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Spring 2011

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Religious Imagery, Belief, and Practice in Christian History 
Tessa Garton/Margaret Cormack
6 humanities credits

What does it mean for God to have a son? How do people worship Him, and how are buildings constructed to accommodate religious ceremonies? Who are the saints, and why are they important? How do culture and society influence ideas about divinity and how it should be portrayed in art? Why are cathedrals like Chartres among the most enduring symbols of Christian faith? 
The learning community will address these and other questions in a survey of the history of Christianity (Rels 230) and an examination of the art and architecture of the Christian Middle Ages (ARTH 225). We will use an academic approach, examining Christian texts and art for what they tell us about the history of Christian beliefs, practices, and religious imagery.  No prior knowledge of Christianity is required. All that is needed is curiosity and an open mind!

Archaeology: Where the Present Meets the Past 
Maureen Hays/James Newhard
3 social science/3 humanities credits

How do real archaeologists go about reconstructing past societies?  What are the tools of their trade, and how do they use them?  How do they go about combining data from different sources to paint a picture of the past? This learning community will answer these questions and many others. ANTH 202 (Introduction to Archaeology) covers methodological techniques while introducing you to prehistoric cultures.  CLAS 104 (Introduction to Classical Archaeology) investigates the history, traditions, and methods behind classical archaeology, delving into why and how the remains of these cultures continue to captivate western society.

Completion of this learning community fulfills 2 of the 3 core course requirements for the archaeology minor, as well as one course each in the Humanities and Social Science components of the College's general education requirement.

The Ancient Stage 
Richard Buxton/Janine McCabe
6 humanities credits

This Learning Community will explore ancient and modern approaches to staging drama.  After surveying the major tragic and comic authors of Greece and Rome, such as Sophocles, Menander and Plautus, students will learn about how their plays have been produced in both ancient and modern settings.  We will cover all aspects of theatrical production, including script analysis, design and production process.  Collaborative projects will give students the chance to design or stage their own versions of ancient plays, which they will previously have analyzed in depth as works of literature.

Living Together
Scott Peeples, Claire Curtis
4 English/3 social science credits

“Living Together” links ENGL 110, a required writing intensive course, with POLS 250, an introduction to political philosophy required of majors and minors in Political Science.  The shared theme focuses on the foundational question of political philosophy:  how can a group of people with disparate aims and interests live together peacefully? Students will read historical and contemporary analyses, theoretical texts, short stories, and opinion pieces.  The courses will also require extensive writing and out-of-class activities.

Who Are We? Making Meaning as Individuals and Community 
Alison Piepmeier/Consuela Francis
6 humanities credits

We will explore cultural texts that construct people as individuals, and as members of various kinds of communities.  Disability, Power, and Privilege will explore the social and cultural construction of disability.  Rather than approaching disability as a private issue, students will examine the institutional and symbolic structures that define disability.  The Graphic Novel course will consider the graphic novel as literature. The course will examine the ways writers and artists have used the form to tackle human diversity and complex social issues. 



The Maltese Flamingo: Modern Crime Fiction from Hammett to Hiassen
Dennis Williams
3 humanities credits

In this course, we will read a cross-section of modern crime fiction, from the “hard-boiled” classics of Hammett and Chandler to the ecologically concerned, comically inflected work of Carl Hiaasen and the postmodernism of Thomas Pynchon.  Such works raise issues (e.g., the nature of gender roles, post-WWII existentialism, etc.) that we will approach via historicism, cultural studies, narrative theory, feminism, and psychoanalysis. In addition, we will view some classic Film Noir, comparing its conventions with those of the books.

Move, Groove, and Get Active: An Overall Quality of Life Approach to Education
Marie Manning/Karen Smail
3 elective credits

This course is designed to teach entering freshmen to balance educational experiences through developing skills necessary to enhance an overall quality of life. Emphasis will be placed on building critical knowledge and skills necessary to transition (e.g., self-advocacy, self-determination, and self-efficacy) to college life and establishing critical life-long learning goals and expectations. Students will engage in a variety recreation/leisure activities currently offered both on-campus and within the community through direct classroom activities and service learning opportunities.

