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Maymester 2019

AAAD 201 African Literature: Contemporary Short Stories (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.

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AAAD 250 Blacks in Film (3)

This course will analyze the role of the African American in motion pictures, explore the development of stereotypical portrayals, and investigate the efforts of African American actors and actresses to overcome these portrayals.

AAAD 260 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. This course examines the development of African-descendant communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.  It focuses on the cultural, social, and political dimensions of slavery and race relations in countries such as Brazil, Mexico, and Cuba.  It also explores how members of Afro-Latin and Afro-Caribbean communities have struggled for full citizenship and social justice. ***Canceled***

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AMST 225 The Ethics of Stand Up Comedy (3)

This course explores the historical, sociocultural, and legal significance of 20th- and 21st-century comedy in the United States. We will consider comedy as public voice; examine how humor constructs and disrupts American identities; and discuss the ethics of the creative process, performance, and reception.

AMST 257 Melville: Culture and Criticism – In Pursuit of Moby-Dick (3)

Investigates the significance of Herman Melville as a representative 19th-century American author. Includes issues of biography, historical context, changing reception, cultural iconography, and the politics of the literary marketplace. Seminar will involve an in-depth journey into Melville’s masterpiece, Moby-Dick, or, The Whale.

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. ***Canceled***

ANTH 125 Canine Cultures (3)

This course introduces anthropology through human-dog relations across time and space. Theories about domestication; canine versus primate cognition and perception; working and service dogs; street dogs; the development and global spread of breeds; impact of human values and politics on dog lives around the world.

ANTH 149 Great Discoveries in Archaeology (3)

This course provides students with a detailed look at some of the most significant archaeological discoveries from around the world, including Neanderthals, Stonehenge, and the Egyptian pyramids.

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 158 Introduction to East Asian Art and Architecture (ASIA 158) (3)

This course traces the history of art and architecture in premodern East Asia, emphasizing ideas and ways of seeing and representing that were common or different across East Asia. ***Canceled***

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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.

ARTS 290 Special Topics: Intro to Social Practice (3)

This course is a special topic, beginning level studio course that introduces students to the burgeoning genre of socially engaged art, or social practice art – art that seeks to bring about positive change within communities that are confronted with complex social issues. This course will engage students in a way of art making that uses the social as its material, and as such, directly engages students in social issues through collaboration and dialogue. Students will generate their own projects through fieldwork, site-specific research while using a broad range of useful skills and contemporary visual aesthetics. This project will engage students in civil discourse around pressing issues of our current moment and allow a space for critical and productive dialogue across differences. ***Canceled***

ASIA 124 Iranian Post-1979 Cinema (3)

We examine the ways the medium has been used to incorporate political and social perspectives, challenge the government, and document the lives and struggles of Iranian people. Among the topics explored are Iranian culture and society, gender politics, ethnicity, attitudes about religion, role of children, and various schools of realism.

ASIA 425 Beyond Hostilities: Israeli-Palestinian Exchanges and Collaborations in Literature, Film, and Music (JWST 425) (PWAD 425) (3)

Focuses on the various collaborations, exchanges, and mutual enrichment between Israelis and Palestinians in the realm of culture, particularly literature and cinema. These connections include language (Israeli Jewish authors writing in Arabic and Palestinian writers who choose Hebrew as their language of expression), collaborating in filmmaking, and joint educational initiatives.

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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.

CLAR 380 Life in Ancient Pompeii (3)

In this course we will explore the history and archaeology of Pompeii with the goal of better understanding daily life in the early Roman empire. The course proceeds topically, moving from an exploration of the city’s public spaces to an analysis of more private domains—houses, gardens, and tombs. We will also consider evidence from ancient literature and epigraphy.

CMPL 134 Great Books II Travel and Identity (3)

Introduces students to representative literary and intellectual texts from 1750 to the present and to relevant techniques of literary analysis. Works originally written in foreign languages are studied in translation. Honors version available. ***Canceled***

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.

