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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

John Berry

184A: Egg Tempera Painting

Egg tempera panel painting was the dominant form of painting from the Medieval period to the Renaissance, with roots dating back to the ancient Egyptians. It is a labor-intensive and meditative process, using ground mineral pigments and egg yolk to create translucent layers of paint. For the majority of our time we will use traditional methods to create an egg tempera painting. Parallel to our work in the studio, we will discuss the turbulent history of the egg tempera painting and its evolution and use in contemporary art, as well as travel to a nearby farm to select the eggs used in our paintings. While our process of painting predates the Renaissance, the images will be taken from contemporary fashion culture. The result will be a series of delicate paintings that marry the craftsmanship of a medieval painting workshop with the visual language of our Information Age. Finally, these works will be exhibited in the small gallery alcove in the second floor of the Peeler Building. Students will have a chance to experience how lighting and context can affect their painting, as well the conceptual affect of a total exhibition.

Sunil Sahu

184B: Bollywood Films: Classic and Modern

The 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.

Harry Brown

184C: Game Design Laboratory

Scientists regard the ability to have fun as a sign of higher intelligence in an organism. But what is 'fun,' and how can we reproduce this elusive feeling in order to enhance the quality of life? Can play serve as an antidote to anomie and entropy? Game design attempts to answer these questions by establishing boundaries for play and creatively structuring human experience within these boundaries. In this course, we will apply the basic principles of game design consistent to a variety of genres, including sports, board games, role-playing games, and video games. Using Jesse Schell's book, 'The Art of Game Design,' as our guide, we will analyze the design of some of the most popular games to see what makes them fun, focusing on elements such as rule systems, emergence, difficulty, flow, chance, competition, role-play, space, narrative, and theme. We will then adapt these elements in our own designs in a series of collaborative exercises directed toward the creation of a detailed proposal for a new game in a platform of our choosing. Although we will consider the design of console, computer, and mobile games, students will not need technical experience--only the ability to have fun, and the willingness to think about what it means.

Katie Siek

184D: Bridge to Informatics

This course will provide liberal arts and science students with important and marketable computing skills in visualization, user experience, and computational thinking. The course is geared towards non-computing majors, however all are welcome. Students will 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. Class will start on DePauw's campus but will be held on the Indiana University Bloomington campus for the final week and transportation will be provided for this part of the course. 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. 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. 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.

Lori Miles

184E: Shock Value: Controversy in Contemporary Art

This course will investigate ways to approach and interpret contemporary artworks that are shocking or controversial in nature--art that surprises, confronts, angers, or repulses the viewer. After introducing the aesthetics and ethics involved in making meaning of difficult images, we will begin investigating the purpose of 'shock' in contemporary art. Through case studies and discussion, we will examine works that are controversial by their context; placement, site, or timing of installation. We will, of course, also discuss content-driven controversies; those artists who intentionally choose to work with difficult, often shocking subject matter. Topics covered in these discussions will include obscenity, racism, violence, blasphemy, and politics. During the semester, we will be discussing various social, aesthetic, and legal issues that shape our understanding of shocking imagery in order to define the role of controversy in contemporary art.

J. Nichols-Pethick

184F: Rock and Roll: History and Performance

Danny and the Juniors were right when in 1958 they recorded the song "Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay". Since then, rock and roll music has gone through numerous changes and evolved through the development of several different genres, which are too numerous to name here. Many of the fundamental elements of rock music are the same, but one of the great things about this musical format is that there are very few rules. It allows people to use a creative --what if-- approach and exercise a hefty amount of artistic freedom. In this course we will examine the history of rock and roll, listen to music from the many genres that make up rock and roll, view recorded performances and documentaries, and discuss important aspects of rock music. You will also form a band (or bands) with your classmates and develop original compositions.The result of your efforts will be shared at an end of winter term performance for your family, friends and the public.

