Course Descriptions Spring 2007

AMER/ENGL 319-A Literature of Service

This course addresses concepts of American culture through the dual lenses of literary texts and community-based learning. We will explore individuals and communities in crisis or transition as a result of poor health, poverty, immigration, homelessness, and gendered, sexual, racial or ethnic discrimination. Throughout the semester, paired students will regularly volunteer at local community service agencies and will write reflection journals to expand their knowledge of these concepts. We will consider how literary writers have commented on these social issues, what kinds of leadership might be appropriate, and how students can use their own writing skills in the service of these venues. Essays for the course include various forms of researched persuasive critical writing: literary analysis, opinion-editorials, grant proposals, and agency newsletters, among others. We will read fiction, poetry, autobiography, drama, and essays by such authors as Dorothy Day, Robert Coles, Jane Addams, Edward Bellamy, William Carlos Williams, Gloria Naylor, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charlotte Perkins, Gilman, Fae Myenne Ng, Marilynne Robinson, Li-Young Lee, Anna Deveare Smith, and Mark Doty.

AMER/SOCI 489-A – Special Topics: Social Stratification

This course will explore the structures, mechanisms and consequences of social stratification in American society. The course will include discussions of the theoretical frameworks that sociologists use to understand why social stratification exists in America. In addition, the course will explore the ways that different systems of stratification have developed and continue to operate. Finally, the course will include discussions about the ways in which different types of stratification based on economic class, gender, race/ethnicity and ability/disability persist and intersect. Prerequisite: SOCI 100.

ART389/COMM389-A Special Topics: Faux Finishing & Painting for Theatre
A practical introduction to creating and executing paint treatments for theatrical and professional residential/ commercial retail applications.  Will include painting Faux (fake) wood, marble and brick as well as basic Trompe O'leil (three-dimensional illusion) techniques.  Prerequisite: ART 134 or Permission of the instructor.

ART 460-A - New Media Art

This studio course will explore time-based art forms, such as digital video, motion graphics, animation. It will include the production and editing of short films, animated graphic pieces and sound art. It also covers contemporary practices in new media art forms, internet art, and interactive digital art. Primary software includes Final Cut Pro and Adobe Flash. Prerequisite: ART 350

BUAD 489-A: Special Topics: Social Responsibility and Business Ethics

This course focuses on building ethical frameworks and identifying socially responsible and sustainable business practices in a variety of organizations. Through class discussions, we will consider case examples and readings in a seminar setting. We will examine themes of the United Nations Global Compact and encourage problem solving for various social, economic, and environmental issues.

BIOL 389-A - Mammalogy

A study of mammals with emphasis on principles of mammalian ecology, conservation and biodiversity. Topics will include characteristics of mammals, classification, natural history, ecology, biodiversity, conservation and techniques in field study. Special emphasis will be given to mammals occurring in northeastern Wisconsin. Prerequisite: BIOL 121

ECON489-A – Economics of Health Care and Social Security

This course uses microeconomic tools to address fundamental issues associated with government-provided retirement and health care benefits in the 21st century. Basic economic models and concepts, such as supply and demand, elasticity, market structure, profit maximization, utility maximization, and monopoly power are applied to the public and private sectors of the health care and retirement industries. After comparing the current policy practices of the U.S. and other developed nations, participants will actively engage in lively debates regarding the costs and benefits of various policy reforms.

ECON 489-B - Economics of Sports II

This course builds on the material covered in ECON 340. Topics include: Discussion of the state of the sports economics in general; review and analysis of the economics of specific sports and leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB, European soccer, female intercollegiate sports, and a number of individual sports); the analysis of sports demand; competitive balance; other topics.

