|Fall 2008 New & Special Topics Courses |
EDUC 260-A Foundational Mathematics Evaluation and Enhancement
This course addresses the constructivistic mathematics concepts, skills, and principles needed for all learners, including pre-K through 12th grade students. The topics in this course include mathematical concepts and connections, addressing personal math anxieties/phobias, and developing number sense, recognizing patterns/sequences, analyzing data/probability, exploring measurement, and evaluation geometric concepts. Prerequisite: Successful completion of Gate 1 in the SNC Education program.
EDUC 330-A Early Adolescent: Meeting the Non-Academic Needs of the Student
2 semester credits
This course addresses the non-academic needs and issues of the middle school student. The developmental characteristics and affective needs of middle school students are central to the educational environment that teachers must create in those classrooms to ensure student achievement. The topics included in this course include classroom management and behavior management, conflict resolution, advisory, and communication with parents. Prerequisite: Completion of Gate 2 Education requirements. Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in EDUC 331, 332, 333, and 334. In combination with EDUC 333 replaces EDUC 377.
EDUC 333-A Early Adolescent: Assessment
2 semester credits
This course addresses assessment of learning. Assessment, evaluation and grading/reporting will be covered. A focus on assessing in a differentiated classroom will be key to the discussion of these topics. Prerequisite: Completion of Gate 2 Education requirements. Co-requisites: EDUC 330, 331, 332, 334. In combination with EDUC 330 replaces EDUC 377.
ENGL 489-A The Private and the Public: Gender and Sexuality in 19th century U.S. Literature
This course explores the most pressing debates about gender and its relationship to private and public life in nineteenth-century American texts, examining constructions of masculinity; the rise of sexology and sexual identity; debates about separate spheres of influence; the function and aesthetics of the sentimental novel; and the performance of gender, race, and nation. We will read both canonical and popular authors including: Charles Brockden Brown's Wieland, Catharine Maria Sedgwick's Hope Leslie, Julia Ward Howe's The Hermaphrodite, Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, Walt Whitman's "Calamus" poems, Julia C. Collins, The Curse of Caste; or The Slave Bride, Charles Chesnutt's Marrow of Tradition. By investigating the material culture of the period, we will look at how legal, economic, social, and political contexts shaped not only gender and sexuality, but also national identity. Writing assignments will be modeled after conference and professional publications in the field of literature.
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.
PHIL 302-A Consciousness
A study of the various theories about the phenomenon of consciousness, especially regarding the apparent "gap" between neural activity of a conscious state and the experience that accompanies such a state.
SPAN 301-A/B Introduction to Spanish and Spanish American Literature 1
An introduction to Spanish and Spanish American literature before 1800, including critical terminology and concepts, through class discussion and analysis of major works of poetry, prose, drama, and essay. Prerequisite: SPAN 204.
SPAN 389-A Special Topics: Contemporary Latin American Detective Fiction and Film
How would you like to spend a semester reading stories and watching films about murder, crime, criminal investigations, transvestites, prostitutes and quirky detectives? Since the 70s, Latin American detective fiction is more that just a question of "Whodoneit", but a place to question government-sponsored violence and social injustice. We will begin with classic texts by authors such as E. A. Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton and J. L. Borges, before examining works by current Latin American writers of detective fiction such as Ramón Díaz Eterovic and Marcela Serrano (Chile), Paco Ignacio Taibo II (México), Ricardo Piglia and Ariel Dorfman (Argentina), and Leonardo Padura Fuentes (Cuba).
SPAN 389-B Special Topics: Spanish Cinema from La Movida to Now
When Franco died, the lid blew off Spanish society. From the early, heady years of the Destape to the latest Goya award winners, from hilarious comedy, to political critique, to the just plain disturbing - we'll see it all. Directors Almodóvar ( Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios, Volver), Amenábar (Tesis, Abre los ojos, Mar adentro), Icíar Bollaín (Te doy mis ojos), Emilio Martínez Lázaro (Las trece rosas), Julio Medem (Vacas, Los amantes del Círulo Polar), Gracia Querejeta (Cuando vuelves a mi lado), Guillermo del Toro (El espinazo del diablo, El laberinto del fauno, El orfanato), and more. Read film theory, review recent Spanish history, discuss cinematic techniques, debate the issues, and hone your language skills.
THEA 389-A Special Topics: Topic Not Available