Maria Schwartzman

184G: Using Data Science to Win at Fantasy Football

This course will provide a strong basis for learning how to use data and statistics to win at fantasy football. By the end of the course, the student will know how to gather relevant data from the Internet; clean and prepare that data for analysis; house that data in a database and query it to perform various statistical analyses; and use the analyses to appropriately draft, trade, and pick-up players, as well as track how her/her team performs over the season.

Darrell Felling

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

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 (


184J: DePauw Management Accelerator Program

The DePauw Management Accelerator Program (D-MAP) is designed specifically for DePauw students and draws from their strengths in fields of study in in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. This course will teach students how for-profit businesses, nonprofit agencies, creative industries, and entrepreneurial start-ups and social entrepreneurship organizations are created and function. Students will learn about roles within organizations and see how the skills they have acquired in pursuit of their liberal arts education can be deployed successfully in organizations. Additionally, students will learn how to evaluate business opportunities, develop new business models and apply their liberal arts education to establish new management practices to lead successful organizations.

Employers are increasingly seeking students from liberal arts backgrounds for their critical thinking, problem solving and communications skills (Occupational Outlook Quarterly Winter 2007-2008). It is these skills that ensure lifelong professional and personal success. The Liberal Arts Management Program builds on the strengths of a liberal arts education to give DePauw students an extra advantage. More than ever, students go to college to get a job (Higher Education Research Institute 2013). The workforce in the United States consists of about 143 million people, and almost 80 percent of these jobs are in the private, for-profit sector (Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013). If students want to improve their chances of acquiring a job after college, they need to understand how their knowledge and skills make them employable in the private sector. Additionally, they must understand the types of managerial positions that these skills map to within organizations.

The course materials, discussions and exercises are:

Integrative: The course highlights the relationships among various functional areas in business using innovative pedagogy and a team of Kelley faculty from different disciplines.

Applied: Real world cases, companies, and projects bring the content to life by presenting authentic business issues and challenges.

Decision Oriented:The emphasis is on the fundamental decisions that business people have to make to ensure the success of an enterprise.

This course will be a hybrid of off-campus and on-campus instruction. A maximum of 50 students can participate in this program.

Additional Notes:

Sophomore Standing or Higher

For more information about this course, including costs, please visit the Horizons off campus study system at then select 'Search Programs' and enter 'DePauw University Extended Studies' in the provider dropdown. To apply to participate in this course, select the 'Welcome' tab in Horizons and login.


184K: Getting Into Medical School

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

    Christine White

    184M: Freedom and Rebellion in American Cinema

    Taught by screenwriter/filmmaker professor, Chris White, and Film Studies/English Literature professor, Karin Wimbley, this course will examine American films in which rebellion is a theme and American films in which freedom is a theme--the ways these films intersect or don't--and the narrative space, progress or oblivion left in their wake. Films will be analyzed for both content and form, and students will have the option of exploring short filmmaking and/or screenwriting assignments in response to our work. Possible films for analysis include: FIGHT CLUB, THELMA AND LOUISE, PAPILLON, SHE'S GOTTA HAVE IT, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUKOO'S NEST, LENNIE, THE MATRIX, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, DJANGO UNCHAINED, NYMPHOMANIAC, SWEET SWEETBACK'S BAADASSSSS SONGS

    Daniel Scott

    184N: The Chemistry of Beer and Wine

    We will look at the chemistry involved in the production, analysis, and metabolism of beer and wine. The course will draw together introductory topics from chemistry and biochemistry as they apply throughout the processes above. Topics to be included will be water chemistry, temperature profiles, yeast selection, sugar utilization, analytical testing, flavor/aroma chemistry, stability, bottling/canning and aging in the context of the overall production process. The biochemistry of beer and wine consumption will also be addressed including the short term and long term effects of alcohol as well as potential health benefits associated the beverages. Although the course will be an on-campus offering we will take several short field trips to local microbreweries and wineries as well as attending seminars by guest speakers and some lab work.

    Prerequisites: Must be 21 by the start of Winter Term, previous experience in either a chemistry or biology class is preferred but not required.