ENGL 289-A - Special Topics: Fairy Tales

Why is a raven like a writing desk? Find out the answer by taking English 289: Classic and Contemporary Fairy Tales. In the course we will examine the fairy tale as a historical and cultural force. We will begin the semester by reading the "classic" tales—those by the French Salon writers Charles Perrault (also known as Mother Goose), Madame d’Aulnoy, and Madam Leprince de Beaumont (teller of "Beauty and the Beast"); those adaptations by the Brothers Grimm; and selections from The Arabian Nights. Next, we will examine writers who wrote original fairy tales during the nineteenth-century, which include Hans Christian Andersen, Lewis Carroll, George MacDonald, Edith Nesbit, and Oscar Wilde. Finally, we will discuss twentieth-century fairy tale spinners—Kenneth Grahame, L. Frank Baum, C. S. Lewis, and more recent writers such as Angela Carter, Jane Yolen, Salman Rushdie, Emma Donoghue, and Francesca Lia Block. One class project will be devoted to creating an anthology of original fairy tales, so the class will certainly end happily ever after.

ENGL 489-A - The Literature of Love

This senior seminar will explore the sometimes liberating, sometimes painful problem of love in a range of literary texts from the Classical period to the present. We will consider various types of love (e.g., romantic, divine, familial) plus critical, structural, and personal approaches to love (e.g., the Courtly Love tradition, mystical experience of God's presence) through careful study of such major works as Ovid's Metamorphoses, Boccaccio's Decameron, Julian of Norwich's Showings, Malory's Morte Darthur, and Morrison's Beloved.

JAPN 389-A - Intensive Intermediate Japanese

This course will focus on the Japanese language, focusing on the four language skills: reading, writing, listening, and speaking.  Prerequisite: JAPN 203

PHIL 389-A - Consciousness

The course will explore the phenomenon of consciousness, with emphasis on the "gap" between the neural activity of a conscious state and the experience that accompanies such a state.

PHYS 322-A - Electricity and Magnetism 2

Applications of time-varying fields and Maxwell's equations, including the propagation of electromagnetic waves, radiation from accelerated charges, dipole radiation, radiation reaction, and scalar diffraction theory. Prerequisite: PHYS 321.

SOCI 289-A - Special Topics: The Anthropology of Lowland South America

This course provides an introduction to the ethnology and historical anthropology of the native peoples of the Amazon and Orinoco river systems as well as the Caribbean and coastal Brazil. Topics covered will include tropical forest environment and ethno-ecology, social organization, ritual and shamanism, myth, warfare and the feud complex, gender relations and sexuality, ethnicity and tribalism, tribal society and the frontier, relations with modern states, and non-tribal Amazonians. Forms of ethnographic writing and the use of archival and pre-modern literature will be examined. Methodological emphasis will be given to diachronic perspectives.

SOCI 489-B Special Topics: Women, Work, and Welfare Reform Seminar

The American welfare state in all its forms—Aid to Dependent Children (ADC), Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC), and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)—has been controversial since its inception. Much of the controversy is steeped in traditional American ideals that value hard work, individualism, and the Horatio Alger mystique. Welfare recipients are demonized in the media, in the halls of government, and in popular culture as lazy and incompetent "welfare queens" who are content to live off the public dole. This course provides an alternative view of welfare and welfare recipients in light of the 1996 welfare reform legislation.

SPAN 389-A Special Topics: Contemporary Mexican and Chicano Theater

In this class we will be looking at the nature and development of Mexican and Chicano Theater in the 20th century. While reading important plays by both men and women dramatists, we will cover common themes and cultural implications of the works. We will look at the roots of Chicano theater in the United Farm Workers movement. We will be reading plays by such writers as Rudolfo Usigli, Elena Garro, Luis Valdez and others.

SPAN 400-A - Senior Capstone Seminar: Modern Spain: The Struggle for National Identity

This course explores Spain's struggle to define itself as a modern nation-state, from the nineteenth century to the present. It examines key historical moments during which Spain's national identity and unity have been challenged and continue to be challenged, such as the Restoration of 1874-75, the Generation of 1898, the Second Republic, the Spanish Civil War and the Franco era, and the post-Franco transition to democracy. Spain's struggle for national identity is viewed through a variety of disciplinary lenses: historical, political, religious, literary and cinematic.