CENTRETERM 2007-2008

COURSES FOR NON-FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN

NOTE: The following courses are open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors unless otherwise stated and provided other prerequisites have been met. All meeting times are approximate, adjustments to meeting times and special meeting times will be announced by the instructor on the first day of class. NOTE: Many CentreTerm courses include short field trips where students are expected to be responsible for their personal meal costs. Course descriptions are in the on-line catalog or printed below.

SPECIAL ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES

INT 400 Internships (Prerequisite: JR or SR standing)

Credit for academic Internships is available during CentreTerm. Students must work closely with a faculty member and the Career Services Office in developing an approved academic internship. A completed Internship contract must be approved no later than December 10 to receive internship credit. The Internship Plus program provides financial support for selected internships. Go to http://web.centre.edu/careerd/internships.htm for complete details.
 

400, 401, 402 Independent Study, Directed Study, Research Participation

Qualified students may receive credit for approved independent work during CentreTerm. Students with well-conceived proposals for independent work should approach an appropriate faculty member. Credit for independent work requires the approval of the instructor, program chair, and Associate Dean.

http://web.centre.edu/regist/Form/indstudyform.pdf

COURSES


ANT 321 Anthropology of Development
Prof. Passariello (off campus)
Open to students who have paid the deposit for this off-campus program.

ANT 326 Islam and the Media
Prof. Barkin 9:00-12:00 YOUN 230
There is a $385 field trip fee for this course (5 days in Washington, D.C.).

 ANT 360 GIS and the Environment
Prof. Nyerges 1:00-4:00 CRNS 415

ARS220/320/321/420 Drawing & Painting-II, III, IV, V
Prof. Tapley 9:00-12:00 JVAC 205
There is a $260 field trip fee for this course (4 days New York City).

ARS 252/452 Venetian Glass Techniques
Prof. Powell 9:00-12:00 JVAC 108
There is a $175 materials fee for this course.

BIO 260/460 Tropical Ecology
Prof. Ziemba (off campus)
Open to students who have paid the deposit for this off-campus program.

BIO 365 Plant-Herbivore Interactions
Prof. Lubbers 10:30-12:00 & 2:30-4:00 YOUN 202/206

BMB 316 Biochemistry Lab Techniques
Prof. Dew 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-4:00 YOUN 207

CHE 250 Intro Inorganic & Analytical Chemistry
Prof. Miles 8:50-10:20 & 12:50-2:20 OLIN 129

CLA 323 Ancient & Modern Comedy & Satire
Prof. Morrison 10:30-12:00 & 2:30-4:00 CRNS 315/316

CRW 280a Creative Writing: Poetry
Prof. Ansel 9:00-12:00 YOUN 154

CRW 280b Creative Writing: Fiction
Prof. Mueller 1:00-4:00 YOUN 154

CSC 261 Intro to Computational Science
Prof. Shannon 10:30-12:00 & 2:30-4:00 OLIN 107
There is a $50 field trip fee for this course (2 days at Oak Ridge National Lab).

DRA 315 The Company: Musical Theatre
Prof. Hallock 10:00-11:30 & 1:00-2:30 GRNT 501

ECO 356 Law & Economics: American Colonialism
Prof. Anderson (off campus)
This course examines Hawaii as a microcosm of economic development in the face of political, cultural and environmental tensions.  Students discover the history of our 50th state and how that history shaped the fate of native cultures and natural resources.  Case studies include Hawaiian independence movements, coffee agriculture, ecotourism, environmental sustainability, and the political economy of Hawaii. Open to students who have paid the deposit for this off-campus program.

ECO 407 Public Policy Economics
Prof. Perry 1:00-4:00 YOUN 152
A study of public policy questions through the use of applied economic analysis. Topics include revenue, regulation, education, environment, and health care policy among others of current policy interest. A strong focus is on rigorous applied analysis of policy questions in a non-partisan frame. Prerequisite: ECO 210, 220, MAT 130.

EDU 227 Practicum & Introduction to Education
Prof. Atkins 8:00-3:00 Old Centre/OLIN 128
Meeting time includes K-12 classroom experience.

