Roanoke College

2005 Intensive Learning Courses


Travel Abroad:

IL 277: Roman Philosophy
This course studies the development of philosophy within both the Republic and Empire phases of Roman history. This time period saw the development of Plato's Academic philosophy, the rise of Stoicism, Epicureanism, Skepticism, and Christianity. As such it provides a unique vantage point to ask questions concerning the good life and good government. Through lecture, travel, and testing students will become familiar with the major themes of each of these movements. In May, 2005, the course will be offered on location in Rome, Italy. (1)

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Cross-listed as PHIL 277 TA for elective credit in the major.
Instructor: B. Adkins

IL 177 Contemporary Japan: Tradition and Innovation
A study of the dynamics of human relations in Japanese schools, homes, and private corporations. Students will also learn about management styles and practices in Japanese corporations and universities. (This course is primarily intended for, but not restricted to, students who have studied the Japanese language and culture in high school or college, and who seek to practice their language skills in a Japanese-speaking environment as they interact with Japanese families and students. The course is also appropriate for Business Administration majors and minors, and students in the East Asian Studies Concentration.) (1)

Prerequisite(s): Approval by the instructor. JAPN 101 & 102, and JAPN 201 and 202 or the equivalents are strongly recommended but not required.
Instructor: Y. Oguro

IL 277: Explorations in South Asia: Focus on India
This course is a platform for the exploration of topics relating to South Asia. Seat of ancient civilizations, South Asia is also at the center of a global web with important political, economic, and cultural implications. This course in a given May term will choose a particular destination within South Asia and a specific topic from its historical and contemporary life. The focus for May 2005 is India, with stays in New Delhi and Hyderabad. The topic for May 2005 is "Women in Indian Society." We will focus on the lives of women in India, with special attention to family relations, as expressed in social life and in literature. This is a travel course with stays in Delhi, including the Golden Triangle cities of Agra (site of the Taj Mahal) and Jaipur, and in Hyderabad. (1)

Prerequisites: GST 102 (for all students); SOCI 101 (for those registered for Sociology credit)
Cross-listed as SOCI 277 TB for elective credit in the major (students must register for SOCI 277 TB).
Instructors: M. Kuchar & M. Mehrotra

IL 277: Basic Leadership Practices: Focus on British Leaders
This course explores key leadership practices for accomplishing group and organizational goals. It focuses on the behavioral model of leadership. The second half of the course studies leadership practices during the past and in the current time period. (In May 2005, students will study leadership practices on location in England. (1)

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
Instructors: G. Mckee, Section TC
C. McCart, Section TD
A. Nazemi, Section TF

IL 277: Comparative Education: American, German, & Italian Schools
The course will be a comparative study of Italian, German and international American education. Students will be participant observers in international classrooms under the supervision of classroom teachers and an Education faculty member. The course will be taught on location in Germany and Italy. (1)

Prerequisite(s): EDUC 210, Praxis I. While proficiency in German or Italian would be beneficial it is by no means necessary. Neither of the instructors have knowledge beyond basic courtesy and will teach these common phrases to students on the first day in Germany and in Italy.
Instructors: T. Reynolds & G. Whitt

IL277: Contemporary Irish Literature from 1916-present
This intensive survey course explores the ways in which the 1916 Uprising influenced contemporary Irish Literature. In particular, this course will theorize the ways in which contemporary authors have written about and against political, cultural, and economic dispossession. (1)

Prerequisites: GST 101 & GST 102.
Instructors: M. Almeder & V. Stewart

IL 277: Cultural Legacies of the Francophone World
A study of the civilization and cultural contributions of the people of a designated French-speaking area. This course will be taught in French on location in a Francophone country. In May 2005, the course will be offered on location in Martinique in the Caribbean. (1)

Prerequisite: French 102 or the equivalent and permission of the instructor.
Cross-listed as FREN 277 TJ; course may count as an elective in the French major, as a substitute for French 315 and to fulfill the study abroad requirement for the French major.
Instructors: P. Jordahl & D. Scaer

IL 377: Cultural Legacies of the Hispanic World: Spain and the Monarchy
An examination of the role of the monarchy in Spanish cultural history from its beginning to the present day. On location in Spain. (1)

