Roanoke College

2008 Intensive Learning Courses


Domestic Travel:

WEST VIRGINIA & NORTH CAROLINA - IL 177 TA:Maroon Challenge: Leadership Development and Outdoor Adventure
Based on a blend of philosophies from several well-established leadership and outdoor adventure programs, this course is designed to facilitate leadership development and self-discovery through challenge, adventure and personal reflection. This course will take place on location within the New River Gorge, West Virginia and near the Smoky Mountains in Western North Carolina. Prior outdoor experience is not a prerequisite for this course; however students must be in good physical condition and enjoy "learning by doing" out of doors.(1)Prerequisite:Permission of the instructor. Dr. John Creasy will serve as program assistant for this trip.

Cost:Approx. $1950.00
Instructor:M. Rearick

Travel Abroad:

CZECH REPUBLIC - IL 177 TB:Cross-Cultural Communication in the Czech Republic
A May term intensive learning program located primarily in the Czech highlands east of Prague, Czech Republic. This will be a cross-cultural communication and personal development course combining problem solving skills, Czech culture, language, arts, role-playing, and team building ventures.(1)Prerequisite:None.

Cost:Approx. $3200.00
Instructors:M. Maina & J. Maina

FRANCE - IL 177 TC: D-Day and the Liberation of Normandy
An intensive examination of the Allied invasion of Normandy in the summer of 1944-why it happened, how it was carried out, and what it meant for the generation who saw it. We will explore Operation Overlord, or D-Day, from the planning stages through the liberation of Paris, with special emphasis on the point of view of the American soldiers who participated. In addition, the role of other nation's soldiers and civilians, especially those of France and Britain, will be discovered. This course will run in conjunction with the 2008 choir trip.(1)Prerequisite:Permission of the instructor. OPEN ONLY TO ROANOKE CHOIR MEMBERS

Cost:Approx. $3200.00
Instructor: John Long

GERMANY - IL 277 TA:Comparative Education: American, German, & Italian Schools
A comparative study of German and international American education. Students will be participant observers in American and international classrooms under the supervision of classroom teachers and an Education faculty member. Weekends provide opportunities to experience surrounding cultures as we travel to the Czech Republic, Austria, and several cities in Germany. Students receive credit for Intensive Learning and competency for EDUC 338: Internship in Education.(1)Prerequisite(s):EDUC 210.

Cost:Approx. $3850.00
Instructors:T. Reynolds

ITALY - IL 277 TB: Gifted Education
The course will focus on aspects of gifted education including characteristics of gifted students, identification of gifted students, instruction and differentiation. For May 2008, students will be participant observers in Department of Defense Dependents School (DoDDS) classrooms in Aviano, Italy under the supervision of American DoDDS classroom teachers and a Roanoke College Education faculty member.(1)Prerequisite(s):EDUC 210, Criminal background check (required by the U. S. Department of Defense), on-campus background check.

Cost:Approx. $3300.00

Students substituting this course for EDUC 338 must meet the 115 field based hours required for EDUC 338. Additional hours may be needed outside those included in the three week IL course. Students desiring to substitute this course for EDUC 338 will work with the course instructor to complete these hours.

Instructor:L. Earp

IRELAND - IL277 TC: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.

Cost:Approx. $3400.00
Instructors:B. Au & V. Stewart

GREECE - IL 277 TF:Journeying in Greece with Paul the Hellenistic Jew
This course is an in-depth study of the life and thought of Paul in Greece and the Aegean Islands. By relating the Bible to ancient history, archaeology, geography, and ancient Greek and Jewish literature, students will be able to see the setting of Paul's thinking and career within the Jewish and Hellenistic worlds. We will be staying in Thessalonika, Delphi, Athens and various ships/ferries on the Aegean Sea.(1)Prerequisite:None.

Cross-listed as RELG 277 TF for elective credit in the major.
Cost:Approx. $3700.00
Instructor:G. McDermott

BAHAMAS - IL 277 TG: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 277 TG & ENVI 277 TG for elective credit in the BIOL, ENVI & ENVP majors.
Cost:Approx. $2400.00
Instructor:D. Jorgensen

SPAIN - IL 377 TA:Cultural Legacies of the Hispanic World: Medieval Spain and the Camino de Santiago
On location in Spain: Madrid, Salamanca, and Santiago de Compostela. We will study the culture and history of medieval Spain and walk the pilgrimage route to Santiago. A mixture of classroom and experiential learning.(1)Pre-requisite: SPAN 202 or permission of the instructor.

Cross-listed as SPAN 377 TA for credit in the major.
Cost: Approx. $2800; uncovered costs $600
Instructor:C. Kalinoski

Campus Courses:

IL 177 CA:Space Exploration: Past, Present and Future
The need for space research and exploration stems from our human nature to explore and better understand the world we inhabit. The scientific foundations of our Universe and the history and implications of space explorations in the past, present and the future will be addressed in this course. The main guiding questions are: Why explore space? What are the challenges of space exploration? How does space exploration change us as a human race? By examining these fundamental questions, the students will gain a better understanding of the origins of our Universe, the nature of our planet Earth, and our roles and responsibilities in preserving the place we call home. There is a $125 fee to cover the cost of two field trips - one to the Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. and another to the Science Museum of Western Virginia in Roanoke. (1)Prerequisite:None.

Instructor :R. Balasubramanian

IL 177 CB: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 n early 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. The students will gain practical insight in Broadway Musical craft by working collaboratively on the writing, production and performance of an original 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 CC: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 the history, politics, biology, and potential modern significance of human diseases, such as Plague, Tuberculosis, Influenza and Cholera and the pathogens that cause them, through research, lecture, reading, lab exercises and film.(1)Prerequisite:BIOL 101.

