2003 Intensive Learning Courses
IL 277: Watermen of the Chesapeake
The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the United States. Two hundred miles long but averaging only 21 feet deep, the Bay is a complex web of salt and freshwater ecosystems, gateway to two of the largest seaports on the east coast, and home to the Watermen: residents who draw their living from the increasingly threatened crab and oyster fisheries of the Bay. This course will seek to develop students’ understanding of the Bay through traditional study and first-hand experience. This course will begin with an on-campus introduction to the biology & geography of the Bay, as well as practical skills in basic navigation & seamanship. Students will then travel to sites around the Bay, visiting museums and field stations to learn about the Bay’s ecology and fisheries. The travel portion of this course will culminate in several days spent sailing and working aboard a traditional skipjack, learning to sail, crabbing and dragging for oysters, and experiencing the life of the Watermen. (1)
Prerequisite: BIOL 101 or higher. Students will also be required to pass a swim test the first day of the course.
Cross-listed as ENVI 277 PA for elective credit in the ENVI majors & minors.
Cost: $961.00 (for 8 days of travel).
Instructor: D. Gardner
IL 277: Native Americans of the Southwest: The Navajo, Hopi, and Pueblo
This course offers an intensive, on-site examination of the history and culture of the Navajo, Hopi, and Pueblo tribes. The class meets on campus for the first three days of the semester in order to review Native American history and geography with a focus on tribes of the southwestern United States. The next two weeks are spent on the Navajo and Hopi reservations and visiting selected New Mexican pueblos (Zuni, Acoma, and Laguna). The final three days of the term are spent back on campus reflecting orally and in writing about the experience. The focus of the course is on tribal cultures and tribal social institutions, including family, government, medicine, religion, education, and economy. (1)
Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission.
Cross-listed as SOCI 277 PB for elective credit in the SOCI major or SOCI minor.
Instructor: G. Weiss
IL 277: The Post –Classic Maya
An examination of the past thousand years of Maya history in Yucatán, Mexico, beginning with the collapse of the Classic and progressing through the Colonial and Post-Colonial periods. Students will travel to post-Classic Maya sites in Mexico and experience the lives of modern Maya communities in Mexico. (1)
Prerequisite: GST 202 or Honors equivalent.
Instructors: J. Ogier & W. Leeson
IL 277: “Degenerate Art”: A travel course to Germany and Austria
This course focuses on Vienna, Munich, and Berlin, tracing two late-nineteenth to early-twentieth century threads: the Freudian revolution in art and music and the rise to power of its enemies, the fascists of the Third Reich. Students study Freud's theory of Eros and Thanatos, the rise of Hilter and the National Socialist Party, and the Nazi-sponsored Entartete Kunst ("Degenerate Art") exhibit of 1937, a landmark event in the unfolding Holocaust. On-site travel will focus on the museum culture of today and how it celebrates the art and people Hitler despised. (1)
Pre-requisite(s): GST 202, Humanities II or HNRS 202 (Human Journey) or equivalent.
Instructor: G. Marsh
IL 277: African Faces and Voices: History
Students will learn about oral history through first studying appropriate methodology and then conducting interviews with local African populations. Finally, students will compare the benefits and drawbacks of oral to written African histories. (1)
Prerequisite: 2 History courses or permission.
Cross-listed as HIST 277 TC1 & IREL 277 TC1 for elective credit in the HIST & IREL major.
Instructor: P. Cantrell
IL 277: African Faces and Voices: Political Science
Students will learn about the political culture of Tanzanians through informal interviews of rural voters. The second
objective of the course is to give students an appreciation of political behavior in a typical African state. (1)
Prerequisite: 2 POLI courses or permission.
Cross-listed as POLI 277 TC2 & IREL 277 TC2 for elective credit in the POLI & IREL major.
Instructor: J. Rubongoya
IL 277: SPAIN: The Legacy of the Spanish Civil War in Contemporary Spanish Culture
This course takes the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) as a point of departure to examine subsequent events and developments that have shaped contemporary Spanish culture and society. Using the target language, this course explores how art, architecture, literature, popular culture and social structures of pre- and post- Franco have articulated and dealt with the impact and legacy of one of
the most important events of Spain's recent history and the "rehearsal" for WWII. The course will provide students with the opportunity to improve their Spanish skills while exploring and collecting data about the content topic in order to achieve an understanding of the way in which the Civil War has shaped today's Spain. (1)
Prerequisite: This course will fulfill the Intensive Learning requirement as IL 377/IL 277 and it will be cross-listed as a departmental offering SPAN 377, which may count as an elective for the SPAN major or minor. SPAN/IL 377 is aimed at students who have reached an intermediate level of Spanish (SPAN 202 or the equivalent). SPAN 102 is the pre-requisite for IL 277.
