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UNIV 184

On-Campus Extended Studies Course

An on-campus course offered during the Winter or May term. May be offered for .5 course credits or as a co-curricular (0 credit). Counts toward satisfying the Extended Studies requirement.

Distribution Area Prerequisites Credits

Winter Term information

Sharon Crary

184A: Non-Profits and Global Health

Course Fees: None
Prerequisites: None
Meeting Times: 9-noon, MTWRF
Location: Julian 375

This course will analyze significant global health challenges with a focus on the ethics and effectiveness of interventions attempted by various nonprofit organizations. We will evaluate the interdependency of health, wealth and education, focusing on health outcomes. Students will distinguish between types of nonprofits that intervene in health issues on the global scale, and will begin to judge the relative importance and effectiveness of governmental, nonprofit and individual actors in the field of global health. We will analyze best practices in developing a health intervention in a community to which we do not belong, either domestically or internationally. Students will be expected to engage actively in reading-based discussions on a daily basis and to complete a variety of graded assignments ranging from reflective responses to in-class debates to a project.

Jennifer Everett

184B: Zero Waste & the Ethics of Stuff

Course Fees: $150
Prerequisites: None
Meeting Times: 9-noon, MTRF
Location: Asbury 112

In this course we will examine the personal, social, and environmental implications of consumer society and the garbage it inevitably produces, confronting questions such as the following: Do we consume too much? What explains our habits and patterns of consumption? Is there such a thing as "ethical consumerism"? How much and what kind of waste do we produce? What happens to our stuff when we throw it "away"? Is it possible to achieve Zero Waste? Are you willing to try?

The course is co-taught by a geologist and a philosopher in a living-learning community. Students enrolled in the course will share a single living unit and explore these questions on an experiential as well as intellectual level. We will take field trips, watch films, read and discuss relevant literature, and share many meals together.

Sunil Sahu

184C: Bollywood Films

Course Fees: $50
Prerequisites: None
Meeting Times: 10am-1pm, MTWF
Location: Asbury 318

Although Bollywood is the movie capital of the world, most Americans don't know much about Hindi films. This Co-Curricular course is designed to introduce students to the history of Hindi films, from classic films of Raj Kapoor, Dilip Kumar, Nargis, Madhubala and Dev Anand to contemporary masala films of Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Shahrukh Khan, and Madhuri Dixit. The course will introduce students, through the in-class viewing of selected films, to different genres in Hindi films--black-and-white classics, classic drama, romantic comedy, social realism, and spaghetti westerns. The goal is to make students understand and appreciate a wide variety of Bollywood films produced since India's independence. The screening of each film will be followed by an in-depth discussion of the social, political, and cultural contexts of the film. The course will also provide a deeper understanding of how Hindi films have evolved, especially since India's economic liberalization in the 1990s, and the efforts the film makers are making to reach the diasporic and global audiences.

Brian Howard

184D: Campanology

Course Fees: $20 for music and supplies
Prerequisites: None
Meeting Times: 9-12, MTWRF
Location: Gobin Church

Students will learn about the history and practice of bell ringing. Bells have been used for music and communication since ancient times. Part of the course will involve reading and discussing bell-related literature (for example, Poe's "The Bells" and Sayers' "The Nine Tailors"). Another aspect of the course will look at the physics of bells and their unique harmonics, as well as mathematical patterns in the ringing of bells. A major component of the course will be learning to ring music on English handbells, with the goal of giving a small concert at the end of the term. The class will also experience carillon music and change-ringing through trips to nearby bell towers. Students will give a presentation on an aspect of the history of bells, and will also be evaluated on their contribution to class discussions, rehearsals, and the final performance. No prior musical skills will be required.

Jeffrey Hansen

184E: Sweet and Savory Science

Course Fees: $115
Prerequisites: None
Meeting Times: 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., MTWRF
Location: Julian 374

Recently there has been an explosion in interest in food preparation and the science behind it. Television programs such as "Good Eats" on the Food Network and "Top Chef" on Bravo have introduced millions of viewers to cooking techniques and scientific explanations of how these techniques work. Recently a new scientific discipline has even been introduced called Molecular Gastronomy.

At the same time, this renewed interest in food raises some fascinating philosophical questions. Are there, for instance, objective facts about gustatory taste? The judging that takes place on "Top Chef" suggests there are. These shows also confront us with food to which we may not be accustomed. Do we have an obligation to try such food, to not be picky eaters? There are moral questions with larger scope, too. What should we think about genetically modified food, about locally-sourced organic food, or about vegetarianism?

