2004 Intensive Learning Courses
IL 177: Cultural Kinesis: Greece and the Ancient Olympics
This course will explore the leisure and sport of ancient Greece. Travel destinations will include sites of the Crown Games, the most famous being the Ancient Olympic Games. Students will examine the historical significance of the games and their connection to ancient and modern society. In the spirit of the ancient Greek ideal of developing the mind and body in harmony, students will participate in some form of physical activity every day (i.e. Olympic events, Greek folk dances, physical training, etc.). (1)
Instructors: B. Bolt & J. Buriak
IL 177: Exploring the land of the Firebird
This course is designed to provide the student participant with an overall view of the riches of Russian culture, while at the same time it exposes the student to the complicated reality that is modern Russia. A combination of assigned readings before departure, numerous excursions while in Russia, meetings with Russian students, faculty, and other individuals in Roanoke's Sister-City Pskov, and the opportunity to live in a Russian family, will together present an excellent intensive learning experience. (1)
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.
Instructor: S. Saari
IL 177: The Collaborative Art of the Contemporary British Theatre
Examines how actors, directors, and designers collaborate to make drama from any era relevant for a contemporary audience. (1)
Prerequisite: GST 102.
Instructor: L. Warren
IL 277: The Impact of Business Activities on Economic Development: Focus on Southern Mexico
This course will focus on the role business activities play in the economic development of a developing nation. Students will critically examine the perspectives of the business world as compared to those of critics through readings and analysis, program reviews, guest speakers, visits to organizations and businesses involved in endeavors that directly impact the nation's level of development. One week of classes will be held on the Roanoke College campus and two weeks will be held in Mexico. One week will be held in the beautiful colonial capital of Oaxaca where traditional tourism along with typical development projects and related businesses are in place. The last week will take place in the beach resort of Huatulco, which offers a very interesting example of eco-tourism and other attempts at sustainable economic development. (1)
Prerequisite: ECON 121 or 122 or permission of instructor; some knowledge of Spanish is preferred.
Instructors: L. Gilster & D. Lowry
IL 277: Religion and Violence in Central Europe
This course studies on site the Hussite Wars, the Turkish Invasion and Occupation, Reformation and Re-Catholicization in Austrio-Hungary, The Holocaust, Marxist Persecution of the Churches, and John Paul II and the Solidarity Movement with the help of sociologist/ theologian Rene Girard's seminal study, Violence and the Sacred. Methodology will consist in theoretical study of the Girard text, on-site visitations, lectures, including guest lecturers, and a comprehensive paper. (1)
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor
Instructor: P. Hinlicky
IL 277: Religion in the Middle East
Introduction to the major monotheistic religions by exploring their historical origins in Israel. Explorations in Galilee, Jerusalem, and other parts of the land, plus meetings with representatives of all three religions. (1)
If the political situation intrudes, we will explore the same subjects in Turkey.
Instructor: G. McDermott
IL 277: African Faces and Voices: History
African Faces and Voices: History. Students will learn about oral history through first studying the methodology, then applying the methodology by conducting interviews with local African populations, and finally, comparing the benefits and drawbacks of oral to written African histories. For May 2004, emphasis will be on the history of Ghana in West Africa. The course will be taught on site in Ghana. (1)
Prerequisites: 2 HIST courses or permission of the instructor.
Cross-listed as HIST 277 TD1 & IREL 277 TD1 for elective credit in the HIST & IREL major.
Instructor: J. Saunders
IL 277: African Faces and Voices: Political Science
Students will seek an understanding of the impact of civil society on the democratization process of Ghana's political system. By interviewing associational group leaders in Ghana, students should be able to assess the successes of and challenges facing democratizing African states. (1)
Prerequisites: 2 POLI courses or permission of the instructor.
Cross-listed as POLI 277 TD2 & IREL 277 TD2 for elective credit in the POLI & IREL major.
