Learning Perspective course descriptions spring 21-22
All Augustana students must take at least one course in each Learning Perspective (LP) below in order to graduate. First-year students often have one or two LP courses in their first semester. The courses below are appropriate for first-year students and have no pre-requisites unless noted.
Perspective on the Arts (PA)
ART-101 Drawing (PA) Fundamentals of drawing such as value, line, form, space and composition, exploring abstraction as well as traditional subject matters through observational studies. Theory and practice through a variety of drawing media including use of color. $40 lab fees
ART-123 Design: Two Dimensional (PA) Theories of basic design, with emphasis on both formalism and expression in art. Design fundamentals of color, texture, shape, line, value and principles of balance, repetition, variety, harmony and unity explored. A variety of media will be investigated. $40 lab fee
ART-211 Painting (PA) Basics of color theory and practice of painting in oil and/or acrylics. Emphasis on developing fundamental painting approaches, conceptual development and individual expressions through color. Art periods, movements and practice researched. $100 lab fee
ART-228 Digital Photography (PA) Introduction to digital photography; a survey of both the hardware and software. Introduction to Adobe Photoshop for image processing. Historical context and creative investigation. No prerequisites. A digital camera of some kind (including mobile phone cameras) is required to participate in the course. Access to a computer capable of running Photoshop is required to complete assignments. $40 lab fee
ART-231 Ceramics: Hand Construction (PA) This course explores methods of hand building in clay with an emphasis on creative thinking and technical facility. Assignments emphasize developing surface design, use of glazes, and a research project. Lectures include viewing and analysis of a broad spectrum of historical and contemporary ceramic work. $50 lab fee
ART 232 Ceramics: Wheel Thrown Construction (PA) This course focuses on learning to use the potter's wheel and various other techniques as a vehicle for creating expressive forms in clay. Emphasis on creative thinking while developing facility in forming, painting and glazing ceramics. Students will engage in a research project and master study culminating in a visual response. A broad spectrum of historical and contemporary ceramics will be studied. $60.00 lab fee
ART-251 Fibers: Loom Weaving (PA) Exploration of weaving methods on the multi-harness floor loom. Materials and processes of tapestry weaving, pattern weaving, and rug weaving investigated through traditional and contemporary applications. Survey of historical and contemporary developments in textile arts, including individual research projects. Development of weaving as a creative, personal expression. $65 lab fee
ART-252 Fabric Design (PA) Exploration of surface design methods on fabric. Fabric painting, printing, tie and dye, and batik. Textile repeats and applications used in the textile industry also studied. Development of fabric design as a creative, personal expression. Survey of historical and contemporary developments in surface design. Student will engage in a research project and master study culminating in a visual response. $60 lab fee
ENCW-201 Writing Poetry (PA) Practice in writing poetry with an introduction to poetic form, voice and techniques. Emphasis will be on generating, critiquing and revising student work, but students will also study the work of published poets.
ENCW-202 Writing Fiction (PA) Practice in writing with introduction to the basic techniques of fiction writing, emphasizing the conventions of the modern short story and the revision process.
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. Emphasis on critical thinking and process development. This studio-based course examines the field of design as fundamental communication tool in both digital and analog contexts. $40 lab fee
MUSC-101 Introduction to Music (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, G) 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.
THEA-100 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.
Perspective on Human Existence and Values (PH)
CHST-240 Intro to Chinese Culture (PH, G) An overview of Chinese culture, with emphasis on various aspects within Chinese society, including religions, literature, art, language and philosophy. Readings are supplemented by audiovisual material, discussion and projects. Taught in English.
COMM-260 Communication and Culture (PH, G) Examines how communication helps create culture and how culture constrains communication, reasoning, and morality; introduces similarities and differences in understanding self and other in cultural contexts.
ENGL-125M Literature & 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.
MJMC-215 News Literacy (PH) Examines forces that shape news today and how the news media have changed. Prepares students to understand journalism and critically evaluate news sources as well as analyze their own roles as news consumers and communicators using current events as a backdrop. Assignments and discussion focus on topics such as: news values, detecting bias, source credibility, journalistic constraints, and media economics.
PHIL-101 Knowing and Being (PH) Introduction to central topics in philosophy, such as ethical theory, metaethics, knowledge and skepticism, theology, free will, personal identity, and the nature of meaning. Attention is paid to the careful formation and critical evaluation of arguments.
PHIL-105 Life and Death (PH) An introduction to ethics, approached through an examination of the ethics of living, letting die, and killing. The course will introduce students to major theories of morality, such as utilitarianism and Kantian ethics, and apply these theories to issues that may include euthanasia, abortion, capital punishment, and just war.