ENG 235 Ancient & Modern Comedy & Satire
Prof. Morrison 10:30-12:00 & 2:30-4:00 CRNS 315/316

ENG 305 Literary Criticism: Theory and Practice
Prof. Rasmussen 10:30-12:00 & 2:30-4:00 GRNT 401

ENG 314 Paradise Lost
Prof. P. White 1:00-4:00 GRNT 409
An intensive study of Milton's Paradise Lost.

ENG 379 Literary New Orleans
Prof. Lucas 10:30-12:00 & 2:30-4:00 SUTC 330
There is a $600 field trip fee for this course (7 days in New Orleans).

FRE 256/456 Growing Up in the French-Speaking World
Prof. Connolly 9:20-12:20 YOUN 106
How are children portrayed in various French and Francophone contexts? How do young people perceive themselves? In this course, students study the representation of children and adolescents through literature, film, and in the media. In addition to examining the depiction of children in traditional nuclear families, we will also consider orphans, children attending boarding school, young people coming of age in a time of war, children living in exile, as well as today's technology savvy adolescents. As a final project for the course, students complete a creative work of fiction or non-fiction focusing on childhood. Prerequisite: FRE 210 for 256; 260/261 for 456.

GER 305 Cultural History of Central Europe
Prof. I. Wilson (off campus)
See HUM 278. Prerequisite: GER 210. Open to students who have paid the deposit for this off-campus program.

GOV 447 Religion and Politics in India
Prof. McIntyre (off campus)
Focus on the interplay of religion and politics in India, from both historical and contemporary perspectives. Topics include Hinduism and modernity, temples and pilgrimage, religion and the environment, secularism, Gandhi's legacy, and interreligious relations. Open to students who have paid the deposit for this off-campus program.

GOV 462 Multilateralism and Unilateralism in International Relations Prof. Maximenko 1:00-4:00 YOUN YOUN 104
There is a $310 field trip fee for this course (4 days in Washington , D.C.). The end of the Cold War and the emergence of the U.S. as the world's only superpower have led many to re-evaluate the importance of multilateral and unilateral approaches to foreign policy. This course analyzes the tension between the two, both from the theoretical and practical perspectives. Such themes as the utility of the use of force, future of the United Nations, and others, are addressed. Prerequisite: GOV 110 is recommended.

GOV 470 Law & Economics: American Colonialism
Prof. Leahey (off campus)
See ECO 356. Open to students who have paid the deposit for this off-campus program.

HIS 312 World War II France
Prof. Beaudoin 10:30-12:00 & 2:30-4:00 GRNT 409/JVAC 201
This course considers how the French experienced the Second World War and the consequences of those experiences. Topics range from the "strange defeat" of 1940, the rise of both resistance and collaboration, French complicity in the Holocaust, and the various ways the war has been remembered over the years.

HIS 315 A Traveler's History of Britain
Prof. Perkins 1:00-4:00 CRNS 313

HIS 317 The Crusades
Prof. Tubb 1:00-4:00 OLIN 123

 

 

HIS 322 The Holocaust
Prof. McCollough 1:00-4:00 CRNS 302
There is a $175 field trip fee for this course (2 days in Washington, D.C.).
This course examines the event of the Holocaust by exploring its history and background, its impact on the Jewish community in Europe and worldwide, the responses to the event, and its consequences. The course deals with a variety of disciplinary frameworks, including history, theology, literary studies, and political science.

HUM 278 Cultural History of Central Europe
Prof. I. Wilson (off campus)
This course leads students to direct encounters with the cultural history of Central Europe through travel to some of the countries that comprise this region now and have comprised it in the past. Though centered in Germany, visits may also include Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia. Emphasis is on extended classroom knowledge through on-site discovery of the geography, urban organization, transportation networks, commerce, and daily life of the area, as well as on discovering ways the past is preserved there, including architecture, museums, palaces and castles, monuments and memorials, and concentration camps. Open to students who have paid the deposit for this off-campus program.

