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Maymester 2022

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 269 Mating and Marriage in America (3)

Interdisciplinary examination of the married condition from colonial times to the present. Themes include courtship and romance, marital power and the egalitarian ideal, challenges to monogamy

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 102 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)

An introduction to non-Western cultures studied by anthropologists. Includes an in-depth focus on the cultural and social systems of several groups.

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 149 Great Discoveries in Archeaology (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.

ARTH 353 Africa and Masks (3)

Examines the production, circulation, and consumption of masks in both African and non-African contexts. Expands, nuances, and sometimes undoes our notions of mask, masquerade, and masking. Online section available

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.

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.

BIOL 448 Advanced Cell Biology (3)

Prerequisite, BIOL 205; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. An advanced course in cell biology, with emphasis on the biochemistry and molecular biology of cell structure and function.

BIOL 476 Avian Biology (3)

Prerequisites, BIOL 101, and BIOL 101L or BIOL 102L. A study of avian evolution, anatomy, physiology, neurobiology, behavior, biogeography, and ecology.

CHIN 356 Chinese Environmental Literature (3)

Introduces students to Chinese and Taiwanese cultural understandings of human relations to the natural environment. Analyzes classical and modern environmental literature (poetry, essays, fiction, and philosophy) and evaluates how contemporary building practices, governmental policies, and green technologies may be influenced by diverse Chinese philosophical traditions.

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. Students may not receive credit for both CLAR 380 and CLAS 73.

COMM 150 Introduction to New Media Credits (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.

COMM 490 Special Topics in Communication: Fostering Rhetorical Democracy (3)

Course examines theoretical perspectives and practical applications to democratic communication. Students reflect upon, participate in, and ultimately learn how to facilitate constructive deliberative models such as dialogue and debate. Central themes include democratic citizenship and productive disagreement. Students strive to become careful listeners, thoughtful arguers, and responsible democratic citizens.

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 – Special Studies: Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television, 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.

DRAM 290 Special Studies: 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, also Maymester classes.

DRAM 300 Directing (3)

No prerequisite required. 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 – Special Studies: Writing the Half-Hour Comedy for Television, also 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 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 401 Child Development: Birth to Twelve (3)

This course examines the field of child development as it contributes to the teaching and learning of children in early childhood and elementary educational settings, ages prenatal to age 12.

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

This course will give students a multidisciplinary introduction to growing field of biodiversity preservation. There is a mandatory week-long trip to Tampa Bay during the second week of the course. There are additional costs to this course estimated at $500 that will cover transportation, lodging, and food during the field trip.

ENGL 128 Major American Authors (3)

A study of approximately six major American authors drawn from Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe, Whitman, Clemens, Dickinson, Chesnutt, James, Eliot, Stein, Hemingway, O’Neill, Faulkner, Hurston, or others. Meets mostly Asynchronously and for 50 minutes, three days a week in the afternoon.

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. Meets mostly asynchronously and for two hours, three days a week in the afternoon.

ENGL 268 Medicine, Literature, and Culture (3)

An introduction to key topics that focus on questions of representation at the intersections of medicine, literature, and culture. Meets for two hours, four days a week in the afternoons into the evenings.

ENGL 283 Life Writing (3)

Students will analyze and compose different forms of life writing such as autobiography, biography, and autoethnography. Readings will include theories of autobiography and selected literature.

GLBL 221 The Migratory Experience (3)

The course will critically analyze the migrant experience in both North America and Europe-with an emphasis in North America. Migration is a calculated decision that individuals, families, and groups make in an effort to improve their living conditions. We will adopt an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the motivation of migrants, the nature of the migrant journey to their destination states, and their integration into their new societies. Specifically, we will cover causes of migration in their home country, immigrant incorporation in destination states, and the politics of backlash. The course is divided into four parts:

    •         Part 1.
    • We will begin by examining migration theory through different academic disciplines such as anthropology, sociology, and international relations.
  •                   Part 2.
      Once we have a good sense of how scholars study migration, we will explore the causes of international migration. Unlike common media conceptualizations where migrants are portrayed as agentless individual making a haphazard and aimless decision; the migratory experience is part of a strategy implemented by individuals to improve their household’s economic well-being.
    •         Part 3.
    • We will go over a thorough account of the migratory experience by discussing the significant role of the U.S and European governments in influencing individuals’ decisions to migrate. We will review major policies implemented in home states, including those in North America and Europe.
    •         Part 4.
      We will finalize the course by understanding how migrants have been incorporated into their societies.

