2012 Campus Based Courses
INQ 177: Math in Popular Media
Exploration of the use and portrayal of mathematics in film and television. In particular, various episodes of NUMB3RS will be viewed and discussed. The discussions will focus on the mathematical techniques used to solve crime, including understanding the mathematics and the accuracy of its portrayal. Students will also analyze various films for their mathematical content as well as answer questions such as "How are the mathematicians portrayed?" and "What stereotypes are reinforced and which are challenged?".
INQ 177: Ecosystem Experience
An investigation into historic and contemporary land use and ecosystems of the upper Roanoke River through hiking, overnight camping, food, research, and written exercises. This course is writing intensive; students will analyze and record their observations and experiences, and will use their writings to construct a "curricular manual" for the Alta Mons site. Based from campus, this IL will include camping overnights (tents and gear provided) on location at Alta Mons, hikes along portions of the Roanoke River Greenway and visits to the Salem Historical Museum and other locations. Given the nature of course activities, each student should be in condition to perform moderate hiking/walking and bring appropriate, comfortable shoes and clothing, including rain gear.
IL 277: Strategic Classroom Management.
Prerequisite: EDUC 210
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. Prerequisite: EDUC 210.
INQ 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.
INQ 177 Better Living through Chemistry
Instructor: K. Anderson
Chemistry has changed the way we live in spectacular and not-so-spectacular ways. In this course, we will examine a variety of chemical innovations of the 19th and 20th centuries. Topics may include antibiotics, birth control, refrigerants, nylon, and more. We will use readings, films, discussions, and class to work to look at both the technological development of these chemicals and the ways in which their discovery or creation changed how we live.
INQ 277 The Films of Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most important filmmakers of the twentieth century, with a body of work that includes classics like Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window and North by Northwest. This course will examine Hitchcock's contributions to film form, style, and narration. We will examine the themes and motifs that run through Hitchcock's films. We will also analyze these films as social and cultural artifacts that reflect the context in which they were produced.
INQ 177 Medieval Drama: Text and Performance
Instructor: W. Larson-Harris
Fee: None or minimal
In this course students will read a full set of plays from a medieval mystery play cycle; discuss historical and technical issues regarding the original performance of the plays; and finally, produce a public performance of a mystery play. Medieval mystery plays are an intriguing blend of sacred narrative and secular humor, and their production requires careful consideration of how to balance spiritual intent with the festive context in which the plays were performed. Class meetings will be a mix of classroom discussion of the texts and work on the performance itself.
INQ 277 Restoration Drama: Sex, Text, and Performance
In this course participants will read various Restoration aristocratic comedies; discuss historical and technical issues regarding the original performance of the plays; and produce a public performance of a Restoration comedy (the number of students will determine which play). Restoration comedy blends social critique and sexual humor in interesting ways and requires careful consideration of how to balance serious critique with the sexual satire. Classes will be a mix of classroom discussion of the texts and work on the performance itself.
INQ 277: 20th Century American Films and the Novels that Inspired Them: Exploring the American Experience
Instructor: A. Turpin
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.
INQ 277: Nature Writing
Fee: $450??; overnight field trip
Prerequisite: INQ 110
To explore, define (or attempt to) and practice the craft of nature writing, we must simultaneously engage the questions: What is nature? And in what ways are we, as humans, both apart from and a part of nature? In this course students will experience, read about, and write about urban nature, mediated nature, cultivated nature, and wilderness as they investigate several related questions: What is it that those who write about nature hope to accomplish: celebration, action, or something else? How might reading and writing about the natural world create, or re-create, our relationship to that world? And what challenges - and opportunities - does engaging the craft of this creative nonfiction genre pose (and offer) to the writer who takes it on? Since nature writing demands firsthand observation of the natural world, students will be asked to spend time in a variety of outdoor settings: in local parks, on trails, by rivers, in the garden. Students will also travel to West Virginia to camp, raft, and hike, as well as view a mountaintop removal mining site.
INQ 277: The Visual Analysis of Data
Prerequisite: INQ 240
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.
INQ 177: The History of the Telescope.
