2007 Intensive Learning Courses

Domestic Travel:

IL 277 TD: Statistics and Sports
The use (and misuse) of statistics in a variety of sports and athletic events will be studied and analyzed. Statistics will be used to critique strategies and outcomes of games. Attendance at some sporting events will be used to collect data, which will then be analyzed and interpreted. (1) Prerequisite: Successful completion of Stat 101. A grade of C or better in Stat 101 is recommended

Instructor: P. Johnson

Travel Abroad:

IL 177 TA: Cultural Kinesis:  Greece
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)  Prerequisite:  None.

Instructor:  J. Buriak

IL 177 TB:  The Collaborative Art of the Contemporary British Theatre
This is a course for anyone interested in how actors, directors, and designers collaborate to make drama from any era relevant for a contemporary audience.  While in London Drury Lane Theatre   In Stratford   We tour the art museums in London St. Paul   This class immerses you in the history and the arts of London   (1) Prerequisite:  GST 102. 

Instructor:  L. Warren

IL 177 TC: Arthurian Britain
In this course we follow the steps of King Arthur throughout southwestern England Wales Cornwall   (1) Prerequisite: GST 101 & 102; Permission of Instructor.     

Instructor: D. Whiteside

IL 277 TA:  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.  Three days of classes will be held on campus and then we will travel to Mexico Roanoke College Mexico Oaxaca   (1) Prerequisite: ECON 121 or 122  or permission of instructor; some knowledge of Spanish is preferred.

Instructor:  L. Velazquez

IL 277 TB:  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  (1)  Prerequisite:  Permission of Instructor

Instructor:  P. Hinlicky

IL 277 TC:  Tropical Marine Biology
Biodiversity, ecology, and taxonomy course on a tropical island, Eleuthera, in The Bahamas, involving identification and classification of animals and plants and their interactions and organizations as species, and as part of communities and ecosystems; chemical and physical factors are also treated.  Emphasis on coral reef, seagrass flat, and rocky shore habitats. (1) Prerequisite: BIOL 120 or permission.

Cross-listed as BIOL/ENVI 277 TC for elective credit in the BIOL, ENVI & ENVP majors.
Instructor:  J. Cawley

IL 277 TF: Continuity and Change in Contemporary Ireland
In this course, we will study the cultural roots of Contemporary Irish literature as we travel through Ireland   Our readings will include the folklore and poetry of W. B. Yeats, the short stories of James Joyce, and a selection of contemporary short stories, poems, and plays.  (1) Prerequisites: GST 102 and one college-level literature course or permission.

Instructor:  J. Day

IL 277 TG: Continuity and Change in Contemporary Ireland
In this course, we will study the culture and institutions of Ireland Ireland   Special focus will be placed on the impact of political and economic changes over the last decade upon “Irish identity,” as well as on contemporary class, race, and gender relations.  (1) Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or permission. 

Cross-listed as SOCI 277 TG for elective credit in the SOCI major.
Instructor:  L. O’Toole

IL 277 TI: Jewish Memories in Germany and Poland
This is a course about the Holocaust. It asks students to examine and analyze Holocaust memorialization and to trace Jewish identity and memory in post-Holocaust Germany Poland Leipzig Berlin Krakow Reichskristallnacht  (1) Prerequisite: None.

Instructor: R. Willingham

IL 377 TA:  Cultural Legacies of the Hispanic World: Contemporary Argentina
An examination of the political, economic, social and cultural reality of contemporary Argentina   (1) Prerequisite: Spanish 202 or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed as SPAN 377 TA for credit in the major.
Instructor:  L. Talbot

Campus Courses:

IL 177 CA: 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.

This course typically meets from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm each day of the term, and much of this class time is spent viewing films and discussing them. However, there is a significant writing component to the course, and most of this writing must be done outside the 9:00 - 3:00 class meeting time. (1) Prerequisite: GST 102.

Instructor: G. Hollis

IL 177 CB: Film as Social Icon
Students will view between 12 and 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 CC: 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. We will learn about the latest data from the Mars rovers, earlier missions to Mars, and the future of space travel. We'll also explore our continuing fascination with the red planet as reflected in science fiction films spanning the last 80 years. (1) Prerequisite: None.

Instructor: G. Steehler

IL 177 CD: Psychology in Film
The goal of this course is to examine the interaction between film and psychology. Throughout this course we will explore and attempt to answer several questions: How are the discipline of psychology and psychologists portrayed in films? What are some common film techniques employed to create specific psychological reactions? What are some examples of psychological concepts that are depicted in film and are they accurately portrayed? Our answers to these questions will help us see how the discipline of psychology is seen through the eyes of the American public. (1) Prerequisite: None.

Instructor: C. Buchholz

IL 177 CF: The Celluloid Boot: Visions and Versions of Italy through her Films
This course will focus on Italian historical, cultural, and geographical identities as presented through Italian films. What version of history is revealed through her films? What do these films tell us about the Italian nation and her people? The course will study major movements in modern Italian history (the Risorgimento & Unification, the rise of Fascism, WWII and post-WWII, the North/South divide) and the attempts of some of Italy's film directors (Luchino Visconti, Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, and others) to contextualize these periods. The artistic innovations and contributions made by filmmakers such as Federico Fellini and Pier Paolo Pasolini will also be examined. In order to better gain an appreciation for the Italian sense of place and belonging, the regions and cities that appeared in the frame will be explored to understand why these images endure. Daily screenings are mandatory and selected readings will include Italian history and some literature in translation. Proficiency in Italian is not required. (1) Prerequisite: None.

