Summer 2013 Topics Courses
ENG-570-OL: Major Authors: Christopher Marlowe
A direct contemporary of and profound influence on Shakespeare, Marlowe’s play shave long been considered second only to Shakespeare’s in the Renaissance pantheon. However, the universal nature of Marlowe’s works allows a contemporary audience for further avenues of exploration. Marlowe’s themes—especially as they relate to alienation, o/Otherness, difference,enfranchisement and disenfranchisement—resonate still in our culture today. In this class, we will read Marlowe’s five major works—Dr. Faustus, Edward II, The Jew of Malta, Tamburlaine Parts I+II—through the lens of the o/Other, focusing our discussions (to an extent) on how Marlowe presents, deconstructs, and utilizes the themes of difference in his works. Permission of graduate program director required.
ENV-270-10: Intro to Environmental Law
An introduction to the American legal system and the sources of environmental law; the litigation process and other tools to resolve environmental disputes; and the impact of Administrative law on the environment. The course will conclude with an introduction to some of the major environmental statutes in the United States. ES, ETH
ENV-370-01: Stewardship of Watershed Ecosystems
The purpose of this workshop is to educate professional naturalists, elementary, junior and senior high school teachers and graduate and undergraduate students from colleges in south-central Pennsylvania in theory and techniques of responsible ecological management at the watershed level. The methods that will be addressed include technology, scientific research, and hands-on activity. Experimental learning will be complemented with lectures provided by professionals and activists in the field of ecological management. Not open to freshman students. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. ESL
Continues to build on basic skills and concepts learned in FA 217. Build more complex forms such as pitchers and teapots, as well as creating 3-D relief ceramic tile, create sets. Learn basic concepts of clay and glaze formulation. Be exposed to multiple firing techniques. Prerequisite: FA 217, Studio Fee ART
FA-373-10: Advanced Ceramics
Will build on the more advanced skills and concepts learned in Intermediate Ceramics. Students will build increasingly complex forms that combine and refine techniques they have learned. Students will be given multiple projects that require additional work outside of class time. The assignments will be graded and discussed in the context of formal group and personal critiques. In addition to the projects, ceramics will be studied through reading assignments and slide presentations. Permission of instructor required. Studio fee. ART
HIS-270-10: Representations of Antiquity
History has the ability to fascinate, puzzle, and enlighten. Because of this allure, historical narratives, events, and figures are often the subject of summer blockbusters and novels, video games and comic books. Most people consume not academic history but “popular history” – history that is packaged in documentaries on the History Channel, in movies, or in novels. This class will study popular representations of the ancient world, including art, Hollywood blockbusters, television dramas, comic books, and more. By studying these interpretations of antiquity, we will discover what they say about their producers, their audience, and the culture that created them. We will also address the question of what history is, and what function it plays. Topics will include “History versus Myth in the Greek World”, “Great Men”, “Women”, “Slavery”, and “Film as a Historical Thought Experiment”. FWC
RLS-270-10: Women and the Bible
This course examines the place of women in this highly formative and often times controversial text. In doing so, it also explores the continuing significance of the Bible for women in contemporary American society, including but not limited to the Christian and Jewish communities. The course is intended to be a small discussion seminar in which students join in conversation about the meaning and significance of the Bible for women. Of special interest to the class will be controversial, misread, and neglected portions of the Bible. In examining the texts, students will further their ability to analyze an ancient, profound, formative, and difficult text. They will do so in conversation with other students and scholars through a variety of writing assignments, engaging secondary texts, and in some cases meeting with distinguished guests such as Biblical scholars, writers, artists, activists, etc. Prerequisite: 100-levelEnglish foundation course, PHI or RLS course. FWC, WS, WI
An exploration of apocalyptic thinking through close study of relevant biblical texts and traditions, utopian and millenial movements, and the historical and contemporary aesthetics of the apocalypse. 500-levelrequires permission of graduate program director.
Fall 2013 Topics Courses
BIO-270-01: Marine Biology
A survey of the major marine habitats, their fauna, environmental characteristics, and the processes involved in their formation. Emphasis will be placed on the evolutionary adaptations of organisms in these environments and the impact of humans on the ocean. A weekend field trip is a required component of the course. Prerequisite: BIO 102 or 110. NS
DNC-170-01: Beginning Ballet
This course is designed to introduce the student to classical ballet technique and expand the student's appreciation of ballet in its historical context. Classical ballet studies guide students in creative and expressive freedom by enhancing qualities of stance, grace, fluidity, and symmetry that define the form. At the beginning level students explore principles of ballet including alignment, turn-out, weight distribution, transfer of weight, lift, and development of musicality and the qualitative aspects of classical ballet movement. ART
ENG-270/370-01: Honors: Women Writers of the Middle Ages Through the Renaissance
This course is designed to make students intimately familiar with women's writing from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance in both England and Continental Europe. By the end of this class, students should be able to understand what women were writing about in these eras, the conditions under which they wrote, why they wrote, and how their writing was received by the society as a whole. Represented authors include Marie de France, Anna Comnena, Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich, Mary Astell, Mary Wroth, Aemilia Lanyer, and Elizabeth Cary. Prerequisite: 100-level English foundation course. LIT, WS, WI
ENV-170-01: Environmental Geology
An introduction to how earth science affects the human-built environment and how human activities alter the geologic environment. Environmental geology is applied geology: the emphasis will be on building a solid understanding of earth processes and materials and then understanding how they effect, and are affected by humanity. ES
HUM-572-10: Feminist Theory: Visual Culture
This class explores how feminist theory and the way in which we view the world are intertwined. While feminism encompasses analysis of all cultural experience, its insights drive many modes of understanding visual culture (i.e. art, film, etc.), recognizing that visual experience is one of the key modes by which gender is culturally inscribed. Permission of graduate program director required.
RLS-370/570-10:Theory of Religion
The course examines nineteenth and twentieth century theoretical approaches to the study of religion, as well as some contemporary methods of interpretation. 500-level requires permission of graduate program director.
WS-370-10: FeministTheory: Visual Culture
This class explores how feminist theory and the way in which we view the world are intertwined. While feminism encompasses analysis of all cultural experience, its insights drive many modes of understanding visual culture (i.e. art, film, etc.), recognizing that visual experience is one of the key modes by which gender is culturally inscribed. Prerequisites:100-level English foundation course, sophomore status. ART,WS, WI