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Online Courses 2020

First Session, 2020

AMST 110 Introduction to the Cultures and Histories of Native North America (HIST 110) (3)

An interdisciplinary introduction to Native American history and studies. The course uses history, literature, art, and cultural studies to study the Native American experience.

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 300 The Buddhist Tradition: India, Nepal, and Tibet (RELI 283) (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.

BIOL 455 Behavioral Neuroscience (3)

Prerequisite, BIOL 205. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. The neurobiological basis of animal behavior at the level of single cells, neural circuits, sensory systems, and organisms. Lecture topics range from principles of cellular neurobiology to ethological field studies.

CHIN 150 Introduction to Chinese Civilization (3)

A course designed to introduce students to the Chinese world of past and present. Chinese civilization is explored from a variety of perspectives: political, social, cultural, intellectual, and economic.

DRAM 287 African American Theatre (3)

This course investigates the history and legacy of African American drama through the study of its literary texts, performance styles, and cultural history.

EDUC 181 Introduction to Human Development and Family Studies (3)

Introduces students to theories and major research areas in human development and family studies while connecting this theory and research to careers in the helping professions. Students shadow a professional in a field of their choice.

EDUC 689 Foundations of Special Education (3)

This course will provide an advanced introduction to key concepts, issues, and service delivery approaches pertaining to the educational needs of students with high incidence disabilities.

ENGL 123 Introduction to Fiction (3)

Novels and shorter fiction by Defoe, Austen, Dickens, Faulkner, Wolfe, Fitzgerald, Joyce, and others.

ENGL 125 Introduction to Poetry (3)

A course designed to develop basic skills in reading poems from all periods of English and American literature.

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.

ENGL 140 Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Culture and Literature (WGST 140) (3)

Introduces students to concepts in queer theory and recent sexuality studies. Topics include queer lit, AIDS, race and sexuality, representations of gays and lesbians in the media, political activism/literature.

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 144 Popular Genres (3)

Introductory course on popular literary genres. Students will read and discuss works in the area of mystery, romance, westerns, science fiction.

ENGL 146 Science Fiction/Fantasy/Utopia (3)

Readings in and theories of science fiction, utopian and dystopian literatures, and fantasy fiction.

ENEC 307 Energy and Material Flows in the Environment and Society (3)

This course examines the major resources and technologies used to provide energy services to our society from a life cycle perspective. Environmental effects related to raw materials extraction, energy conversion and final disposal of energy systems are discussed. Basic concepts of energy systems analysis and economic profitability analysis are introduced.

ENEC 309 Environmental Values and Valuation (3)

Introduction to the methods for assigning value to aspects of the environment and to interhuman and human-environment interactions. The approach is interdisciplinary, drawing on methods from philosophy, ecology, psychology, aesthetics, economics, religion, etc. Computer equipped with internet access required.

HIST 372 History of American Politics, 1932-Present (3)

This course explores the political history of the United States from the New Deal in the 1930s to the present. Topics include the trajectories of liberalism and conservatism and the origins of today’s most protracted political debates – from McCarthyism to 9/11, from Watergate to Obamacare.

INLS 385 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.

INLS 501 Information Resources and Services (3)

Analysis, use, and evaluation of information and reference systems, services, and tools for both printed and electronic delivery. Provides a foundation in electronic information search techniques, question negotiation, interviewing, and instruction. Offered fall and spring.

INLS 520 Organization of Information (3)

Introduction to the problems and methods of organizing information, including information structures, knowledge schemas, data structures, terminological control, index language functions, and implications for searching.

INLS 523 Introduction to Database Concepts and Applications (3)

Prerequisite, INLS 161 or permission of instructor. Design and implementation of basic database systems. Semantic modeling, relational database theory, including normalization, indexing, and query construction, SQL.

INLS 581 Research Methods Overview (3)
An introduction to research methods used in information and library science, exploring the design, interpretation, analysis and application of published research.

