Spring 2010 Course List

Generally speaking each course at Marlboro College requires a minimum number of contact hours with teaching faculty based on the credits to be earned.  Usually 50 minutes or more of weekly contact time per credit earned is required.  Contact time is provided through formal in-class instruction as well as other instructional activities facilitated by the teaching faculty member.

Book lists for courses are posted on the course list prior to the first week of each semester, when course registration takes place, in fulfillment of the provisions of the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008.  Lists are subject to change at any time.  Books required for courses at Marlboro are available at the College Bookstore.

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American Studies


 HISTORY OF POLITICAL LIFE IN THE U.S. I

HUM723 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 8:30am-9:50am
  • THU 8:30am-9:50am

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

This course offers a wide ranging exploration of the multiple and often conflicting meanings of the democratic tradition in U.S. history. Areas of inquiry include the intellectual and social milieux of the Revolutionary generation, the struggle to ratify the Constitution, the rise of mass political organizations in the nineteenth century, and the flowering of democratic expression in popular culture and the arts. Variable credits 2-5 with instructor approval. Prerequisite: None

MATERIALS & METHODS IN AMERICAN STUDIES

HUM692 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • FRI 9:00am-10:20am

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

A junior level seminar which draws on the particular research interests of Plan students to explore a variety of methodological approaches and source materials in American Studies. Prerequisite: None

SENIOR SEMINAR IN AMERICAN STUDIES

HUM721 - 2 Credits - Advanced

  • TUE 1:30pm-2:50pm

Faculty: Kathryn Ratcliff

The seminar is organized around the different research topics of seniors doing Plan work in American Studies. Each student will assign and teach selected works in their subject area. Students will also present their own research in progress and read and critique each other's writing. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: A senior on Plan

For American Studies offerings, see also:

Anthropology


EVERYDAY LIFE IN LATIN AMERICA

SSC518 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 1:30pm-3:20pm
  • THU 1:30pm-3:20pm

Faculty: Carol Hendrickson

Latin America appears in the U.S. news for topics such as presidential elections and coups, trade policies, immigration issues, drug trafficking, tourism, and (recently) the Olympic site selection. But how do these issues and events relate to the everyday lives of the people who live there? This course focuses on peoples and cultures of Latin America and considers subjects such as ethnicity, race, and gender; wealth, poverty, and the challenges of making a living; growing up (childhood and rites of passage); and daily life in the context of broader political and economic events. Films will complement class readings. (Note: we will not always meet the two hours of this course slot; however, the extra time will allow for films shown in class.) Students will have the opportunity to do a final research project of their choosing. Prerequisite: None

For Anthropology offerings, see also:

Art History


INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY II: EARLY RENAISSANCE TO CONTEMPORARY

HUM1399 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 11:30am-12:50pm
  • WED 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Erin Benay

This course will provide an introduction to the history of mostly Western painting, sculpture, architecture and other media from the Renaissance through the present day. Emphasis will be put on cultivating the analytical skills needed to critically discuss and interpret canonical works of art and movements. Prerequisite: None

Textbooks

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Gardner's Art Through the Ages: a Global History V. 2 13thKleiner$159.95

SEX, VIOLENCE & RELIGION: THE ART OF CARAVAGGIO

HUM1398 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • MON 3:30pm-4:50pm
  • THU 3:30pm-4:50pm

Faculty: Erin Benay

The year 2010 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio. This seminar will focus on the artistic production of Caravaggio and the seemingly endless production of art historical literature that has been generated since his death. We will discuss key thematic ideas related to the interpretation of Caravaggio's paintings such as homoeroticism in his early pictures, his use of models, or psychoanalytic readings of Caravaggio's works. By reading and writing extensively about one artist, students will become intimately familiar with the art historical problems associated with one of the great masters of Western Art. Prerequisite: At least one other Art History course at Marlboro.