Pre-requisite: SPAN 202.
Cross-listed as SPAN 377 TB for credit in the major.
Instructors: C. Kalinoski & F. Ruiz

Campus Courses:

IL 177: Weight Loss, Weight Gain, and Body Image: A Historical View
This course will examine the physiological, psychological, and societal effects of weight loss, weight gain, and body image over the past century. Current research will be used to investigate today’s trends of weight management, with an emphasis on obesity, eating disorders, and the obsession with body size. Laboratories and out of class experiences will provide students with opportunities to improve understanding of nutrition and today’s methods of weight control. (1)

Prerequisite: HHP 160.
Instructor: J. Acquaviva

IL 177: The Broadway Musical: Evaluating the American Musical Theater and Its Role in Culture
An examination of one of the most privately subsidized and widely exported products of American culture: the Broadway musical. Works from American musical theater have been translated and produced in nearly every country in the world. But is it just spectacle, or is there something deeper that attracts audiences and investors? Is this art or just entertainment? Can it be both? Who are the artists, who are the producers, who is the audience and what are the compromises? This course will study the artistic and cultural traditions, the limitations and the possibilities inherent with the Broadway musical. Travel to New York City to experience productions from Broadway to off-off-Broadway is part of this course. (1)

Prerequisite: GST 102.
Instructor: J. Blaha

IL 177: It Could Happen To Us: A Realistic Look at Human Disease and the Rise of Drug Resistant Organisms
An exploration of plagues in human history and a reflection on the appearance of drug-resistance in microorganisms. Students will learn through research, lecture, reading, a lab exercise and film, the history, politics, biology, and potential modern significance of human diseases, such as Plague, Tuberculosis, Influenza and Cholera and the pathogens that cause them. (1)

Prerequisite: BIOL 101.
Cross-listed as BIOL 177 CC for elective credit in the major.
Instructor: B. Crozier

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: J. Ingram

IL 177: Film as Social Icon
Students will view 15 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: Demystifying Food: Why We Eat What We Eat
In this course, we will examine an activity we do on a daily basis: eating. We will explore some of the biology and biochemistry of the plants, animals and fungi which make up our diet. We will look at the ancestors of certain food organisms and discuss how agricultural practices transformed them into the foods we include in our diet. Next we will bring biology into the kitchen-how do we transform the plants and animals from the field into cuisine at the table? We will explore the mechanisms behind the transformation of milk into cheeses and ice cream, the transformation of grains to breads and beer, and techniques involved in food preservation. Finally we will discuss the politics of food and food production, including aspects of organic food and Genetically Modified Organisms. The role of food in our culture and traditions will be incorporated throughout this course. (1)

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 101 or higher or CHEM 101 or higher.
Instructor: M. Ramesh

IL 177: Robots and Society
Exploration of the interactions between robotic automation and humans, including controversies surrounding artificial intelligence. The course poses the questions "What does it mean to be alive?" and "What does it mean to be human?" Fiction, monographs, movies and a laboratory project with robots will be included. A strong technical background is not required. (1)

Prerequisite: None.
Instructor: J. Steehler

IL 177: Introduction to sound sampling, synthesis and sequencing using Max/MSP
This course offers intensive hands-on training in MIDI (musical instrument digital interface) sequencing, sound sampling, and sound synthesis, using the leading computer digital signal processing software package, Max/MSP. Open to students with little or no background in music and/or computer science, the course culminates in a public presentation of original student works. Students are expected to have access to a personal computer (Windows XP or Mac OS X operating systems). The single required text for this course is the software package Max/MSP (full-time student discount: $250). (1)

Prerequisite: None.
Instructor: G. Marsh

IL 277: Politics in Art: Film, Literature, and Art
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the study of political ideas, conflict, events, and action as expressed in literature, cinema, and other works of art – technology, architecture, painting, and sculpture. We will view several films and read three works of fiction. We will also take a field trip to Washington, DC to learn about the architecture of our capitol’s major buildings, monuments, and design of the city itself. We will visit the Smithsonian, the National Gallery, and the International Spy Museum. Students will explore the representation of politics in art through a combination of requirements, including large and small group discussions of films, books, and art, informal essays and journal writing, and a final exam consisting of short answer and essay questions. (1)