Instructor: J. Rubongoya
IL 277: Caribbean Crossroads and Contrasts
Caribbean Crossroads and Contrasts offers students the opportunity to participate in hands-on, case-specific, examinations of issues in Caribbean history and culture, ranging from studies of colonialism and race relations in the Caribbean to U.S. foreign policy and globalization in the region. This year we will travel to the largest island in the Caribbean and the most controversial for U.S. citizens -¬¬ Cuba. We will explore the cultural resonance of a clash between this country's history of insurgency and its current attempts to improve and/or develop the architectural gems of its colonial past, its renowned coastline, and numerous national parks for the purpose of tourism. Through an intense faculty-student interchange we will explore the Cuban national government's attempt to promote tourism as a means to rebound from the political and economic shock of the fall of the Soviet Union and the 42 year United States imposed embargo. We will be accompanied by an experienced tour guide working with a licensed U.S. travel agency. (1)
Cross-listed as HIST 277 TF for elective credit in the HIST major and the LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES concentration, pending the approval of the concentration. This course may also substitute for HIST 273 offered during the regular term.
Instructors: S. Schadl & P. Cantrell
IL 377: Contemporary Chile
An exciting journey to South America; explore Santiago, the cosmopolitan capital; travel to the Chilean Lake District amid volcanoes and fjords and to Atacama, the driest desert in the world with geysers, flamingos, and the soaring Andes. We will study the realities of contemporary Chile - political (the Allende government and its fall, the Pinochet dictatorship, and the return to democracy), economic (Chile' success in the world market and its limitations), and social (human rights organizations and other NGOs that work to improve life in Chile). The course will be taught in Spanish. Students will live with homestay families while in Santiago. (1)
Prerequisite: SPAN 202 or permission of instructors.
Cross-listed as SPAN 377 TA for elective credit in the SPAN major.
Instructors: L. Talbot & C. Kalinoski
IL 177: Connections: Art and Mathematics
The many connections that exist between art and mathematics will be examined. The impact of mathematical and scientific tools such as the compass, straight edge, camera obscura, and the computer on art will be studied. The inclusion of mathematical concepts such as transformations, symmetry, proportion, and perspective in the creation of art will also be studied. (1)
Instructor: W. Ergle
IL 177: Science and Technology in Film
The role of science and technology in our culture -- and how it has evolved in time -- are topics of much current attention. This course will explore how science and technology have been portrayed in film. The recurring themes of science as savior (utopian) and science as destroyer (dystopian) will be examined as will the varied depictions of scientists themselves. In addition, films highlighting space travel, genetic engineering, time travel, nuclear energy, and artificial intelligence will be studied. (1)
Prerequisite: GST 102.
Instructor: G. Hollis
IL 177: Science on the Edge: Far-out ideas in Science and Science Fiction
This course will explore, from a critical but open-minded perspective, a number of ideas and claims from popular culture and science which are controversial or speculative. It will also explore ideas in science fiction, from the popular Star Trek series to science fiction books. Some of the ideas will sound very reasonable but turn out to be false; others will sound far-out but are either true, physically plausible, or within the realm of possibility of speculative science. (1)
Prerequisite: A 101-level college science course would be useful but not necessary.
Instructor: F. Munley
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) Prerequisite: None.
Instructor: A. Shende
IL 177: Folktales: A Study of Multicultural Ties
Folktales from many cultures will be read and studied, examining their similarities and differences. (1)
Instructor: S. Simmons
IL 177: Arthur through the Ages: The Camelot Legend Past and Present
Without it there would be no Harry Potter, and JFK’s legacy would lose its lustre. The Camelot legend has inspired countless cultural representations, and in this class we’ll find out why a not-particularly consistent set of ancient myths from Celtic Wales and Ireland developed into a cultural phenomenon that still appeals to Americans. We will gain a comprehensive understanding of 'Arthuriana' by exploring examples from the fields of history, religion, literature, the visual arts, music, and even commerce. After this class, you'll never look at a round table the same way again. (1)
Instructor: D. Whiteside
IL 277: Psychology of Thinking and Decision Making
An examination of the psychological research on how we evaluate arguments, determine the causes of things, solve problems, use our memories, and make decisions. Effective thinking techniques will be introduced and applied to a variety of content areas. (1)
Prerequisite: PSYC 101
Cross listed as PSYC 277 CA for elective credit in the PSYC major.
