Listen to some professors talk about what you will learn in their Maymester courses.
AAAD 201 The Literature of Africa (3)
An introduction to African literature. In addition to substantive themes, we will identify major stylistic characteristics of modern African literature with particular attention to the ways in which African language, literature, and traditional values have affected modern writing.
AMST 220 On the Question of the Animal: Contemporary Animal Studies (3)
This course is an introduction to “animal studies,” through animal rights, animal welfare, food studies, and the human/animal distinction in philosophical inquiry. We will read work from dog and horse trainers and explore the history of the American racetrack. This course builds a moral and ethical reasoning skill set.
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 278 Crimes and Punishments (3)
This course explores the social history and culture of crime, deviant behavior, and punishment in America between the pre-revolutionary period and today. It traces the history of longstanding institutions; examines elements of American history from a criminal justice perspective; and seeks historical origins and continuities for contemporary problems.
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.
ANTH 423 Written in Bone: CSI and the Science of Death Investigation from Skeletal Remains (3)
This course combines laboratory training, field projects, lectures, films, discussion, and student presentations into a course on the science of human skeletal analysis. Students learn the laboratory methods scientists use to study human remains and the role of skeletal analysis in the study of contemporary forensic cases.
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 132 Collage: Strategies for Thinking and Making (3)
Collage is both an artistic technique and a way of thinking. Even though its historical roots stem from the early 20th century, it is an image-construction strategy that is almost ubiquitous today. Using a variety of conceptual and media approaches, this course explores strategies of collage in contemporary studio practice.
ASIA 150 Asia: An Introduction (3)
The course introduces Asia’s historical, cultural, and political diversity by examining some of the global forces that have shaped Asian societies (e.g., colonialism, orientalism, and neoliberalism).
ASIA 235 Israeli Cinema: Gender, Nation, and Ethnicity (JWST 235) (PWAD 235) (3)
The course explores major periods and trends in Israeli cinema. Focus is given to issues pertaining to gender, ethnicity, and the construction of national identity.
ASIA 262 Nation, Film, and Novel in Modern India (3)
Focus on how modern Indian writers and filmmakers have represented the creation of an Indian national identity through such historical periods as British colonialism, the Rebellion of 1857, the Indian Independence Movement, the Partition, and the eras of national integration and globalization.
BIOL 469 Behavioral Ecology (3)
Prerequisite, BIOL 201. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Behavior as an adaptation to the environment. Optimality and games that animals play. Five lectures per week.
BIOL 474 Evolution of Vertebrate Life (3)
Prerequisite, BIOL 201 or 202. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Evolutionary history of the vertebrates. Emphasis on anatomical, physiological, behavioral adaptations accompanying major transitions: the move from water to land, the development of complex integrating systems. Counts as organismal ONLY when 474 & 474L completed (474L offered in fall & spring only). Five lectures per week.
CLAR 242 Archaeology of Egypt (ARTH 242) (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.
COMM 150 Introduction to New Media (3)
An introduction to the design, aesthetics, and analysis of various forms of digital media. Hands-on experience with different modes of creation, including graphics, web-based communication, and social media.
COMM 422 Family Communication (3)
Prerequisite, COMM 120. Growth in technologies, more frequent travel, and movements of products and people across the borders of nation states change concepts of family and community. Foregrounded by these realities, this course combines theories of family and communication with documentation of lived experience to interrogate family communication patterns in contemporary culture.
COMM 453 The History of New Media Technology in Everyday Life (3)
Prerequisite, COMM 140. The starting point for this course, chronologically and conceptually, is the emergence of popular media technology. Our purview includes transformative innovations in mediated communication, such as telephony and e-mail, alongside familiar media technologies such as televisions and computers.
DRAM 245 Acting for the Camera (3)
No prerequisite required. The process of acting and its relationship to the technical and artistic demands of television/film production. Problems of continuity and out-of-sequence filming. Concentration and thinking on-camera. After developing a deeper understanding of the voice, body, and movement, the class will transition into thinking cinematically. Students will become familiar with production roles other than “on-camera talent” which play a pivotal role for on-camera shoots. By the end of the session, students will be able to put their new-found tools into action in a collaboration with the DRAM 300 – Directing for the Camera, and DRAM 290 – Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television courses. This class will provide the technical foundation needed to act and inspire students to continue their journey in finding their own artistic voice. The environment will be highly collaborative, energized, and engaging for all.
