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Fall 2010: Special Topic Course Descriptions


Undergraduate Courses

AR 350 E1        Special Topic: Ceramic Sculpture

Ceramic Sculpture is a course designed to introduce students to the basics of ceramics and the techniques of rendering in a three-dimensional space utilizing clay. The students will learn various hand-building techniques with clay as well as the technical and historical terminology, associated with 3-dimensional design and ceramics. Through this course and its assignments students are able to focus on technical, aesthetic, cultural, contemporary and historical concerns of clay workers and sculptors as they develop their own personal and artistic ways of working.

 

AR 350 EL        Special Topic: Math Art

This is an introductory course in which you will learn some basic elements of design and composition building. Your objective will be to manipulate pre-existing design elements in order to produce images according to the parameters set for each design project. The basic elements either were produced, or can easily be produced, using mathematically-based software. No knowledge of mathematics is required.

 

BA 482 E1        Special Topic: Product & Brand Management

The purpose of this course is to give students a fundamental understanding of how to build, measure, and manage a brand.  Some of a firm’s most valuable assets are the brands that it has invested in and developed over time. This course addresses three important questions. How do you build brand equity? How can brand equity be measured? How do you capitalize on brand equity to expand your business? It will provide an understanding of the important issues in marketing planning and evaluating brand strategies.

 

BA 482 E2        Special Topic: Marketing for Nonprofit

Nonprofit organizations have discovered that they must compete for clients, employees, funding, volunteers time, and more. They have turned to contemporary marketing techniques to achieve success. This course is designed to provide students with methods of applying contemporary marketing theory and practice to managing nonprofit organizations in health, educational and public services, the arts, social action, and politics.

 

EN 450 E1        Special Topic: Antislavery Literature

This course traces the transatlantic literary history of the antislavery movement in Great Britain and the United States.  Antislavery writers transformed abolitionism from an unpopular fringe issue to a mainstream cause and moral imperative.  Writing in a wide range of genres (journalism, history, fiction, poetry, drama, slave narratives, etc.), they made a significant contribution to the battle for hearts and minds on the slavery issue.

 

EN 450 E2        Special Topic : Sports Writing

Students will learn the fundamentals of sports writing, including writing game stories, previews, sidebars, notebooks, columns, blogs and breaking news.  We will cover Worcester State College sporting events as a class on occasion. Students will also cover WSC sporting events in person on their own. Even if you don’t plan to become a sports writer, this class will teach skills that can be used in other careers: conducting interviews, research, meeting deadlines and the ability to write in a concise, accurate manner.

 

GE 195 E1        Special Topic: Worcester Environmental Basics

No course description available.  Please contact the instructor for more information.

 

HI 450 E1          Special Topic: History of Ireland

This is a survey course in Irish history and culture from prehistory to modern times, with particular emphasis on events since the 16th century.  Topics covered will include Irish political, social, economic and cultural history.  Attention will be given to the four invasions of Ireland, namely the Celtic, Viking, Norman and English invasions.  Much of the focus will be on the relationship between England and Ireland and Ireland’s role in the British Empire.  The Irish Diaspora and the importance of Irish-Americans in the United States will be covered.  The attempts to bring a lasting peace to Northern Ireland and the prospect for future developments will also be explored.

 

HI 450 E2          Special Topic: Terrorism in the World Today

A study of recent terrorists movements i.e. Jihadists, Al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Taliban.  Special attention will be devoted to the motivations, strategies and tactics employed by these groups.  Counter-terrorism strategies will also be examined.

 

HI 450-E3          Special Topic: British Imperialism

A seminar study of Global British Imperialism from the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars (1815) through the Independence of India & Pakistan in 1947.  The course will focus on the development of global industry and trade and the various low intensity conflicts fought for the empire .  We will also study important historiographical works that deal with the themes of race, gender, and class.

 

HI 450-E4          Special Topic: Blackstone Valley: Work and Culture

No course description available.  Please contact the instructor for more information.

 

HI 450 E5          Special Topic: African History

This course concentrates on Modern African History, beginning with the Scramble of Africa by European countries in 1884. However, there will be treatment of the historical context by referring briefly to the politics and economics of the precolonial independence era (before 1884). Subsequently, the course will address the political and economic impacts of colonialism, nationalism and the emergence of the contemporary independence era, social cultural environment, continuity and change in governance, and foreign relations. The course will conclude with discussion of the rival theoretical perspectives as regards their approach to the study of Africa, with special reference to the liberal and critical traditions.