Fee: $425; overnight field trip
Students will learn about the history of astronomical observation along three parallel paths: (i) classroom instruction including lab, demonstration, and discussion; (ii) actual naked eye and telescope observations of the night sky including visits to regional non-optical telescope facilities; and (iii) participation in role-playing debate regarding the events associated with Galileo's astronomical observations. Topics of study will include the basics of optics and the nature of light, fundamentals of apparent night sky motions, socio-religious and philosophical problems associated with Galileo's observations, and why non-optical observations are important to astronomers. Student learning will be measured through a combination of conceptual quizzes, short topical essays, and participation in role-playing debates. This course will include two overnight trips: one to NRAO in Green Bank, WV and one to the Goddard Space Flight Center and the Air and Space Museum in the DC area.
INQ 177: The Mathematics of Gambling and Games
The gaming industry is a multi-billion dollar industry that relies on the mathematics of its games to drive their profits and avoid their losses. This course provides both a hands-on and a computational analysis of the probabilities involved when gambling and playing games. We include an introduction to the rules of and basic winning strategies for roulette, blackjack, various forms of poker, and other games, including selected board games and sports. Students will also learn to apply skills developed in this class to other games they come across.
INQ 277: 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.
INQ 277/I.R. 277/POLI 277 The Cold War in Film
Prerequisite: POLI 101 or Permission
The course focuses upon the impact of the Cold War on both the domestic and foreign politics of the United States in the half century following the end of World War II. Movies and other references to popular culture will be utilized to critically examine the events and attitudes of the Cold War era.
INQ 277 Exploring Vision through the Eye of the Lens
Fee: about $90; digital camera required
This class will utilize the digital camera as both a metaphor for the human eye and as a tool to create photographic representations of principles of human vision. Cameras and the human eye will be compared and contrasted in order to better understand both. Mechanisms of human visual perception, such as color vision, depth perception, and motion perception, will first be discussed in lecture format and then assignments will be carried out wherein students take purposeful photographs to illuminate the discussion topics. The idea is that application through photography of principles discussed in relation to human vision, i.e. how we sense and perceive the world, will give you a better understanding of how and why the human vision system works the way it does. Photographic expeditions will be done both around campus and as part of full day trips. Students will utilize their own digital cameras, digital point-and-shoot cameras are all that will be required, as long as they allow the manipulation of settings such as 'aperture' and 'film speed' and 'shutter speed'. Digital SLRs will not be required, though encouraged.
INQ 277 Counseling and Psychotherapy Approaches: A Comparative Analysis and Personal SynthesisInstructor: Whitson
Prerequisite: PSYC 101 or Permission
This Intensive Learning course will explore intellectually and experientially several of the most important models of counseling and psychotherapy. Approaches examined will include psychodynamic, Adlerian, person-centered (Rogerian), existential-humanistic, behavioral, cognitive and cognitive-behavioral, reality, constructivist, and integrative. Videos will show master therapists working with actual clients. Students will learn several criteria for evaluating each therapeutic approach and will be expected to write analytical responses after viewing each video presentation. Students will experience some of the model's major techniques through role-playing of simulated situations devised by the instructor. Students will keep an analytical/critical thinking journal, will complete reflection exercises, and will write a personal synthesis of strategies and techniques that are useful skills for normal and healthy individuals to know and be able to use.
INQ 277/SOCI 277: Animals and Society
Fee: $10-20 (see instructor)
Prerequisite: SOCI 101 or Permission
This course examines selected aspects of the relationship between human and non-human animals, including historical shifts in the cultural perception of animals, the roles played by animals in our social world, and efforts to promote humane treatment of animals. Issues such as use of animals in research, the confinement of animals in zoos and circuses, animals in food production, treatment of animals in the wild, and the role of animals in sports and entertainment will be investigated. The course is highly participatory and includes several speakers and local field trips to visit animal-related organizations such as the SPCA, St. Francis Service Dog Foundation, Wildlife Rehabilitation, and the Mill Mountain Zoo.
INQ 277: Computer Graphics
Prerequisite: ART 110, 120, or permission
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.
INQ 277: Foodways in History: Meals, Memory, and Migration
Fee: $350; overnight trip to Washington, DC
This Intensive Learning course asks us to think about food as a vehicle for studying human history and the meaning that people attach to that history. How does food and the rituals associated with its production and consumption create community and sustain community identity when people migrate? We will study several key diasporas, including Sephardic Jews, Chinese, and Mexican communities and learn about how their foodways sustained their identities, facilitated or hindered their assimilation in new places, and how those same foodways were adapted by other communities in an increasingly globalized world of food and meaning.
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