In this course we will learn some food related science - mostly but not only chemistry - , some food-related philosophy, and practice cooking skills. Hopefully we will develop an appreciation for the relationship between the science and philosophy of food, and how both of these are important to what we do in the kitchen.

In addition to the course fees, students should expect to pay for one meal at a nice restaurant ($15-$20) on a field trip. Course fees include food that we will eat for lunch on 9 of the 16 days of Winter Term.

Estimated course fees, not including books - $115

Enrollment preference will be given to students in Prof. Hansen's Chemistry and Cooking first-year seminar.

Chaz Evans

184F: Video Games in Art Historical Context

Course Fees: None
Prerequisites: None
Meeting Times: noon-3pm, MTWRF
Location: Peeler 213

This course is a workshop to situate the emerging medium of video games within a cultural context that will draw upon the histories of the visual arts, theater, cinema, television, literature, and software. The goal of this course is to distinguish between how video games extend traditions and ideas of artistic exchange and how they offer novel and unexplored modes or artistic communication unique to the medium. The course is designed to engender an active and critical perspective on what games really are and how they relate to other cultural texts through analysis, discussion, and of course playing them.

Erin Mahoney

184G: Becoming My Own Career Expert

Course Fees: $66 for assessments and events
Prerequisites: None
Meeting Times: 1-4pm, MTWRF
Location: Julian 157

"Who am I, and what do I want to do with my life?" If you find yourself asking this question, know that you are in good company (and that the process of questioning is more important than "the answer"!). Through this course, you will embark on a mission to better conceptualize your own identity as it relates to life and career goals. You will also have a chance to develop an understanding of the meaning and significance of work, and how to align your identity to the world of work to create a life of intentionality and purpose.

This experiential course takes a multi-faceted approach towards the career exploration process. It offers students the opportunity to engage in individual assessment activities, to work in small groups, to interact with alumni, to conduct research and to build connections with individuals in career fields of interest. During this Extended Studies experience, students will be challenged and supported in cultivating their curiosity of work and developing skills to satisfy that curiosity.

Margaret Musgrave

184H: Start-Up Ventures

Course Fees: $50 for transportation for Saturday field trip.
Prerequisites: None
Meeting Times: 5-8 p.m., MWR, 10-noon Saturday
Location: Julian 156

This course aims to introduce students to the basics of managing an early stage business venture. Learning activities include class discussions on selected readings, guest lecturers from the Indianapolis entrepreneurial community, and crafting a business pitch. Discussions will be student-driven and guided by interest. We will explore what entrepreneurs face in today's business environment and what common factors of success we can learn from established companies.

The instructor, Maggie Musgrave, is an analyst at Innovate Indiana Fund, which provides venture capital and private equity.

Katie Siek

184I: Bridge to Informatics

Course Fees: $500
Prerequisites: None
Meeting Times: 9:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-3:30pm, MTRF. During the last week of Winter Term class will meet at the IU School of Informatics. Transportation provided.
Location: Julian 108

This course will provide liberal arts and science students with important and marketable computing skills in visualization, user experience, and computational thinking. Students will work explore topics at the intersection of technology and society that will enable them to solve real-world problems with computational techniques. Topics will include data visualization, information ethics, privacy, security, user-experience, and prototyping. The course is open to all students, regardless of major, class year, or level of computational skill and provides an opportunity to build upon strengths of a liberal arts education in a computational setting. Project teams of various skill levels and expertise will be formed on the first day and will be used throughout the course. The course will be hands-on and will require daily work outside of class and group work towards a final project that will be displayed during an on-campus presentation day at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing and to prospective employers. Class will be held at the DePauw campus for the first two weeks and at the Indiana University Bloomington campus the final week. Transportation will be provided for this component of the course. In addition to counting for DePauw credit, credit from this course may be transferred toward future degrees at the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing. Several recent DePauw graduates are, in fact, pursuing a Master degrees from this school currently and this course is designed to give students a sense for what career options and graduate degrees in informatics look like.

This course will be taught by Indiana University professor Katie Siek. Questions about registration may be addressed to DePauw professor Dave Berque ( This course has a $500 fee.

