May 2015 Campus & Field Trip Courses
Field Trip Courses for 2015
Each Field Trip course spends 1-5 nights off campus
INQ 177 Ecosystem Experience
Instructors: Dr. Jon Cawley
Fee: $ tba
This course is an investigation into historic and contemporary land use and ecosystems of 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 construct 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 visit(s) to the Salem Historical Museum and other locations.
INQ 277 Nature Writing
Instructor: Dr. Sandee McGlaun
Prerequisites: INQ 110, HNRS 105, or HNRS 110
Fee: $ tba
To explore, define (or attempt to) and practice the craft of nature writing, we must simultaneously engage the questions: What is nature? And in what ways are we, as humans, both apart from and a part of nature? In this course students will experience, read about, and write about urban nature, mediated nature, cultivated nature, and wilderness as they investigate several related questions: What is it that those who write about nature hope to accomplish: celebration, action, or something else? How might reading and writing about the natural world create, or re-create, our relationship to that world? And what challenges - and opportunities - does engaging the craft of this creative nonfiction genre pose (and offer) to the writer who takes it on? Since nature writing demands firsthand observation of the natural world, students will be asked to spend time in a variety of outdoor settings: in local parks, on trails, by rivers, in the garden. Students will also travel to West Virginia to camp, raft, and hike, as well as view a mountaintop removal mining site.
INQ/PHIL 277 Relating to Nature: Philosophy, Literature, and Immersion
Instructor: Dr. Monica Vilhauer
Fee: $ 250 due by May 1
Week of overnight camping with just the bare necessities
How can we understand our relationship to nature? Are humans fundamentally separate from, or a part of nature? Are human beings superior to the rest of nature? Is it possible for humans to live in a harmonious relationship with the rest of nature? Can we learn from non-human forms of life? This course introduces students, in an intensive learning environment, to the ways in which philosophers and literary writers have conceived of the relationship between human beings and nature in the Western tradition. In the second week, students will immerse themselves in nature by setting up camp in the woods, unplugging from modern conveniences, and engaging in a number of outdoor (recreational and survival) activities. In the second week students will be challenged to simplify their lives and pare down to the bare necessities . . . this means spending a week without the use of electronics, internet, phones, and with only very basic shelter, clothing, bathing, and food options. In the second week, students will be living in close quarters with their classmates and engaging in a higher than normal amount of physical activity in addition to their regular studies. This class is reading, writing, and dialogue intensive, and the third week will challenge students mentally, physically, and socially. Contact professor if you have specific questions or specific food requirements/allergies.
Campus Courses for 2015
Campus courses may have day trips, but no overnights away from campus
INQ 277 20th Century American Films and the Novels that Inspired Them
Instructor: Dr. Anita Turpin
This course explores the visions of America presented through literature and film adaptations of that literature. The novels and films represent a diverse vision of American culture and mythology-from America as a frontier nation to America in the late 20th century. We will look at how the myth of the American West still pervades the culture, at the ways in which the American South creates its own milieu and wields its own influence across the continent, and at the ways in which immigrant cultures of the 20th century have further diversified an American culture which has always been formed by multicultural groups.
INQ/HIST 277 African Cultural History through Film
Instructor: Dr. Jesse Bucher
Most courses on African history rely on a relatively narrow set of sources to analyze the past. Indeed, Africa's academic historians write within parameters of style and content that are followed by other members of the discipline. Historians generally place a strong emphasis on interpreting government documents, minutes of meetings, and other official records that are valued for their inherent 'truth'. Yet, many people on the African continent use other mediums to talk about, debate, and articulate their pasts. Like conventional historians, creative writers, filmmakers, and artists use their work to think historically and to raise poignant questions about the relationship between the past and present. In this course, we will work with some of these creative works to think about the cultural history of twentieth century Africa. By critically reading novels and films, the course will pursue new ways of evaluating African history. We will consider the following questions: How do novels and films permit new types of historical analysis? In what ways do these sources of history deliver larger historical insights into issues including colonialism, the formation of independent states, economic underdevelopment, and globalization? In addition to reading a secondary text on African history, students will critically interpret novels and films about Africa. These materials will allow students to develop a unique perspective on African cultural history in a comparative fashion.
INQ 177 Better Living Thru Chemistry
Instructor: Dr. Kelly Anderson
Chemistry has changed the way we live in spectacular and not-so-spectacular ways. In this course, we will examine a variety of chemical innovations of the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics may include antibiotics, birth control, refrigerants, nylon, and more. We will use readings, films, discussions, and class to work to look at both the technological development of these chemicals and the ways in which their discovery or creation changed how we live.
INQ 277 Computer Graphics
Instructor: Dr. Eliz Heil
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 277 Digitally Rebuilding the Ancient World
Instructor: Dr. Durell Bouchard
The driving goal of this course is to expose students to the process of designing and creating a 3D model of a realistic environment. Through a review of existing models of historically significant structures and hands-on development of their own virtual buildings, students will learn about the power of these representations, and some of the challenges introduced by this new presentation medium. Experience with computer game technology would prove useful, but is not required for this course.