Asian Studies


MODERN CHINESE HISTORY & CULTURE

HUM1075 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
  • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Seth Harter

A continuation of Ancient Chinese History and Culture, this course will examine the major trends in Chinese history from the 17th century to the present. Along the way we will consider phenomenal expansion of China's territory, population, and economy under the Manchu Qing dynasty. We will then explore the onslaught of rebellion, reform, and revolution that put an end to the imperial system. Finally, we will study the radical communism of Mao Zedong and conclude by looking at the challenges facing China today. Throughout the semester we will emphasize the centrality of the family by asking questions about gender, filiality, freedom and responsibility. Students will write response papers, two short essays, and one longer research paper. Prerequisite: None

Biochemistry


FUNDAMENTALS OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

NSC415 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
  • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Todd Smith

Scientists' ability to explore, understand and manipulate DNA has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. In this course we will explore the structure of nucleic acids, and the organization of genes and chromosomes. We will also examine DNA "packaging" and replication, the roles of DNA and RNA in protein synthesis, and the control of gene expression. A major theme of this course will be how experimental evidence supports our current understanding of the structure and function of genes. This course will include discussions of how these processes can be manipulated to yield powerful laboratory techniques for the study of the organization and function of genes and gene products.

The central structure of the course will be alternating lectures and discussions based on selected readings, including journal articles. We will also discuss homework assignments, and both of sets of discussions will be informed by readings from the text.

FUNDAMENTALS OF MOLECULAR BIOLOGY LAB

NSC420 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • TUE 1:30pm-4:50pm

Faculty: Todd Smith

Environmental conditions alter gene expression. For example, light intensity, soil nutrients, and pollutants in the environment can change the expression of genes in a plant. But which genes, and how much does their expression change? Until recently it was impossible to simultaneously study the expression of large numbers of genes. However, scientists now have a tool-the genechip-to rapidly assess changes in the expression of many genes. This tool consists of pieces of DNA affixed to a solid surface in a grid-like array: a microarray. Microarray analysis is a tool for rapidly examining the regulation of thousands of genes. This course is designed around a hands-on experiment in which we will study the effects of different environmental conditions on gene expression in the plant Arabidopsis thaliana; this plant is closely related to cabbage and mustard plants and is frequently used as model eukaryotic organism. The course will be taught in conjunction with scientists from the University of Vermont, as a service of the Vermont Genetics Network.

We will begin the course with discussions and readings to design the experiment. In the second part of the course we will purify RNA from the plants, then use cDNA synthesis, microarray hybridization and bioinformatics to analyze gene expression and assess the results of our experiment.

This course is limited to 8 students. Students with more biology and chemistry coursework and laboratory experience will be given priority.

 

For Biochemistry offerings, see also:

Biology


BIOLOGY OF MAMMALS

NSC591 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
  • THU 10:00am-11:20am

Faculty: Jaime Tanner

An exploration of the anatomy, physiology, behavior and ecology of mammals. We will utilize recent primary literature and we will examine and identify skulls and skins from representative mammal species during a few lab sessions.

GENERAL BIOLOGY II

NSC291 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 9:30am-10:20am
  • WED 9:30am-10:20am
  • FRI 9:30am-10:20am

Faculty: Jaime Tanner

General Biology serves as an introduction to the scientific study of life and basic biological principles. In this second semester we will explore biological concepts at the organismal and population level. Topics will include evolution, the diversity of life, plant structure and function, animal structure and function, and ecology.


Prerequisite: General Biology 1 or permission by instructor.

Textbooks

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Biological Science 3rdFreeman$202.67

GENERAL BIOLOGY II LAB

NSC292 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 1:30pm-4:50pm

Faculty: Allison Turner

Further exploration of biological principles and biological diversity in a laboratory setting with independent student projects and a survey of campus vernal pool ecosystems. Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in General Biology II

 PLANT DIVERSITY

NSC41 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 1:30pm-2:50pm
  • FRI 1:30pm-2:50pm

Faculty: Jennifer Ramstetter

Plants are vital components of life on earth and spectacular in their diversity. In this course, we begin by exploring plants ranging from mosses and ferns to conifers and flowering plants. We then use our understanding of plant diversity to examine qustions of the morphology, reproduction, ecology and evolution of these groups of plants. Prerequisite: None

For Biology offerings, see also:

Ceramics


Ceramics II

ART102 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • TBD

Faculty: Michael Boylen

Intermediate Ceramics; throwing, glazes and firing.