RELG-284 Buddhism and Film (PH,G) Engaging with written texts, films, and contemplative practice, this course focuses on how Buddhist religious traditions address ethical and existential issues including questions about suffering, gender, sexuality, karma, life, and death. Students will learn about different schools of Buddhism such as Theravada, Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, the controversy about the ordination of nuns, and issues pertaining to the representation of Buddhism through film. In this course, students will be expected to engage in mindfulness meditation practices.
Perspective on the Individual and Society (PS)
COMM-220 Communication and 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 in diverse relationships.
COMM-240 Advertising and Consumer Culture (PS) Traces the evolution of the persuasive strategies, effects and messages in commercial discourse, from its origins in colonial America to today, with special emphasis on portrayals of race, class, family and gender in contemporary America. Course assignments will incorporate instruction on media content analysis and textual analysis as research methods.
GEOG-120 Human Geography of Global Issues (PS, G) Human geography focuses on social, economic, political, cultural, and human-environment processes and patterns and how they change over space and time. This course examines the interconnections between places around the world and how global flows intersect in our local communities. Major topics include economic globalization, geopolitics, the spatial aspects of population growth and distribution including international migration, health, urbanization, cultural differentiation and the spread of ideas and innovation, and the environmental impacts of development. The course aims to engender a critical geographical perspective on the past, present and future development of the social world.
GEOG-130 Geography of World Regions (PS, G) Geography of World Regions is an exploration of the critical, interrelated, and diverse characteristics of the world's major geographic regions. This course will explore issues of global and regional significance facing our planet through the diverse lenses of geography. Our primary focus is on globalization and the linkages between places, the impact of globalization on diversity, and the importance of "local" and "global," unevenness in development, the legacy of colonialism, capitalism, and imperialism on world regions, and the relationships between societies and environments at various scales.
PHIL-103 Social Ethics (PS) The course begins with a survey of some influential ethical theories-utilitarianism and deontological theory, primarily-and then examines a variety of social justice issues through the lens of those theories. Some of the topics are of enduring concern, and others are related to significant current events: for example, censorship, discrimination, privacy, prostitution, global economic justice, and environmentalism.
POLS-101 American Government (PS) A study of constitutional principles and their implementation to create a functioning national government. Development of basic institutions —presidency, Congress, courts, bureaucracy. Analysis of Political Behavior — political parties, campaigns, and interest groups. Examples from public policy are used to show the institutions and groups in action.
POLS-103 Global Perspectives (PS, G) Examination of major issues of world politics from various theoretical and country perspectives. Considers issues -- war and peace, international law and organization, economic globalization, climate change, nuclear weapon proliferation and human rights -- which pose questions of justice or represent threats to the peace or to global survival.
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 (culture, forms of government, regime types, conflict, human rights, poverty, identity, among others) and their application to both Western and non-Western nations.
PSYC-100 Introduction to Psychology (PS) A survey course of the major areas of interest within the field of Psychology (physiological, cognitive, clinical, and social), including fundamental principles and theories about human behavior as well as the scientific methods used by psychologists to draw these conclusions.
PUBH-100 Introduction to Public Health (PS) This course introduces the interdisciplinary field and application of public health. Students will explore the social, political, and environmental determinants of health, and will be introduced to the institutions that shape health outcomes at the local, national, and global levels. This course will also help students understand how public health impacts the health of populations on a daily basis. Course activities will examine a diverse range of topics such as community health organizations, ethics in public health practice, maternal and child health, control of chronic and infectious disease, health through the lifespan, mental health, nutrition, and more.
SOAN-101 Introduction to Sociology (PS, D) A general introduction to society and culture, socially learned patterns of human behavior, formal and informal organization, collective behavior and social change. The course will also discuss how a social justice-orientation on structured inequalities is central to both sociology and anthropology.
SOAN-102 Introduction to Anthropology (PS, G) A general introduction to society and culture, diverse cultural systems and groups of people from around the globe, and a holistic examination of the many parts of culture. Students will learn the tools, methods and key concepts anthropologists use to study humanity.
WGSS-130 Introduction Gender Studies (PS) Concentrates on gender in US, or internationally, queer studies, etc. Special attention is paid to ways in which gender, race, class, age and sexual orientation converge to form systems of oppression.
