Learning Perspectives course descriptions 2018
ASFP 101 Intro to Africana Studies (PP) Examination of histories and experiences of African peoples and their descendants throughout the globe. Exploration of the commonality of experience across the African Diaspora, examining global slavery, emancipation and the different ways Africans and their descendants continue to creatively survive and thrive in, and shape their new environments.
ANTH 100 Intro to Anthropology (PS) Introduction to the tools, methods and key concepts anthropologists use to study humanity, including diverse cultural systems and groups of people from around the globe.
ANTH-210 Popular Culture (PS,D) Critical study of selected examples of popular culture, including folklore, music, cinema, the internet and more. Emphasis on the relation between popular culture, ideology, gender identity and political-economic processes. (Offered in alternate years.)
ANTH-220 Medical Anthropology (PS,G) An introduction to medical anthropology, a sub-field of the discipline that integrates cultural, biological and applied facets of anthropological inquiry to better understand the factors that influence health, the distribution and experience of illness, and the myriad systems of preventing and treating sickness that exist cross-culturally.(Offered in alternate years.)
ARHI-161 Western Art in Perspective (PA,G) Works of art examined thematically and chronologically as visual evidence of cultural heritage. Does not count toward major.
ARHI 165 West Art: Ancient-Early Christian (PP) Western Art: Ancient-Early Christian Architecture, sculpture and painting of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, the Roman and the Byzantine empires examined chronologically, including the Pyramids, the Parthenon and the Colosseum.
ART-101 Drawing (PA) Fundamentals of drawing; form, composition and space. Theory and practice in a variety of drawing media.
ART-123 Design: Two Dimensional (PA) Fundamentals and theories of basic design. Design elements of color, texture, shape, line, value and principles of balance, repetition, variety, harmony and unity. Formal and expressive elements in art.
ART-211 Painting (PA) Basics of color theory and practice of painting with oil and/ or acrylics. Emphasis on developing fundamental painting approaches, concepts and individual expressions through color.
ART-226 Photography (PA) 35mm camera controls, black and white darkroom techniques, study of historical and contemporary photographers, photographic composition, the evaluation of photographs and the use of photography as a tool for creative expression. 35mm camera with manual override required.
ART-228 Digital Photography (PA) The photographic image is now so ubiquitous that its presence and effects are hardly noticed. The world changed dramatically with its invention and it continues to be one of the main forces forming our understanding of the world and our lives. ART-228 is a course which explores the mechanisms, processes, technology, history and power of the digital photographic image. Camera mechanisms, digital image manipulation software and the creative possibilities of digital photography will be discussed and experienced in depth with the goal of improving the quality of photography produced by the student.
ART-232 Ceramics: Wheel Thrown Constr. (PA) The potter's wheel as a vehicle for creating expressive forms in clay. Emphasis on creative thinking and technical facility. Forming, surface finishing, glazing and firing. Lectures include viewing and analysis of a broad spectrum of historical and contemporary work in clay.
ART-241 Sculpture (PA) Sculptural expression and technique. Emphasis on modeling from life in a variety of media. Viewing and analysis of a broad spectrum of historical and contemporary sculpture as a source of ideas.
ART-251 Fibers: Loom Weaving (PA) Exploration of weaving methods on the floor loom. Tapestry weaving and rug techniques. Survey of historical and contemporary developments in textile arts. Development of weaving as a personal expression.
ART-252 Fabric Design (PA) Exploration of surface design methods on fabric. Fabric painting, printing, tie and dye, batik and chemical dyeing. Development of fabric design as a personal expression. Survey of historical and contemporary developments in surface design.
ART-253 Fibers: Sculpture (PA) Exploration of non-loom textiles, structures of feltmaking, basketry, plaiting, coiling and twining. Emphasis on structures as sculptural forms. Survey of historical and contemporary use of the medium.
BIOL-101 Biological Principles (PN, I) Integrated study of the basic concepts concerning living organisms. Includes one two-hour investigative lab weekly. May not be taken for credit after the completion of any biology course numbered 200 or above.
CHEM-115 Chemistry in Nutrition (PN) CHEM-115 is a one-term, introductory, lecture course covering aspects of general, organic and biological chemistry as they relate to the subject of human nutrition. The course is tailored to provide needed conceptual background in the molecular basis of nutrition for students majoring in public health, for those having interest in health policy, and those with an interest in their own health and nutrition. The course has no pre-requisites and is open only to first and second year students.
