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Fall 2007

RESIDENTIAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES

Kevin Costner takes a break to speak to College of Charleston students

Reach Out and Connect: Social Networking and Interpersonal Relationships
What's your story? This learning community challenges you to examine your world, how you meet, interact in, develop, and end relationships. It is an interesting blend of self-exploration, application, and social science research. Be prepared to interact with the campus community and utilize academic resources and student support services at the College of Charleston. This course will examine theory and research on the role of communication in the development, maintenance, and termination of interpersonal relationships. This course is organized into two major sections. The first section consists of an overview of the major (Meta) theoretical approaches employed by communication scholars in investigating relational communication. After this, the course will take on a topical organization, roughly tracking the progression of relationships from initiation through termination. The class will be conducted from a lecture/discussion format. Since virtually everyone in class has both personal and vicarious experience with relationships, the students are encouraged to actively participate.

Courses: CSCI 199-003 RoxAnn H Stalvey MWF 1:00-1:50 LONG 221 
COMM 220-002 Merissa Ferrara MWF 12:00-12:50 LONG 221 
Synthesis Seminar Will Lindsey, Emily Fralinger W 3:00-4:00 
Synthesis Seminar Will Lindsey, Emily Fralinger W 4:00-5:00 

Thinking Globally and Acting Globally: Research, Politics, and Technology
Our problems are increasingly global; our communities increasingly culturally diverse; our countries increasingly fragmented by ethnicity; our organizations increasingly transnational. The extent to which any person on the planet today can achieve quality of life depends more and more on the actions of all of us. This learning community will look at issues of change in political, social, technological, economic, and environmental categories from the perspective of global systems: global geopolitics, global environmental change, the world economy, the communications technologies with which we are transforming our planet, and how societies are adapting to change. Furthermore, this learning community will provide students with opportunities to engage in community service learning projects. These projects will be geared towards promoting action and awareness of the interconnectedness between global and local issues.

Courses: CSCI 112-002 Chris Starr MW 2-3:15 
LIBR 105-081 Jared Seay MW 3:30-4:20 
POLS 102-001 Hollis France TR 9:25-10:40 
Synthesis Seminar Tom Drazan, Emily Fralinger T 3:00-4:00 
Synthesis Seminar Tom Drazan, Emily Fralinger T 4:00-5:00 

Stand Alone Freshmen Only Courses
World Politics POLS 103-005 MWF 1:00-1:50 25 seats Jack Parson
Sociology SOCY 101-012 12:15-1:30 T/Th 35 seats Ann Stein
The Jewish Tradition JWST 200-002 TR 925-1040AM 25 seats Joshua Shane
Inquiry in Archaeology ANTH202-001 MWF 200-0250PM 25 seats Hays M

 

LEARNING COMMUNITY LINKED COURSES

Exploring Ancient Rome: CLASSICS and LATIN 101 
Are you interested in learning more about ancient Roman gladiatorial games and Roman politics? Would you like to be able to read the language of ancient Romans who lived more than 2000 years ago? This Learning Community will introduce you to the daily lives and literature of the Romans through two courses: Classics 102 and Latin 101. In Classics 102 you will read in English both primary and secondary sources that focus on various topics of Roman civilization, including religion, entertainment, politics, and family life. Latin 101 will introduce you to the language of the Romans; in this course, you will learn the basics of Latin grammar, syntax, and vocabulary and will practice your language skills by translating adapted and original Latin passages that complement many of the civilization topics and authors you will read in Classics 102. Both CLAS 102 and LATN 101 count towards your General Education requirements--in Humanities and Foreign Language respectively. Be part of the liberal arts tradition at the College of Charleston that has spanned four centuries and learn about the Classical roots of modern western culture! Non-Residential

Courses: LATN 101-003 Darryl Phillips MWF 1-1:50 
CLAS 102-001 Noelle Zeiner TR 9:25-10:40 
Synthesis Seminar Brenton St. John M 3:00-4:00 

Visual and Computational Thinking
(Art History 190 & Computer Science 199)
Do you wish you had a better grasp of the technical and computational language of computers, or perhaps better skills in visual analysis and design from visual art to apply in the computer environment? This pair of courses will guide students to analyze and present information visually using computers as the medium. This course pair will emphasize imagination, creativity, and problem solving. You will work hands-on with computer programs, data structures, and virtual environments. You do not have to be an expert in art or computers or majoring in these areas to participate – beginners encouraged!

