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ANTH 120: The Human Animal

(4U, Q)Nancy Krusko and Leslie Williams

The Human Animal introduces the principle topics of physical anthropology, focusing on human evolutionary history, modern human variation, human osteology, and primate biology and behavior.  We will explore these subjects through lectures, discussions, and lab activities designed to allow you to learn, debate, and synthesize the ideas which underpin a study of humans as social and biological beings.  This course fulfills the Scientific Inquiry into the Physical and Biological Universe Breadth requirement (4U), the Quantitative requirement (Q), and is also a required foundational course for the Anthropology Major.


ECON 199: Principles of Economics

(3B, Q)Bob Elder

This course takes an analytical approach to economic reasoning and contemporary economic issues. It introduces microeconomic and macroeconomic theories with applications to relevant issues such as employment, growth, international trade and finance, monetary and fiscal policy, and environmental issues.


EDYS 246: Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language

(LAP-1)Christina Eddington

This course is designed for students who are interested in teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL). It will include foundational information on the theories, contexts, and methodology of language acquisition, as well as an overview of current socio-political issues related to teaching English in the United States and abroad.  Students will examine, discuss, and put into practice aspects of the following: intercultural communication, curriculum development and lesson planning, skill-based methodology, language assessment, materials critiques, computer/technology-aided learning, resource development, and classroom research.


ENG 205/223: Creative Writing on Two Wheels

(205: 2A, W & 223: W)Chuck Lewis

This course focuses on exploring the community of Beloit by bicycle as a way to generate fiction, poetry, and nonfiction (students will also explore multimedia work). Students who enroll in 205 (2A, W) will get an introduction to all genres, while students in 223 (W) will select a focus on either prose fiction or nonfiction and combine it with photography to generate innovative multi-modal composition. For all students bicycling will be a vehicle for discovery of place and engagement with people; a mechanism for building relationships that complement a strong writing community; a practice that fosters social sustainability and personal well-being; and a means of going beyond the classroom to inspire and inform our creativity and craft. Class will include local daily rides (typically 5-10 miles), community engagement/interaction opportunities, frequent on-site “plein-air” writing exercises, and regular in-class workshopping of members' original creative work, which will culminate in a collaborative class anthology website. This course requires a bicycle, a helmet, a phone/camera, and a laptop/tablet (arrangements can be made to help students access these). Students will have optional opportunity for longer weekend rides (up to 30 miles) for additional exploration beyond the city--country roads, trails, and nearby communities.


ENG 264: Virtual Reality and Story Telling: Topics in Media and Cultural Analysis

Nahir Otaño Gracia and Matthew Goodwin

Virtual reality (VR) stimulates our perception of reality by means of 3-D visual representation, 360 degree rotation, and at times haptic responses (sense of touch). Although VR has primarily been used by the military, gamers, and the medical industry, the medium is creating new forms of art and storytelling by providing insights that can be difficult to achieve otherwise. Throughout the course we will ponder what can be gained from the study of VR and how VR can help us create new forms of communication, storytelling, and art. This course will highlight the attempts by VR creators to help dismantle structures of bias, inequality, and oppression. Co-instructor Professor Matthew Goodwin from the University of Puerto Rico will discuss how Virtual Reality can help students “see” the damage of mass natural disasters without contributing to the trauma that disaster-tourism brings to local communities. Students will be provided Oculus VR goggles for the duration of the class.


HEAL 235/CRIS 236: Men's Health

(3B) ONLINERon Watson

In this course we examine the disparities, conditions, and unique pathologies that define the parameters of contemporary male morbidity, mortality, and well-being. Beyond epidemiological data, our interdisciplinary investigation encompasses an empirical look at the biology and biochemistry of maleness, coupled with analysis of masculine identities and their past and present impacts on men’s general and sexual health. Male circumcision, the clinical or ritual cutting of the foreskin, is the backdrop for our exploration of men’s health. In addition to field trips and guest lectures spanning the spectrum of health, our journey culminates in a curated exhibit, research posters, and/or performance pieces that weave the phenomenon of male circumcision into the fabric of men’s health across time, cultures, and sexual identities.


PHYS 101: General Physics I

(4U)Patrick Polley

This lab-intensive course emphasizes small-group work to introduce students to the fundamental concepts of classical mechanics. We undertake at least two lab experiments a day in our exploration of Newton’s laws, and the principles of conservation of momentum and energy. After this introduction we also cover oscillatory and rotational motion, fluid mechanics, and mechanical waves. Students are not expected to have studied physics in a previous course, but should have studied precalculus mathematics, including trigonometry.


POLS 295: Human Rights Advocacy

Weissberg Block on Human Rights and Social JusticeBeth Dougherty

The course will be devoted to learning about human rights in theory and practice.  We will consider the emergence and development of the human rights movement; the role of international organizations such as the United Nations, non-governmental organizations, and transnational advocacy networks; successful advocacy campaigns such as the ratification of the Genocide Convention, the anti-apartheid movement, Tostan’s work in Senegal to end FGM, and the campaign to ban land mines; the efficacy of the media and social media as advocacy tools; and an in-depth examination of human rights in a particular country.  We will pair this with an advocacy project done in collaboration with Scholars at Risk (SAR), on the case of a particular imprisoned scholar. We will skype regularly with our SAR contact, with experts connected to the case, and with alumni working in human rights. Our advocacy project will include producing the written briefing paper and planning and implementing an advocacy campaign. There are no prerequisites.


PSYC 210: Life-span Developmental Psychology

(3B, LAP-1)Suzanne Cox

This course examines the physical, social, and cognitive changes that occur between conception and older adulthood. A wide range of issues will be addressed, such as the contributions of genetics and the environment, gender differences, family and interpersonal relations, career development, retirement, and death. Includes field experience with a community agency. Prerequisite: Psychology 100.