HUM 279 An Interdisciplinary Exploration of the Arizonan Southwest
Prof. Wong 9:00-12:00 YOUN 152
There is a $470 field trip fee for this course (7 days in Arizona).
From the awe-inspiring majesty of the Grand Canyon to the rugged starkness of the Sonoran Desert , the Arizonan Southwest is a land of enchantment and wonder. Home to indigenous peoples as far back as 10,000 B.C., Arizona provides a fascinating venue for exploring how people adapt to and in turn are transformed by their natural environments. Students engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of three aspects of this region: the indigenous Native American cultures, the natural environment and the arts. Participants should be able to hike 2-3 miles. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

INT 400 Internship

MAT 255 Mathematical Impossibilities
Prof. McAllister 8:50-10:20 & 12:50-2:20 OLIN 122
There is a $475 field trip fee for this course (5 days in San Diego).
This course explores certain questions in mathematics that do not have answers and will never be answered since mathematicians have logically proven that the hoped for answers simply do not exist. Topics include the insolvability of quintic polynomials, non-Euclidean geometry, the Gödel Incompleteness Theorems, and the independence of the Continuum Hypothesis. In addition, we consider the history, people, and philosophical consequences of these results. Prerequisite: MAT 171.

MUS 208 SoundWork: Silence to Sound — Music to Noise
Prof. Z 1:00-4:00 GRNT 114
A sound and performance course exploring experimental music, audio art, and interdisciplinary performance practices. Participants are exposed to the work and ideas of new music composers and sound art practitioners, receive hands-on instruction with tools (software, hardware, etc.) and techniques for the creation of sound and performance works, and create and present works of their own.

.NSC 250 Physical Science of Volcanoes
Profs. Dunn and Shiba (off campus)
Open to students who have paid the deposit for this off-campus program.

PHI 415 The Uncanny
Prof. Slegers 12:30-3:30 CRNS 301
Th is course explores the phenomenon of the uncanny in philosophy, literature, psychoanalysis, and film. We start with Freud's essay The Uncanny, in which he attempts to distinguish the uncanny from the frightening. What is specific to the feeling of uncanniness that justifies the use of a special conceptual term? Our investigation will consist in a further pursuit of Freud's question, focusing specifically on the philosophical issues raised in and by the text. We will discuss a variety of uncanny literary works, films, and philosophical texts, investigating the uncanny as an experience of something vastly different, a stepping outside of oneself, a confrontation with the void or the infinite, with the foreign, and a losing of one's bearings. Seen in this light, the uncanny can perhaps be the initial stage of a more promising relationship to what is other, strange, and different.

PHY 220 General Physics-II
Prof. Neiser 9:00-12:00 OLIN 128

PHY 300 Introduction to Electronics
Prof. Crummett 9:00-12:00 & 1:00-4:00 OLIN 010

PSY 230 Applied Psychology
Prof. Hamilton 12:30-3:30 YOUN 202

REL 339 Religion and Politics in India
Prof. Gupta (off campus)
See GOV 447. Open to students who have paid the deposit for this off-campus program.

REL 347 Liberation Theologies
Prof. Axtell 10:30-12:00 & 2:30-4:00 YOUN 252
A study of liberation theologies with emphasis on the integrative analysis upon which their theological method depends. The course examines the socio-economic and historical situations out of which Latin American, African American, womanist, feminist, and gay/lesbian theologies of liberation have arisen; the social analysis they employ; and the reconstruction of Christian theology that results.

REL 350 The Holocaust
Prof. McCollough 1:00-4:00 CRNS 302
There is a $175 field trip fee for this course (2 days in Washington, D.C.)
See HIS 322.

REL 352 Sociology of American Religion
Prof. Weston 9:00-12:00 CRNS 313

REL 371 Feminist Theologies
Prof. D. Hall 10:30-12:00 & 2:30-4:00 CRNS 401
A survey of major feminist perspectives in Jewish and Christian theology. The course looks at Jewish, Catholic, and Protestant feminist theologies as well as more radical feminist religious perspectives. Prerequisite: One 100-level REL course.