Prerequisite: SOCI 101.
Instructor: M. Berntson

IL 277: Psychology of Thinking and Decision Making
Examination of psychological research on the way we evaluate arguments, determine the causes of things, solve problems 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 CB for elective credit in the major.
Instructor: M. Camac

IL 277: English Images of the Americas, 1500-1620
An examination of the images of the "new world" that reached England after the voyages of Columbus, Vespucci, and subsequent explorers. With the news of these voyages, these images found their way into the imaginative literature, art, and cartography of the English-speaking world. This course examines three clusters of such images: the early voyages up to Thomas More’s Utopia; the written accounts and visual representations of the exploration, discovery and attempted colonization of the first English colony in America, the “lost colony” of Roanoke; the early Virginia settlement as background to Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The course includes a field trip to the Roanoke site on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. (1)

Prerequisite: GST 201.
Instructor: J. Day

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: Porcelain
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 visit several artists who work with porcelain in their studios Open to non-majors as well as majors. (1)

Prerequisite(s): Art 290 or permission of instructor.
Cross listed as ART 277 CF for elective credit in the major.
Instructor: S. Hardwig

IL 277: Keeping a Journal
The personal journal can be literature, historical testimony, a way of delving into the psyche, a record of a spiritual journey or way of life, a storehouse of dreams and ideas. In this course, you will write every day, share some of your writing and the reflections that arise from it with others, and be a part of a supportive audience for others’ writing. You will study, analyze, and write about some famous and not-so-famous published journals to learn more about the wider audience for journal-writing. You will also read examples of and try out many different kinds of journal writing in order to develop your skills. The overarching goal is for you to develop your ability to use your journal for your own purposes by solitary practice and by shared reflection upon that practice. (1)

Prerequisite: GST 102
Course Note: Field trips will be taken and include art writing, urban writing, and nature writing.
Instructor: K. Hoffman

IL 277: Forensic Chemistry
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. (1)

Prerequisite: CHEM 112 or permission of instructor.
Cross listed as CHEM 277 CI for elective credit in the major.
Instructor: B. Huddle

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: Visions of Jesus in Literature, Art and Film
Jesus is one of the enduring icons of Western culture. In this course we will study Jesus’ “incarnations” in literature, the arts, and film as apocalyptic judge, human being, divine, and subversive teacher. We will read a number of ancient literary portraits of Jesus (Mark, Luke, John, Gospel of Thomas), explore some of the wealth of artistic depictions of Jesus (e.g., Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Dali, Orozco), and debate the significance of modern representations of Jesus in film. (1)

Prerequisite: None.
Instructor: J. Maclean

IL 277: The Science of Sports
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. (1)

Prerequisite: Math 121 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: R. Minton

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: J. Spielman

IL 277: Fantasy in Children’s Literature and Film
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. (1)
Prerequisite: GST 102.
Instructor: D. Selby

IL 277: Law and Film
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. (1)

Prerequisite(s): POLI 102 and permission of the instructor.
Cross-listed as POLI/CJUS 277 CO for elective in the Political Science or Criminal Justice major.
Instructor: T. Peppers

IL 277: Antecedents of Terrorism
A comprehensive study of the history, causes and impact of terrorism and the policy responses of individual states and the international system as a whole. Interviews of U.S. policy makers will take place in Washington, D.C. during the last week of the course. (1)

Prerequisite: Poli 102 or permission.
Cross listed as I.R./POLI 277 CP for elective credit in the POLI & IR major.
Instructor: J. Rubongoya

IL 377: Psychological Disorders of Childhood
Provides information about the identification, assessment, classification, and treatment of psychological disorders of childhood. Although not exhaustive in coverage, the student will learn about many of the major disorders of childhood through textbook and casebook readings, discussions of case studies, videotape presentations, and students’ oral presentations of papers. (1)

Prerequisites: PSYC 101 and PSYC 210.
Cross-listed as PSYC 377 CA for elective credit in the major.
Instructor: R. Carpenter