DRAM 260 Advanced Stagecraft (3)
The course provides practical applications of principles and techniques used in technical theatre. Lectures are supported by individually scheduled workshop sessions where techniques are applied to a theatrical production. Students will learn the structure, tools, and safety aspects of the scene shop. They will then apply these skills while designing and building half-size scenery for a chosen play.
DRAM 290 Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television (3)
The course is designed to provide students with the essential building blocks of successful television writing and train them to act as colleagues in a simulation of a professional Writer’s Room. Our ultimate goal is to create and produce an original TV scene acted by students from DRAM 245 – Acting for the Camera and directed by students taking DRAM 300 – Directing.
DRAM 300 Directing (3)
An introductory course in the principles of directing: analysis for concept, organization of production, and methodology of staging. The student will gain a detailed understanding of basic tools needed for storytelling, how to communicate ideas to actors, as well as way of bringing a strong point of view and thematic vision to the forefront of their work. In addition, students will incorporate framing devices and camera techniques in order to collaborate with DRAM 245 – Acting for the Camera and DRAM 290 – Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television.
ECON 468 Principles of Soviet and Post-Soviet Economic Systems (3)
Prerequisites, ECON 400, and 310 or 410; a grade of C or better in ECON 400, and 310 or 410 is required. Study of the principles, design, organization, and performance of state-controlled economies relying on planning or regulated markets, with an emphasis on continuity and post-communist transition.
EDUC 375 Identity and Sexuality (3)
This course will guide students in the examination of the vital role that sexuality, sexual identity, gender, race and class play in families, communities, and educational settings. These and other socio-cultural factors, which often intersect and are embedded in historic ways of constructing what it means to be “normal,” fundamentally shape how individuals understand themselves, their place in the world, as well as others around them.
EDUC 524 Learning on the Edge: Theories of Experiential Education (3)
This course examines experiential education in a variety of settings. Students will explore the role experiential education currently plays and suggest new roles in a chosen field of study.
EDUC 532 Human Development and Learning (3)
This course examines the field of human development as it contributes to the teaching and learning of all children and youth. The emphasis is on understanding the nature of development in family and educational contexts and the implications of research and theory on human development for teacher practice and human services and the creation of supportive learning environments for all children and youth.
ENGL 265 Literature and Race, Literature and Ethnicity (3)
Considers texts in a comparative ethnic/race studies framework and examines how these texts explore historical and contemporary connections between groups of people in the United States and the Americas.
EXSS 288 Emergency Care of Injuries and Illness (3)
Also in Session I. Recommended preparation, EXSS 175. Theory and practice of basic first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and the acute care of athletic injuries.
GEOG 110 The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth’s Environmental Systems (3)
Emphasizes geographic patterns and interrelationships in energy, climate, terrain, and life. Develops integrative view of how atmospheric, hydrologic, geomorphic, and biotic processes create global patterns in the environment. Incorporates influence of human activities on earth. This course will help understand the natural environment, both globally and in North Carolina. This Maymester section of the course will be a hands-on course, and the UNC Campus will be the learning laboratory.
GEOG 477 Introduction to Remote Sensing of the Environment (3)
Covers fundamental theory and mechanics of remote sending, related theoretical aspects of radiation and the environment, and remote-sensing applications related to terrestrial, atmospheric, and marine environments. Hands-on experience for application and information extraction from satellite-based imagery through daily, 1 hour laboratory assignments.
GERM 265 Hitler in Hollywood: Cinematic Representations of Nazi Germany (3)
An examination of selected cinematic representations (both American and German) of Nazi Germany in terms of their aesthetic properties and propagandistic value. Films with English subtitles; readings and discussions in English.
GLBL 390 Current Topics in Global Studies: The Migratory Experience (3)
Migration remains one of the most controversial issues in contemporary politics. Although demographic trends in North America and Europe have created a need for migrant labor, the growth of foreign born populations in both regions has been a source of considerable tension and native backlash. This course presents students with an interdisciplinary analysis of migration and the migrant experience in both regions. Students will examine the motivation of migrants, the decision calculus behind the choice to migrate, and the implications of migration for families and social groups. The course will further examine the migrant experience in destination states, pressures to assimilate, the process of integration, as well as the process of immigrant incorporation. In addition to the substantive component, this course requires students to conduct original research, culminating in a poster presentation of their individual projects.