CHEM 121 General Chemistry (PN) Atoms, Ions, and Molecules This course introduces the fundamentals of bonding to form ions and molecules from atoms. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding theories, symmetry as it pertains to chemical equivalence, and coordination compounds. Lecture, discussion and three hours of laboratory weekly.
CLAS-212 Classical Mythology (PL) A survey of the major Greek and Roman myths and dominant approaches to understanding them, utilizing ancient sources along with scholarly commentary. Class discussion treats their function in literature and the historical, psychoanalytic and structural views of myth as a mode of thought.
CLAS-224 Classical Tragedy (PL) A survey of tragedy as an ancient Greek dramatic genre in its historical and cultural context, with representative examples by the playwrights Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides; also, Roman adaptation of tragedy (Seneca).
CLAS-226 Classical Laughter (PL) A survey of ancient comedy and its social, historical, and political contexts with a primary focus on Greek and Roman comic drama.
COMM 210 Social Relationships (PS) Examines how family, peer and cultural socialization influences communication in close relationships. Consideration of race, class, gender and sexual orientation as they relate to communication. Seniors will need permission slips from the Dept. Chair to enroll in this course.
COMM-265 Intro to Health Communication (PS)An introductory examination of major communication challenges, theories and practices as they relate to health. The course focuses primarily on the US context and cultures, but will draw from the experiences and systems of other nations and cultures as well. The course has a strong practical component and will engage you with the community.
COMM/MJMC 211 Communication, Politics & Citizenship (PL) Communication, Politics and Citizenship addresses issues of communication as they impinge on citizens of a free society, with a focus on political discourse in the public sphere. Features communication strategies and argument patterns in political campaigns, public policy and the media. Also MJMC 211.
COMM/MJMC 212 Advertising Influence (PS) Examines the history, strategies, techniques and effects of advertising on individuals and society. Particular emphasis on the critical analysis of advertising content and the impacts of advertising on cultural norms regarding consumerism, gender, and race. Also MJMC 212.
ENGL-125F Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature (PL) A literature course for students who enjoy the alternative worlds of myth, fantasy, utopia and dystopia. Readings will include classic and contemporary works of fantasy and science fiction, such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or George Orwell's 1984 or C.S. Lewis's Narnia Chronicles or J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter novels. For First Year and Sophomore students only.
ENGL-125M Literature and Medicine (PH) A literature course for students interested in those who suffer with injuries or illness, and those who care for such people: doctors, nurses, aides, even pastors and counselors. Readings will include classic and contemporary novels, stories, poems and other genres concerning professional ethics and philosophical-religious commitments amid suffering, death and recovery. For First Year and Sophomore students only.
ENGL-125P Introduction to Postcolonial Literature (PL,G) A literature course for students interested in English as a world language, and the struggles for justice and identity of people in former colonies of Britain. Readings will include classic and contemporary novels, stories, poems and other genres written in English in or about the nations of Africa, Asia and the Indian subcontinent. For First Year and Sophomore students only.
ENGL-125Q Literature and Sexuality (PL,D) This course, with a few exceptions, focuses primarily on artists who self-identify as gay, lesbian, or queer, in twentieth- and twenty-first-century America. Careful reading of these texts will be combined with lectures and secondary sources so that by the end of the course we will have a better sense of the history of queer writers in the United States. We will also consider the nature of different media as vessels for queer narratives and whether queerness is a useful category for exploring literature.
ENGL-125S Literature and Sports (PL) A literature course for students interested in sports writing and the drama of sports competitions. Readings will include stories from the sports page, longer essays on the meaning of sports, and novels, poems and other genres depicting athletes competing while seeking greater meaning in their lives. For First Year and Sophomore students only.
ENVR-100 Sustainability Prob & Solutions I (PN) Introduction to the interdisciplinary examination of complex sustainability problems (water, food systems, forests, etc.) including their systemic structure, dynamics, future development, and normative issues. Emphasis on formulating an interdisciplinary model to understand complex social-ecological systems. Includes one three-hour lab per week that focuses on a particular sustainability problem in the region. $20.00 Field Trip Fee will be assessed and added to tuition bill.
GEOG-102 Landforms and Landscapes (PN,I) An introduction to physical landscapes, which includes landforms and the natural processes that create and change them, the distribution and characteristics of landforms and landform processes and the role of humans in landscape change. Includes one two-hour lab per week. Spring Term 2018: Mandatory field trip from 8:00 AM on March 23rd to 9:00 PM on March 25th. Field trip fee of $125 will be applied. Contact instructor for more information.
