Advanced Special Topics (390’s and 490’s) (Spring 2022)

ART 390, House Museums and Exhibiting History
Abbreviated Title: House Museums Exhibit History
Professor Sherretts
Credits: 4
A seminar examining the complexities of curating and managing the small-to-medium historic house museum using the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum as a model. Students investigate the intricacies of historic house museums, adapting to an exhibit gallery that is less flexible and more challenging than a traditional museum. Students address multiple layers of museum exhibit management in a hands-on setting, including planning, label scriptwriting, exhibit opening planning, sponsorship and budgeting, marketing, and artifact handling. The final collaborative project puts these elements into practice with a public exhibit and opening reception, based on artifacts owned by the Crawford County Historical Society. Friday’s class sessions will be off-campus at the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum and the exhibit opening will be an evening, off-campus event during the Spring 2022 semester.
This course must be taken on the letter-grade basis.
Prerequisites: ART 115, HIST 162, HIST 163, or HIST 170
Additional Note: This course will count as a 300-level History course for the major and minor.

ENVSC 390 M1, Water Resources and Sustainability
Abbreviated Title: Water Resources
Professor L. Demi
Credits: 4
A study of the management, allocation and conservation of water resources with a particular emphasis on how these often competing interests are influenced by global change. Students will investigate how the history of different the usages has shaped contemporary water resource management policies and practices, patterns of water resource availability and quality and conservation efforts. Students will explore these topics through the lens of real-world case studies that expose them to issues at local to international scales. Students will also evaluate the effectiveness of previous policy and management strategies in the context ongoing climate change and shifting societal values.

ENVSC 393, Extractive Environments
Professor J. Swann-Quinn
Credits: 4
An exploration of extractive industries through the social sciences. Students investigate why people extract natural resources from our environments, and what happens when we do. Together we review interdisciplinary case studies related to the extractive industries including mineral and metal mining, fossil fuel drilling, timber harvesting, and more. Topics include the ecological effects, political relations, economic forces, and social consequences of these industries, with a focus on discussions of justice, equity, and difference.
Prerequisites: ENVSC 110

HIST 390, Greek and Roman Slavery
Professor J. Herrman
Credits: 2
A study of recent historical approaches to the topic of slavery in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean during the period of c. 800 to 146 BCE. Students analyze the methodology and practice of modern historians, while also exploring topics related to slavery, slave society and economy, and slave culture in the ancient Mediterranean.
This will be taught as a seven-week course.
Prerequisites: Any 100-level or 200-level course in HIST

INTDS 390, Interdisciplinary Applications of Global Citizen Scholars Themes
Abbreviated Title: Interdisciplinary Applications
Professor Sinha Roy, I and Waggett, C
Credits: 2
An application of interdisciplinary approaches in addressing multiple aspects of the Global Citizen Scholars cohort-related theme. Students adapt communication strategies to effectively listen, express, and accommodate others in relationship and community-building that produces collaborative action. Students apply their knowledge and skills from previous seminars to design and/or execute workable solutions that tackle an aspect of a complex global problems using consensus-building, teamwork, and participatory learning. Projects incorporate cultural, ethical, social, and environmental considerations in assessing the local and global consequences of individual and collective interventions. Students must be Global Citizens Scholars to enroll in this seminar. Signature required.
Must be taken on the letter-grade basis.
Prerequisites: INTDS 290 (Global Citizen Scholars and Globalization)

MATH 390, Introduction to Computability Theory
Abbreviated Title: Intro Computability Theory
Professor Lakins
Credits: 4
The study of sets and functions that an idealized computer (without restrictions on time or memory) can compute, and the theoretical limits of computation. Several approaches that formalize the notion of computability, and their equivalence, are studied, leading to the Church-Turing Thesis that these formalizations capture the intuitive notion of computability. Other topics include the halting problem and other undecidable problems, relative computability, and degrees of unsolvability.
Prerequisites: MATH 205

PSYCH 390, Digital Mental Health
Professor S. Stanger
Credits: 4
An exploration of current research and theory on tech-based prevention and intervention programs for psychological disorders. Students investigate the burgeoning field of digital
mental health, examine the evidence-base of specific digital mental health programs, engage in critical analysis of relevant literature comparing in-person to digital mental health services,
and consider ethical issues for current tech-based programs including privacy and accessibility. Experiential and project-based learning is emphasized through a community-engaged
learning component in which students test, research, and recommend app-based mental health promotion programs for the Allegheny community.
Prerequisites: PSYCH 206 and either PSYCH 170 or PSYCH 172

WLC 390, Asian American Films and Storytelling
Professor X. Shi
Credits: 4
A study of Asian American films and stories as a genre closely tied to political and social events and issues from the early 20th century to the present. By investigating representations of Asians and Asian Americans in the genre, students catch a glimpse of Asian American history – immigration, assimilation, and struggle against institutional racism. In addition, students engage the themes, styles, perspectives, and complexity of intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality. While the course primarily focuses on interpreting and discussing existing movies, students are encouraged to create their own personal stories using various forms of digital media.