Instructors: F. Ruiz & D. Flores-Silva
IL 277: In the Footsteps of Martin Luther: The Early Reformation in Germany
An examination of the Early Reformation in Germany against the background of the Middle Ages. Focus will be on the historical, social, and political context of the Reformation and its lasting cultural consequences. (1)
Prerequisite: GST 102 or HNRS 105. Cost: $2900.00 approx.
Cross-listed as HIST 277 TF for elective credit in the HIST major. Instructor: M. Hakkenberg
IL 277: Tropical Ecology
Geomorphology and ecosystems of the Bahamas. Exploration of the island of Eleuthera. Study will center on beaches, reefs, and (somewhat arid) terrestrial ecosystem and its dynamic interactions. Students will keep observational journals in the field. Emphasis
will be on ecology, geology and human culture in Eluethra. (1)
Prerequisite: BIOL 101 or permission.
Cross-listed as BIOL 277 TG & ENVI 277 TG for elective credit in the BIOL , ENVI & ENVP majors.
Instructor: J. Cawley
IL 377: Parisian Images and Icons
An investigation into historic and contemporary Paris as seen through its art, music, and literature. On location in Paris, France. (1)
Prerequisite: FREN 202 or equivalent competency in French civilization and culture or permission.
Instructors: D. Scaer & A. Frost
IL 177: Sciences & the Islamic Civilization: Studies in the Continuity of Knowledge
In-depth analysis of select significant contributions made by Islamic scholars during the rein of the Islamic civilization (c.8th-14th century A.D.) drawn from the natural sciences and mathematics, medicine, geography, sociology, and philosophy. The case-by-case design of the course is intended to give the student a contextual (cultural in addition to purely empirical and/or scientific) appreciation for how knowledge is passed on from one civilization to the next. (1)
Instructor: N. Barghouty
IL 177: Symbolic Narrative: The National D-Day Memorial
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. (1)
Prerequisite: GST 102.
Instructor: T. Carter
IL 177: The Tainted Truth
On a daily basis we are inundated with information through newspapers, television, and other printed media. Unfortunately, a good deal of this information is muddied, skewed by self-serving interests, or simply incorrect. The focus of this course will be to enable the student to critically analyze information; determining possible bias, exposing research errors, or finding any of a number of other problems. Students will develop a sound understanding of fundamental statistical concepts required for analysis of current topics such as consumer research, the truth about food, numerical lies of advertising, false barometers of opinion, research in the courtroom, environmental issues, and others. (1)
Instructor: C. Lee
IL 177: Mines of Southwest Virginia
This class will look at current and historic mines in Southwest Virginia, concentrating on their environmental impact, technology and history. These mines will include gold, coal, iron, and other minerals. There will be class work, library work, lab work, and field trips to working and abandoned mines. (1)
Instructor: V. Miller
IL 177: We're moving to Mars
What would it take to establish a permanent colony on Mars? We will examine this challenge from scientific, business, and social scientific perspectives as we consider building both an ecosystem and a society on an alien landscape. (1)
Instructor: G. Steehler
IL 177: Computing Aspects of E-Commerce
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; each team will develop a web site, including the software to handle electronic commerce, for a mock web business. (1)
Instructor: A. Shende
IL 177: Film as Social Icon
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. (1)
Prerequisite: GST 102.
Instructor: B. Partin
IL 177: Medieval Drama : Text and Performance
In this course students will read a full set of plays from medieval mystery play cycle; discuss historical and technical issues regarding the original performance of the plays; and finally, produce a public performance of a mystery play (or plays, depending upon the number of students). Medieval mystery plays are an intriguing blend of sacred narrative and secular humor, and their production requires careful consideration of how to balance spiritual intent with the festive context in which the plays were performed. Class meetings will be a mix of classroom discussion of the texts and work on the performance itself. (1)
Instructor: W. Larson-Harris
IL 277: The Visual Analysis of Data
Data visualization is a collection of graphical methods that are powerful tools in analyzing the structure of data. These techniques are useful for both the basic analysis of data and for the interpretation of the data by others. (1)
Prerequisite: STAT 101 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: W. Ergle
IL 277: Forensic Economics
An in-depth study of the required research, analytical techniques, report generation, and court preparation required in the evaluation and court testimony for Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, and Business Valuation Losses. (1)
Prerequisite(s): ECON 121, 122 and BUAD 258.