GLBL 450 Social Change in Times of Crisis: Knowledge, Action, and Ontology (3)
Examines dominant, alternative, and emergent narratives of change and the future from around the world. Takes as a premise that we live in a period of multidimensional crises characterized by uncertainty and conflict about how to pursue sustainable economic, ecological, political, social, and cultural projects.
This course will explore a number of practices and imaginaries currently being elaborated and developed by social movements and other social actors engaged in social change work. This includes work with art, culture, science, meditation, nature and even food. We will be taking advantage of the Maymester format to have guest speakers, field trips and assignments that explore the work of current projects that can be considered to fall into this non-traditional vision of social change.
GSLL 272 Poland, Russia, and Germany through the Prism of Film (3)
Explore the relationship between Poland, Russia, and Germany from World War II until the present day, through films and readings that cover World War II, the fall of Communism in Europe, the Holocaust and the post-war situation of Jews, religious faith, Putin’s politics, women’s rights, and the current refugee situation in Germany. Film directors include Balabanov, Becker, Fassbinder, Kalatozov, Holland, Mikhalkov, Polański, Wajda, and Wenders. Readings and class discussions in English. Films with English subtitles.
HIST 245 The United States and the Cold War: Origins, Development, Legacy (PWAD 245) (3)
This is both a wide-ranging and detailed course that looks at the origins, the evolution, and the termination of the Cold War from 1945 to 1989/90. It also considers the “New Cold War” with Russia that developed in 2014. The course is based on an international and multinational perspective.
HNRS 350 Startup Bootcamp: From Idea to Actionable Business Plan (3)
This class will bring out your inner startup ninja. Over the course of three weeks, you’ll have the opportunity to create an idea for a startup and transform it into an actionable business plan. Specially designed for non-business majors, Startup Bootcamp welcomes all students and aspiring entrepreneurs with a hunger to learn.
Students will utilize a business plan creation model to develop the foundational skills to get a startup idea off the ground. This class will meet at UNC’s 1789 Venture Lab, where you will collaborate and ideate with other first-time entrepreneurs in a purpose-built startup environment. Students majoring or minoring in business are not eligible.
Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. Students should click here to provide a brief statement of interest. The class will be taught by Kurt Schmidt, a serial entrepreneur, investor, board member, and advisor to startups from Silicon Valley to Shanghai and Sydney. Mr. Schmidt regularly attends Y Combinator and 500 Startups investment pitches and other investor events. He has his finger on the pulse of the global startup community and will share with you his insight and experience.
HNRS 353 Silicon Revolution (3)
Silicon Valley is celebrated as a global capital of high-tech innovation and transformative economic development. Business leaders and politicians in other regions have attempted to reproduce that accomplishment, almost always with limited success. Why has the task been so difficult? What magic combination of institutions, public policy, people, and geography transformed the lettuce fields of Santa Clara County into the epicenter of a new knowledge economy? And what lessons can Silicon Valley teach us about the roles that government, universities, and private capital might play in inventing the future? These are the questions this course sets out to explore.
We’ll use the first week of class to immerse ourselves in the history of Silicon Valley. Then we’ll spend a week in San Francisco and Palo Alto, where we’ll visit with UNC alumni working in small start-ups, technology giants such as Google and Cisco, and a number of venture capital and private equity firms. When we return to Chapel Hill, we’ll use our last week to take the measure of what we’ve learned and to connect lessons from Silicon Valley to the challenges of economic development in North Carolina.
Travel dates: We’ll travel to San Francisco on Saturday, May 18, and return on Saturday, May 25.
Costs: In addition to Summer School tuition, students will pay a program fee of $1,700 directly to Honors Carolina. The fee will cover the cost of airport transfers, lodging at the Cardinal Hotel in downtown Palo Alto, and lunch and evening meals. It will not cover airfare, the cost of other meals, or incidental personal expenses. Enrollment is by permission of the instructor. Students should click here to provide a brief statement of interest.
INLS 465 Understanding Information Technology for Managing Digital Collections (3)
Prepares students to be conversant with information technologies that underlie digital collections in order to evaluate the work of developers, delegate tasks, write requests for proposals, and establish policies and procedures. Teaches students how to think about information technology systems and recognize and manage interdependencies between parts of the systems.
