Online August Session 2020

EDU 277: Back to School: Why relationships & self-care are now more important than ever (2 credits)
Instructor: Koren Coughlin
Dates: August 3 to Aug 28

Teaching is a human profession, requiring individuals to connect with a diverse group of people across a school community. This course will examine why relationships are essential to success in the classroom as well as how to build relationships after the disruption from the Covid-19 virus. Topics will also include self-care, ways to connect with students and families, as well as how to find and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

ENG 277: The Detective Novel (4 credits)
Instructor: Lorna Hughes
Dates: August 3 to Aug 28

Although everyone is familiar with the great detective Sherlock Holmes, and mystery novels have been a popular favorite for centuries, literary critics have only recently begun to recognize the significance of the genre. In this course, we will sample a variety of approaches to the mystery. For example, we will read some adventures of the archetypal charismatic detective Sherlock Holmes and continue with P.D. James’ contemporary incarnation, Adam Dalgliesh in The Private Patient. We will read its 20th century version of the psychological mystery in Ruth Rendell’s study of love, sexuality and violence in From Doon with Death. On the other hand, we will also consider the so-called “hard-boiled” detective of the specifically American tradition, reflected in Raymond Chandler’s The Big Sleep. Finally, we will read the mystery A Secret Place by the contemporary Irish novelist Tana French whose investigation of murder in a private girls’ school combines many elements of them all. Besides this reading, students will participate in on-going discussion boards concerning each of the readings, will provide brief response papers, will write two essays, and do a brief presentation involving applying the ideas we have discussed about the crime/detective novel to a contemporary media series (television or film) that focuses on crime.

ENG 277H: Migration Matters (4 credits)
Instructor: Olivia Donaldson
Dates: August 3 to August 28

This course examines international migration in the 21st-century with an emphasis on the lived experiences of migrants. It draws from a variety of texts (e.g. digital stories, film, journalism, prose, photography, children’s books, migration studies research, etc.) to explore various forms of migration and themes such as the journey, adaptation, language, and so forth. This course is open to students of all majors and is especially suitable for (aspiring) educators and other professionals who work with migrant and refugee populations.
Prerequisite: ENG 100

ENV 110N: Wildlife Ecology and Conservations (4 credits)
Instructor: Donelle Schwalm
Dates: August 3 to August 28

Introduction to the principles of wildlife ecology and conservation, placed in the context of the ways humans influence wildlife ecology. Students will gain understanding of behavioral, ecological, and evolutionary principles, as well as exposure to the scientific method and how it is used to inform wildlife conservation. Local and global case studies will be discussed. The three hour period will generally be split into 1.5 hours of lecture and 1.5 hours of lab, which is generally conducted outdoors.

HEA 277: Guns and Glory: Understanding Gun Violence and Public Health Prevention Measures in the USA (4 credits)
Instructor: Kelly Bentley
Dates: August 3 to August 25

Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S This course will examine the complexities of gun violence and the scope of its impact in the USA through an analysis of: the role of toxic masculinity and guns; carrying laws; the trends and impact of gun violence, the demographics of gun use (e.g., protection, sport); gun violence in public places (e.g., communities and schools); and, evidence based public health policies aimed at reducing the impact of gun violence.

PSY 177: Topics in Adolescent Psychology (4 credits)
Dates: August 3 to August 25

In this course students will analyze the biological, psychological, and social changes that take place during the period of adolescence. Topics will include: neurobiology of the adolescent brain, identity, social and emotional development, and the transition to adulthood. Through reading, reflection, and interactive online tools, students will examine contemporary youth culture from a developmental perspective

SPA 277H: Latin American Cultures (4 credits)
Instructor: Steven Wenz
Dates: August 3 to August 28

This course, taught in English, will explore the diverse cultural practices of Spanish America and Brazil. We will study literary and historical writings, painting, architecture, music, dance, and film. Students will participate in discussion boards and video conversations, and course assignments will include short weekly reflection papers, analytical essays, and a multimedia final project designed in consultation with the professor.