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Fall 2009 New & Special Topics Courses
BIOL 489-A Special Topics:
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BUAD 489-A Special Topics: Planet, People, and Profit: Creating Value with Sustainable Business and Environmental Strategies
This course examines how organizations use environmental strategies to innovate, create value, and build competitive advantage. Through readings, guest speakers, cases, and field trips, students will identify what works as well as what does not work with sustainable business practices in a variety of organizations. In addition, as a major component of this class, students will have the opportunity to work hands-on with organizations in the De Pere community to further sustainable business. Pre-requisites: BUAD230 and Junior Standing.

ENGL 489-A Advanced Seminar in English Literary Studies: The Child in Victorian Literature
The Child in Victorian Literature will focus on the concept of the child in the British Victorian imagination. Students will read literature written for children and for adults. Authors and works that may be studied include Charles Dickens's Oliver Twist, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, George Eliot's Silas Marner, Charles Kingsley's The Water-Babies, George MacDonald's At the Back of the North Wind, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, Jean Ingelow's Mopsa the Fairy, Christina Rossetti's Speaking Likenesses and Goblin Market, Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden, and children's didactic fiction that define notions of girlhood and boyhood.

MATH 220-A Principles of Geometry
Intended for elementary education majors, this course examines the geometry currently taught in upper elementary and middle school mathematics. Students will develop a deeper understanding of such topics as measurement including length, area, and volume; similar and congruent figures; polygons; formal constructions; tessellations; symmetry; rigid motion; the fundamental properties of Euclidean and other geometries; and problem solving with geometric applications. This course focuses on mathematical content, not teaching methods.

MATH 313-A Mathematical Modeling
This course introduces the construction and investigation of mathematical models for real-world problems. Techniques explored involve dimension analysis; difference and differential equations; fixed point, stability and phase plane analysis; deterministic and stochastic processes; eigenvectors and eigenvalues; and computer packages as needed. Applications may include, but are not limited to, mechanical vibrations, population dynamics, traffic flow, chemical kinetics, cell biology, and geophysical fluid dynamics.

POLI 289-A Special Topics: Trial Advocacy for Mock Trial
This course provides an introduction to civil and criminal litigation in the context of the American judicial system with a focus on courtroom procedures, evidence, witness preparation and examination, and the art of advocacy. Although intended for the training of students who hope to compete with the St. Norbert Mock rial Team, the course is open to any student interested in learning more about the courts and the legal process.

SPAN 389-A Special Topics: Contemporary Spanish and Spanish American Poetry
Spanish and Spanish American poets have had both a unique and yet universal way of understanding the human experience and communicating it through their poetry. In this course we will read poetry from a variety of Spanish and Spanish American poets from Modernism to the present. Although there will be opportunities to try our hand at penning some verses, this is not a creative writing course. It is designed for students of Spanish who have completed Spanish 301 and 302 (or 305) and are genuinely curious readers. We will read some of the contemporary canonical poets such as Rubén Darío, Pablo Neruda, Gabriela Mistral, Alfonsina Storni, Juan Ramón Jimémez, Antonio Machado, Federico García Lorca, and Nancy Morejón, as well as some less known, but equally phenomenal poets.

SPAN 389-B Special Topics: Magic Realism in Spanish American Fiction
Magic realist writing, appearing in the latter half of the 20th century, is associated with one of the richest periods in Spanish American literary history. In this literature, multiple interpretations of reality coexist and challenge one another, setting up a tension that models the diverse cultural perspectives and beliefs that coexist in Spanish American society. This course explores the concept of magic realism in Spanish American fiction through the reading and analysis of several novels and short stories. Essays on how different writers have understood this idea will guide our reading and discussions.

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