COMM 636 Interactive Media (3)

Explores interactive media through creative projects that include sound, video, and graphic elements. Technical information will serve the broader goal of understanding the aesthetics and critical issues of interactive media.

DRAM 170 The Actor at Play (3)

Introduces the actor to his/her own inherent imagination and courage through theatre games and improvisational exercises. This course can prove invaluable for the acting student, but also for anyone who wishes to be a more engaged, fearless, and creative human being. ***Canceled***

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. Students will explore techniques to successfully navigate the invigorating chaos of a professional camera set. Each student will execute production roles from actor to cinematographer to holistically understand how to create an effective on-camera “take” culminating with an original scene in collaboration with DRAM 290, “TV Writing,” and DRAM 300, “Directing”. 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. ***Canceled***

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.” ***Canceled***

DRAM 300 Directing (3)

This course is designed to give the director 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, “TV Writing,” as Maymester classes.

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 132 Career Planning (1)

This course is designed for juniors and seniors who are preparing to embark on their post-Carolina job search. Students will learn how to develop the necessary tools and skills required to execute an effective job search.

EDUC 524 Learning on the Edge: Theories of Experiential Education (3)

Course is designed to be an engaging and interactive course. Seminal readings in the field of experiential education serve as foundation of the course. Students will engage in experiential education in a variety of venues on the UNC campus such as the UNC Outdoor Education Center, Battle Park, the Ackland, and Morehead Planetarium.

EDUC 532 Child Development Birth – 12 (3)

This course examines the field of human development as it contributes to the teaching and learning of all children. The emphasis is on understanding the nature of development in educational contexts and the implications of research and theory on human development for teacher practice and the creation of supportive learning environments for all children.

EDUC 615 Schools and Community Collaboration (3)

Course explores the symbiotic relationship between schools, families, and communities through a historical and sociocultural lens. Students participate in a community-based field experience.

ENEC 264 Conservation of Biodiversity in Theory and Practice (GEOG 264) (3)

This course will give students a multidisciplinary introduction to growing field of biodiversity preservation. This course has a mandatory week-long trip to Tampa, Fla. during the second week of Maymester (5/20 – 5/26)

There is an additional fee of approximately $290 (dependent on enrollment) to cover transportation, lodging, and food during the Tampa field trip.

ENGL 121 British Literature, 19th and Early 20th Century (3)

This course (or ENGL 150) is required of English majors. Seminar focusing on later British literature. Students learn methods of literary study and writing about literature.

ENGL 281 Literature and Media (3)

This course investigates the rich and complex relationship between literature and other mass media. ***Canceled***

ENGL 443 American Literature before 1860- Contemporary Issues (3)

A junior- or senior-level course devoted to in-depth exploration of an author, group of authors, or topic in American literature to 1860. Honors version available. ***Canceled***

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.

GLBL 415 Dealing with Difference: Criminal Justice, Race, and Social Movements in Globalization (3)

Recommended preparation, GLBL 210. This course is dedicated to understanding how sameness and difference are used and contested globally, in particular through the criminal justice system and its intersection with race and capitalism. The course pays particular attention to popular social movement responses, and what they say to theories of difference, globalization, and social change. During this Maymester version we will take advantage of the format to take field trips, have speakers and incorporate somatic and mindfulness approaches to this work. In particular we will be learning from local social justice organizations. ***Canceled***

GLBL 486 Sports and Globalization (3)

This course explores some of the relationships between sports and globalization and will delve into sports as an important social and cultural practice within larger social, cultural, and political forces shaping studies of globalization. ***Canceled***

HIST 234 Native American Tribal Studies (AMST 234) (ANTH 234) (3)

This course introduces students to a tribally specific body of knowledge. The tribal focus of the course and the instructor change from term to term.