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

IL 177 CD: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 CF: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.

Cost:Approx. $35.00
Instructor:M. Ramesh

IL 177 CG:Robots and Society
Exploration of the interactions between robots 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 CI: Presidential Campaign
This IL course exposes students to the theory and practice of a presidential campaign. It seeks to teach about the practical tools of campaigning and the philosophical dimensions of campaigns. It lets students experience life in the middle of a presidential or national political campaign. Students will finish the course with a better understanding of how campaigns illustrate important dimensions of democratic governance, republicanism, and political ethics. Students will also be equipped with an introduction to the tools of campaigning such as fundraising, organization, media, and rhetoric. The course will involve both classroom study and hands-on campaign experience during a week in Washington, DC. Interest in politics or a prior background in political science are recommended but not required. Fee for field-trip to Washington, DC. Cross-listed as POLI 177 CI for elective credit in the major.

Cost: Approx. $500.00
Instructor: H. Brown

IL 277 CA: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 or permission of the instructor.

Instructor:M. Camac

IL 277 CB: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 171 or permission of instructor.

Cross listed as ART 277 CB for elective credit in the major.
Instructor:S. Hardwig

IL 277 CC: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 CC for elective credit in the major.
Instructor:B. Huddle

IL 277 CD: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 CG: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 CH: 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.

Cross-listed as POLI/CJUS 277 CH for elective in the Political Science or Criminal Justice major.
Instructor: M. Scott

IL 277 CI: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.

Cost:Approx.$675.00(is required to cover the cost of a 3-night field trip to sporting events in Baltimore. The fee covers transportation, lodging and tickets to sporting events).
Instructor:P. Johnson

IL 277 CJ: 20th Century American Films and the Novels that Inspired Them: Exploring the American Experience
This course explores the visions of America presented through literature and film adaptations of that literature. The novels and films represent a diverse vision of American culture and mythology-from America as a frontier nation to America in the late 20th century. We will look at how the myth of the American West still pervades the culture, at the ways in which the American South creates its own milieu and wields its own influence across the continent, and at the ways in which immigrant cultures of the 20th century have further diversified an American culture which has always been formed by multicultural groups.(1)Prerequisite: None.

Instructor:A. Turpin

IL 277 CK, CL:Basic Leadership Practices: Leadership Simulation Focus
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 using a computer simulation. Students will interface with a "virtual" leader and "virtual" co-workers to improve and test their leadership skills.(1)Prerequisite:None.

Instructors: G. Mckee, Section CK, A. Nazemi, Section CL

IL 277 CM: History Detectives
In this course students will explore the history and development of urban spaces in the 19th and 20th centuries through the study of a historic Roanoke neighborhood. Through readings, tours, guest lectures, and most especially intensive archival research into particular residential streets and buildings, students will study neighborhood change over time. In the process, students will practice the basic skills of historical archival research, and will learn how to trace the history of people and property in the historical record. Specific topics of interest will be urban planning, historic preservation, suburbanization, and urban renewal. A research fee of $50 will be charged for each student.(1)Prerequisite: None.

Cross-listed as HIST 277 CM for elective in the History major.
Instructor:M. Henold

IL 277 CN: Digitally Rebuilding the Ancient World
The driving goal of this course is to expose students to the process of designing and creating a 3D model of a realistic environment. Through a review of existing models of historically significant structures and hands-on development of their own virtual buildings, students will learn about the power of these representations, and some of the challenges introduced by this new presentation medium. Experience with computer game technology would prove useful, but is not required for this course. There is a $50 course fee to cover the cost of software. Students will retain the software at the end of the course.(1) Prerequisite: GST 201.

Instructor:S. Hughes

IL 277 CO: Sociology Goes to Bollywood: Gender in Indian Cinema
The purpose of this course is to help students understand and critique the social construction of gender in India as reflected in Indian cinema. Students will watch several films and examine how men and women are represented in Indian films, whether these representations reflect reality, and how women challenge traditional gender expectations. While the focus is on gender, students will also be introduced to some of the central and unique socio-cultural, economic, and political issues in India, and to the unique conventions of Indian cinema.(1) Prerequisite:SOCI 101 or permission of instructor.

Cross-listed as SOCI 277 CO for elective in the Sociology major.
Instructor:M. Mehrotra

IL 277 CP: Experimental Economics
The use of controlled laboratory experimentation in economics was regarded an impossibility a mere two decades ago, and yet practitioners have recently been recognized with nothing less than the Nobel Prize in economics. In this course we shall find that the study of laboratory experimentation in economics provides a golden opportunity to develop an understanding of the sudden emergence of economics as an "experimental" science, experience being an experimental economist and an experimental subject, and examine the pathways along which experimentation is actually changing social science. Students will not only learn the precepts of the field, but also have the opportunity to participate in real experiments.(1) Prerequisite:ECON 120 or 121 or permission of the instructor.

Cross-listed as ECON 277 CP for elective in the Economics major.
Instructor:E. Nik-Khah

IL 277 CQ: Philosophy and Food
This course studies the relation between the perennial philosophical question, "How should one live?" and the more mundane question, "What should one eat?" The relation between these two questions will be explored through reading, discussion, and hands-on experimentation in the kitchen. Every class will contain both discussion of assigned readings and an opportunity to cook. The cooking will be focused on the cuisine of Italy, particularly Roman cuisine.(1)Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

Cross-listed as PHIL 277 CQ for elective in the Philosophy major.
Instructor:B. Adkins

IL 277 CR: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.

Instructor: C. Camac

IL 277 CS: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.

Instructor:J. Lynch

IL 277 CT: 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: G. Whitt