SOC 344 Sociology of American Religion
Prof. Weston 9:00-12:00 CRNS 313

SPA 260 Spanish Culture
Prof. Bellver (off campus)
Open to students who have paid the deposit for this off-campus program.

SPA 453 Machismo in Spanish-American Literature
Prof. Finch 9:00-12:00 CRNS 468
In this course students read poems, novels, essays, and a play in an exploration of the phenomenon of machismo in Latin American culture. Students also examine the role of women in this context and draw some parallels and contrast with our own culture. Included are film versions of some of the works read. Students write reaction papers to the films, compare them to some of the works read, and give oral presentations on aspects of machismo as seen in art, music, and film. Prerequisite: SPA 230 or 260 or 270.

SPA 459 Fusion of Cultures in Medieval Spain
Prof. Bellver (off campus)
This course takes students to the most revered historical and cultural sites of two autonomous communities of Southern Spain: Castilla-La Mancha and Andalusia. The study sites encompass the major cities of both regions: Toledo, Seville, Granada, and Cordoba. Students examine evidence of the medieval convergence of three cultures, Moorish, Jewish, and Christian, still visible in world heritage treasures of architecture and art. Prerequisite: SPA 260. Open to students who have paid the deposit for this off-campus program.

FRESHMAN STUDIES

COURSES EXCLUSIVELY FOR FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN

NOTE: The following courses are open only to first-time freshmen (classification FF). All meeting times are approximate. There are no prerequisites for any freshman studies courses. Adjustments to meeting times and special meeting times will be announced by the instructor on the first day of class. NOTE: Many CentreTerm courses include short field trips where students are expected to be responsible for their personal meal costs.

FRS 102 Stem Cells, Cloning and You
Prof. Asmus 8:50-10:20 & 12:50-2:20 YOUN 202/206
This course will examine the scientific and ethical issues surrounding the use of stem cells removed from human embryos or adults and the related issues of cloning. The potential to "grow" a variety of different cell types from stem cells in order to replace diseased cells has been heralded as a major advancement in medical research. Producing genetically identical individuals by cloning is postulated as a way to provide transplantable cells for diseased individuals. These technologies, however, elicit numerous ethical and philosophical questions, with which our society is currently grappling. For example, is it ethical to destroy an embryo in order to acquire stem cells? Is it ethical to produce genetic "twins" in a lab? What if the cloned individual has genetic defects that lead to illness or death? Students will work in small groups to understand the scientific information required to consider the ethical concerns. Class discussion, writing assignments, and student presentations are used to explore the ramifications of stem cell research and cloning.

FRS 106 The World of Duke Ellington
Prof. DiMartino 9:00-12:00 GRNT 113
This course will discuss all aspects of the life and music of Duke Ellington, one of America 's greatest composers, jazz band leaders and pianist. We will study the major members of his orchestra as well as the figures, social climate and events that affected his music. We will be concerned with social, artistic, and racial issues that define his life and music and the different eras in which his music was written. Students will develop critical listening skills and an understanding of music analysis through the pieces studied.

FRS 110 Judaism and Christianity in Dialogue
Prof. Glazier-McDonald 9:20-12:20 CRNS 405
There is a $175 field trip fee for this course (2 days in Washington , D.C. ). Friendship or fratricide: these are the alternatives that recent centuries have set before religions, and they have rarely been more stark. Since the end of World War II, however, Christians and Jews have begun to ask questions about one another's traditions, to break down age-old barriers of prejudice, and to explore not only differences, but similarities of faith as well. In this course, students will walk through some rich but very controversial terrain - the Bible, anti-Semitism or anti-Judaism, the Holocaust, the State of Israel, and challenges for the future. A trip to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. is planned.

FRS 113 Storytelling
Prof. Stein 10:30-12:00 & 1:30-3:00 GRNT 502
This course will center upon storytelling performance. Storytelling takes many forms in our culture. It is an essential element in defining who we are as a culture, a nation, as groups, and as individuals. This course will explore storytelling as a large group activity, working in small groups, and solo performance. Individual sessions will be scheduled for the afternoon, usually 30-45 minutes. Some evening performances at the end of the term.