INLS 490-267 Systematically Searching and Analyzing Scholarly Publications (3)
This course will cover (1) how to construct search queries and systematically search in both proprietary and free accessible citation databases (e.g., Web of Science, Scopus, & PubMed) as well as grey literatures; (2) how to effectively manage search results using selected reference management systems and apply software and automated tools for screening; (3) how to implement both basic and advanced bibliometrics measures and tools to analyze publications for quick insights.
INLS 752 Digital Preservation and Access (3)
Focuses on best practices for the creation, provision, and long-term preservation of digital entities. Topics include digitization technologies, standards and quality control, digital asset management, grant writing and metadata.
LING 305 Race against time: Language Revitalization (3)
Students are introduced to the causes and contexts of language endangerment and the complex process of language revitalization. Topics to be covered include assessment of endangerment level, language and thought, language attitudes, bilingual education, and language planning. We will also consider a number of case studies of endangered languages.
MASC 220 North Carolina Estuaries: Environmental Processes and Problems (ENEC 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, 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.
MATH 547 Linear Algebra for Applications (3)
The algebra of linear combination of vectors has numerous applications in the arts and sciences, most recently as a foundation for data science and artificial intelligence. Vectors can be used to represent visual images, musical scores, or medical cardiograms. Exploring the range of new entities (images, sounds, diagnoses) that can thus be obtained leads to consideration of matrices, linear systems of equations, best approximations, eigenvalues and algorithms for these procedures. This course presents the mathematical framework for linear algebra enhanced by numerous applications, with a focus on treating art images as data that can be processed to identify particular artists or even produce new works in a particular style. No prerequisites are required and computer programming and mathematical calculus concepts are introduced as needed throughout the course.
MEJO 121 Introduction to Digital Storytelling (3)
Restricted to declared journalism majors and minors. Introduces students to the tools and skills needed to engage in quality news-oriented storytelling with audio, video, and multimedia. Students will learn to deliver news stories using multiple platforms, taking advantage of the strengths of each.
MEJO 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.
MEJO 390 Special Skills in Mass Communication. Advanced Data Reporting (3)
Similar to the data journalism “boot camp” at the University of Missouri or Columbia University, this course would give students the advanced skills and experiential education needed fill the unmet needs of top journalism outlets around the country. Students would go beyond spreadsheets and get hands-on experience using statistical analysis in R, mapping data to find and report real stories.
MEJO 475 Concepts of Marketing (3)
Designed to provide the larger business context for students anticipating careers in advertising, public relations, and other media industries, the course teaches the vocabulary and basic concepts of marketing as it will be practiced.
MUSC 239 Introduction to Music Technology (3)
A practical study of selected aspects of computerized music technology, including one or more of music-notation software, MIDI sequencing, digital sound production and storage, and computer composition.
MUSC 286 Music as Culture: Frank Ocean (3)
This course will focus on the music of Frank Ocean. We will develop critical listening skills through close examination of his artistic output, while exploring a number of cultural issues through a variety of course materials; these will include academic readings drawn from musicology, cultural studies, critical race theory, and queer studies, along with alternative media forms, such as podcasts, zines, radio shows, and interviews. The course has no pre-requisites, and the instructor welcomes students from a diverse array of academic, artistic, and cultural backgrounds.
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy: Central Problems, Great Minds, Big Ideas (3)
An introduction to philosophy focusing on a few central problems, for example: free will, the basis of morality, the nature and limits of knowledge, and the existence of God.
PLAN 375 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. Previously offered as PLAN 575.
PLAN 590 Special Topics Seminar: Natural Hazards Practicum (3)
This class will focus on approaches to natural hazard planning in US metropolitan areas, as well as utilizing the North Carolina region as a site for investigation. This course is aimed at planners who will work for city and regional agencies, consulting firms, and non-profit organizations.
PLAN 704 Theory of Planning I (3)
The logic of planning as a professional activity. Critical overview of current process theories leading students to develop a personal philosophy applicable to their work as planners.
PLCY 101 Making Public Policy (PWAD 101) (3)
Overview of the policy-making process and 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 and national security, and homeland security.
PLCY 371 Energy Policy (ENEC 371) (3)
This course will provide an overview of some of the most challenging energy issues of the 21st century and will cover the tools and perspectives necessary to analyze those problems. Class sessions will incorporate a mix of seminar-style discussion, skill-based workshops, and field trips.
POLI 100 American Democracy in Changing Times (3)
Why do Americans love democracy, but hate politics? Why are there only two political parties? Why do votes hate, yet respond to negative campaigning? This course will introduce students to politics in the United States, addressing these and many more questions about how American democracy works.