Courses: ARTH 190-001 Marian Mazzone TR 3:05-4:20 
CSCI 199-002 Jim Bowring TR 4:30-5:45 
Synthesis Seminar Alex Endert W 3:00-4:00 

Revolutions: Rhetoric and History
The theme of this community is revolutions, with a focus on rhetoric and history. We will cover four or five phases: enlightenment, class, nationalist, 1960’s, and Islamic. A typical section of History 102 covers the development of Europe from 1715 to the present. This section, however, will be very different. We will concentrate much of our time looking at the moments of unexpected collapse and rebuilding from the Eighteenth Century until today. From the flames of the French Revolution through the Revolutions of 1848 (when every government on the continent fell), through the Russian, Nazi, 1968, and 1989 Revolutions, we will learn how societies collapse and rebuild in new and sometimes horrifying ways. We will also expand our notion of revolution by looking at dramatic changes in culture, social norms, and sexuality.

In English 102, The Rhetoric of Revolutions, we will study how revolutionaries from 1776 through the 1990s used words and images to overturn their worlds. In movies, songs, broadsides, and philosophical tracts, they described the world they lived in and the worlds they wanted to create. We will look not only at political but also cultural revolutions, like the sexual revolution of the 1960s. In this part of the linked courses, students will focus carefully on how the language of politics and culture can influence the hearts and actions of “We the People”. Non-Residential

Courses: ENGL 102-022 Joe Kelly TR 8-9:15 
ENGL 102-006 Joe Kelly TR 9:25-10:40 
HIST 102-010 Rich Bodek TR 10:50-12:05 
Synthesis Seminar Liz Perkins, Jessica McClellan T 3:30-4:30 
Synthesis Seminar Liz Perkins, Jessica McClellan T 5:00-6:00

 

SCIENCE AND MATH LEARNING COMMUNITY

Biology, Biology lab, Math, and English 101
Students in this linked course learning community will be enrolled in science, mathematics, and English courses while also learning in collaboration with one another and with campus faculty and staff. This community is designed for students considering a major in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Marine Biology, Biochemistry, Physics, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Discovery Informatics, Actuarial Studies, Applied Math, Discrete Math, or Pure Math. Education majors intending to teach High School math or science are also eligible.

Science and Math Learning Community with Math 111

1. ENGL 101-017 MWF 900-0950AM Hunt C 
2. BIOLOGY 111-001 11-11:50 MWF Bidwell D 
3. BIOL Lab 
4. Math 111-002 10MWF and 10:50 Tues Agrest 

Science and Math Learning Community Math 120

Biology, Biology lab, Math, and English 101

1. ENGL 101-029 MWF 1000-1050AM Hunt C 
2. BIOL 111-001 11-11:50 MWF Bidwell D 
3. BIOL Lab 
4. Math 120-001 MWF 9-9:50 Agrest

Sex, Politics, and American Life
Why does the media report on Hillary Clinton’s dress size, or how she has decorated her home? What will happen if we have a woman president? What does it mean to be a woman, or a man, in America today? How is gender affected by other identity categories, like race? Students in this learning community will explore the roles that sex and gender play in American life and politics. We’ll discuss current controversies, media and popular culture, and social change. We are planning a fall break trip to Washington, D.C., to meet with legislators and lobbyists for women’s organizations. The professors for this learning community are the director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program and a former California legislator who is now a professor of Political Science. They will bring their areas of expertise together to give you practical knowledge, critical thinking skills, and an understanding of how politics work.

Courses: WGST 200-002 Alison Piepmeier MW 2-3:15 
POLS 101-006 Marguerite Archie-Hudson TR 12:15-1:30 
Synthesis Seminar Kirsten Schumy, Takeshia Brown M 7-8 Maybank 105

American Public Education in the 21st Century: Policy, Practice, and Trends
Never has public education in America been more challenging, interesting, and complicated. In South Carolina, for instance, less than half of P-12 students graduate from high school. As an inquiry to P-12 public education, participants in this community will explore the policies, practices (effective and ineffective), research, and trends. Multiple opportunities for experiential learning will be incorporated such as visits to school board meetings, observations in P-12 classrooms, and discussions with charter school personnel. Participants will learn how to effectively present their ideas about public education through learning experiences in English 101The Freshman Seminar course (FRSR 101) counts toward general electives. The English 101 counts toward general education requirements. The English 101 course will focus on developing critical reading and writing skills that you will need to be successful in this class and throughout your writing career. You will work on these goals while focusing on contemporary American culture. While many of you are comfortable and familiar with comic books, reality television, blogs, got milk? ads, summer blockbusters, etc., this course will ask you to think about the culture around you in ways you may not be used to.

Courses: FRSR 101-E02 Fran Welch, Paula Egelson M 5-7:45 
ENGL 101-031 Consuela Francis MWF 10:00-10:50 
Synthesis Seminar Taylor Bradley R 4-5