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ART 202-A Introduction to Adobe Photoshop
An introductory elective course designed to explore the process of digital image manipulation using Adobe Photoshop as the primary tool. The course will examine various aspects of the digital process including digital image capture (scanner and camera), digital image manipulation and preparation of images for electronic publication. Offered Summer 2006.

BIOL 489-A Special Topics: Infectious Diseases
A lecture course dealing with the interaction between medically important infectious agents and the human body. The course deals with viral, bacterial and parasitic infections, their biology, mechanisms of disease (pathology) and immunology. There is no lab requirement for this course. Prerequisite: BIOL 244.

COMM 389-A Special Topics: Finishing & Painting for Theatre
An introduction to creating and executing paint treatments for theatrical and professional residential applications. Will include painting Faux (fake) wood, marble and brick as well as basic Trompe O'leil (three-dimensional illusion) techniques. Some experience with color and painting is suggested but not required, as projects will be assigned based on skill level.

ECON 489-A Special Topics: Economics of Gender and Family
Application of economic models to issues associated with gender and family: gender differences in the U.S. economy, economic models of marriage and divorce, economics of fertility, the household as an economic unit, labor force participation decisions by gender, effects of female labor force participation on family structure, economic treatment of the gender "earnings gap," and economics of gender discrimination, cross-societal and historical gender comparisons.

EDUC 252-A The Comprehensive High School
This couirse is an introduction to the unique characteristics of the comprehensive American high school. Early Adolescent/Adolescent certification students will begin by examining the origins of the comprehensive high school, originally described in 1918 as "the people's college." The evolution of the high school to its contemporary format will be examined. Students will review seminal documents developed over the last century intended to reform the American high school and assess their relative impact.

EDUC 254-A Instructional Methodologies for Adolescents
This course examines the theoretical, philosophical and historical origin of the field in which students will be gaining certification. Students will study current practices in their certification area, both methodological and curricular, to gain a more complete understanding of contemporary practice. Concepts common to all teaching areas including teaching methods, lesson planning, evaluation and learning theories will be considered, along with methodologies more specific to selected teaching areas. Students seeking Early Adolescent/Adolescent certification will enroll in this course in conjuction with a series of other education classes during Pre-Professional Block.

EDUC 285-A Elementary School Science Methods
In this course, students take an active roll in class activities and discussion which model strategies to integrate science instruction with other curricular areas especially environmental science. Students are involved in field experiences and class activities that focus on the application of current learning theories as well as science curriculum standards. Prerequisites: EDUC 120, 125, SSCI 220 and admission to class cohort. Sophomore Block.

EDUC 286-A Elementary School Math Methods
In this course, students take an active roll in class activities and discussion which model strategies to integrate mathematics instruction with other curricular areas. Students are involved in field experiences and class activities that focus on the application of current learning theories as well as mathematics curriculum standards. Prerequisites: EDUC 120, 125, SSCI 220 and admission to class cohort. Sophomore Block.

ENGL 222-A Modern Poetry
This course will explore modern poetry by poets in the context of modernism, an international, interdisciplinary movement that spanned both World Wars and included literature, music, drama, art, and film. featured poets may include Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, W.B. Yeats, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Claude McKay, Wilfred Owen, William Carlos Williams, Robert Frost, H.D., Gertrude Stein, Mina Loy, Marianne Moore, and Langston Hughes.

ENGL 289-A Special Topics: Literary Humor
This course will begin with a historical study of theories of humor (including, for example, Classical, Freudian, and linguistic models): how and why it works, how and why it changes, how it helps define human experience. We'll proceed briskly to the study of literary texts that exploit major modes of humor (such as irony, satire, parody, wit, and wordplay) and writers who have won fame as humorists (such as Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, Douglas Adams, Anne Lamott). We'll consider the difference between comedy and humor and explore the evolution of humor as cultural criticisms - we may include films and comics as well.

ENGL 489-A Special Topics: Advanced Seminar in English Literary Studies: T.S. Eliot
We will read, discuss and research modern poet T.S. Eliot's poetry, essays, and verse plays, including the /Waste Land/, the /Four Quarters/, "Tradition and the Individual Talent," and /Murder in the Cathedral/. As a useful context for understanding Eliot's influential work, we will explore the idea of modernism and Eliot's working relationship with literary compatriot Ezra Pound.

GEOL 301-A Evolution of the Earth
An overview of the geologic record of Earth history, from its origins to the present, with an emphasis on human actions that have invoked unprecedented changes in ecosystems and climate that will affect Earth¿s future. Focus will be on the interdependence of physical, chemical and biological systems and their co-evolution. Knowledge of Earth's past, including a sense of 'deep time' will provide a unique perspective for understanding environmental change and natural rates of change. Knowledge of the history of species diversification, extinction, and the impact of humans on pollution, resources, and resource distribution will establish a context for discussions to explore the potential for future climate change together with its socioeconomic and political implications. The course includes lectures, discussions, a weekly laboratory and fieldtrips. Prerequisite: Completion of a GS4 (lab science) class. Fulfills the General Education Area 11- Global Society Requirement for non-geology majors.

SPAN 389-A Special Topics: Contemporary Mexican + Chicano Theater
In this course we will be looking at Mexican theater written mostly in the second half of the twentieth century, considering such dramatists as Rodolfo Usigli, Carlos Fuentes, Elena Garro, and Sabine Berman. Also we will be looking at the historical roots that brought about the Chicano theater movement and the Teatro Campesino, focusing on such dramatists as Luis Valdez, among others.

SOCI 241-A Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities
Social Work Methods II focuses on generalist social work practice with groups, organizations and communities and developing cultural competence in social work practice. Content will cover the role of social workers in networking, planning and conducting meetings, managing conflict, and using supervison effectively. Also included is practice content which emphasizes professional relationships that are charcaterized by mutuality, collaboration, respect for the client system and incorporates use of professional social work supervision - within macro practice. The course will also cover the knowledge, values and skills to enhance human well-being and amelioration of the environmental conditions that affect people adversely. Empahsis is placed on practice skills in work with clients from differing social, cultural, racial, religious, spiritual, and class backgrounds and wih systems of all sizes, including an understanding of differential assessments and intervention skills to serve diverse at-risk populations. Social work values and ethics are discussed in relation to macro practice. Students will learn about organizational culture, agency policy, developing and managing agency resources, amd implementing agency change. The course will also cover approaches to community change, evaluating macro practice, advocay and social action. A small section on working in urban versus rural communities is also included.

SOCI 494-A Human Services Internship
The seminar format of Human Service Internship is organized around the student working in the human service field and the supervision he or she received in the field. The combination of the internship, the field supervision and reflection in seminar is focused on developing student application of knowledge of major social competencies and values necessary for generalist social work practice. An internship should offer the student an opportunity to practice these skills: evaluation and assessment of group and individual psychosocial functioning, plan/policy development and implementation, intervention, referral, advocacy, collaboration, cultural competence, and application of professional ethics. Students are expected to locate the internship, with assistance and approval of the instructor, before the beginning of the semester and should be on site within the first two weeks of school. Internships should meet the State of Wisconsin regulation and licensing requirements, which can be obtained from the instructor. Often placements will require the student have their own transportation with a clear driving record ( in order to transport clients or drive to see clients in their homes), pass drug and background tests, and have flexibility in their schedule. Students are expected to work 10-12 hours per week for the academic year, with a break between semesters. SOCI 494 is a two semester course.

SSCI 301-A Environmental Studies
Note this course has been renumbered from NSCI/DN 301.


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