POLI 150 International Relations and World Politics (PWAD 150) (3)
An introduction to the study of political and economic relations in the international system. Topics covered include international conflict, trade, global finance, international institutions, civil war, and human rights.
POLI 270 Classical Political Thought (3)
Survey designed to introduce students to major political thinkers and ideas of the ancient world and of the medieval period. The Maymester version of Poli 270 is a seminar-style class focused on an in-depth study of Plato’s Republic. 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? Reading the entire work requires us to wrestle with the clash of political goods: is the need for good decision-making at odds with the ideal of equality? Does the need to persuade the people make it unlikely that truth will prevail in a democracy? How and why does education matter for justice? What’s the relationship between statecraft and soulcraft? As we engage these questions, we will also develop our understanding of 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? Underlying all this are the fundamental questions: what constitutes a flourishing human life, and how do we know?
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.
NSCI 225 Sensation and Perception (3)
Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Topics in vision, audition, and the lower senses. Receptor mechanisms, psychophysical methods, and selected perceptual phenomena will be discussed. Summer I section also available.
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. Online summer I section also available.
PSYC 490 Current Topics in Psychology: Gender and Pronouns (3)
Various special areas of psychological study, offered as needed. Course may be repeated for credit. May be repeated in same term for different topics.
Pronouns have attracted attention recently as a tool to talk about gender. Through readings, lecture, and discussion, this course examines gender and language from both a cognitive and a social perspective. How do we conceptualize gender? How is that reflected in language? What are the mental steps we go through when we use language? Students will learn about experimental methods in psychology, and design their own survey to test ideas about pronouns and gender. The goal is for students to acquire tools to help them better understand their own use of pronouns and other people’s perspectives.
PSYC 501 Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives on Personality (3)
Prerequisite, PSYC 101. An in-depth coverage of the traditional clinically based personality theories of the early 20th century contrasted with more recent empirically based perspectives.
PWAD 250 Introduction in Peace and Security Studies (3)
In this course, we will examine global security challenges such as international wars, internal wars, non-state violence, economic disputes, financial crises, and problems of coordination and cooperation. We will adopt a multi-disciplinary approach, drawing on lessons from political science, economics, history, sociology, and anthropology. We will begin by examining problems of international security, such as interstate crises and war, and develop an understanding of the bureaucracies tasked with managing these issues. In the second section of the course, we will first examine conflict associated with non-state actors, and will then discuss non-traditional security issues, such as financial crises and problems of common pooled resources. Throughout, we will use scientific research and historical analyses to gain a better grasp on the dynamics of security problems in the international system.
PWAD 330 Negotiation and Mediation: The Practice of Conflict Management (PLCY 330) (3)
This course aims to provide students with the tools necessary to most effectively engage in interpersonal conflicts. The course will also redefine the meanings of “winning” and “power” and provide students with methods to cope with stress, discomfort, and emotions when in conflict. Students will learn new negotiation and mediation skills, build upon existing ones, and challenge assumptions regarding conflict. While some theory is covered, the main focus is experiential learning through role-plays and engagement with professionals in the field. It is well suited for students who plan to work for NGOs, government agencies, international organizations, or in any field that requires skills in conflict management. Expect to end the semester with a level of negotiation and mediation readiness that will serve you well in both personal and professional life.
RELI 140 Religion in America (3)
An introduction to the history, themes, and issues in American religion from the precolonial period to the present. Honors version available.
RELI 246 Supernatural Encounters: Zombies, Vampires, Demons, and the Occult in the Americas (3)
This course examines accounts of supernatural beings such as zombies and vampires and aims to understand them as popular ways of making sense of the world in the context of uneven and frequently unsettling processes of modernization, neoliberalism, and globalization.
SOCI 122 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)
Examination of domination and subordination in general and in specific institutional areas (e.g., economy, polity) along racial and ethnic lines. Causes of changes in the levels of inequality and stratification are also studied.
WGST 101 Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (3)
An interdisciplinary introduction to the field of Women’s and Gender Studies, this class explores feminist perspectives on intersecting inequalities based on gender, race, class, and sexuality. Topics include: work and labor; sexuality and sexual identity; gender relations; images of women and gender in literature, science and technology; religion; art; family; and the history of feminist struggles. Course readings are drawn from the humanities and the social sciences.