FRS 114 The Art of Walking
Prof. Keffer 9:00-12:00 Warehouse Classroom (3rd floor); afternoons outside
A course offering a close reading of Kant's Critique of Judgment in the morning and considerable walking in the hills and pastures of central Kentucky in the afternoon. The first half of Kant's Critique (1790) describes the behavior and range of judgments about beauty in nature and in art. The second half describes the behavior and range of judgments about the purpose of natural organisms and of nature itself. In this context, walking serves two purposes. First, it is the means for exploring the validity of Kant's aesthetic and scientific descriptions of the environment. Second, it the best way to preserve nature and ourselves for the purpose of this exploration. The course includes daily afternoon walks (typically 1-4 pm).

FRS 117 American Utopianism
Prof. Reigelman 10:30-12:00 & 2:30-4:00 SUTC 329
There is a $50 field trip fee for this course (2 days in New Harmony, IN). Using the 1826 version of Edward Hicks' famous folk painting, The Peaceable Kingdom, as a starting point, the course will first consider various strains of the utopian impulse in 19th-Century America, including neighboring Shakertown and Gethsemene Abbey. Students will then investigate intentional communities of the past 100 years based on Hicks' vision of humans living in absolute harmony with nature and other animals.

FRS 118 Rainmaking: The Study of and Preparation for Leadership
President Roush 1:00-4:00 Old Centre Classroom
This course will acquaint the student with the literature associated with leadership studies. The student will be exposed to a variety of authors, and have the opportunity to study and report on a 20th-Century leader of his or her choice. The class will feature several guest speakers (leaders in practice) from a variety of fields, and will include at least one field trip to explore the work of a leader in his or her workplace.

FRS 121 Introduction to Poetry Writing
Prof. Williams 12:30-3:30 CRNS 405
A class devoted to the writing of poetry and to relevant readings designed to guide and inspire the beginning writer. A workshop class where students will write 2-3 poems a week, responding to assignments given, which we will then workshop in class.

FRS 128 Media Images of Teachers and Schools
Prof. Plummer 10:30-12:00 & 2:30-4:00 YOUN 102
Students examine media representations of teachers and schools including television and film. We will read excerpts from a variety of books (both fiction and nonfiction) as well as view and analyze visual depictions of schoolteachers and students in school.

FRS 138 Vietnam in Film
Prof. Wyatt 9:00-12:00 CRNS 302
An examination of the relationship among public memory, popular culture, and history, using film representations of American involvement in Vietnam and its aftermath as a case study.

FRS 141 Developing Websites As Though Users Mattered!
Prof. Oldham 10:30-12:00 & 12:50-2:20 OLIN 129/107
The goal of this course is to design and implement websites that are “useable” in the sense that they permit visitors to find what they want and carry out their interactions efficiently and easily. We will learn about human perception, task analysis, content and visual organization, prototyping and evaluation. Students use Dreamweaver to design and implement a website for an actual client.

 

FRS 145 U.S. Latino Literature and Culture
Prof. Ballard 9:00-12:00 GRNT 403
There is a $250 field trip fee for this course (5 days in New York City). An interdisciplinary course examining the Latino experience in the United States. Major demographic, social, economic and political trends will be discussed. In this course we will analyze and gain further knowledge of and appreciation for several significant literary works and key themes relating to the U.S. Latino experience. We will accomplish this through reading the novels of Ernesto Quiñonez and several short stories. Along with literature, this class will focus on public art, particularly the Mexican muralists Orozco, Rivera and Siqueiros. From January 16th -20th the class will take a trip to New York City to visit the neighborhoods of Spanish Harlem, Washington Heights, and Queens as well as El Museo del Barrio, The Guggenheim, MoMa and the Metropolitan Museums.

FRS 167 Folk Music in Kentucky
Prof. Link 1:00-4:00 GRNT 403
This class will examine the rich traditions of folk music in Kentucky, focusing especially on Appalachian fiddle-tunes, early folk songs, and Bluegrass. We will also investigate those musical genres which exerted the most influence on these traditions, including the music of the British Isles and early American blues. The course will combine readings from a number of sources, listening assignments, and visits by local musicians.

