficient techniques for planning meals, shopping on a budget, and cooking delicious food.


INQ 277-G  African Politics and Film (Meets Global Requirement)

Instructor: Joshua Rubongoya
Prerequisites: none
Fee: none

This course examines 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 be taught through a) contemporaneous film, b) docudramas and c) a required text.


INQ 277-I1 & INQ 277-I2  Visions of Jesus

Instructors: Jennifer Berenson and Melanie Trexler
Prerequisites: none
Fee: none

Jesus is one of the enduring icons of Western culture. In this course we will study Jesus’ “incarnations” in literature and film as apocalyptic martyr and judge, law giver, divine revealer, and subversive teacher. We will read a number of ancient literary portraits of Jesus (Mark, Matthew, John, Gospel of Thomas, Infancy Gospel of Thomas, and excerpts of the Qur'an) and explore some of the wealth of modern representations of Jesus in film.


INQ/SOCI 277-J  Sociology Goes to Bollywood: Gender in Indian Cinema

Instructor: Meeta Mehrotra
Prerequisites: SOCI 101, INQ 260SO, or permission
Fee: none

The purpose of this course is to help students understand and critique the social construction of gender in India as reflected in Indian cinema. Students will watch several films and examine how men and women are represented in Indian films, whether these representations reflect reality, and how women challenge traditional gender expectations. While the focus is on gender, students will also be introduced to some of the central and unique socio-cultural, economic, and political issues in India, and to the unique conventions of Indian cinema.


INQ/POLI 277-L  Should You Ratify the Constitution?

Instructor: Justin Garrison
Prerequisites: none
Fee: none

Should the Philadelphia Constitution have been ratified? Many spirited arguments for and against were made at the time. As a student in this course (and, therefore, as a citizen and delegate at a ratifying convention held in “the State”), you can have your say about the Constitution. Persuade your classmates to adopt, amend or reject it. This course immerses students in political ideas that shaped debates between the Anti-Federalists and the Federalists during 1787 and 1788. It consists of lectures, discussions, group strategy sessions, a ratifying convention simulation, a reflection paper, and a final exam.


INQ/POLI 277-M  Parks: The Hiker's Guide to Politics and Natural Heritage

Instructor: Andreea Mihalache-O'Keef
Prerequisite: none
Fee: $60

This campus course explores natural preservation projects in SW VA through a critical heritage lens, seeking to understand the relationship between people, natural heritage, and power. We will ask: what are the meanings and value of natural heritage? Who and how designates heritage? Who benefits? We will hike, read, interview, discuss, observe, and reflect, with Political Science frameworks for the study of power, policy, and inclusion as our anchor. The culminating experience of the course will be a site presentation proposing a solution for improving the mutual relationship between human communities and natural heritage at that location. Aspiring hikers welcome; this course does not expect any hiking experience, nor does it require participation in strenuous hikes; site visits are required of all students, but accommodations will be made based on accessibility needs, ability, and preference.


INQ/CJUS/POLI 277-N  Law and Film

Instructor: Todd Peppers
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.