Course Descriptions (Summer, 2016)

Summer Term 2016 Beloit Blocks

CRIS/IDST 252: Women's Health (L1, C)
Faculty: Suzanne Cox & Laura Parmentier

This course examines theoretical and empirical viewpoints on the way that women’s health is conceptualized.  Together we will explore such areas as qualitative and quantitative inquiry into women’s health, menstruation, sexuality and relationships, reproduction, aging, social and emotional health, politics of physical and social disease, healing and social activism, and additional topics selected by you, the class members.   Central to this course is an explicit focus on different epistemological viewpoints and how we can engage as a class and community in different ways of knowing. Combining lectures, class discussions, “quantitative” lab work, “qualitative” field research, workshops, excursions, and community activism, we explore multiple “ways of knowing” women’s health and approaches to healing. (C, L1)


ENGL 223: Creative Writing and Pedagogy (2A, W)
Faculty: Matthew Vadnais

The Block course presents an opportunity to do many of the things traditional Creative Writing classes do while also offering a unique opportunity – because of the immersive environment – to really think about how we teach and learn creative writing while creating work not typically produced in an introductory course. We will use a variety of short texts and shared experiences as jumping off points in order to create one chap-book length project, a collaborative book of some sort, and at least ninety minutes of radio programming (including interviews, essays, poems, spoken word, and potentially other creative pieces) that will be broadcast on WBCR. The course readings have been chosen according to an anti-racist pedagogy that not only seeks to broaden the circle of works we will use as models and inspiration but to also draw attention to ways in which privilege and systemic power shape the way we think about and evaluate fiction, poetry, and other forms of creative writing. As such, we will think about alternative ways of teaching and learning creative writing. In addition to creative work, students will design writing prompts, and a creative writing assignment/lesson plan. (2A) Prerequisite: None for this summer block offering.


HEAL 235: Men's Health (3B, C)
Faculty:  Rongal Nikora

What is maleness? What is masculinity? And how do these questions shape the general and sexual health of roughly half the world’s human population? Join us in exploring the world of men’s health through critical readings, films, lab exercises and excursions as we attempt to identify possible answers. Domains: B. Skills: C (Cross-listed as CRIS 236)


INIT 220: By the Numbers (Q)
Faculty:  Kathryn Linnenberg

Numbers are a part of our everyday experience. You find out about tuition costs and the size of your student loans. You read polling results for upcoming political primaries and statistics that describe the state of the economy or the relationship between race, crime, and police procedure. You see graphs that convey information about public opinion on issues such as same-sex marriage or abortion.  You follow sports statistics on favorite teams and players.  But, do you fully understand these numbers?  Are you able to think critically about numbers you hear so that you can assess their meaning and their validity?

In this course, you will become better consumers and producers of numbers.  When someone rattles off a statistic, you will know to ask questions about definitions, measurement, and sampling.  You will learn how to read graphs and tables, and how to create them.  You will learn about budgeting, reading quantitative academic articles, and picking better fantasy baseball teams.  Are you someone who is math phobic, but wants to overcome that fear?  Then this is the class for you.  Books include: Best’s More Damned Lies and Statistics, Lewis’ Moneyball, and Middle Class Meltdown in America by Leicht and Fitzgerald. Skills: Q. No Prerequisites.


SPAN 320: #BeloitInSpain: Negotiating Identities, Mapping Urbanity & Inspiring Sustainability in Medieval & Modern Spain (L1, C, 5T, CRIS)*
Faculty: Gabriela Cerghedean & Sylvia Lopez

Are you ready for a journey of discovery to vibrant Medieval Spain? Are you ready to learn about​ the unique history of a shared culture? Are you ready to explore the “Green Revolution” ideology that lead to the construction of cities-palaces that promoted and ultimately achieved a sustainable way of life? Are you ready to be engaged in academic dialogues that will enhance your intercultural competencies and communication skills as well as develop your ability to articulate your own cultural experience? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then join ​#BeloitInSpain!

In this course, students are invited to examine Jewish, Christian, and Muslim literary, political, artistic, linguistic, scientific, environmental, and religious exchanges and their impact on the construction of the Andalusí identity. Students also configure the vital connections that were established between the citizens of al-Andalus and the surrounding natural and urban environment. Once in Spain, students explore​ the exquisite cities of Granada, Cordoba, and Seville, link the symbolic to the physical places, and interact with people, situations, and questions that challenge assumptions and values. Moreover, they discover and reflect on the city’s physical spaces, monuments, and archaeological sites that they encountered in classroom readings. In short, #BeloitInSpain is meant to help students take another step towards leading fulfilling lives as citizens of our global multicultural and multilingual world. No Prerequisites. (Cross-listed as CRIS 268)

*SPAN 320 is an international block and has additional costs associated with it that can be found here. It will be taught in English with opportunities for work in Spanish for students with experience in the language. The course will spend 5/29-6/8  in Spain.