Course Descriptions (Summer, 2013)
All courses carry 1.0 unit of Beloit College credit.
Time Commitment: While the format of the Beloit Summer Block courses vary from course to course, all courses require an intensive time commitment for the duration of the three weeks. Students are doing the amount of work required in a semester-long course in three weeks. Students will be expected to participate in classes, events, outside group work and excursions that take place in the morning, afternoon and evening on weekdays. Some required excursions and meetings may also be planned for weekends. Due to the intensity of the Summer Block courses, we recommend that the course is your only focus during the three-week period.
Ancient Tragedy Comes Alive! (CLAS 170)
Faculty: Lisl Walsh
Welcome to a new version of theatre camp. You will be exposed to several tragedies from ancient Greece and Rome, and you get to play the roles - not just of the character, but also of director, producer, investor, publicity agent, set designer, costume designer, and stage manager! This course will challenge you to become immersed in the texts and contexts of ancient tragedy and to put together your own performance(s). We will also explore the theory behind theatre production (e.g., what choreography, a set, costume, and lights communicate to an audience) and textual adaptation - and yes, you will have the opportunity to write your own adaptations as well. So join us for what promises to be an excellent and fulfilling project! Domain: 2A; Prerequisite: one 5T course. LAP.
Biomedical Ethics (PHIL 221)
Faculty: Matt Tedesco
An examination of ethical questions related to medicine and biomedical research. Special emphasis on such issues as abortion, euthanasia, confidentiality, informed consent, research on animal and human subjects, and allocation of scarce medical resources. Course will include contact with local medical professionals. Prerequisites: sophomore standing. Domain: 5T.
Woodworking (ART 150)
Faculty: Mark Klassen
This studio art course focuses on wood as dynamic, versatile and functional medium for modern sculptors. Through individual projects, students will be challenged to develop their own artistic voice through the creation of self-directed sculptures. Smaller exercises will challenge students to learn the proper techniques of milling, joining and gluing wood. Students will be instructed how to safely use power tools such as the table saw, jointer, planer and band saw. Fieldtrips to artist studios, galleries and museums will expose students to the plethora of artists using wood as a primary component of their work. In thinking about wood as a sustainable resource used in applications beyond the arts we will also include a fieldtrip to the US Department of Forestry wood products laboratory. No previous woodworking experience is required. Both beginners and more experienced woodworkers will be accommodated. Open to all students. Domain: 2A.
Devising EraseHER! (TDMS 345)
Faculty: Amy Sarno
This course uses intercultural performance approaches to study women as watchers and women being watched. At the same time we are studying primary source materials, a group of students at the American University in Cairo will be studying similar materials from an Egyptian perspective. We will watch them (digitally) and they will watch us (digitally). In our own separate countries, we will explore the experience early twentieth century women experienced as they observed the “other”. These explorations will be developed by our class (and theirs) into performance pieces that represent only half the picture. For three weeks in January of 2014, our classes will come together in Cairo, Egypt to put our performance pieces together and premiere our work for an Egyptian audience. This course is a complete experiment intended to illuminate all of us on the intercultural creative process. Prerequisites: TDMS 106, 245, one full unit of dance, or consent of instructor. Domain: 2A. Skill: C. This course fulfills the LAP requirement.
Ethnographic Field School (ANTH 352)
Faculty: Lisa Anderson-Levy and Nancy Krusko
Students in this course travel to Kingston, Jamaica to conduct ethnographic research at field sites where they work as interns for three weeks. Having already designed research questions in ANTH 351, students follow their plan through this data-gathering phase. Students learn to appreciate the problems inherent in cultural research (especially ethical ones) and are expected to keep detailed notes while working closely with both Beloit College faculty as well as local interlocutors. Prerequisite: ANTH 100, 201 or consent of instructors. This course will fulfill the intercultural literacy (C) skill and LAP requirement. The dates of the Ethnographic Field School may vary slightly from those listed above.