Advanced Special Topics Courses (390’s and 490’s)–Spring 2020

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 consult WebAdvisor for the days, times, and locations of these sections. 

ART 390 0, House Museums and Exhibiting History
Short Title: House Museums Exhibit History
Professor Sherretts
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. Thursday’s class sessions will be off-campus at the Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum and the exhibit opening will be an evening, off-campus event in April 2020. Must be taken Graded Only.
Note: This course will count as a 300-level History course for the major and minor.
Prerequisites: ART 115, HIST 162, HIST 163, or HIST 170

ENVSC 390 0,  U.S. Government and Environment
Professor Bethurem
MW 11:00 AM 12:15 PM
4 Credits
A survey of environmental policy (e.g. Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act) in the US, and the role of different scales and branches of government in implementing and enforcing environmental regulations. Students examine both the mechanisms of specific environmental policies and the policy approaches that govern large sectors of environment, economy, and life in the US (e.g. Energy, Water, and Climate policy). Students explore the political, socio-economic, and historical aspects of environmental regulation, and the impacts of policies over time. Students learn how to use policy analysis to select one policy solution over another when dealing with tough environmental problems.
Prerequisite: ENVSC 110.                                          

ENVSC 391 0, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation
Professor Pearce
TTH 11:00 AM 12:15 PM
4 credits
A study of ecological and sociological problems and solutions in the conservation of wildlife with emphasis on principles of conservation, ecology, and management. Lectures identify historical and contemporary people and events that have shaped wildlife ecology and conservation. Students debate a range of positions related to the history, policies, laws, values, ethics, and philosophy of wildlife management, critically evaluate a variety of wildlife ecology and management principles, practices and issues, and develop critical thinking and communication skills relevant to the ecology and conservation of wildlife.
Prerequisites: ENVSC 110 or BIO 220, permission of instructor.

ENVSC/GEO 392 0, Climate, Weather, and Their Hazards
TTH 3:00 PM 4:15 PM
4 Credits
A study of earth’s changing climate and its influence on weather. Students learn basic meteorology with special focus on extreme weather conditions: tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and droughts. The impact of changing climate and weather on the environment, infrastructure, public health, and economies is a central feature in the application of meteorology.
Prerequisites: ENVSC 110 or GEO 110

GHS 390, Medical Anthropological Perspectives of Health and the Body in Asia
Professor Runestad
TTH 1:30 PM 2:45 PM
4 Credits
An examination of ethnographic research of health and illness in Asia. Students consider non-western perspectives of the body, health, wellness, and illness through analyses of medical anthropology works on Japan and China. Topics may include infectious disease, addiction, and mental health. Students learn to draw connections between the health of individuals, population health, and policies created by governing bodies while also developing a sense of how medical anthropology data are interpreted and written. Must be taken Graded Only.
Pre-requisite: GHS 130 or INTST 110 recommended but not required.
Note: The course will count as a GHS minor capstone and will count toward the “Cultures and Society” dimension in the GHS major and minor.

GHS 391, Climate and Health
Professor Waggett
MW 3:00 PM 4:15 PM
4 Credits
An exploration of the direct and indirect impacts of human health on our changing climate.  Students review the foundations of climate science and examine ways in which atmospheric changes can result in the increased prevalence and altered distribution of a range of human health outcomes, such as rates of infectious diseases and reduced nutritional status. Students focus on comparative impacts within the US and across the globe, with an emphasis on health equity, vulnerable populations, migration, social stability, and global security.  Pathways for mitigation, adaptation, and developing resilient communities and work sectors are also considered.  This course will count as a “Science and Environment” course for the GHS major and minor.
Prerequisites: GHS 130

POLSC/PSYCH 491 C1, Genocide & Reconciliation II
Professors Kirschner & Eckstein
MW 11:00 AM 12:15 PM
2 or 4 Credits
An interdisciplinary exploration of causes, consequences, and aftermath of genocide around the world. Topics will include international responses to genocide; how political and social processes can make societies more vulnerable to genocide; and approaches to post-genocide reconciliation. All students will complete a substantial project related to their fall semester work and will participate in campus-wide public events, such as guest speakers, symposia, or panel discussions related to the course. Students enrolled in Section 1 will earn 2 credits for a semester course. Students enrolled in Section 2 will earn 4 credits and will travel to Rwanda before classes begin in January and will then complete the semester course.
Note: This course is part of a two-course sequence being taught in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. Students will need the approval of the Registrar and the Office of Financial Aid to enroll in Section 2 and travel to Rwanda. Enrollment in Section 1 does not require such permission
Prerequisites: POLSC/PSYCH 490 Genocide & Reconciliation I and permission of the instructor. 

PSYCH 490 0, Animal Behavior
Professor Caldwell
TTH 11:00 AM 12:15 PM
4 credits
A study of animal behavior from a psychological perspective that investigates the mechanism, development, function, and evolution of various behaviors including reproduction, parenting, predator-prey interactions, communication, and learning. The control of these behaviors by the brain is discussed and multiple animal models are examined to compare the behaviors of different species. Current research practices in animal behavior are also explored and evaluated.
Prerequisites: One of the Following: PSYCH 150, PSYCH 152, PSYCH 154, or NEURO 110.
Note: This course also will count as an elective in the “Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience” category for Neuroscience majors.