FRS 171 Natural History of the Eastern Carribean
Prof. Sikkel 9:00-12:00 OLIN 123
There is a $525 field trip fee for this course (7 days in Puerto Rico).
This course will broadly focus on the ecology of the Eastern Caribbean, with an emphasis on the Lesser Antilles. Students will gain an understanding of the geological origin of the islands, the regional weather patterns (especially the importance of hurricanes), terrestrial and aquatic habitats, and associated flora and fauna. We will also discuss the cultural history of the islands. A week-long field trip is planned to Puerto Rico where students will gain an appreciation for the environmental and conservation challenges faced by the region. Students must be in good physical condition and be competent swimmers. Use of snorkeling gear will be required. The course instructor will instruct students in the proper use of equipment before the trip.

FRS 175 Nineteenth-Century French Art
Prof. Levin 9:00-12:00 JVAC 201
The course will focus on the art of painting in France during the 1800s, with an occasional glance at parallel developments in French sculpture and architecture, all considered within an historical context. Major artistic movements addressed include Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. Time-permitting, the course will conclude with an overview of early-twentieth-century Fauvism and Cubism.

FRS 177 Myth and Science Fiction
Prof. Patterson 10:30-12:00 & 2:30-4:00 CRNS 316/315
In many ways science fiction bears such a resemblance to the mythologies of ancient cultures that one can almost describe it as modern mythology. In this course we examine in detail myths of ancient Greece and other cultures and observe how themes, motifs, character types, and narrative patterns in these ancient myths influence modern science fiction stories, defining “science fiction” very broadly to include, for example, fantasy. Source material includes films, television shows, novels, short stories, and other media. We will see, for instance, how the hero journey as rendered in the myth of Perseus can be traced in the story of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars saga. Along the way we will discover that myth is in fact not such an ancient concept but exists in our own culture and responds to many of the same needs today as it did in the centuries long past.

FRS 178 The Gothic and Afterlives
Prof. Morton 9:00-10:30 & 1:00-2:30 YOUN 156
An analysis of three major works of Gothic literature – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, and Dracula. Emphasis is on the development of Gothic conventions and the use of Gothic works for entertainment and social criticism. Includes discussion of the film versions of the two novels.

FRS 179 Lincoln : A Political Study
Prof. Stroup 10:30-12:00 & 2:30-4:00 OLIN 108
There is a $50 field trip fee for this course (2 days Springfield, IL).
A study of the political and constitutional thought of Abraham Lincoln through an examination of his speeches, writings, and political career. Themes developed include, among others: the relationship between politics and morality, the nature of political leadership, the balance between civil liberties and national security in wartime, and Lincoln's transformation of the fundamental values and institutions of the American political system. The course involves an overnight field trip to Springfield, Illinois to visit Lincoln's home and tomb, and the newly-opened Lincoln presidential library and museum.

FRS 180 Does Money Matter: It Should For You
Prof. M. Fabritius 8:50-10:20 & 12:50-2:20 CRNS 316
This is a basic class in the economics/finance field. It is a comprehensive course that will cover everything from investment basics, asset protection and personal-finance planning to asset allocation, insurance and taxes.

FRS 181 HIV/AIDS in Africa
Prof. Ochwada 10:30-12:00 and 2:30-4:00 GRNT 402
Drawing on various country case studies and United Nations and World Health Organization sources, the course examines the historical origins and spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa. It identifies the most susceptible members of society to the scourge and efforts to controlling its spread in society.

FRS 182 Biology of Prehistoric Animals
Prof. Janovetz 9:00-12:00 YOUN 206
There is a $100 field trip fee for this course (2 days in Chicago, IL).
An introduction to the evolutionary relationships, natural history, anatomy, behavior, and geological and environmental context of extinct vertebrates. Dinosaurs and their Mesozoic contemporaries receive particular attention. Prehistoric lineages are used to explore general topics in systematics, geology, paleontology, and evolutionary biology. This course includes an overnight class trip to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL.