Maymester: May 13 – May 30, 2014

Registration for Maymester is a First Session registration. Other points to know:
  • Earn 3 credit hours in three weeks
  • Select from 54 courses
  • Satisfy Foundations, Approaches, or Connections requirements
  • If you enroll in a Maymester course, it is recommended that you do not enroll in another First Session course.
  • Classes meet every day:  9:00 – 12:15, 11:30 – 2:45 or 1:15 – 4:30
  • In the online registration system, Maymester course sections are indicated by an ‘M’ (i.e. section 01M, 02M)
  • Final Exam:  May 30 at the regular class time

* Add, Drop, Withdrawal dates are listed on the Summer 2014 Calendar

If you register for a Maymester and a First Session course, contact your Dean for instructions on changing your schedule.


Maymester 2014 Course List

AAAD 260 [AFAM 254] Blacks in Latin America (3).  The majority of people of African descent in this hemisphere live in Latin America. This course will explore various aspects of the black experience in Latin America.

AAAD 315 [AFRI 368] Political Protest and Conflict in Africa (3). This course surveys contemporary forms of political protest and conflict in Africa.  Through a case study approach the nature, causes, and consequences of these conflicts will be examined.  This course is designed to be accessible to all students, from those with a strong background in African Studies to those for whom this will be their first exposure to the continent. *** Cancelled***

AMST 256 Anti-’50s: Voices of a Counter Decade (3).  We remember the 1950s as a period of relative tranquility, happiness, optimism, and contentment. This course will consider a handful of countertexts: voices from literature, politics, and mass culture of the 1950s that for one or another reason found life in the postwar world repressive, empty, frightening, or insane and predicted the social and cultural revolutions that marked the decade that followed.

AMST 336 Native Americans in Film (3). This course is about Hollywood’s portrayal of Indians in film, how Indian films have depicted Native American history, and why the filmic representation of Indians has changed over time.

ANTH 147 Comparative Healing Systems (3). In this course we compare a variety of healing beliefs and practices so that students may gain a better understanding of their own society, culture, and medical system. Course Flyer

ANTH 277 Gender and Culture (WMST 277) (3).  What does it mean to be a Caribbean female factory worker, a Muslim woman participating in the Arab Spring, a lesbian mother, a white American male sex tourist, an adult consumer of Barbie, or a genderless avatar in an online video game?  This course addresses these questions and more generally explores:  1) what it means to be male, female, transgender, masculine, feminine, mother or father, wife or husband in a variety of global and cyber contexts; 2) how gendered lives around the world are defined, perceived, organized, and challenged in such areas as religion, art, sport, politics, social movements, the media/technology, and work; and 3) how groups and individuals in different societies construct what it means to be a man, a woman, and alternative (neither man nor woman) gender categories.  In critically examining these topics we will rely on readings (especially ethnographic studies), films, local field trips, guest speakers and in-class debates and discussions.   Students will also be involved in small research projects. ***Cancelled***

ANTH 423 Written in Bone: CSI and the Science of Death Investigation from Skeletal Remains (3). It is 1991 and a mass grave has been excavated near Ekaterinburg in central Russia. Authorities believe the remains may be those of former Czar Nicholas II and his family, known to have been murdered during the Russian Revolution of 1917. Now the remains will be flown to a laboratory where the age, sex, and method of death have to be determined for each individual. How does this happen? What other contextual clues in the grave might help in the analysis? What season did they die? This course combines laboratory training, field projects, lectures, films, discussion, and student presentations into a course on the science of human skeletal analysis. Students gain laboratory experience in the methods scientists use to study human remains and determine life history of the individual such as age, sex, growth, nutrition, disease, behavioral modifications, and the cause of death. This practical knowledge will serve as a baseline for case studies in how skeletal analysis is used in the study of past populations and contemporary forensic cases. We will also examine how burial rituals, beliefs about death and the afterlife, and the construction of ancestral memory all impact treatment of the dead and later interpretations regarding the conditions of their lives and deaths. To see a video from last year’s course, please click here!

ARTH 468 Visual Arts and Culture in Modern & Contemporary China (3). This course examines visual materials, including those from fine arts, commerce, popular culture, political propaganda, avant-garde movements, etc., produced in modern and contemporary China as an important means of defining China’s self-identity in the modern and global world. *** Cancelled***

ARTH 551 Introduction to Museum Studies (3). Introduces careers in museum and other cultural institutions. Readings and interactions with museum professionals expose participants to curation, collection management, conservation, exhibition design, administration, publication, educational programming, and fundraising.

ARTS 290 The Walking Seminar (3). This is an innovative special topics course that engages students in a territorial investigation of the North Carolina landscape.  Through research and creative communication, students in the class will foster a means for understanding their location and documenting their experience.  This course seeks to nurture both a theoretical and applied approach to knowing and interpreting place as we experience and construct it through the act of moving from place to place.

ARTS 390 Experimental Relief Printmaking (3). This course will explore non-traditional tools and scales as a way of seeing, documenting and understanding objects by way of their surface topographies while retaining printmaking sensibilities (ink transferred from object or print matrix). ***Cancelled***

CHEM 430 Introduction to Biological Chemistry (BIOL 430) (3).  Prerequisites, BIOL 101, CHEM 262 or 262H, and 262L or 263L. The study of cellular processes including catalysts, metabolism, bioenergetics, and biochemical genetics. The structure and function of biological macromolecules involved in these processes is emphasized.

CLAR 242 Archaeology of Egypt (3). A survey of the archaeological remains of ancient Egypt, from the earliest settlements of the Neolithic period until the end of the New Kingdom. Course Flyer

COMM 422 Family Communication (3). Prerequisite, COMM 120. Permission of the instructor for non-majors. Analysis and exploration of personal experiences, family systems theory, and communication theory to describe, evaluate, and improve family communication patterns.

DRAM 290 “Special Studies – On-Camera Acting:  Integrating Breath and Voice” (3). Students will explore on-camera techniques in how breathing and voice directly relate to affective performances. Mock shoot scenarios for film, commercials, and TV hosting will be utilized for integration.

DRAM 292 “Corner of the Sky” The American Musical (3). This course considers the anatomy and variety of the American Musical, exploring and celebrating its shows, sounds, stars, structures, styles and sensibilities, within the genre’s dominant contexts of Broadway, Hollywood, and Utopia. ***Cancelled***

DRAM 300 Directing (3). Students will work alone and in groups to explore improvised events and scripted scenes. Primary focus on principles and approaches to staging and organization of production.

ECON 461 European Economic Integration (3). Prerequisite, ECON 410. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Economic and political aspects of European economic integration, the EC customs union, barriers to integration, convergence vs. divergence of inflation rates and income levels, enlargement of the EC.

ECON 468 Principles of Soviet and Post-Soviet Economic Systems (3). Prerequisite, ECON 310 or 410. Study of principles, design, organization, and performance of state-controlled economies relying on planning or regulated markets, with an emphasis on continuity and post-communist transition. Course Flyer

EDUC 508 Cultural Competence, Leadership and You (3). This course was developed to confront and address questions of global cultural competence and self-critique. Culturally competent leaders work to understand their own biases and patterns of discrimination. Course Flyer  ***Cancelled***

ENGL 143 Film and Culture (3). Examines the ways culture shapes and is shaped by film. This course uses comparative methods to contrast films as historic or contemporary, mainstream or cutting-edge, in English or a foreign language, etc.

ENGL 225 Shakespeare (3). A survey of representative comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances by William Shakespeare.

ENGL 315 English in the U.S.A. (3). A historical and critical examination of regional, social, and stylistic variation in English in the United States, including correctness, legal and educational issues, and the influence of mass media. ***Cancelled***

ENGL 443 The Power of Blackness: Hawthorne’s Major Novels (3) To understand Hawthorne’s emergence as the most important American novelist before the Civil War, we will read his four major novels in the order in which they were written: The Scarlet Letter (1850), The House of the Seven Gables (1851), The Blithedale Romance (1852), The Marble Faun (1860). Most students will be familiar with the first of these; but it is important to consider that, despite that book’s setting, he wrote primarily about his own time and in so doing offered an important perspective on the American culture and society on the eve of the Civil War. We will familiarize ourselves with the shape of his whole career—he began as a writer of short stories and local color sketches, became famous virtually overnight, but then with the coming of the War failed to complete another novel—and consider as well his relationships with other important authors, including Herman Melville, ho praised the “power of blackness” in Hawthorne’s works.

EXSS 188 Emergency Care of Injuries and Illness (3). Theory and practice of basic first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the acute care of athletic injuries.

EXSS 273 Research in Exercise and Sport Science (3). Prerequisite, MATH 110. An introduction to research in the fields of physical education, exercise and sport science with emphasis on understanding and application of research findings.

GLBL 487: Social Movements Re-thinking Globalization: Global Social Movements as Local Alternatives (3). This course explores alternatives to globalization, locally and globally. Based around key examples including the Zapatistas, La Via Campesina and other parts of the Alter-Globalization movement; we will begin studying various parts of what many consider a new kind of “global social movement.” We will combine this with hands on engagement with local examples of organizations, projects and groups that are also working to create alternatives within and beyond neoliberal globalization. The course will investigate what it means to be a global social movement, what pursuing an alternative global agenda looks like, as well as what social change in the 21st century means. Course Flyer

The aim of the class is to combine learning about global movements through scholarly and primary sources, with empirical, experiential engagement with local instantiations of such movements and social change projects. The class will feature several guest speakers and some off-campus visits, allowing us to not only learn about movements and alternatives from books, but to explore the complex challenges and possibilities faced by practitioners.  We will stress alternative experiential learning methods that recognize movements and activists as knowledge producers. Students will conduct some form of ethnographic or oral historical research with a local project/group, and class time will also be spent developing research skills.

HIST 279 Modern South African (3). Beginning with the discovery of gold and diamonds in the mid-19th century and reaching to the present, this course considers colonialism, industrialization, social change, and political protest in South Africa, with particular attention to the rise, fall, and legacies of apartheid.

HIST 381 Bebop to Hip-Hop: The Modern Black Freedom Struggle through Music (3). The struggle for freedom has been a pivotal theme in African American history. This course turns to music to explore the shifting contours and permutations of that struggle between the 1940s and 1990s.

HIST 577 Special Topics in History; The United States and Cold War: Origins, Development, Legacy (3). Subject matter will vary with instructor but will focus on some particular topic or historical approach. Course description available from the departmental office. ***Cancelled***

INLS 285 Information Use for Organizational Effectiveness (3). Basic concepts in the way that information, people, and technology interact to influence organizational effectiveness. Principles of problem solving, teamwork, leadership, and organizational change/innovation.

JAPN 231 Premodern Japanese History and Culture (3). This survey examines Japanese history from early times to the Tokugawa settlement of 1603. We will consider the archaeology of prehistoric Japan; the first great capitals at Nara and Heian; the rise of the samurai; and the tenuous medieval balance of power between the court, warrior government, and Buddhist institutions.

JOMC 376 Sports Marketing and Advertising (3). Examines the range of promotional techniques being used in the modern sports industry. Topics include sponsorships, advertising, merchandising, and the effects of commercialization.

JOMC 475 Concepts of Marketing (3). Designed for students anticipating careers in advertising, public relations, or related areas, this course teaches the vocabulary and basic concepts of marketing as it will be practices, emphasizing the role of mass communication.

MASC 220  North Carolina Estuaries: Environmental Processes and Problems (ENST 220) (3). North Carolina is home to some of the nation’s most productive, most scenic, and most threatened estuaries. This class will use the Neuse River estuary as a case study to examine both natural processes and human impacts on estuarine systems. The course is heavily “hands-on” and blends field research, laboratory analysis, and data synthesis and interpretation. Suitable for both science and non-science majors, students spend one week at the Institute of Marine Sciences (IMS) in Morehead City. They participate in a cruise on the R/V Capricorn to the Neuse River estuary in which they actively engage in research using state-of-the art techniques. On non-cruise days, students work on laboratory analysis, data synthesis, and group reports and have afternoon seminars conducted by IMS faculty and graduate students. In addition, students will tour other estuarine research facilities such as National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration and National Estuarine Research Reserve. Course has an extra fee for the off-campus component.

PHIL 155 Introduction to Mathematical Logic (3) Introduces the theory of deductive reasoning, using a symbolic language to represent and evaluate patterns of reasoning.  Covers sentential logic and first-order predicate logic.

PLAN 575 Real Estate Development (3). Rigorous examination of real estate development from the entrepreneurial and public perspectives. Emphasis on risk management and the inherent uncertainties of development. The four dimensions of real estate are addressed: economic/market, legal/institutional, physical and financial. The course meets the experiential education (EE) requirement.

PLCY 101: Making Public Policy (PWAD 101) (3). Overview of the policy-making process sand of major public policy issues.  Study of policy and political challenges in areas such as economic and tax policy, the social safety net, income support and the minimum wage, health care, education environment and energy, foreign policy an national security, and homeland security. Course Flyer

POLI 270 Classical Political Thought: Plato’s Republic (3).  MAYMESTER. The Maymester version of Poli 270 will focus on an in-depth study of Plato’s Republic. The Republic is distinctive in the history of political thought in that it generates interpretations directly opposed to one another: is it a design for an ideally just city, or is it showing that an ideally just city is impossible? Is it a utopian tract or a caution against utopian thinking? This diversity in interpretation is not the result of poor scholarship, but rather an integral and deeply interesting component of Plato’s text.  In most courses where the Republic is taught, students only read excerpts, and thus don’t have the opportunity to confront the numerous cross-cutting currents of the Republic. Reading the entire work, and understanding the way different sections of the text comment on each other, will require students to wrestle with the clash of political goods:  is the quality of decision-making at odds with the ideal of equality?  Is an emphasis on storytelling incompatible with an emphasis on reason? Does the need to persuade “the many” make it unlikely that truth will prevail in a democracy?  Or does it depend on how that democracy has chosen to educate its young? Is the structure of the family political? And so on.  Underlying all this are the fundamental questions: what constitutes a flourishing human life, and how do we know? As students engage these questions, they will also reflect on interpretive rigor. What counts as evidence for a persuasive interpretation of a complex text?  What effect does the dialogue form, or historical context, have on the content of the work and on our interpretation of it?  The course fulfills requirements for Philosophical Reasoning (PH), North Atlantic World (NA), and World before 1750 (WB).

POLI 411 Civil Liberties Under the Constitution (3). An analysis of the complex political problems created by the expansion of protection for individual liberties in the United States. Emphasis will be on contemporary problems with some supplemental historical background.

POLI 432 Tolerance in Liberal States (3). This course will compare the theory and practice of tolerance in the United States and Europe, with particular attention to Great Britain and France.

PSYC 245 Abnormal Psychology (3).  Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Major forms of behavior disorders in children and adults, with an emphasis on description, causation, and treatment. First Session and Online Section.

PSYC 490 Special Topics in Psychology: Childhood Maltreatment, Trauma, and Trauma-Focused Treatment (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Offers student participants a multi-disciplinary perspective on child maltreatment, including the types of maltreatment to which children are exposed, the prevalence of child maltreatment, and the impact of maltreatment on individual, familial, and societal functioning. Course Flyer

PSYC 503 African American Psychology (3). Prerequisite, PSYC 101. This course examines race and culture in the psychological processes and behavior of African Americans.