Instructor: C. Early
IL 277: Strategic Classroom Management
This course examines the cognitive, physical, and affective 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: L. Murrill
IL 277: Guns and Gun Control
An examination of the policies and policy inputs regarding guns and gun control. The course focuses on policies at both the national and state levels, the groups that influence those policies, public opinion, and statistics related to guns and gun use in the United States. (1)
Prerequisite: POLI 102.
Cross listed as CJUS/POLI 277 CC for elective credit in the Political Science and Criminal Justice major.
Students will be required to gain hands-on experience using a firearm at a local firing range.
Instructor: H. Wilson
IL 377: Psychology of Consciousness
An intensive study of the psychological epi-phenomenon of self-awareness and/or consciousness from multi-disciplinary perspectives including cognitive psychology, neuroscience, computer neural networks and artificial intelligence, philosophical psychology, and Judeo-Christian and Eastern religious traditions. Students will surf the internet searching for, reading and evaluating sites on consciousness, viewing and reviewing contemporary films dealing with the topic, and build and present a web site on a chosen topic in consciousness studies. (1)
Prerequisite: PSYC 101
Cross-listed as PSYC 377 CA for elective credit in the major.
Instructor: G. Pranzarone
IL 177: A Global Manager Goes to China
Students will be placed in the role of working for a Global enterprise. As operations managers, they have been assigned to be EXPATRIATES in China for a one year period. The course will immerse the student in preparation for the assignment from the day they are given the assignment by their supervisor to their departure for China. This will include an intensive examination of the country, the people, the culture, and the business relationships. The course includes field trips to local businesses, regional embassies, and related business support operations in Richmond, Washington, and Norfolk. (1)
This class counts as an elective in the Global Business concentration.
Instructor: M. Hutkin
IL 277: The Scopes Trial
In-depth examination of representations and ramifications of the famous Scopes Trial of 1925. Debates over science and religion and how the debates are framed will be explored from various perspectives. The course will feature a week-long field trip to Dayton, TN, to visit the Scopes Trial Museum and related historical sites. (1)
Prerequisites: GST 101 & 102.
Instructor: G. Dunn
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 fresh water 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. The 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 the 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)
Prerequisites: Biology 101 or higher, and successful completion of a swim test.
Cross-listed as ENVI 277 PB for elective credit in the ENVI majors & minors.
Instructor: D. Gardner
IL 277: Russian Culture in the 21st Century
Immersion in the culture of the New Russia: literature, art, music, media, religion, and other facets of culture, high and low. How have the changes of the 20th century shaped Russia at the dawn of the 21st? What is the look of contemporary Russia? What do people read? What do they watch on Russian TV? What music do they listen to? Answers will be sought through Internet, broadcast, and print resources. The course also features a brief study tour of "Russian D.C."; in Washington, we visit sites like the Hillwood Museum specializing in Russian imperial art, the Russian Embassy, as well as Russian churches, restaurants, and shops; we will attend a Russian concert, play, ballet, or other fine arts performance. (1)
Prerequisites: GST 101 & 102.
Instructor: M. Kuchar
IL 277: The Civil War in the West
The course examines the Western theatre of the American Civil War. In class, the causes, major events, and outcomes of the fighting in the West will be explored. The centerpiece of the course is a nine day field trip to cities, towns, and battlefields near the Mississippi River. (1)
Cross-listed as HIST 277PD for elective credit in the HIST major.
Instructors: J. Selby & M. Miller
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