HIST 240 Introduction to Mexico: A Nation in Four Revolutions (3)

History of Mexico seen through four moments of change: conquest, independence, 19th-century reforms, and 20th-century revolution. This course is an introductory survey for students who want to know more about Mexico, its place in Latin America, and its relations with the United States.

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.

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 Interactive Media Workshop (3)

Learn how to produce cutting edge digital stories with graphics and code.  We will explore UX Design, WordPress, Data Viz, Branding, Infographics, and front-end coding. We will partner with Pat Davison’s CPJW class to add graphic elements to their stories about North Carolina.  We will create a digital home for these stories in WordPress and learn about writing sustainable, archivable code. The class will meet in Carroll Hall, but may travel to the CPJW location to gather content and coordinate with the photo/video journalists. Students will gain valuable experience with Interactive Media and produce portfolio pieces while telling stories of North Carolinians.

MEJO 421 TV News Reporting and Producing (3)

Prerequisites, MEJO 221 and MEJO 252. This course covers writing, reporting, and producing television news stories and programs, with emphasis on basic as well as innovative broadcast story forms. ***Canceled***

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.

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.

PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy: Main Problems (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 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. ***Canceled***

PLCY 330 Negotiation and Mediation: The Practice of Conflict Management (PWAD 330) (3)

Students will learn about meeting their interests when in conflict with another individual, organization, or government, redefining the meanings of “winning” and “power,” and coping 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.

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POLI 130 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)

This course highlights the comparative method by seeking to understand differences among diverse states on several continents.

POLI 150 International Relations and World Politics (PWAD 150) (3)

The analysis of politics among nations.

POLI 288 Strategy and Politics (3)

Offers an introduction to positive political theory, the application of rational choice analysis (or economic models) to the study of political phenomena. Topics include social choice theory, legislative voting, problems of cooperation and collective action, and the public choice theory. Encourages students to think about politics from a critical vantage point.

POLI 458 International Conflict Management and Resolution (PWAD 458) (3)

Examines the management and resolution of international and civil wars. ***Canceled***

PSYC 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.

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.

PSYC 330 Introduction to Cognitive Science (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Recommended preparation, PSYC 210 or another quantitative reasoning course. An introduction to the interdisciplinary study of the mind, intelligent behavior, information processing, and communication in living organisms and computers.

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.

RELI 165 Mysticism (3)

Comparative study of mysticism in several religious traditions, Eastern and Western. ***Canceled***

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RELI 208 Birth of Christianity (3)

An analysis of the origin of the Christian church and its early expansion, with particular emphasis on the problems evident in the shift from a Jewish to a Gentile framework. Paul’s role in defining and resolving the issues is considered in detail and evaluated in the light of subsequent events.

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.

ROML 194 Service Learning in Romance Studies (1)

Permission of the instructor. Service learning component for students enrolled in Romance Studies APPLES courses. May not count toward any major or minor offered in the department. Note: Available to students enrolled in SPAN 300.

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. First session section also offered. ***Canceled***

SPAN 300 Spanish Composition and Grammar Review (3)

Prerequisite, SPAN 255 or 261. permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Advanced grammar and composition designed to improve grammatical analysis, accuracy, and develop writing skills, using process and task-oriented approaches. Honors version available. Note: Spanish Service Learning component available (SPAN 293).

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SPAN 351 Spanish Interpretation I (3)

Prerequisite, SPAN 300. Introduces the profession of interpreter: main interpretation models, history and theory, use of cognitive processes in developing skills, ethical standards, and best practices. Emphasis on expanding communicative and cultural competency while applying strategies in business, conference interpretation, education, health care, law, and law enforcement. ***Canceled***

WGST 101 Introduction to Women Studies (3)

An interdisciplinary exploration of the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality in American society and internationally. Topics include: work; sexuality, gender relations, and images of women in literature, art, and science; and the history of feminist movements. Course readings are drawn from the humanities and the social sciences.