2014 Campus & Field Trip Courses

Field Trip Courses for 2014


INQ 177  Space Exploration

Instructor:  Dr. Rama Balasubramanian
Prerequisites:  None
Fee: $150
Overnight trip

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.


INQ 277 Art, Music, and Movement: Experiential Learning in the PK-12 Classroom

Instructor: Dr. Lisa Earp
Prerequisites:  EDUC 210
Fee:  $325
Overnight trip

In today's schools, there is a heavy emphasis on content and preparation for high stakes testing.  As a result, the integration of art, music, movement, and experiential learning opportunities into classrooms is often neglected or omitted.  The focus of this course is to explore ways that art, music, movement, and experiential learning can be integrated into classrooms while also covering state required content.  In the course, students will learn to incorporate these elements into their curricular plans.


INQ 177 Health and Happiness

Instructor: Dr. Julie Maina
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  $350
Overnight trip

What makes people happy?  How do people find happiness?  How does being happy influence your life? The focus of this course will be on the relationship between the concept of happiness and its impact on all aspects of wellness.  In particular, the course will look at several theories surrrounding the idea of happiness, how real people have applied the theories in their everyday lives, and the results they have experienced.  Students will be required to actively participate in all activities planned and be able to reflect upon their experiences showing a deeper understanding of the complex nature of happiness and its influence on health.

INQ 277/SOCI 277 Politics in Art

Instructor:  Dr. Marit Berntson
Prerequisites:  SOCI 101
Fee:  $500
Overnight trip to Washington D.C.

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--technology, architecture, painting, and sculpture.  We will view several films, read 2-3 books, and 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.  We will visit the Smithsonian, the National Gallery, and the Newseum.  Students will explore the representation of politics in art through a combination of requirements including large and small group discussions of films, books, and art, informal essays and journal writing, and a final exam consisting of short answer and essay questions.

INQ 277/PHIL 277  Relating to Nature: Philosophy, Literature, and Immersion

Instructor:  Dr. Monica Vilhauer
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  $270
Overnight camping in cabins with just the bare necessities

How can we understand our relationship to nature? Are humans fundamentally separate from, or a part of nature? Are human beings superior to the rest of nature? Is it possible for humans to live in a harmonious relationship with the rest of nature?  Can we learn from non-human forms of life?  This course introduces students, in an intensive learning environment, to the ways in which philosophers and literary writers have conceived of the relationship between human beings and nature in the Western tradition.  In the third week, students immerse themselves in nature by setting up camp in rustic cabins in the woods, unplugging from modern conveniences, and engaging in a number of outdoor (recreational and survival) activities.  In the third week students will be challenged to simplify their lives and pare down to the bare necessities . . . this means spending a week without the use of electronics, internet, phones, and with only very basic shelter, clothing, bathing, and food options.  In the third week, students will be living in close quarters with their classmates and engaging in a higher than normal amount of physical activity in addition to their regular studies.  We will be in session (departing on our trip) on Memorial Day. This class is reading, writing, and dialogue intensive, and the third week will challenge students mentally, physically, and socially.  Contact professor if you have specific questions. 

INQ 177  The Broadway Musical

Instructor:  Dr. Joe Blaha
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  $1000
Overnight trip to New York City 

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. Travel to New York City to experience productions from Broadway to off-off-Broadway is part of this course, which will also write, produce, and perform its own thirty minute musical.

INQ 277/SOCI 277 Understanding Poverty through Service

Instructor:  Dr. Kristi Hoffman
Fee:  $275
Overnight trip

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 discussion of a variety of readings and experientially through community service. Field trips will encompass doing volunteer work as a group.



Campus Courses for May 2014


INQ 277/IR 277/POLI 277  African Politics through Film

Instructor:  Dr. Joshua Rubongoya
Prerequisites:  POLI 101 or INQ 260PS
Fee:  None

This course examines African politics in the context of the major historical, economic and cultural factors that have determined and continue to shape political systems on the continent.  The course will be taught through a) contemporaneous film, b) docudramas and c) a required text.

INQ 277  Business Lessons Learned from Celebrities

Instructor:  Dr. Ivy Kutlu
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  None

This course uses the unconventional examples of celebrities from arts, entertainment and sports to introduce several business concepts such as products, innovation and creativity in product development, brands, promotion strategies, management and entrepreneurship. Students will use their analytical/critical thinking skills to deduce important business lessons that can be used by any organization.

INQ 177  Demystifying Food

Instructor:  Dr. Marilee Ramesh
Prerequisites:  Any BIOL or CHEM course
Fee: $45

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 cheese 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.


INQ 277  Experimental Economics

Instructor:  Dr. Edward Nik-Khah
Prerequisites:  ECON 121 or 122
Fee:  None

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.



INQ 177  Film as Social Icon

Instructor:  Dr. Bruce Partin
Prerequisites:  INQ 110 or HNRS 105
Fee:  None

Students will view 12 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.


INQ 177/BIOL 177  It Could Happen to Us

Instructor:  Dr. Brooks Crozier
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  None

An exploration of plagues in human history and a reflection on the appearance of drug-resistance in microorganisms. Students will learn through research, lecture, reading, a lab exercise and film, the history, politics, biology, and potential modern significance of human diseases, such as Plague, Tuberculosis, Influenza and Cholera and the pathogens that cause them.


INQ 277/CJUS 277/POLI 277  Law & Film

Instructor:  Dr. Todd Peppers
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  None

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.


INQ 177  Mathematics of Games and Gambling

Instructors:  Dr. Adam Childers & Dr. Hannah Robbins
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  $45

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  Philosophy & Food

Instructor: Dr. Brent Adkins
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  $150

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. 


INQ 277  Twentieth-Century American Films and the Novels that Inspired Them

Instructor:  Dr. Melanie Almeder
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  None

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  Russian Culture in the 21st Century 

Instructor:  Dr. Martha Kuchar
Prerequisites:  INQ 110 & 120 or HNRS 170
Fee: None

Immersion in the culture of the New Russia:  literature, art, music, media, religion, and other facets of culture, high and low. 


INQ 277/SOCI 277  Sociology Goes to Bollywood

Instructor: Dr. Meeta Mehrotra
Prerequisites: SOCI 101 or INQ 260SO 
Fee:  None

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.



INQ 177  The Science of Flavor

Instructor:  Dr. Skip Brenzovich
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  $10

Why does heating render cilantro flavorless? Is there a difference between natural and artificial flavorings? Why do people spend millions of dollars a year on perfumes and colognes? Taste and smell, two senses which have a profound effect on our daily lives, are nothing more than our bodies' way of detecting the chemical world around us. During this course, we will examine the science behind these two senses and how our quest for percent flavor has shaped modern history. Through a series of hands-on exercises, we isolate and identify the source of flavor from a variety of natural sources and then use our knowledge to make our own synthetic scents. 

INQ 177  Truth and Beauty: Images of the Real

Instructor:  Dr. Virginia Stewart
Prerequisites:  None
Fee:  None 

Studies of a range of forms by which images of reality are produced: (a) traditional journalism, video documentary, news photography; (b) literary journalism/creative non-fiction, cinema verite, photojournalism; (c) short fiction, box office cinema, photographic art. Course questions distinctions between "fact" and "truth" and examines ways in which truth is "found," "constructed," and "mediated."


INQ 277: 20th Century American Films and the Novels that Inspired Them: Exploring the American Experience 

Instructor:  Almeder
Fee:  None
Prerequisite:  None

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  Visual Analysis of Data

Instructor:  Dr. Jeff Spielman
Prerequisites:  INQ 240
Fee:  None 

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.






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