INLS 582 Systems Analysis (3)

Prerequisite, INLS 382 or graduate standing. Introduction to the systems approach to the design and development of information systems. Methods and tools for the analysis and modeling of system functionality (e.g., structured analysis) and data represented in the system (e.g., object-oriented analysis) are studied.

INLS 685 Project Management: Strategy and Applications (3)

This course is a broad introduction to project management principles, tools, and strategies intended for use in a variety of applications. Key topics include project planning tools, project process groups, risk assessment, budgeting/cost estimation, and team management. Through the use of readings, videos, assignments, and forum discussions, students will have the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the strategy behind successful project management and problem resolution.

LAW 267T.1 Advanced Legal Research (3)

This course will offer students the opportunity to expand their skills in using primary and secondary legal sources in the context of legal practice. The course covers a range of topics, including statutory and case law research, practice materials, specialized topical resources and cost-effective research strategies. Upon completion of this course, students will have gained experience formulating efficient research methodologies and evaluating sources of legal information in various formats. Course grades will be based on a series of research assignments and class participation. Students will earn Experiential credit for this course.  Professors Stacey Rowland and Nichole Downing.

MATH 119 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling (3)

Provides an introduction to the use of mathematics for modeling real-world phenomena in a nontechnical setting. Models use algebraic, graphical, and numerical properties of elementary functions to interpret data. This course is intended for the non-science major.

MEJO 141 Media Ethics (3)

Explore what constitutes ethical practices, what interferes with ethical practices, and what emerging ethical issues may challenge the newest generation of professional communicators. Cases involve print, broadcast, and Internet news media; photojournalism; graphic design; public relations; and advertising. Face-to-face section available.

MEJO 153 Writing and Reporting (3)

A laboratory course that teaches journalistic skills essential to writing across platforms. Practice in using news gathering tools, such as sourcing and interviewing techniques; writing stories, including leads, organization, quotations, and data; editing for grammar, punctuation, brevity, style, and accuracy; and critical thinking about news values and audiences.

MEJO 340 Introduction to Media Law: Journalism Focus (3)

Prerequisite, MEJO 153. Focuses on speech and press freedoms under the First Amendment. Topics include prior restraint, libel, privacy, protection of anonymous sources, free press-fair trial, federal regulation of electronic and new media, freedom of information, intellectual property, and international issues.  Face-to-face section available.

MEJO 441 Diversity and Communication (3)

An examination of racial stereotypes and minority portrayals in United States culture and communication. Emphasis is on the portrayal of Native Americans, African Americans, Hispanics, and Asian Americans in the mass media.

MEJO 442 Gender, Class, Race and Mass Media (WGST 442) (3)

The media play a critical role in the construction and contestation of ideas about gender, class, and race. Using a range of methods, students will analyze media messages past and present to understand how gender, race, and class influence media production and consumption.

MEJO 490 Special Skills in Mass Communication Visual Communication Entrepreneurship (3)

Students gain an understanding of visual communication entrepreneurship. The course will utilize online learning tools to give students the skills and concepts necessary to manage a photography/video production business.

MEJO 717 Visual Communication and Information Architecture (3)

This course explores the overlap between several related disciplines: information visualization and architecture, cognitive science, graphic design and journalism. Content covered includes cognitive psychology, information design, visualization, and ethics. In this course, students will learn the basic rules of graphic design and information visualization through readings, discussions on real-world examples and the design of several projects.  The goal is not that students become a designer, but that they learn to visually organize information to communicate. MATC students only.

PHIL 155 Truth and Proof: 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.

PHIL 165 Bioethics(3)

An examination of ethical issues in the life sciences and technologies, medicine, public health, and/or human interaction with nonhuman animals or the living environment.

NSCI 222 Learning (3)

Prerequisite, NSCI 175 or PSYC 101. Topics in Pavlovian and operant (instrumental) conditioning, learning theory, higher order cognitive learning, and application of those principles to mental-health related situations.

PSYC 230 Cognitive Psychology (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Topics in attention, memory, visual, auditory, and other forms of information processing, decision making, and thinking

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. Maymester face-to-face session also available.

