Advanced Special Topics Courses (390’s and 490’s)

Spring, 2105, Offerings

Courses numbered in the 390’s and 490’s are offered only once or twice and focus on a specialized topic. These courses are rarely appropriate for first-year students.

Please note that some of these descriptions have not yet been approved by the faculty, though the general nature of the course should be similar to what is described below.

BIO 490 Parasitology

Professor Jacobs. MWF 11-11:50; lab M 1:30-2:45

A study of the biology of parasites of animals and how they interact with their hosts from both a medical and an evolutionary perspective. We focus on eukaryotic parasites, particularly protozoans and animals that infect humans, with an emphasis on understanding parasite life history and transmission routes. The evolutionary theories behind parasitology, including host-parasite co-evolution and the evolution of virulence, are also explored. Three lectures and one discussion per week. Prerequisite: Biology 221.

COMRT 490 Post-Production Topics

Professor Reilly. TTh 11-12:15.

An introduction to the technology and techniques associated with intermediate and advanced film and video post-production processes. Lectures introduce students to the professional positions, language, and practices commonly found in the post-production industry. Students then implement such concepts as color grading and contrast adjustment through hands-on training sessions and video exercises. By the conclusion of the semester, students should be conversant in the terminology and feel comfortable refining their work toward more professional standards during the post-production phase. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

ECON 490 Urban Economics

Professor Hodge. MWF 1:30-2:20.

A study of the economic forces leading to the existence of cities and the economic problems faced by urban areas. Topics include the development of cities, land use patterns, firm location, urban congestion and transportation, crime, housing, urban decay, the role of local government, and public policy. Prerequisite: Economics 200.

ENVSC 390 Ecopreneurship

Professor Eatmon. TTh 9:30-10:45.

An exploration of the ways in which environmental entrepreneurs create positive ecological and social change. “Ecopreneurs” address environmental challenges through product, process, and service innovations that meet the needs of both people and the planet. We examine the opportunities and challenges of creating a sustainability enterprise, the assessment and communication of ecological and social outcomes, ethical dilemmas, and the role of ecopreneurs as influential actors in environmental governance and resource management. Students work in teams to develop an environmentally sustainable business opportunity. Prerequisite: Environmental Science 110.

GHS 490. Topic not yet available.

Professor Adkins. MW 3-4:15.

HIST 490 History Without Documents

Professor Seligman. MWF 1:30-2:20.

An exploration of the potential and techniques of non-documentary history. When there may be no written records on which to rely, historians of women, slaves, indigenous peoples, and working classes (to name just a few) have worked to discover new ways of doing history research. We explore the potential of oral history, history and memory, and historical linguistics for historians. From case studies highlighting these approaches to practical discussions and class workshops, students design their own research proposals to apply such techniques to topics of interest.

POLSC 390 Imagining New Political Futures

Professor Wesoky. TTh 3-4:15.

An examination of “alternative” political, social, and cultural theories with an emphasis on Marxist and feminist thought. Through the work of thinkers such as Antonio Gramsci, the Frankfurt School, Louis Althusser, Slavoj Žižek, Jodi Dean, and Nancy Fraser, we focus on “keywords” such as labor and value, individualism and community, democracy and the state, and consumerism and culture, in order to assess theorists’ critiques of contemporary society and comprehend visions of alternative futures. We also pay attention to contemporary issues such as various forms of inequality, political representation, environmental degradation, social media, and globalization, with a mind to establishing a theoretical understanding of these issues and applying theory to contemporary political practice through a research-activism project. Previous coursework in political science or a related area is recommended but not required.

PSYCH 490 Applied Neuropsychology

Professor Coddington. TTh 3-4:14.

A survey of brain anatomy, functional domains, and the assessment and treatment of neuropsychological disorders including developmental disorders, traumatic brain injury, stroke, and dementia. Topics incorporate an applied, clinical focus including the administration and interpretation of neuropsychological assessments. Prerequisites: Psych 206, and one of Neuro 110 or Psych 154, 172, 360, or 411.