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.

HIST 245 The US and the Cold War: Origins, Development, Legacy (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.

HIST 248 United States-Latin American Relations (PWAD 248) (3)

This course examines the leftist guerrilla movements that swept Latin America and the Caribbean during the latter half of the 20th century. Students will analyze the origins, trajectories, and legacies of these insurgencies, paying particular attention to the roles of race, class, and gender.

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 pitch deck for your business concept. Students will utilize a business plan creation model to develop the foundational skills to get a startup idea off the ground. Startup Bootcamp welcomes all students and aspiring entrepreneurs with a hunger to learn.
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.

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. Five days a week

INLS 561 Digital Forensics for Curation of Digital Collections (3)

This course addresses common storage devices and interfaces; write-blocking equipment and its role in acquisition of data; levels of representation; basic file system structure; role and importance of hash values and hex views of bitstreams; software used to conduct forensics tasks; considerations for incorporating forensics into curation workflows; and legal and ethical issues. Five days a week

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.

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 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 discussions and workshops on topics such as electronic music, audio editing and effects, MIDI sequencing, digital audio workstations, synthesis, and sound design.

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.

MUSC 286 Music and Incarceration in the United States (3)

This class explores the musical lives of incarcerated people in the United States, particularly since the early 20th century. At heart, the course examines how people claim and reclaim their humanity through music in a system that is fundamentally dehumanizing. Among the questions that will guide discussion include the following: What roles does music play in the lives of incarcerated people? How have incarcerated musicians and their music been represented in scholarship and by the media? What ethical challenges and considerations face scholars and musicians who engage with incarcerated people? The class will examine a variety of musical genres and combine historical and ethnographic approaches. In the latter part of the class, students will engage with incarcerated musicians in North Carolina.

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 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 799 Selected Topics in Public Policy: Cross-Sector Leadership (3)

The development of effective cross sector leaders is critical to addressing our most intractable domestic and global challenges. This course aims to empower professional graduate students to explore ways that local public, private, and non-profit sectors collaborate to address problems that cannot be solved by one sector alone. Students will explore a range of strategies to diagnose, design, implement, and assess successful cross sector collaborations.

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 287 Strategy and International Relations (3)

Introduction to the study of strategic decision making in international relations, with an emphasis on the application of basic game theoretic models. Incorporates in-class simulations of international relations scenarios.

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 public choice theory. Encourages students to think about politics from a critical vantage point.

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 220 Biopsychology (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Introductory course which surveys the biological bases of behavior. Topics may include nerve cells and nerve impulses, sensory systems, wakefulness and sleep, reproductive behaviors, and cognitive functions. This course would be an appropriate foundational course for Advanced Biopsychology (PSYC 402).

PSYC 435 Gender and Pronouns (3)

Prerequisites, PSYC 101. This course offers an inside look at pronouns from an interdisciplinary perspective. From a cognitive perspective, we examine major models of the role that pronouns play, and the mental processes involved in using them. From a social perspective, we examine the role pronouns play in marking gender identity, and how both language usage and gender concepts are currently in flux. Students also learn about research methods and conduct a novel empirical study.

PSYC 501 Theoretical, 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.

RELI 104 Introduction to the New Testament. (3)

This course studies the New Testament from both a literary and a historical perspective, focusing on its origins in the land of Israel and moving into the eastern Mediterranean. In it students learn to wrestle with the nature of historical evidence, develop their skills for making argumentation, and learn how to analyze the philosophical and ethical claims of the ancient Christian texts, and participate in class debates on contemporary ethical issues. Honors version available.

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.

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.

SOCI 411 Social Movements (3)

Examines the origins, dynamics, and consequences of protest and social movements including historical and contemporary movements from the United States and around the globe. Students may not receive credit for both SOCI 413 and 411.

SPAN 361 Hispanic Film. (3)

Prerequisite, SPAN 261 or SPAN 267. Study of contemporary cultural, historical, and aesthetic issues through narrative film, documentary, and other media from Latin America and Spain.