GEOG 103 Water and Land Resources (PN) Study of water resources, their characteristics and global distributions; soil types and their distributions; erosion problems and solutions; introduction to biogeography, the distribution and characteristics of the earth's major vegetation types as influenced by natural and human factors; land use planning based on analysis of natural processes. Includes one two-hour lab per week; last five labs are in the field on an applied land use analysis project. This class includes several field-based labs and it would appeal to students interested in the outdoors and environment/sustainability issues. A highlight of the class is a weekend field trip to conduct research at Western Illinois University's Kibbe Field Station. This year the trip takes place on the weekend of Sept 2nd-4th.
GEOG-110 Intro to Human Geography (PS,G) The geographic (spatial) approach to the study of cultures; global distribution patterns of cultures and culture traits, including population, language, religion, ethnicity, folk and popular culture, political organization and forms of livelihood; the importance of the diffusion process of people, goods and ideas and the impacts of globalization trends; analysis of dynamic relationships between cultures and nature; and "reading" of cultural landscapes in many parts of the world.
GEOG-121 Geography of the Global Economy (PS,G) Geographic study of the global economy; emphasis on the spatial unevenness and interdependencies between countries in the global North and South; role of technology and transnational corporations in economic globalization; social and environment impacts of development and efforts to promote fair trade and sustainability in the global economy; case studies of economic development and change in India, China, Africa, and the Quad-Cities.
GEOG-130 Geography of World Regions (PS,G) Geography of World Regions is an exploration of the key, interrelated, and diverse characteristics of the world's major geographic regions. This course will explore various issues of global and regional significance facing our planet through the diverse lenses of geography. Our primary focus will be on globalization and the linkages between places, the impact of globalization on diversity, and the importance of "local" and "global," unevenness in development, and the relationships between societies and environments at various scales.
GEOL-101 Physical Geology (PN,I) Introduction to Earth materials (minerals and rocks), structures, composition and dynamic processes (e.g., volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, weathering, erosion) of the Earth. Includes one two-hour lab per week and optional field trips. Not for credit after 105. Summer 2017 This is an online course from another college or university offered through College Consortium. It has been pre-approved as a transfer course for Augustana students. Requires GEOL-101L Lab.
GEOL-104 Gemology (PN,I) An introduction to all aspects of rare, beautiful gemstones, from their geologic formation to their jewelry store presentation and identification. Includes one two-hour lab per week during which students will learn to identify and quality-grade the important gemstones. Additional $15 lab fee will be added to your bill. Requires GEOL-104L Lab.
GEOL-112 Dinosaurs & Extinction (PN,I) The role of dinosaurs in Earth history: Dinosaur evolution, the environments to which they adapted, and hypotheses that attempt to explain their mass extinction. Includes one two-hour lab per week. Lab study will involve specimens in the Fryxell Geology Museum collection. Requires GEOL-112L Lab.
GEOL-116 Energy Resources & Environment (PN,I) Environmental geology course focusing on the formation, exploration, extraction and uses of non-renewable energy resources (coal, petroleum and uranium). These energy issues directly influence many areas of our lives (health, housing, transportation, economy, politics, natural gas, safety, environment, international relations, ethics, etc.) which will be discussed in light of impending world energy and global warming problems. Includes one two-hour lab per week and field trips. May be part of a learning community.
GRD-225 Intro. To Graphic Design (PA)Overview of graphic design, its techniques and applications. Basic principles of page layout and composition, design skills, typography and color application. Practical investigation of publication design, advertising and brochure development. Emphasis on critical thinking and problem-solving. Course will be taught on and off the computer. Requires a final portfolio.
HIST-111 Europe 1300-1700 (PP)Problems in Europe, 1300-1700 Survey of a period of profound testing in all domains of European life, ranging from politics and culture to the development of capitalism and the religious upheaval of the Reformation.
HIST-113 Europe 1900 to Present (PP)Problems in Europe, 1900-present The checkered history of Europe since 1900, from the grandeur and power of the Belle Epoque through war, depression, fascism, the rise and fall of communism, to the era of the European Union.
HIST 120 Colonial Latin America (PP) Introduces historical thinking rhought a focus on the colonial period (ca. late 1400s mid 1800s) in the regions we know today as Latin America and the Caribbean, focusing on prevalent themes including: race and gender relations, economic issues and labor, religion, and resistance to colonial domination. Also introduces the basic processes of historical study.
