2011 Campus Based Courses
INQ 177: The Broadway Musical
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. Along with travel to New York City to experience productions from Broadway to off-off-Broadway as a part of this course, the students will write, produce and act in their own 30 minute, two-act musical.
Prerequisite: INQ 110/GST 102
Instructor: Dr. J. Blaha
Preregistration deadline: December 1
INQ 177: The Celluloid Boot: 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.
Instructor: Ms. G. Chapman
INQ 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.
Prerequisite: A lab science course and permission
Instructor: Dr. M. Ramesh
NQ 177-IL/HIST 177: Historical Archaeology
This course is designed to teach students the methods and theories of archaeological fieldwork in a hands-on setting. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the practical skills of surveying, excavating, and recording by engaging in fieldwork both at Camp Powhatan, a Boy Scout Reservation in Pulaski, and on the grounds of Monterey, George Kegley's historic residence in Roanoke City. Students will also learn about the theories guiding the interpretation of material culture through readings and lab exercises on topics in historical archaeology. A day trip to Poplar Forest, the former retreat home and working plantation of Thomas Jefferson, and an overnight trip to Monticello, Ash Lawn, and Montpellier, the respective homes of Presidents Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and James Madison will expose students to the intricacies of historical archaeology in action. This course will involve strenuous outdoor work.
Instructor: Dr. W. Leeson
Cost: Approximately $175 (includes transportation, fieldtrip fees, lodging in Charlottesville, and a few meals)
Deadline: April 1
INQ 177/PHIL 177: The Practice of Philosophy
This course is an intensive introduction to philosophy that aims primarily to train students in the fundamental habits of analytic reading, thinking, and writing. In this course we will work to build analytical skills by focusing our study on three key thinkers in the history of philosophy: Plato, Descartes, and Foucault. These three philosophers will expose us to major themes in ancient, modern, and post-modern theory, while offering us an opportunity to learn how to identify and reconstruct arguments, clearly articulate the meaning of these arguments, evaluate their worth, and develop our own positions in relation to them. This course will count as an elective within the Philosophy major.
Instructor: Dr. M. Vilhauer
INQ 177: The Rhetorical Aspects of Tourism
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. Cross listed as COMM 177 CM for elective credit in the COMM concentration.
Prerequisite: COMM 101 or 102 or permission of the instructor
Instructor: Dr. E. Cooper
Preregistration deadline: April 1
INQ 177: 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.
Instructor: Dr. R. Balasubramanian
Cost: $125 + cost of meals for a day
Preregistration deadline: April 1
INQ 277: Computer Graphics
Intensive investigation and exploration using the computer in the visual arts. Emphasis is on learning computer graphic software and equipment. Application of computer knowledge is applied to various visual products.
Prerequisite: ART 110 or 120 or permission of instructor.
Instructor: Ms. E. Heil
INQ 277/ECON 277: 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. Cross-listed as ECON 277 CP for elective in the Economics major.
Prerequisite: ECON 120 or 121 or permission of the instructor
Instructor: Dr. E. Nik-Khah
INQ 277/CHEM 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. Cross listed as CHEM 277 CC for elective credit in the major.
Prerequisite: CHEM 112 or permission of instructor
Instructor: Dr. B. Huddle
INQ 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. Cross-listed as ECON 277 CC for elective credit in the ECON major or Finance concentration.
Prerequisites: Economics 121, 122 and BUAD 258
Instructor: Dr. L. Lynch
INQ 277/HIST 277: 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. Cross-listed as HIST 277 CM for elective in the History major.
Instructor:Dr. M. Henold
Cost: A small fee for transportation
Preregistration deadline: April 1
INQ 277/CJUS 277/ POLI 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. Cross-listed as POLI/CJUS 277 CH for elective in the Political Science or Criminal Justice major.
Prerequisite: POLI 102 and permission of instructor
Instructor: Dr. T. Peppers
INQ 277: 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: PSYC 101
Instructor: Dr. C. Camac
INQ 277/PHIL 277: 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. Cross-listed as PHIL 277 CQ for elective in the Philosophy major.
Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
Instructor: Dr. B. Adkins
Cost: Approximately $200
INQ 277/SOCI 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. We will view several films and read two to three works of fiction. We will also take a field trip to Washington, DC to learn about the architecture of our capital's major buildings, monuments, and the design of the city itself. Students will explore the representation of politics in art through a combination of requirements, including large and small group discussions, informal essays and journal writing, and a final exam consisting of short answer and essay questions.
Prerequisite: Sociology 101
Instructor: Dr. M. Berntson
Preregistration deadline: April 1
INQ 277/ART 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. Cross listed as ART 277 CB for elective credit in the major.
Prerequisite: ART 290 or permission
Instructor: Mr. S. Hardwig
INQ 277: 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.
Prerequisites: PSYC 101
Instructor: Dr. J. Lynch
INQ 277: Techniques in Biotechnology.
How is DNA evidence collected and analyzed for court cases? What is the technology behind personalized medicine? How does an H1N1 virus test work? How do we know the structures of the proteins that cause Mad Cow Disease? Many questions in forensics, medicine, and basic research are answered through the use of biotechnology techniques. Through daily integration of lectures, activities, and laboratory work, this course will explore a selection of these techniques and their applications in the modern world.
Prerequisites: BIOL 120 and CHEM 112.
Instructor:Dr. T. Johann
INQ 277/SOCI 277: Understanding Poverty through Community Service
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. Cross-listed as SOCI 277 CA for elective credit in the SOCI major.
Instructors: Dr. S. Anderson and Mr. J. Griffin
Preregistration deadline: April 1
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