 

HI 450 E6          Special Topic: Politics of World War I and World War II

This course will examine political events surrounding the two world wars, from the late 19th century into the middle of the 20th century.  We will investigate cultural values and how they affected the personalities of the people who shaped the era.  We will examine the legacies of imperialism and nationalism using primary and secondary sources in order to understand not only the political dimensions of the wars, but their effects on our cultural and social history.  The course will extend its focus beyond the European theater and encompass the politics of Asia and Africa as well.

 

HI 450 EL         Special Topic: History of the Holocaust

No course description available.  Please contact the instructor for more information.

 

MU 200 E1        Issues in Music: New England Jazz Artists

To enhance the student's knowledge of jazz by studying and analyzing the music of the great jazz artists and venues of the New England area.

 

TH 399 E1         Special Topic: Transmission of Memory through the Arts

The drama behind the drama is the essence of this course as based on the instructor’s “adventures” in recovering a history hidden for years, and for their own reasons, by the governments of Germany and Poland. Here are the incredible stories of the anti –Nazi underground in World War II: the German underground as related in the play “A Journey to Kreisau and the Polish underground as related in Karski”. Both plays, which will be used as text, were written with the active encouragement of survivors of the resistance and of the governments of Germany and Poland. The instructor will also utilize various films dealing with this same era in world history.  Instructor: Marc P. Smith, playwright, co-founder of Worcester Foothills Theatre and Executive Producer/Artistic Director of Foothills (1974-1999)

 

UR 191 E1        Special Topic: Community Organizations

No course description available.  Please contact the instructor for more information.

 

UR 191 E2        Special Topic: The Urban Family

No course description available.  Please contact the instructor for more information.

 

 

GRADUATE COURSES

 

BI 980 E1          Special Topic: Experimental Design

No course description available.  Please contact the instructor for more information.

 

EN 998 E1        Special Topic: Modern British Novel

This course will focus on the critical study of selected works by major British novelists from 1900 through World War II, including Joyce, Conrad, Woolf, Forster, Lawrence, Huxley, Orwell, and Bowen. Topics will include literary modernism, Empire, gender and class issues, and the two world wars.

 

EN 998 E2        Special Topic: Antislavery Literature

This course traces the transatlantic literary history of the antislavery movement in Great Britain and the United States.  Antislavery writers transformed abolitionism from an unpopular fringe issue to a mainstream cause and moral imperative.  Writing in a wide range of genres (journalism, history, fiction, poetry, drama, slave narratives, etc.), they made a significant contribution to the battle for hearts and minds on the slavery issue.

 

HE 944 E1        Special Topic: Health Psychology

No course description available.  Please contact the instructor for more information.

 

HI 990 E1          Special Topic: Terrorism in the World Today

A study of recent terrorists movements i.e. Jihadists, Al-Qaida, Hezbollah, Taliban.  Special attention will be devoted to the motivations, strategies and tactics employed by these groups.  Counter-terrorism strategies will also be examined.

 

HI 990 E2          Special Topic: US/Latin American Relations

No course description available.  Please contact the instructor for more information.

 

HI 990 E3          Special Topic: British Imperialism

A seminar study of Global British Imperialism from the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars (1815) through the Independence of India & Pakistan in 1947.  The course will focus on the development of global industry and trade and the various low intensity conflicts fought for the empire .  We will also study important historiographical works that deal with the themes of race, gender, and class.

 

HI 990 E4          Special Topic: Blackstone Valley: Work and Culture

No course description available.  Please contact the instructor for more information.

 

HI 990 E5          Special Topic: American Social History

Our course will explore American social history during the twentieth century.  Social history is the history of the American people and social movements.  This type of history came of age in the 1960s and was more and more embraced by the academy as the century progressed.  Authors like Howard Zinn and Ronald Takaki popularized this way of seeing history. Rather than consider the nation from the viewpoint of the presidency and elite national leaders (sometimes characterized as “top down” history), the nation’s history was considered from the viewpoint of everyday Americans and from “the bottom up.”  As the renowned scholars Frederick Binder and David Reimers have written, “Modern scholars’ growing attention to social history is in part a recognition that knowledge of the experiences, values, and attitudes of these people [from all walks of life] is crucial to gaining an understanding of our past.” (The Way We Lived:  Essays and Documents in American Social History (2008), ix)

The historiographical works chosen in this class cover a lot of ground.  We will move from to the momentous uprisings in Chicago (the Great Chicago Fire, the Haymarket Riot, and  the Pullman Strike), through the history of immigration, and on to Civil Rights, gay migration to cities, student movements of the 1960s, women’s rights, and the history of Hurricane Katrina.  All of major events and changes we will explore throughout the tumultuous decades of the twentieth century will reveal more and more layers of the debate over who and what was and is “American” and the direction our country would take as it moved into the future.

 

HI 990 EL         Special Topic: History of the Holocaust

No course description available.  Please contact the instructor for more information.

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