Germany and the United States: Comparing and Contrasting Public Education
Fran Welch/Paula Egelson
3 elective credits 

Successfully educating P-12 students is critically important to the future of any country.  In this course, we will explore the purposes and roles that public education plays in Germany as compared to the United States.  Participants will have the opportunity to travel to Mainz, Germany during Spring Break. 

Questions to be studied include:
What is the role of teacher in the US and Germany, how are they viewed, 
            educated and compensated?
What are the expectations for parents?
What are the expectations for students?
How do the curricula compare and contrast?
How are administrators educated, compensated, and perceived?
What role do public schools play in the community?
How are public schools governed?
What is the rigor of the instructional program?
What choices are available to educators, parents, students and the community?
This course will be paired in a Learning Community with COMM104.

Doom and Glory: How Geology Changed Society
Erin Beutel 
4 science credits (when taken with lab)

Doom and Glory: How Geology Changed Society, will look at major historical events (such as the destruction of Minoan society on Thera) in the context of major geologic phenomena.  Volcanic eruptions, glaciers, rivers, climate change and more will take on a whole new persona as we examine how they changed society for better (Glory) or worse (Doom).  This course will change your perception of geology and draw you into an exciting world where good and bad reign side-by-side in the natural world.

To receive GenEd credit this course must be taken with a Geology 103 Laboratory and be followed by GEOL 105 and GEOL 105L.

A Bridge Too Far? Sports Physiology and the Cooper River Bridge Run
Michael Flynn
3 elective credits 

This course is designed for students of all ability levels.  It will provide an introduction to exercise science, sports physiology concepts and measurement techniques, and scientific writing. Students will use their own bodies as a laboratory to focus on physiological adaptations to training while training to run/walk the Cooper River Bridge Run. Emphasis will be placed on  physiology, nutrition, and injury prevention.  Several testing techniques in exercise science will be included such as VO2 max measurement (measures aerobic fitness), body composition analysis, nutritional analysis, and other fitness and performance tests.   

Opportunities and Challenges in Medicine and Allied Health
Michelle Futrell
3 elective credits

This course will introduce students to professional opportunities within the medical and allied health fields, and expose students to basic terminology, psychomotor skills, and current issues and challenges facing health-care professionals.  Students will ascertain professional attitudes and attributes of medical and allied health professionals through one on one observation and interaction.

Drugs, Sex and Rock and Roll 
Edie Ellis
3 elective credits

What more could a freshman want? How about the opportunity to begin taking responsibility for your own health? Discover the impact and inter relationship of drugs, sex, and rock and roll on personal health. Topics include, but are not limited to, coping with stress, eating smart, sexuality: developing healthy relationships, reducing the risk for infectious disease, and planning a family.  This interactive, participatory class will focus on risk-reduction techniques as we explore ways to have an exciting, safe, and successful first year experience!

The Economics of Globalization

Jesus Sandoval-Hernandez
3 social science credits
This first year seminar provides an introduction to key aspects of economic development and basic economic analysis to explain the globalization phenomena. Students will examine real-world case studies which illustrate international market integration. Students will also be exposed to Economics methodological tools.  This course will challenge students to discover the global chain of economic relationships that affect their everyday lives.  What they will find is that their daily milk involves a lot more than just cows and that their Ipods are incredibly multicultural. This first-year seminar does not require previous knowledge of economics.

Art Song from Schubert to the Beatles 
Blake Stevens
3 humanities credits 

The songs of The Beatles have been favorably compared to those of Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. What does it mean to place these “popular songs” alongside the classics of nineteenth-century German “art song”? This course introduces students to the styles and techniques of song composition, studying different modes of lyrical expression in classical, folk, and popular genres. Students will explore ways of understanding the cultural meanings of songs and those who make and sing them.

Living In A Global World 
Hollis France
3 social science credits

We are constantly bombarded with the refrain “We live in a global world.”  But what does that really mean?  As Americans we are becoming increasingly aware of the interconnectedness of our lives with other parts of the world.  This is evident in the consumer goods we utilize on a daily basis, our dependence on foreign oil, or the outsourcing of jobs which facilitate access to cheaper consumer goods and services.  This course seeks to provide students with the conceptual tools and background information to understand the world around them.
This course will serve as the equivalent of POLS103 (World Politics).