HIST-123 Women & Gender Latin Amer (PP, G) This course traces the continuities and changes in the lives of Latin American women through the lenses of gender and sexuality from the colonial era to the present. While the Spanish and Portuguese brought a set of normative gender values and sexual practices with them to the New World, these norms were contested, even in Iberia, and collided with indigenous and African beliefs about the roles and behavior of men and women in society in the centuries following conquest. As a class, we will consider these norms, their transfer to the Americas, and the various ways in which women - elite and non-elite, white and non-white - embraced and challenged them. This inquiry will be guided by a variety of themes, including gender as an analytical category, intersectionality, hegemony, patriarchy, honor and virtue, feminism, marginalization, violence, and political power.
HIST 130 U.S. History: 1492-1865 (PP) Introduces historical thinking by examining historical lproblems in the period from the developing break with Great Britain through the creation of the new nation, westward expansion and sectionalism to the disruption of the Union.
HIST 131 U.S. History: U.S. History: 1865-1945 (PP) Introduces historical thinking by examining historical problems in the era of The Civil War, Gilded Age, Industrialism, Progressivism, World War I, the Twenties, Depression and the New Deal and World War II. Women’s Suffrage movement and the impact of industrialism and the consumer society on women and minorities.
HIST 132 U.S. History: WWII to Present (PP) Introduces historical thinking by examining the eras of World War II and post-war conversion of the economy, Cold War, consumer society in the 1950s, New Frontier and Great Society, Civil Rights movement, Vietnam War, women's rights movement in the 1960s and 1970s, end of Cold War,and present problems in perspective of past trends.
HIST 150 Traditional East Asia (PP) Introduces historical thinking by examing the evolution of the Chinese and Japanese civilizations with emphasis on their characteristic institutions and intellectual traditions.
HIST-151 Modern East Asia (PP,G) Problems in East Asian History, 188-present Introduces historical thinking by examining societies of China and Japan during the 19th and 20th centuries as they have confronted the modern West while still grappling with age-old problems.
MJMC/COMM 211 Communication, Politics & Citizenship (PL) Communication, Politics and Citizenship addresses issues of communication as they impinge on citizens of a free society, with a focus on political discourse in the public sphere. Features communication strategies and argument patterns in political campaigns, public policy and the media. Also COMM 211.
MJMC/COMM 212 Advertising Influence (PS) Examines the history, strategies, techniques and effects of advertising on individuals and society. Particular emphasis on the critical analysis of advertising content and the impacts of advertising on cultural norms regarding consumerism, gender, and race. Also COMM 212.
MJMC 213 News Literacy (PH) Examines forces that shape news today and how the press has changed. Prepares students to critically evaluate news sources.
MUSC 101 The Art of Listening (PA) Exploration of the fundamental elements, various forms and styles of music. Includes listening to and thinking about music in various cultural and historical contexts and the live concert experience. Does not apply to major in music.
MUSC 107 Music in Worldwide Perspective (PA) Music in Worldwide Perspective. Introduction to ethnomusicology and survey of indigenous music of the various regions of the world. Does not apply to major in music.
MUSC 111 Musicianship I (PA) The fundamentals of musical organization, ear training and performance skills through the study of music literature, melodic and harmonic structures and grammar, basic piano skills, singing and aural perception skills, composition, basic conducting, analysis and survey of music literature. Lab sessions weekly.
PHIL 201 Knowledge and Values (PH) An examination of three broad questions about beliefs: How likely are they to be true? Are they moral? Are they effective in helping the believers achieve their goals? This course focuses on competing philosophical theories about the underlying bases for such evaluations, and also considers possible connections among these evaluations.
PHIL-203 Social Ethics (PS) Social-political values of equality and liberty examined via their underlying normative ethical foundations. Social-political and ethical theory are applied to four major issues in contemporary society: (1) Punishment and Responsibility; (2) National Defense and Military Strategy; (3) Affirmative Action and Comparable Worth, and (4) Allocation, Social Justice and Health Care Policy.
PHIL 205 Life and Death (PH) An introduction to philosophical perspectives on value and moral principles in the context of decisions about life and death. Specific issues in applied ethics, such as animal rights, abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment will be considered from larger theoretical frameworks in ethics, such as utilitarianism and rights.
PHIL 240 Classical Philosophy (PP) The origins of western thought in the writings of the ancient Greeks, from the scientific and metaphysical speculations of the Milesians to the great philosophical systems of Plato and Aristotle. Subjects include the nature of reality, knowledge and its limits, happiness and virtue.