INQ 277 Exploring Vision through the Eye of the Lens
Instructor: Dr. David Nichols
This class will utilize the digital camera as both a metaphor for the human eye and as a tool to create photographic representations of principles of human vision. Cameras and the human eye will be compared and contrasted in order to better understand both. Mechanisms of human visual perception, such as color vision, depth perception, and motion perception, will first be discussed in lecture format and then assignments will be carried out wherein students take purposeful photographs to illuminate the discussion topics. The idea is that application through photography of principles discussed in relation to human vision, i.e. how we sense and perceive the world, will give you a better understanding of how and why the human vision system works the way it does. Photographic expeditions will be done both around campus and as part of full day trips.
INQ 277 Fantasy in Children's Literature and Film
Instructor: Prof. Deb Selby
Prerequisites: INQ 110, HNRS 105, or HNRS 110
This is a total immersion course which focuses on critical approaches to the use of fantasy in children's and young adult literature and films. Drawing on a number of critical perspectives, students will read, view, and analyze fictional works and films for children and young adults. Oral presentations and active discussion are a required component of this course.
INQ 177 Film as a Social Icon
Instructor: Dr. Bruce Partin
Prerequisite: INQ 110, HNRS 105, or HNRS 110
Students will view 12 films produced in the United States between 1950 and 1964. They will examine how these films are distinctive products of their times not only technically but also in terms of their narrative content and the socio-political issues they raise.
INQ 277 Films of Alfred Hitchcock
Instructor: Dr. Srikanth Mallavarapu
Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most important filmmakers of the twentieth century, with a body of work that includes classics like Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window and North by Northwest. This course will examine Hitchcock's contributions to film form, style, and narration. We will examine the themes and motifs that run through Hitchcock's films. We will also analyze these films as social and cultural artifacts that reflect the context in which they were produced.
INQ/HIST 277 History Detectives
Instructor: Dr. Mary Henold
In this course students will explore the history and development of urban spaces in the 19th and 20th centuries through the study of a historic Roanoke neighborhood. Through readings, tours, guest lectures, and most especially intensive archival research into particular residential streets and buildings, students will study neighborhood change over time. In the process, students will practice the basic skills of historical archival research, and will learn how to trace the history of people and property in the historical record. Specific topics of interest will be urban planning, historic preservation, suburbanization, and urban renewal. A research fee of $50 will be charged for each student
INQ/CJUS/POLI 277 Law and Film
Instructor: Dr. Todd Peppers
Prerequisites: POLI 101
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 Math in Popular Media
Instructor: Dr. Karin Saoub
Exploration of the use and portrayal of mathematics in film and television. In particular, various episodes of NUMB3RS will be viewed and discussed. The discussions will focus on the mathematical techniques used to solve crime, including understanding the mathematics and the accuracy of its portrayal. Students will also analyze various films for their mathematical content as well as answer questions such as "How are the mathematicians portrayed?" and "What stereotypes are reinforced and which are challenged?"
INQ 177 Pharmaceuticals in the USA
Instructor: Dr. Cathy Sarisky
Is the FDA broken, and if so, what should we do about it? This course explores the drug approval process in the United States and uses case studies to illustrate how the process works (or doesn't work) for various drugs. Drug safety, politics, economics, and ethical issues will be discussed. Background in chemistry and/or biology will be helpful but not required.
INQ 277 Porcelain
Instructor: Prof. Scott Hardwig
This course focuses on the production of ceramics using high-fire porcelain and whiteware clay. This rarest and most precious of all pottery clays has been used throughout history for wares of the most exquisite refinement and beauty. We will work with porcelain and other white clays, use the famous celadon and copper red glazes always associated with them, and try several stencil and decal techniques that have recently become available. Open to non-majors as well as majors.
INQ 277 Skilled Helping: A Problem-Management Approach
Instructor: Dr. Ed Whitson
This course presents a cognitive-‐affective-‐behavioral helping model that incorporates communication skills needed by effective helpers, values needed for authentic relationships, and a problem-‐ management and opportunity-‐development approach. The course will explore the model and the skills both intellectually and experientially. Mornings emphasize cognitive aspects of the model and demonstrations; afternoons include role-‐plays and exercises that help students move from cognitive clarity to behavioral clarity. Questions addressed include (a) What kinds of issues are dealt with by counselors? (b) What are the stages and tasks of a generic and influential problem-‐solving model? (c) What are the communication skills for effective helping? (d) What skills promote therapeutic change? (e) What factors promote goal setting and program implementation? (f) What values are common in helping professions? Though this course does not prepare one to be a professional counselor, it is excellent background for students who are thinking of going into the helping professions.
INQ 277 The Science of Sports
Instructor: Dr. Roland Minton
Prerequisites: MATH 121
Calculus, physics and statistics will be applied to a variety of sports in this interdisciplinary course. Mathematical analysis will shed light on some of the fundamentals and strategies of sports. For each of the concepts developed, students will design experiments and use technology to collect and analyze data.
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