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Online Winter 2016 Course Descriptions

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online courses icon All winter session 2016 courses, which are 4 credits each and 100 percent online, begin December 29, 2015 and end January 19, 2016.

Art History
Communications/Media Studies
Culture/Language
Gender Studies
History
Legal Studies
Literature
Mathematics
Music
Natural Science
Psychology
Religious Studies
Social Science (Sociology)
Writing

Art History

Contemporary Art
The first distinctly American modern movement in art, Abstract Expressionism, burst onto the international scene around 1950. American artists then pioneered the major movements of Pop art, photorealism, earth art, and minimalism, while simultaneously participating in the more international developments: happenings, environments, conceptualism, neo-expressionism, and new figuration. Students explore the multiple directions in American and European art from 1945 to the present.
ARH3121 / 4 credits
James Bergesen

Communications/Media Studies

Gender Expression in Film
By focusing on masculinities, femininities, and the space in between, this course examines the cultural structure of gender and investigates the various ways that gender is expressed visually in film.
CMS3240 / 4 credits
Rachel Simon

Psychology and the Media
See description under Psychology.

Culture/Language

Beginning Spanish I
For students who have had little or no previous exposure to the language. Presents the essential structures of spoken and written Spanish by involving the student in situations that concretely represent the concepts of the language.
SPA1010 / 4 credits
Deborah Symons

Gender Studies

Gender Expression in Film
See description under Communications/Media Studies.

History

American History and Society Through Music
A narrative survey of U.S. history from the colonial period to the present through an exploration of its musical history. The course investigates America’s fundamental principles of politics, its primary social issues, and its wealth of aesthetic musical initiatives. Students examine the unity, diversity, originality, and adaptability of significant political, social, and musical institutions.
HIS3130 / 4 credits
Leandro Benmergui

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Legal Studies

Crime and Delinquency
See description under Social Science.

Literature

Dark Fairy Tales
To modern audiences, “fairy tale” suggests beautiful princesses and handsome princes, ball gowns, and singing mice, but fairy tales have much darker roots. Alongside true love, innocence, and bravery lies infanticide, incest, murder, and cannibalism. In this course, students study a selection of fairy tales and explore their origins, variants, interpretations, and the archetypal characters who inhabit them.
LIT3295 / 4 credits
Theresa Benaquist

**Cancelled** Short Fiction
An examination of the “middle genre,” encompassing the novella and the short novel. Readings provide ample opportunity to sample works embodying the intensity of short fiction and some of the expanded characterization and plot development of the novel. Readings include works by several significant 19th- and 20th-century authors from many countries.
LIT3400 / 4 credits
Rachel McCain

Mathematics

Mathematics for Contemporary Life
Students learn basic concepts in quantitative reasoning (number systems, data manipulation, basic statistics), with emphasis on problem solving using computational methods. This course uses a textbook and focuses on applications related to consumer issues to develop computational and problem-solving skills. Students learn to transform data into information and apply quantitative methods to evaluate information and solve real-world problems.
MAT1060 / 4 credits
Barbara McMullen

Music

American History and Society Through Music
See description under History.

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Natural Science

The Search for Life in the Universe
Explore the nature of life, examine the history of life on Earth, look for life among the rocky planets and icy moons of our solar system, hunt for extrasolar planets, and join in the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI). Are we alone in the universe?
BIO1600 / 4 credits
Keith Landa

Psychology

Sensation and Perception
An examination of the biological processes by which the sensory systems pick up information from the environment and the psychological processes by which that information is coded, transformed, and integrated to form perceptions. Emphasis is on the visual systems and visual perception. Aspects of perception in the visual arts and music are also discussed.
PSY2250 / 4 credits
Meagan Curtis

Behavioral Statistics
An introduction to data analysis, with coverage of both descriptive and inferential statistics, and an introduction to probability. Class discussions focus on the use of sample, sampling, and population distributions as they are employed in hypothesis testing. Inferential tests include t-tests, ANOVAs, chi square, regression, and nonparametric tests.
Note: This course may be used to satisfy the statistics requirement for economics and environmental studies majors, and it counts as a basic science support course for biology majors.
PSY2320 / 4 credits
Peggy De Cooke

Psychology and the Media
The media profoundly affect how humans understand themselves and the world in which they live, and their cognition, emotion, socialization, and behavior. Students examine the application of psychological principles throughout several forms of media, including news, advertising, educational and public information, social media, and entertainment. Implications for consumers, educators, children, parents, and individuals are also considered.
PSY3245 / 4 credits
Laura Jean Moore

Developmental Psychology
A study of human development from infancy through childhood, with particular emphasis on social interaction, cognition, language, play, and representational activity.
PSY3350 / 4 credits
Kenneth Mann

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Religious Studies

World Religions: An Anatomy of the Sacred
“God is dead,” Nietzsche famously proclaimed to signal the waning power of religion. In spite of the influence religion exerts, one is reminded of the lack of understanding of the world’s major faiths. This course is a study of the origins, evolution, and the traditions of the major and minor religions of the world.
REL3250 / 4 credits
George Keteku

Social Science

Contemporary Popular Culture
Combines readings, viewings, and discussion of various forms of contemporary culture since the mid-1960s, such as popular films and music, design and fashion, architecture, magazines, art, television, and the new imaging technologies. Topics include avant-garde, popular, and mass culture; high and low aesthetics; stereotypes; cultural hierarchy; identity, gender and sexuality, and race and ethnicity; and American concepts of age and class.
SOC3315 / 4 credits
Audrey Sprenger

Crime and Delinquency
Crime and delinquency are analyzed as social phenomena, and their relationship to various social institutions is examined. Students are also given an overview of the theories of crime causation, as well as the nature and role of the police, courts, and prisons in society.
SOC3485 / 4 credits
Charles Murphy

Writing

Creative Writing Workshop
This course allows students to explore various genres, including poetry, the short story, and the memoir. Students should be prepared to write, revise, and share portions of their work with the class and to read a selection of works by contemporary authors.
Prerequisite (for WRI3160): WRI 2160 or CWR 1010
WRI2160 / 4 credits
WRI3160 (Advanced) / 4 credits
Marie McGrath

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