PSYC 260 Social Psychology (3)

Prerequisite, PSYC 101. Introductory survey of experimental social psychology covering attitudes, interpersonal processes, and small groups.

RELI 201 Ancient Biblical Interpretation (3)

The course looks at the origins of biblical interpretation, how the Hebrew Bible was interpreted around the turn of the Common Era, the key formative period for early Christianity and rabbinic Judaism. We consider the nature of interpretation as an endeavor, as well as how the Bible came to be viewed as Scripture.

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.

SOWO 730 Social Work and the Law (3)

Course provides familiarity with legal processes, legal research, and legal analysis within the context of socio-legal issues important to social work practice.

SPAN 301 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Analysis (3)

Prerequisite, SPAN 261. Prepares students to formulate and communicate critical analyses of literary works in at least three genres chosen from theater, poetry, essay, narrative, and film while situating the readings within a cultural context. Students will improve Spanish language proficiency and appreciation of different world views through literature and culture. Previously offered as SPAN 260. Students may not receive credit for both SPAN 301 and SPAN 260 or 302.

SPAN 329 Spanish for Professional and Community Engagement (3)

Prerequisite, SPAN 324, 325, or 328. Eighth-semester capstone course applying skills in Spanish language and cultures to professional and community contexts. Assignments include professional documents, community service work and projects, and a research project. Open only to students in the minor in Spanish for the professions. For an additional credit, you can also enroll in ROML 194 and complete 30 service-learning hours with the community partner of your choice either near campus in Chapel Hill or in your home town (or wherever you’ll be while taking the course.) You may complete your service hours over both summer sessions.

SPAN 373 Studies in Latin American Literature (3)

Prerequisite, SPAN 301 or 302. The literature of Spanish America from pre-Colombian times to the present. Representative authors and texts from various literary movements will be studied in their sociohistorical contexts.

Second Session, 2020

AMST 110 Introduction to the Cultures and Histories of Native North America (HIST 110) (3)

An interdisciplinary introduction to Native American history and studies. The course uses history, literature, art, and cultural studies to study the Native American experience.

ASIA 106 Israeli Popular Culture: The Case of Music (3)

An introduction to Israeli popular culture, with a transnational and interdisciplinary frame. Focusing on Israeli music, exploring its different genres and the cultural richness developed since Zionism, reaching along the way a broad understanding of Israeli society. Students may not receive credit for both ASIA 53 and ASIA 106.

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).

DRAM 287 African American Theatre (3)

This course investigates the history and legacy of African American drama through the study of its literary texts, performance styles, and cultural history.

DRAM 292 “Corner of the Sky”: The American Musical (3)

This course considers the anatomy and diversity of the American musical, exploring its history and aesthetics, and employing an interdisciplinary approach to examining its shows, sounds, stars, structures, styles, and sensibilities within the genre’s dominant contexts of Broadway, Hollywood, and Utopia.

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 526 Ethics and Education: From Global Problems to Classroom Dilemmas (3)

Among the topics examined are ethical implications of democratic schooling for a democratic society, educators as moral agents, and education as an institution with incumbent responsibilities. Students explore the explicit and implied ethics of education and schooling as they relate to policy makers, educators, and citizens concerned about social justice.

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.

EDUC 689 Foundations of Special Education (3)

This course will provide an advanced introduction to key concepts, issues, and service delivery approaches pertaining to the educational needs of students with high incidence disabilities.

ENGL 123 Introduction to Fiction (3)

Novels and shorter fiction by Defoe, Austen, Dickens, Faulkner, Wolfe, Fitzgerald, Joyce, and others.

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.

ENGL 140 Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Culture and Literature (WGST 140) (3)

Introduces students to concepts in queer theory and recent sexuality studies. Topics include queer lit, AIDS, race and sexuality, representations of gays and lesbians in the media, political activism/literature.

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 146 Science Fiction/Fantasy/Utopia (3)

Readings in and theories of science fiction, utopian and dystopian literatures, and fantasy fiction.

