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On-Campus Extended Study Courses

The following on-campus courses will be offered Winter Term 2015 and are open to first-year students. Registration for on-campus Winter Term will take place in the fall. More courses will be added over the summer and early fall.

ART 184SA. Developing Ceramic Surfaces (0.5 course credit)
Meredith Brickell

The emphasis of this course is on developing rich and complex ceramic surfaces, with particular attention to color, composition and low relief. Through a series of experiments, you will explore materials (underglazes, slips, terra sigillata, glazes, patinas, decals) and processes (sprigging, carving, sgraffito, mishima, stamping, resist). You will learn to mix your own glazes in the glaze lab, allowing you to further customize your palette. You will use the extruder and slab roller as a way to quickly generate simple forms for testing, as well as throw on the wheel or hand build pieces to test your experiments on finished forms.

Creative thinking will be necessary to develop interesting and original surfaces; disciplined and accurate testing will be required when developing surfaces and sharing results with the class. We will study examples of historical and contemporary ceramics and visit the ceramics collection at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for reference and inspiration.

No previous ceramics experience necessary

COMM 184A. Radio Management & Programming (0.5 course credit)
Jeffrey McCall

An intensive analysis of how media organizations are structured and managed. Study and practice of radio program content, including music, news and hosting on-air programs. Discussion and execution of effective audience analysis, media marketing and production practices. Media regulatory controls analyzed.

No prerequisite needed.

Not available for pass/fail credit.

General class meeting at 9:30 daily and department meetings as arranged. Occasional weekend and overnight hours are required.

COMM 184B. Renaissance Culture &Combat: Fights for Living Dead in Denmark (0.5 course credit)
Andrew Hayes

In preparation for the spring production of Living Dead in Denmark, this course is designed to familiarize students with several aspects of European Renaissance culture through literature and histories and to train students to perform realistic scenes of theatrical violence with the single sword/rapier. Specifically, we will learn about the lives of Renaissance men and women, train ourselves in the beginning skills of stage combat, perform scenes for each other and to appreciate performance as a communicative art, enhance our skills of body awareness and flexibility, analyze dramatic texts dealing with Renaissance characters and subjects, learn to critically evaluate others' performances, and prepare our work for evaluation by an adjudicator from the Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD). Priority in registration will be given to students who commit to being part of the spring production, but, space permitting, students that chose not to be part of the spring production may participate.

COMM 184C. Backstage Secrets (0 course credit)
Timothy Good

Students will take an active role in the rehearsal, design, and/or production of the DePauw Opera production, to be performed in February 2015, directed by Joachim Schmaberger. Student assignments will be made according to the needs of the production, and also according to each student's ability, experience, and interest, from beginners to advanced. Possible assignments include: performing (chorus), stage management, scenery, costume, lighting, sound, properties, and dramaturgy. Students can gain depth in one area, or work in different areas. Students will work in production shops (scenery, costume, etc.) and/or in rehearsals for at least six hours per day, M-F, in addition to specific assignments outside of class meetings.

ENG 184TA. Literary Microanalysis (0.5 course credit)
Harry Brown

What happens when literary study meets big data? The course will offer a theoretical and practical exploration of a branch of digital humanities, sometimes called "distant reading," that uses computational methods to discover and interpret patterns in large samples of literary texts. These methods have become possible with the extensive digitization of literary archives and the development of applications for analyzing these archives. Macroanalysis represents one of the most current and unorthodox approaches to the study of literature, yielding insights about literary history that traditional methods, using small samples of texts, cannot. The extended class periods of Winter Term will provide an opportunity for "lab" exercises to become familiar with the uses of literary metadata, stylometrics (literary "fingerprinting"), thematic modeling, and influence mapping. In the last part of the class, we will apply these basic methods to a collaborative class project. Our two primary texts will be Franco Moretti's Graphs, Maps, and Trees, an introduction to the principles of distant reading; and Matthew Jockers' Macroanalysis, a more specific illustration of computational literary analysis.

ENG 184TB. Inhabiting Dramatic Literature (0.5 course credit)
Mary White

This course offers an introduction to dramatic literature and its components (character, dialogue, story, structure, and theme) with an emphasis on text analysis through performance-based presentations. Dramatic literature is meant to be spoken aloud, and students will explore a range of contemporary plays, using theatrical exercises, acting, directing, and rudimentary design of theatrical space as tools for inquiry. In addition to this experiential methodology that encourages understanding of the material that reaches beyond the intellectual, we will explore our texts through more conventional means (reading assignments, class discussion, in-class written responses, more formal written analyses and reports, as well as playwriting assignments). Out-of-class rehearsal and other preparation with fellow students is required.

MUS 184A. DePauw Opera (0.5 course credit)
Orcenith Smith

The DePauw Opera production, to be performed in February 2015, directed by Joachim Schmaberger.

SOC 184SA. Is Orange the New Black? Exploring Women, Deviance and Crime

Sociology has a long history of examining deviant behavior but much of the research and theorizing has focused on boys' and men's participation in deviance and crime. In this course, we will examine sociological literature including empirical and theoretical work that specifically focuses on female deviance as some contemporary scholars have questioned the efficacy of applying male centered theories to explain women's behavior.  We will incorporate the popular TV series, "Orange is the New Black," to compare and contrast academic literature with media representations of women’s engagement in deviance and crime and experiences with incarceration. Students will be evaluated through writing assignments, short quizzes, group work and active participation. 

UNIV 184A. Nonprofits & Global Health (0.5 course credit)
Sharon Crary

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.

UNIV 184B. Zero Waste & Ethics (0.5 course credit)
Jennifer Everett, Jeanette Pope

Do we consume too much? Why are we driven to consume? 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? In this course we will examine the social and environmental implications of consumer society and the garbage it inevitably produces. The course is co-taught by geologist and a philosopher and includes field trips as well as relevant readings and documentaries.

Students will conduct a three-week project of their own choosing in pairs or small groups focusing on a waste or consumption problem at the local level.

UNIV 184C. Bollywood Films: Classic and Contemporary (0 course credit)
Sunil Sahu

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.

UNIV 184D. Campanology (0 course credit)
Brian Howard

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.

UNIV 184E. Sweet and Savory Science (0 course credit)
Jeffrey Hansen

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.

PHYS 231A. Statics (0.5 course credit)
Howard Brooks

This is a core course in mechanical and civil engineering and related fields. The course will develop mathematical methods for analysis of force systems for rigid bodies, including equilibrium requirements, stresses in frames and trusses, forces in beams and cables, friction, centroids and moments of inertia. Students will present case studies of engineering disasters and the impact of these disasters on subsequent projects of a similar nature. Prerequisite: PHYS 120 and MATH 151.