PSYC 566 Attitude Change (3). Prerequisites, PSYC 101 and 260, and 210 or 215. A detailed consideration of the theoretical issues in attitude and belief change.

RELI 125: Heaven and Hell (3). This course explores the cultural development and significance of religious notions of an afterlife. Are they coherent? What alternative notions of life after death can we imagine?

RELI 180: Introduction to Islamic Civilization (ASIA 180) (3). A broad, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary introduction to the traditional civilization of the Muslim world. Course Flyer

RELI 283: The Buddhist Tradition: India, Nepal, and Tibet (ASIA 300) (3). Examines the diverse beliefs, practices, and cultures associated with Buddhism in the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, and Tibet. Topics include Buddhism’s development and spread, the cultural dynamics of Himalayan societies, monasticism, folk religion, revivalism, tourism, gender, globalization, and the role of the state in shaping Buddhist life and culture. Course Flyer

SOCI 252 Data Analysis in Sociological Research (3). Prerequisite, SOCI 251. Required of sociology majors. Methods of data analysis: descriptive and inferential statistics and multivariate analysis to permit causal inference. Attention to problems of validity and reliability and to index construction.

SOCI 274 Social and Economic Justice (3). Covers theory and practice of social and economic justice, including analyses of racial-gender-sexual-class-national and other forms of justice, the history of influential movements for justice, and strategies of contemporary struggles. Students may not receive credit for both SOCI 273 and SOCI 274. Course Flyer

SPAN 255 Conversation I (3). Prerequisite, SPAN 204. Introductory conversation. Builds oral proficiency and awareness of Hispanic culture. Emphasizes vocabulary and grammatical accuracy; writing activities support speaking. Not open to native speakers. Note: Spanish Service Learning component available (SPAN 293). Course Flyer

SPAN 293 Spanish Service Learning (1). Permission of the instructor. Service learning component for students enrolled in Spanish language courses. May not count toward the major or minor in Spanish. Note: Available to students enrolled in SPAN 255 and SPAN 310. Course Flyer

SPAN 310 Conversation II (3). Prerequisite, SPAN 250, 255 or 260.  Expands speaking skills through vocabulary building, discussion of texts, and conversation. Ongoing development of writing skills. Not open to native speakers. Note: Spanish Service Learning component available (SPAN 293). Course Flyer

SPAN 345 Contemporary Latin America: The Caribbean and the Southern Cone (3). Prerequisite, SPAN 300 or 326. Recent trends in thought, art, film, music, social practices, etc. Topics include colonialism, race, ethnicity, modernization, ecology, religion, gender, and popular culture. Course Flyer

SPAN 362 The Quest for Identity in Contemporary Spain (EURO 362) (3). Prerequisite, SPAN 330 or 340. This course counts as one of the core electives for the Majors in Hispanic Literatures & Cultures and in Hispanic Linguistics. It has been said that it is impossible to understand contemporary Spain without looking at Pedro Almodóvar’s films. This course will test this hypothesis by studying the multifaceted identity politics of contemporary Spain as seen through the films made by Almodóvar from 1987 to the present. Each day we will view and analyze a film in terms of how it reflects contemporary Spanish culture, art, history and politics. Critical and historical readings in Spanish will complement viewings and provide additional themes for class discussion. Course will be taught in Spanish. Grade will be determined by class participation, oral presentations, two exams and one cumulative final exam. Course Flyer

WMST 283 Gender and Imperialism (3). Focuses on feminist perspectives on imperialism; the effects of imperialism on colonized and European women; imperialsim and masculinity; women’s participation in antiimpenalist movements; and the legacies of imperialism for feminism today. ***Cancelled***