Cross-listed as ECON 277 CB for elective credit in the ECON major or Finance concentration.
Instructor: L. Lynch
IL 277: 20th Century American Films and the Novels that Inspired Them: Exploring the American Experience
Students will read a selection of classic American novels, in whole or in part, and will watch films adapted from those novels. The films and novels will be compared as genres as they reinforce each other. (1)
Instructor: A. Turpin
IL 277: Strategic Classroom Management
This course examines the cognitive, physical and effective characteristics of elementary students through intensive classroom observations, professional readings, and interactions with professionals in the field. Attention is given to various classroom management strategies that have proven effective with this age group. Students will develop their own classroom management plan as a culmination of this course. (1)
Prerequisite: EDUC 210.
Instructor: K. Gobble
IL 277: Experiments and Games in Economics
In this course you will be introduced to "economics in action". You will get involved with simulated "real life environment" during the experiments conducted in the classroom or computer lab. We will collect and analyze your responses and compare them with the predictions from the theoretical models, after a brief introduction to each of corresponding economic models. You will also be responsible to write down a report/discussion for each experiment. What is a better way to understand economics, than get involved in it yourself, and get cool prizes, at the end of each experiment, based on your performance in that experiment or game! Join us and add to your knowledge about economics. (1)
Prerequisite: ECON 121 or 122.
Instructor: R. Kheirandish
IL 277: Computer Graphics
This course examines the development of computer graphics in the arts. Emphasis will be on learning several graphic software packages and specialized equipment. Students will produce original works of art and graphic products with applications to the design /media industry. A student must possess knowledge of basic design concepts or drawing skills. (1)
Prerequisite(s): Art 110 or Art 120 or permission.
Instructor: E. Heil
IL 377: Nonverbal Behavior
An examination of the research, theory, and methods of the psychological study of nonverbal behavior. Topics include types of nonverbal behavior, uses and purposes of nonverbal behavior, and problems connected to the misinterpretation of nonverbal behavior. Student participation in research projects is required. (1)
Prerequisite(s): PSYC 101, PSYC 200 or equivalent (PSYC 325 recommended). Students should have familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Minitab or SPSS for Windows.
Cross-listed as PSYC 377 CA for elective credit in the PSYC major.
Instructor: C. Camac
IL 377: Sociological Analysis of Prisons
This course is an in-depth sociological analysis of prison life through scholarly and inmate writings, documentaries and popular films, and visitor tours of state prisons. Due to the violent nature of prison life and the inclusion of documentaries and inmate writings as part of the course materials, graphic violence will be depicted in readings and at times discussed in class. (1)
Prerequisite: SOCI 101 and one of the following: SOCI 237 (Deviant Behavior), SOCI 334 (Criminology), SOCI 238 (Juvenile Delinquency) or CJUS 211 (Criminal Justice).
Cross-listed as SOCI 377 CB & CJUS 377 CB for elective credit in the SOCI & CJUS major or SOCI minor.
Instructor: K. Hoffman
IL 377: Problematic Behavior of Adolescents
This course focuses on various problem behaviors which occur during adolescence including development, prevalence, prevention, and intervention. Topics will include risk-taking, depression, drug use, and physical aggression. (1)
Prerequisite(s): PSYC 101 and PSYC 211 .
Cross-listed as PSYC 377 CC for elective credit in the PSYC major or Human Development concentration.
Instructor: J. Lynch
IL 377: Intellectual Property
Writers, artists, musicians, aspiring entrepreneurs, scientists, inventors, Egg Factory candidates, future lawyers or managers? This course will provide you with a solid foundation of the law of intellectual property (trademark, copyright, patent, unfair competition) needed to appraise, protect, manage, and leverage your intellectual assets in the market place. (1)
Prerequisite(s): BUAD 127 and ECON 121 or permission
Instructor: G. Wolfe
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