Perspective on Literature and Texts (PL)
COMM-230 Communication, Politics, and Citizenship (PL) Addresses issues of communication effects and ethics as they impinge on citizens of a free society, with a focus on political discourse in the public sphere. Features rhetorical tactics, communication strategies and argument patterns in political campaigns, public policy, and the media.
ENGL-125B Literature and Business (PL) A literature course for students interested in professional work, finances, consumerism, and the so-called American Dream. Texts will include classic and contemporary works (both written and visual) on work, earning, spending, and seeking economic justice. For First Year and Sophomore students only
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.
ENGL-235 Science Fiction and Fantasy (PL) An introduction to the alternative worlds of myth, fantasy, utopia and dystopia. Students will develop the close-reading skills and vocabulary of the discipline as they explore deeper meaning, ambiguity, and complexity in classic and contemporary works of fantasy and science fiction.
ENGL-270 Multicultural Writers of US (PL,D) This course offers students the opportunity to study the literary traditions of the United States and how they have been influenced by various factors like race, ethnicity, gender, religion, national origin, geography, lifestyle, and socioeconomic status. The selection of contemporary writers including African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Jewish, and Native American writers will enable students to discover the varieties of both common and distinguishing factors in the life experiences and literary expressions of writers and other artistes of different backgrounds.
ENGL-275 Intro to African-American Literature (PL,D) Principal works by African Americans representing literary forms and significant currents of thought from the era of slavery to the present.
GRST-251 Outsiders in German Literature (PL) This course focuses on representations of outsider figures in German literature. Students will read poetry, short stories, and novels, and learn to analyze and critically evaluate ideas, themes, and literary techniques. We will also watch and analyze full-length films that feature characters outside the social mainstream. Taught in English.
SCAN-240 Fairy Tales & Folklore (PL) This course studies the history of storytelling and oral tradition in Northern European folk tales, folk songs, poems, music and legends, including the fairy tales of H.C. Andersen, Asbjornsen & Moe, Lonnrot, and the Brothers Grimm. Counts toward the major and minor requirements for both German and Scandinavian Studies. Taught in English.
Perspective on the Past (PP)
ARHI-166 Survey of World Art II (PP, G) A chronological survey of the art and architecture from around the world from the Renaissance in Europe to the contemporary global art market. Students learn to analyze the formal elements of works of art and architecture, examine works within the original cultural and historical contexts, and compare art across cultures and from different time periods.
ENGL-260 History of British Literature (PP) English literature and social history from Beowulf and the Middle Ages to Virginia Woolf and the modern world. This course will introduce students to the study of literature, emphasizing the aims, methods, and tools of the discipline. Students will become familiar with critical vocabulary, with selected authors and with genre and historical context in a way that will carry over to more advanced classes.
ENGL-265 History of American Literature (PP) American literature and social history from 1620 to the present. This course will introduce students to the study of literature by emphasizing the aims, methods, and tools of the discipline. Students will become familiar with critical vocabulary, with selected authors, and with genre and historical context in a way that will carry over to more advanced classes.
HIST-116 Europe 1800-Present (PP,G) This course will address central moments in modern Europe, including the Industrial Revolution, WWI, fascism, WWII, the Holocaust, the birth and death of Soviet Communism, the Cold War, and the foundation of the European Union. Special emphasis will be placed on developing students' ability to write their own historical interpretations through a critical use of eyewitness accounts.
HIST-121 Latin America 1820-Present (PP,G)Post-Colonial Problems and Conditions in Latin America, 1820-Present As Spain, Portugal, and France's New World colonies emerged from their respective independence struggles, each former colony would embark on a journey to build a national government, set borders, forge a distinct national identity, and exercise their sovereignty as equals on the world stage. Yet despite their best efforts, many found themselves increasingly hemmed in by a neo-colonial power - the United States. This class blends political and social history as it traces Latin America's post-colonial journey and the accompanying continuities and changes in the everyday lives of Latin Americans from 1820 to the present. Broken up into three units - independence, the early national period, and the modern era - course participants will explore major trends such as nationalism, neo-colonialism, authoritarianism, and human rights, while attending to the ways race, class, gender, national identity and their intersection shaped dynamics internal and external to the region.
HIST-130 Rethinking American History to 1877 (PP)Rethinking American History, to 1877 Almost everything most people know about American history is at worst, wrong, and at best, oversimplified. This course examines enduring problems, powerful stories, and common misconceptions about the American past. Students will learn a set of problem-solving skills that historians use to make sense of the past, so that they can reach their own conclusions and recognize sense from nonsense.
