2006 Intensive Learning Courses

Domestic Travel:

IL 177: History of Hawaii
This course surveys the origins and evolution of ancient Hawaiian society and culture through the contact period, the years of the Hawaiian monarchy from the rise of Kamehameha the Great to the overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani, and the socio-political transformation of Hawaii as an American territory and state. We will spend 19 days in Hawaii from Monday May 9 to Friday May 27 and visit the four islands of Hawaii (the Big Island), Oahu, Maui, and Kauai. Students will learn about the cultural and natural history of Hawaii through a series of wide-ranging excursions which will include visits to Pearl Harbor, 'Iolani Palace, Mission Houses Museum, and the Bishop Museum as well as day-trips to the Volcanoes National Park, Honaunau Bay coral gardens, Waimea Canyon, and Waikiki.

Prerequisite: None
Instructors: Mark Miller and Whitney Leeson

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 for elective credit in the SOCI major or SOCI minor.
Instructor: Gregory Weiss

IL 277: Basic Leadership Practices: Focus on Walt Disney Company
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 2006, students will study leadership practices on location in Walt Disney World.

Prerequisite: None
Instructors: Michelle Hagadorn and Sharon Gibbs

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.

Prerequisite: None.
Instructor: V. Miller

IL 277: History of the American, Russian and Private Space Programs
An investigation into historic and contemporary issues surrounding the development and ongoing meaning(s)/symbolism of the Cold War space race and post-Communism space program. On campus, with two field trips: Washington DC/Chantilly VA and Cape Canaveral FL.

Prerequisite: None.
Instructor: David Scaer

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)

Prerequisite: None.
Cross-Listing: This class counts as an elective in the Global Business concentration.
Instructor: Michael Hutkin

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: John Day

Travel Abroad:

IL 277: Tropical Marine 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 Eleuthera. (1)

Prerequisite: BIOL 101 or permission.
Cross-listed as BIOL 277 & ENVI 277 for elective credit in the BIOL , ENVI & ENVP majors.
Instructor:  Robert Jenkins and Dar Jorgensen

IL 277 Voting Systems: The Politics and Math of Deciding Who Gets What, When, & How
This course will explore the concept of voting systems, and how the system we choose to count the votes often determines the winner.  Too often, majority rule is thought of as THE way decisions are made – from electing Senators to deciding on pizza toppings.  This course will investigate both the politics and mathematics of designing voting systems.  One week of classes will be held on campus and two weeks will be spent traveling to Russia and Latvia, allowing us to observe first hand a variety of voting systems and outcomes.

Prerequisite: Political Science 102 or permission from instructors Cross-listed as BIOL 277 TG & ENVI Cross listing:  
Instructor:  Rachelle Ankney and Jennifer Hora

IL 277: Burns and the Wordsworths in Context
This course is designed as an in-depth study of three Romantic writers: Robert Burns, William Wordsworth, and Dorothy Wordsworth, in the settings that nurtured them. While in the Lake District, London and Scotland, students will be asked what lasting impact, if any have these three and their milieu had? What ideas of Romanticism are still alive today? The course will ask students to apply the questions asked to their own lives to determine the moral and philosophical ramifications of being a product of the late twentieth century. Students will develop at least an initial familiarity with British culture and geography.

Prerequisite: GST 202. 
Instructors: Paul Hanstedt & Michael Heller

IL 277:  Visualizing Italy
This is a travel course consisting of two weeks spent in Italy, primarily in Rome, Florence, and Venice.  The goal is to study how Italian artists have visualized their world and how we, as travelers to Italy, visualize that world in our turn.

Prerequisite: ARTH 146 or 156 recommended
Instructors:  Jane Long and Katherine Shortridge

IL 277: Religion in the Middle East: Paul and Muhammad in Turkey
This course is designed as an introductory study of Islam in present-day Turkey, and the roots of Christianity in the ministries of the apostle Paul.  We will explore the history, archaeology, and geography of Asia Minor (modern Turkey), relating them both to Islam and the early church.  On-site lectures and group discussions on daily field trips to biblical and Islamic sites.

Instructor:  Gerald McDermott

IL 377: The Route to Independence: Contemporary References to Historical Mexico in Art, Literature, and Television  
An examination of how artists approach, reveal, retell, and preserve an inexhaustible past and contest the ways in which that past has been traditionally represented. This course will provide an understanding of political, economic, social and cultural reality during and after the Independence Movement in Mexico.  Course taught in Spanish on location in Mexico.

Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or permission of instructors
Cross-listed with SPAN-377
Instructors:  Dolores Flores-Silva and Daniel Sarabia

Campus Courses:

IL 277: A Place Called Home: Engaging in Community Service to Understand Poverty
This course provides the opportunity to explore and reflect on poverty as a lived social condition in the contemporary United States.  Poverty will be examined through a discussion of a variety of readings and experientially through community service.  Field trips will encompass doing volunteer work as a group. 

Prerequisite: None
Instructors:  Kristi Hoffman

IL 177: Chemistry of Foods and Cooking
In this course, we will investigate the properties of the molecules in food.  We will look at select major food groups to see how common cooking techniques alter the molecules in foods, how different ingredient formulations alter the final cooked product, and how chemical processes are used commercially in the preparation of food stuffs. During week 1 we will experiment with ingredients in the lab.  During weeks 2 and 3, we will spend afternoons cooking in the Colket Center kitchens, and will take field trips to Chateau Morrisette and the Cocoa Mill in Lexington.

Prerequisite: None 
Instructors:  Adele Addington

IL 277: French-African Voices
An examination of shared customs, beliefs, and current issues of French-speaking African countries. Students will select one country to examine in-depth. Field trip to Washington D.C. (1)

Prerequisite: None.
Cross-listing: This course may also count as elective credit in the African Diaspora concentration. 
Instructor: Patricia Jordahl

IL 177: Hands-On Science---Developing Science Kits for Elementary Students
In this course we will develop hands-on physical science kits geared towards the Virginia standards of learning. These kits will contain supplies, instruction manuals, and lesson plan booklets in order to provide elementary school teachers with a toolbox of fun and exciting activities which will spark the children's interest and curiosity about science. Field trips to the local area schools will provide the opportunity to test the kits in their intended environment.

Instructor: Richard Grant

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.

Instructor: Christopher Lee

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.

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: 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

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 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: Thoms Carter

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.

Prerequisite: Art 110 or Art 120 or permission.
Instructor: Elizabeth Heil

IL 177: American Education “Whodunnit?”
A seminar-based course which takes an in-depth look at historic figures in American education, their lives and times, and at the influences and contributions they made on American education.

Prerequisite: None. 
Instructor: Mack Welford

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.

Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Anil Shende

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.

Prerequisite: Psyc 101
Cross-Listing: Psyc 377 CA for elective credit in the major
Instructor: Galdino Pranzarone

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.

Prerequisite: GST 102. 
Instructor: Bruce Partin


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