ENGL 147 Mystery Fiction (3)

Studies in classic and contemporary mystery and detective fiction.

ENGL 148 Horror (3)

This course examines the complexities and pleasures of horror, from its origins in Gothic and pre-Gothic literatures and arts. Topics include psychology, aesthetics, politics, allegory, ideology, and ethics.

ENGL 155 The Visual and Graphic Narrative (3)

This course examines a number of visual texts, including graphic novels and emerging narrative forms that include visuals as well as words. The course explores how meaning can be conveyed through the composition, juxtaposition, and framing of images as well as through the relationship between words and images.

HIST 107 Medieval History (3)

A survey of Western Europe and the Mediterranean World, 300 – 1500.

HIST 140 The World since 1945 (3)

This introduction to the contemporary world examines the Cold War and its international aftermath, decolonization, national development across a variety of cases, and trends in the global economy.

INLS 385 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.

INLS 500 Human Computer Interactions (3)

Prerequisite, INLS 203 or graduate standing. The behavioral and cognitive activities of those who interact with information, with emphasis on the role of information mediators. How information needs are recognized and resolved; use and dissemination of information.

INLS 513 Resource Selection and Evaluation (3)

Identification, provision, and evaluation of resources to meet primary needs of clientele in different institutional environments.

INLS 781 Proposal Development (1.5)

Prerequisite, INLS 581. Development of a proposal for master’s paper/project.

MEJO 141 Media Ethics (3)

Explore what constitutes ethical practices, what interferes with ethical practices, and what emerging ethical issues may challenge the newest generation of professional communicators. Cases involve print, broadcast, and Internet news media; photojournalism; graphic design; public relations; and advertising. Face-to-face section available.

MEJO 153 Writing and Reporting (3)

A laboratory course that teaches journalistic skills essential to writing across platforms. Practice in using news gathering tools, such as sourcing and interviewing techniques; writing stories, including leads, organization, quotations, and data; editing for grammar, punctuation, brevity, style, and accuracy; and critical thinking about news values and audiences.  Face-to-face section available.

MEJO 490 Special Skills in Mass Communication Visual Communication Entrepreneurship (3)

Students gain an understanding of visual communication entrepreneurship. The course will utilize online learning tools to give students the skills and concepts necessary to manage a photography/video production business.

MUSC 121 Fundamentals of Music (3)

Notational and theoretical materials of music, with musicianship skills developed. Intended for the nonmajor who wishes to learn to express musical ideas in clear, correct notational form.

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.

PHIL 105 How to Reason and Argue: An Introduction to Critical Thinking (3)

A course on how to identify, analyze, and evaluate arguments by other people and how to construct arguments. Topics include argument reconstruction, informal logic, fallacies, introductory formal logic, probabilistic reasoning.

PHIL 155 Truth and Proof: 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.

PHIL 165 Bioethics (3)

An examination of ethical issues in the life sciences and technologies, medicine, public health, and/or human interaction with nonhuman animals or the living environment.

RELI 162 Catholicism Today: An Introduction to the Contemporary Catholic Church (3)

This course provides students with a first glimpse and insight into the Catholic tradition, past, present, and future: its beliefs, structure, aims, successes, and failures.

SOWO 700 Substance Use and Addictions Specialist (SUAS): Foundations of Addictions (3)

Introduces students to the field of problematic substance use and addition. Explores historic and current theories of addiction, competencies of addiction counseling, and applicable ethical and legal considerations.

SPAN 105 Spanish for High Beginners (4)

Accelerated course that covers SPAN 101 and 102 for students with previous study of Spanish. Aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing. Students may not receive credit for both SPAN 105 and SPAN 102, 111, 401, or 404. Seven-week course of study.

SPAN 344 Latin American Cultural Topics (3)

Prerequisite, SPAN 300, 320, 321, 322, 323, or 326. This course studies trends in thought, art, film, music, social practices, in the Spanish speaking Americas, including the United States. Topics may include colonialism, race, class, ethnicity, modernization, ecology, religion, gender, and popular culture.