C Fornari

184J: Emergency Medical Technician Training

Course Fees: $700
Prerequisites: CPR Training
Meeting Times: 8am-3:50pm, MTWRF
Location: Olin 241

This course provides students with EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) training to prepare them for the Indiana State EMT Certification exam. Satisfactory completion of all in-class and State exams provides full certification for work as EMTs in Putnam County and other areas in the U.S. that meet the cross-certification requirements. During the 3 week course, students learn the basic medical skills used by all EMTs and paramedics for delivering emergency health-care to victims of accident or sudden illness. The range of training encompasses applied human anatomy and physiology to advanced treatments with sophisticated and specialized equipment in the ambulance vehicles. This course is intensive and meets 5/6 days per week for 8 hours per day to meet the State requirements for total hours of in-class training. Three in-class exams and a final skills test are required for State Certification. All students must have valid (American Heart Association standards) and up-to-date training (current, signed card) obtained only by taking a CPR course provided by the Lead Instructor, Kraig Kinney. The CPR course is offered several times in December prior to the start of the WT course in January 2015.

The fee for this course is $700.00 and is required for official enrollment into the course

Kenneth Kirkpatrick

184M: Getting Into Medical School

Course Fees: $1599 for the Kaplan MCAT Advantage course
Prerequisites: Thorough background in the areas covered by the MCAT: biology, chemistry, biochemistry, physics, behavioral and social sciences
Meeting Times: MCAT Course--noon-3 pm, MWF, with meetings 6-9pm, MW, in the first three weeks of the Spring Term. Application workshops, 1-3pm TR.
Location: Julian 151

This course is designed to prepare students for the medical school application process, as part of the Hubbard Center's pre-professional opportunity initiatives. Faculty and staff will instruct and facilitate sessions that cover a variety of topics, such as: personal statement development, application procedure, research, interview preparation, and more. The course will involve research, writing, discussion, peer editing, and test preparation/practice.

As test preparation/practice, the course will also include a discounted, live, comprehensive Kaplan MCAT Advantage OnSite class led by a rigorously trained instructor. This portion of the course will continue meeting twice a week until March (Monday and Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30, may be subject to change). The associated costs provide students with the following benefits:

  • Personal attention combined with interactive group setting
  • Comprehensive and motivational instruction from Kaplan's renowned MCAT faculty.
  • 11,000+ practice questions, in addition to MCAT Qbank custom quizzes
  • 19 full-length exams
  • 11 supplemental lessons online, with a live teacher
  • 200 hours of MCAT instruction
  • Access to all AAMC exams, including the Self Assessment Package
  • Mobile-enabled and optimized syllabus

As an additional component to the course, alumni will be involved in on-campus presentations, panel sessions, one-on-one advising, and informational interviews. The potential alumni guests include doctors in various fields, medical school students, hospital administrators, healthcare litigation attorneys, healthcare insurance professionals, medical school professors or medical school admissions team members. Potential topics:

  • What the first year of medical school looks like
  • What to look for in a medical school
  • Interview process preparation
  • Changing field of healthcare
  • Working for a private vs. public hospital
  • What specific careers involve (surgery, pediatrics, oncology, orthopedics, etc.)
  • What you wish you would have known

Darrell Felling

184N: Preparing for Law School and a Future Law Career

Course Fees: $20
Prerequisites: None
Meeting Times: 3:30-6:30 pm, MTWR; 10am-1pm, F
Location: Julian 159

This course provides hand-on opportunities to develop skills that will help students apply for, and be successful in, law school. Students will explore whether or not they should attend law school, gain an introduction to the Law School Admission Test, explore career possibilities with a law degree, and learn what to expect during the first year of law school. In addition, student will explore law schools and develop a plan to apply. Additional exploration will include how to think like a law student and prospective careers with a law degree.

This course will be taught by Darrell E. "Eddie" Felling, a local attorney who graduated from DePauw in 2009 and earned his law degree from Indiana University. For more information about the course, contact Deborah Jones in the Hubbard Center (

Christopher Wells

184O: Planning a Day of Inclusion

May Term information

Timothy Good

184A: We Become What We See: How Museums Create Culture

Students will encounter places that are normally considered to be reflective of culture, and begin to think critically about how people choose to construct their museums. Upon completion of the course, they will understand that the authoritative discourse of museums is not to be blindly trusted nor widely panned. Students will be expected to be able to discern the intentional construction of museums, and how these institutions create culture, not merely reflect it. We start with on-campus museums and displays, using readings in performance studies, anthropology, and museum studies to begin to analyze the cultural construction of these displays. The second week is spent in day trips to regional museums, such as The Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Connor Prairie. The final week is spent working with Craig Hadley, Curator of DePauw University Collections, to research, select, and curate the students' own public exhibits using items from the university collection. Student work to be assessed: presentation of deeper research based on foundational readings; short (1-2 pg) response papers, connecting foundational readings to museum viewings; preparation and presentation of final exhibit, including intended audience, reception, any needed permissions, and background research; final expository paper supported by additional research (5-8 pp), concentrating more on depth and clarity of argument related to the student's final exhibit, than on lit review.