Instructor: G. Chapman

IL 177 CG: A "New Deal" for Roanoke: The Impact of the New Deal on Roanoke, VA
The New Deal helped rescue a nation from a severe economic depression and literally transformed the landscape of America. It created structures and institutions that have endured into the 21st century, including such places in the Roanoke Valley as the Veterans' Administration Medical Center and the Blue Ridge Parkway. This course specifically examines the social, economic and political impact of the New Deal on the Roanoke Valley. (1) Prerequisite: None.

Instructor: J. Selby

IL 177 CI: Beyond Reason: Insight, Myth, Philosophy
Questions about the ultimate nature of things often push beyond the limits of what can be known or expressed in ordinary terms. This course explores the interaction between reason and differently structured ways of dealing with questions about the world, the self, and the transcendent. (1) Prerequisite: None.
Cross listed as RELG/PHIL 177 CI for elective credit in the REPH or PHIL major.

Instructor: Zorn

IL 177 CJ: Death and Dying: The Last Frontier?
This class is an inquiry into the issues that pertain to dying, death, and bereavement. Through attention to the practices of funeral homes, cemeteries, hospices, health professionals, ministers, rabbis, and lawyers, our study will range from the pragmatic to the spiritual, medical, and psychological aspects of dying and death. Through a series of local field trips and guest speakers we will visit with a wide range of people who have different kinds of expertise and experience in this area. (1) Prerequisite: None.

Instructor : M. Welford

IL 177 CK: Motorcycle Musings
In this course we will use two travelogues, "Motorcycle Diaries" and "Long Way Round," to understand the nexus between motorcycling and narratives about culture, politics and society, and to learn about the meaning of freedom in the context of the motorcycle culture. "Motorcycle Diaries" is an account of the travels of Che Guevara and Alberto Granado across Latin America from Argentina to Venezuela, and "Long Way Round" is a documentary of the journey made by Ewan MacGregor and Charlie Boorman from London to New York via Eastern Europe and Central Asia. In order to understand the context of these travels, students will be introduced to a brief political history of Latin America, and to the variety of cultures in Eastern Europe, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia. Both travels used motorcycles and were undertaken almost half a century apart, and both were motivated primarily by the love of adventure travel. Nonetheless, they differed vastly in their region of travel, in the social and economic status and political inclinations of the individual travelers, and in the travel logistics. To better appreciate the various facets of adventure travel by motorcycle, we will learn to ride a motorcycle, and undertake local rides of varying lengths. We will learn about writing travelogues and maintain diaries/journals documenting and reflecting our travels. (1) Prerequisites: Each student enrolled in the course is expected to have a motorcycle that is appropriately registered, inspected and insured, and have suitable riding gear (helmet, jacket, gloves, boots, etc.). The course faculty can help students in making their decision about which motorcycle to buy, procuring riding gear, etc. Each student is also expected to have a current driving license. Each student is required to get the permission of one of the course instructors before registering for the course.

Instructors: A. Shende & J. Rubongoya

IL 177 CL: The Rhetorical Aspects of Tourism in Contemporary Appalachia
A rhetorical analysis of how Appalachia is persuasively constructed to appeal to tourists. Emphasis is placed on the relationships among tourists, residents, businesses, and local governments. This is a campus course with overnight field trips. (1) Prerequisite(s): Comm 101 or 102.
Cross listed as COMM 177 CL for elective credit in the COMM concentration.

Instructor: E. Cooper

IL 277 CA: 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 CB: 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 CB 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 277 CC: 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 CC for elective credit in the ECON major or Finance concentration.

Instructor: L. Lynch

IL 277 CD: Writing Film Reviews and Film Criticism
This course is designed to help students discern different kinds of film reviews, their different audiences and purposes, and, within the different kinds, we'll try to see what makes an accomplished and interesting review stand out among lesser reviews. We'll also read essays in film criticism and look into the different audiences and purposes of reviews and film criticism. Students will screen new films, review them, read current reviews of them, and discuss together the films and reviews. Students will also screen films that have been deemed important to film history or cultural history, read criticism of these films, and attempt an essay in film criticism. This is as much a writing course as a film course, attending to the different rhetorical situations of the two forms of film writing. This is a campus course, with a lot of afternoon movie-going in the area, on-campus film screenings, a lot of reading of current film reviews in the local paper, national dailies, weekly magazines (for example, The New Yorker, The Nation), film magazines (for example, Premiere), online sites (for example, Slate, Rotten Tomatoes), classic review-essays by the likes of Pauline Kael, and film criticism in the more scholarly film journals (for example, Screen ). (1) Prerequisite: None.

Instructor: R. Schultz

IL 277 CF: 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. (1) Prerequisite: None.
This course may also count as elective credit in the African Diaspora concentration.

Instructor: P. Jordahl

IL 377 CA: Psychology of Consciousness
This is an intensive study of the psychological epi-phenomenon of self-awareness and consciousness. Multi-disciplinary perspectives include 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 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

 

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