Roanoke College

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
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  $ 400
Overnight camping

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.


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
Prerequisites:  none
Fee:  none

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
Prerequisites:  none
Fee:  none

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 277 Computer Graphics

Instructor: Prof. Eliz Heil
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $ 300

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 Computing Aspects of E-Computing

Instructor:  Dr. Durell Bouchard
Prerequisites:  none
Fee: none

An overview of electronic commerce. Topics include: network infrastructure for e-commerce; overview of web technology; a study of the web-sites hosting several web-based businesses; the electronic storefront; security; electronic payment systems; social, legal, and ethical issues. Students will form teams, develop a web-site-including the software to handle electronic commerce-for a mock web business which will be evaluated by the class. 

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

Instructor: Professor 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 277 Exploring Vision through the Eye of the Lens

Instructor:  Dr. David Nichols
Prerequisites:  none
Fee:  $ 70

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
Fee:  none

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
Fee:  none

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
Prerequisite:  none
Fee:  none

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/CHEM 277 Forensic Chemistry

Instructor: Dr. Kelly Anderson
Prerequisite: CHEM 112
Fee: none

Forensic Chemistry uses the nomenclature, reactions, laboratory techniques, procedures and instruments of chemistry to examine drugs, poisons, body fluids, tissues, and fire residues to assist our system of criminal justice. 

INQ/HIST 277 History Detectives

Instructor: Dr. Mary Henold
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $ 15

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
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 277 Creating Late Medieval and Early Modern Books 

Instructor: Dr. David Scaer
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $ 300

What do manuscript- and early print-cultures have to do with the spread of scientific and religious ideas? How is information encoded on a manuscript leaf? How do print- and manuscript styles help in dating and location identification? In this class, students will learn to identify and copy basic manuscript hands, identify stylistic features to assist in dating manuscripts, and study the history of early printing in Paris and Lyon. Students will make stylistically accurate manuscript leaves, an electronic font, experiment with moveable type to create a printed page, and create a proposal for a book-arts lab at Roanoke College. We will investigate the history, tools and techniques of French medieval manuscript culture and Early Modern print culture. Course includes two field trips to UVa Special Collections and two "scriptorium experiences" on campus. Students must have access to a private (non-lab) computer on which they must install FontCreator software.

INQ 177 Exploring the World on a Motorcycle

Instructor: Dr. Anil Shende
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $ 150 to register for the motorcycle safety course through Virginia Western

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 Porcelain

Instructor: Prof. Scott Hardwig
Prerequisites: none
Fee: $45

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 177 The Science of Cooking

Instructor: Dr. Tim Johann
Prerequisites: none
Fee:  approx $100

Why do eggs become solid when heated?   What makes browned meat so tasty?  What is the difference between fudge and rock candy?  If you find these or similar questions interesting, then this class is for you.  Through reading, writing, lectures, discussion, oral presentations, meal preparation, and culinary experiments, we will investigate topics such as the science behind cooking the perfect poached egg, that red-brown topping on flan, and thickening gravy. There's a great deal to learn so it will be a lot of work.  However, your taste buds will thank you in the years to come.

INQ 277 The Science of Sports

Instructor: Dr. Roland Minton
Prerequisites: MATH 121
Fee: none

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.

INQ 277/SOCI 277 Towards the Green Society: Community Sustainability Initiatives

Instructor: Dr. Daniel Sarabia
Prerequisites: INQ 260SO or SOCI 101
Fee: $ 30

The course examines the ideals and principles that contribute to conceptualizations on environmental sustainability. Of focus will be the competing meanings, visions, and strategies that signal the social construction of the environmentally friendly society. Discussions on environment occur in a social context where pathways to sustainability are debated and informed by our own cultural understandings of societal organization and human nature. Implicit in the discourse on sustainable futures are the contemporary problems we now face and the foresight required to preserve society. Out of crisis surfaces the empowering challenge of being able to envision and create for ourselves communities reflective of our collective ideals. The course fee covers the cost of a day trip to the Twin Oaks Community in Louisa, Virginia.