PHYS 101 Principles of Physics I (PN) Mechanics, waves, sound and fluids. Lectures and two-hour lab weekly. While Physics 101, 102 and 103 have no official prerequisites, they are recommended only for students who have some high school background in physics and algebra. Non science/ math/ pre-med students seeking a PN more commonly take the 100 level courses in Geology, Geography, Chemistry, and Biology.
PHYS-201 Basic Physics I (PN,I) Basic Physics I. Fundamentals of mechanics for scientists and engineers. Lectures, one-hour discussion, two-hour lab weekly. Corequisite or prerequisite: Mathematics 219.
POLS 101 American Government (PS) American Government. Constitutional principles and their implementation as a functioning national government. Development of basic institutions — presidency, Congress, courts, bureaucracy. Analysis of Political Behavior — political parties, campaigns, the media, interest groups.
POLS-105 Comparative Politics (PS,G) Comparative politics is devoted to the study of countries not called the United States. It involves the comparative examination of important concepts in political science (democracy, culture, conflict, human rights, poverty, among others) and their application to both Western and non-Western nations.
POLS-107 Contemporary Political Ideas (PH) Politics is ultimately the struggle over ideas. This course aims to pay close attention to the ways that shifting interpretations of liberalism (from classic liberalism to neoliberalism) have influenced how we are living our social, political, cultural and economic lives today. This course will ask the following questions: How have our interpretations of liberalism shifted overtime? What is neoliberal thought? What are neoliberal politics? And what are the major critiques that have been leveled against neoliberalism by scholars today?
POLS-170 Global Perspectives (PS,G) Issues of peace in an interdependent yet nationalistic world. Emphasis on culture as it relates to political values and cross-cultural communications, especially between developed and developing nations. Considers issues — population, food, economic development, pollution, nuclear weapons and human rights — which pose questions of justice or represent threats to the peace or to global survival.
PSYC 100 Intro to Psychology (PS) A survey of psychological approaches to human behavior, emphasizing physiological, cognitive and social processes.
PUBH 100 Global Issues in Public Health (PS) This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary field and history of public health. Students explore the social, political, and environmental determinants of health, and are introduced to the institutions that shape health outcomes at the local and global levels. Students study a diverse range of topics such as
maternal and child health, control of chronic and infectious disease, bioterrorism, disaster preparedness, and food production and water management.
SCAN-220 Folklore & Fairy Tales (PL) Emphasis on storytelling and oral tradition in folk tales, folk songs, poems, music and legends, as well as tales by H.C. Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and others. Counts toward the major and minor requirements for both German and Scandinavian Studies. Taught in English.
SCAN-241 Scandinavian Film (PA) An exploration of representative films from the Scandinavian cinematic repertoire, including works by Victor Sjostrom, Carl Dreyer, Ingmar Bergman, Lars Von Trier, Lukas Moodysson and others. Taught in English.
SOC 100 Intro to Sociology (PS) A general introduction to society and culture, socially learned patterns of human behavior, formal and informal organization, collective behavior and social change.
SOCW 160 Intro to Social Welfare and Policy (PS) Introduction to Social Welfare and Policy. Examination of social welfare as a social institution designed to address human needs and social problems. A survey of social problems, policies and services, including: child and family, elderly, physical and mental health, juvenile and criminal justice and programming directed toward poverty alleviation.
SOCW-220 History and Philosophy of Social Welfare (PP,D) History and Philosophy of Social Welfare. Historical, philosophical and sociocultural examination of U.S. social welfare as it has developed and changed into a major social institution. Emphasis on economic, ethnic-racial and gender inequalities.
THEA 141 Intro to Theatre (PA) Introduction to Theatre. Theatre as a collaborative, vital and multi-faceted art form that reflects and impacts culture and society. Through study of theatre practice and various dramatic texts from Ancient Greece to contemporary times, this course will examine how the written word is translated into action and images on stage.
THEA 240 Acting I (PA) Introduction to the acting process through study of its basic principles and development of fundamental performance skills. Studio work includes improvisational exercises, scene study and various performance projects. Emphasis on the use of creative imagination in the context of performance.
WGST 230 Global Issues in Women’s Studies (PS) Global Issues in Women's Studies. Interdisciplinary and cross-cultural study of girls' and women's experience of family, education, work, political culture, gender and sexuality. The social, economic and legal statuses of the female are examined globally along with systems that link women around the world, such as media. The parallels and intersections of sex, race, social class and sexual orientation as given statuses within hierarchical societies are addressed as creators of both privilege and discrimination.