    Dan Solberg

    184P: Video Games and Interactive Art Practices

    If video games can be art, then who is the artist? Is it the game maker, the players, or some combination of all parties involved? While games and art are often slotted into separate categories, avant-garde games and interactive artworks are bridging that gap, if not filling it in entirely. In this course we will examine and interpret video games through the lens of art, drawing reference from both game design and participatory art practices. We'll walk through the process of how to "read" games and critique our experiences playing them. We'll read about and discuss the role(s) of video game reviews as well as theoretical concepts such as procedural rhetoric and how these intertwine with traditional ways of looking at and interpreting art. Students' work will have a heavy emphasis on writing and other modes of criticism production (video, performance, etc.). And of course, there's no better way to understand games than to play them, which will comprise a significant portion of the course's reference material. This course requires that you have access to a computer capable of installing and running basic polygonal (three-dimensional) video games in Windows or Mac OS and a smartphone or tablet running iOS or Android.

    Jeremy Anderson

    184Q: Movies and the Meaning of Life

    What is real? What is our place in the world? Who am I? What's important in life? Am I free or are my choices foreordained? And how can we learn more about these issues by watching movies? This co-curricular course will explore some of the deep, heavy questions of philosophy through the (relatively) light, convenient medium of films such as The Truman Show, American Beauty, Being John Malkovich, and others of your choice. Readings will point us to the issues to watch for in each film, which we will discuss after viewing. Assignments will include readings, viewings, and written reactions to them. Students will form groups, and each group will lead discussion of a given film. Students will be evaluated on participation in discussions and consistency and quality of written work.

    Brian Howard

    184R: Campanology

    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.

    Susan Anthony

    184S: Performance! Production of Theresa Rebeck's 'Seminar'

    Participants will collaborate in producing Seminar, a full-length play during the January Winter Term 2016. Seminar, a comedy by Theresa Rebeck, explores the lives and loves of four young aspiring novelists, who each ante up $5000.00 to pay for a private writing seminar with Leonard, a brilliant and acerbic celebrity author. As they struggle with Leonard's unusual teaching methods and often vicious criticism, they must deal with their own insecurities, fluctuating power relationships, and sexual betrayals. Described as a "sparkling cocktail of ambition, power, and lust," Seminar was nominated for a Pulitzer. It premiered on Broadway in 2011. In addition to attending rehearsals, students will work outside of class on roles and research for the production. They also may attend a professional production in Indianapolis in the first week of the course. Each student will attend rehearsals and take responsibility for an aspect of the actual performance (i.e. The sound designer will run the sound board; props will assist with scene changes; dramaturg and publicity will assist with bios for the program and the talk-back sessions, etc.).

    Prerequisites: For performers, some prior acting experience is desirable, although not mandatory.


    184T: Athletic Administration and Sport Management

    Please note that this class starts on Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016 - All classes are from 9 to 11:30 and again from 1:30 to 3:30. These times can change at the discretion of the faculty. For course syllabus please contact Stevie Baker Watson, Athletic Director of DePauw or Raj Bellani, Dean of the Hubbard Center. This course allows a student to analyzes the sport industry from the perspective of innovation and entrepreneurship supported by sport management fundamentals including marketing, finance, revenue generation and sales, and event management. Students will develop new ideas for products and services in the sport industry. Students will be traveling to Indianapolis during a portion of the class as well as meeting industry leaders.

    Erin Mahoney

    184U: Becoming My Own 'Career Expert'

    "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 Winter Term experience, students will be challenged and supported in cultivating their curiosity of work and developing skills to satisfy that curiosity.


    184V: Learn How to Be an Event Manager

    please note that this class starts on Tuesday, Jan 5, 2016 - All classes are from 9 to 11:30 and again from 1:30 to 3:30. These times can change at the discretion of the faculty. For course syllabus please contact Raj Bellani, Dean of the Hubbard Center.


    184W: Emergency Medical Technician Training

    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 2016.