HIST-131 Rethinking American History, 1877-Present (PP) Rethinking American History, 1877-Present Almost everything most people know about American history is at worst, wrong, and at best, oversimplified. This course examines enduring problems, powerful stories, and common misconceptions about the American past. Students will learn a set of problem-solving skills that historians use to make sense of the past, so that they can reach their own conclusions and recognize sense from nonsense.
HIST-133 American Environment (PP) Introduction to environmental history, which is the study of human interaction with the natural world over time. Students will learn how Americans have shaped their environment, as well as how they are shaped by it. Particular emphasis will be placed on Americans' changing ideas about nature during the past two centuries. Students will compose landscape histories, analyze artwork from the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, write about changes in human-animal relationships, and debate past environmental policies through roleplaying.
PHIL-203 Modern Philosophy (PP) Studies in the Rationalist philosophical tradition of Descartes, Spinoza, Leibniz and the Empiricist tradition of Locke, Berkeley, Hume. Topics will include perception, knowledge and skepticism, mind and matter, the nature and existence of God, the character of reality.
RELG-287 Religion & Philosophy of India (PP, G) An introduction to religions and philosophies originating in the Indian subcontinent, including traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism and a study of texts, devotional practices, and more modern developments such as the impact of colonialism and Gandhi's political activism.
Perspective on the Natural World (PN)
ASTR-145 Stars and Galaxies (PN) A non-calculus course intended for all majors on stars, galaxies and the universe. Topics include the formation and evolution of stars, basic stellar astrophysics, the interstellar medium, galaxy evolution and cosmology. Observational techniques and scientific methodology will be discussed. Evening observing sessions in the Carl Gamble observatory will be required. Suggested prerequisite: A math-index score of 840 or higher is recommended (pre-calc ready).
CHEM-115 Introduction to Molecular Nutrition (PN) CHEM-115 introduces molecular structures and chemical reactions as they relate to the digestion, absorption and utilization of nutrients. Consequences of nutrient deficiency and excess, as well as their roles in human disease and prevention are included. The course is tailored to provide needed conceptual background 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. Does not count toward a chemistry or biochemistry major.
CHEM-131 General Chemistry I (PN) Atoms, Ions, and Molecules. This course introduces the fundamentals of bonding to form ions and molecules from atoms, as well as how atoms and molecules interact with each other resulting in the properties of matter. Topics include atomic structure, chemical bonding theories, symmetry as it pertains to chemical equivalence, coordination compounds, gases, intermolecular forces, and colligative properties. Lecture and two hours of laboratory weekly.
ENVR-100 Ecological Dimension (PN) In-depth interdisciplinary examination of complex sustainability problems (water, food systems, climate change, forests, etc.) including their systemic structure, dynamics, future development, and normative issues. In-depth examination of human dependence upon and alteration of supporting (biodiversity, disturbance regimes, soil resources, hydrological cycle, and nutrient cycles), regulating, provisioning, and cultural ecosystem services. Emphasis on formulating an interdisciplinary model to understand the resilience and vulnerability of complex social-ecological systems (SES) to disturbances and stresses and using such model to assess the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of local and regional sustainability problems. Introduction to key methods used to identify, analyze, and solve the ecological dimensions of such problems. Students will complete an ecologically-oriented campus-based sustainability project. The culminating project and case study will require students to place the ecological component of such systems within the context of the entire SES by emphasizing the two-way interactions (dependence of human well being on ecosystem services and influence of human pursuits of well-being on such services) between the ecological and social components. Includes one two-hour lab per week that focuses on a campus or local sustainability problem.
GEOG-105 Weather & Climate (PN) An introduction to elements of weather and climate systems and the hazards they may pose to society. How can we (or should we?) prepare and adapt to live in areas of natural atmospheric hazards? Topics include a study of the earth's atmosphere, ocean systems, precipitation processes, severe weather (tornadoes, hurricanes), drought, and climate change. Includes one two-hour lab per week.
GEOL-101 Physical Geology (PN) Introduction to Earth materials (minerals and rocks), structures, composition and dynamic processes (e.g., volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, weathering, erosion, mountain-building) of the Earth. Includes a weekly 2-hour lab. Lab study involves specimens in the Fryxell Geology Museum collections and field trips. Gateway course to the geology major.
PHYS-211 Foundational Physics ( PN) A calculus-based introduction to fundamental concepts in physics. Topics include mechanics, fluids and thermodynamics. The course is taught studio style with lecture, problem solving, discussion of concepts, and laboratory work integrated into each class session. Course time takes up two back-to-back MWF course slots (130 min duration each class period) Prerequisite or Corequisite: MATH-160.