WHEEL THROWING I

ART182 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • MON 3:30pm-5:20pm
  • THU 3:30pm-5:20pm THU 6:30pm-7:30pm

Faculty: Michael Boylen

Functional forms and abstract design problems using the potter's wheel; intermediate level study of materials, processes, and history of ceramics. Prerequisite: Ceramics I or permission of instructor

Chemistry


GENERAL CHEMISTRY II

NSC505 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 8:30am-9:20am
  • WED 8:30am-9:20am
  • FRI 8:30am-9:20am

Faculty: Todd Smith

The central focus of general chemistry is the composition of matter and transformations of matter, and we will continue to focus on how these microscopic transformations underlie our macroscopic experiences. In the second half of this course we will examine in detail models of chemical bonds, reaction kinetics, acid-base equilibria, and electrochemistry. We will also explore some aspects of organic chemistry, nuclear chemistry, and analytical chemistry. Environmental chemistry will continue to be a secondary theme of the course as we relate all of these topics to the effects of human activity on our environment. Prerequisite: General Chemistry I, NSC158

GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LAB

NSC506 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • THU 1:30pm-4:50pm

Faculty: Todd Smith, Allison Turner

The laboratory sessions will continue to be an opportunity for students to hone their lab skills and to explore topics and ideas discussed in class. This semester students will begin to take more responsibility for designing their experiments. Students will work in teams to devise, conduct and analyze experiments on several topics related to in-class discussions. Students will use primary literature to provide some context for their experiments, and they will continue to focus on employing the principles of green chemistry in their lab experiments.

Classics


Greek IB

HUM620 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • TUE 9:00am-9:50am
  • THU 9:00am-9:50am
  • FRI 10:30am-11:20am

Faculty: Andrew Singer

This is a continuation of Greek IA. We will complete Greek to GCSE before moving on to the second part. We may branch out into passages of original Greek by the end of the semester. Prerequisite: Greek IA

Greek IIB

HUM621 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
  • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Andrew Singer

This course is a continuation of Greek IIA. We will complete the second part of Taylor's Greek to GCSE before moving on to read passages of original Greek from the Cambridge Greek Anthology. Prerequisite: Greek IIA

 

Latin IB

HUM618 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • MON 9:30am-10:20am
  • WED 9:30am-10:20am
  • FRI 9:30am-10:20am

Faculty: Andrew Singer

This is a continuation of Latin IA, a beginner's course for those wishing to study the Latin language. We will continue to work from Wheelock's Latin and will hopefully branch out into passages of original Latin by the end of the semester. Prerequisite: Latin IA

Textbooks

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Wheelock's Latin WorkbookWheelock$17.99
Wheelock's Latin 6th Rev.Wheelock$21.99
38 Latin StoriesGroton$19.00

Latin IIB

HUM619 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
  • FRI 1:30pm-2:50pm

Faculty: Andrew Singer

This course is a continuation of Latin IIA. We will complete Wheelock's Latin before moving on to read passages of original Latin from the Cambridge Latin Anthology. Prerequisite: Latin IIA

Textbooks

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Cambridge Latin AnthologyCarter$20.00

 TROY REVISITED

HUM1405 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 3:30pm-4:50pm
  • THU 3:30pm-4:50pm

Faculty: Andrew Singer

Homer, Hollywood and Tank Girl?! This course aims to explore the extensive dialogue between ancient and contemporary literature. Focusing primarily on the myths surrouunding Troy, the course will encompass drama, poetry, prose and film. Included in the syllabus will be a diverse reange of material, from Logan's War Music to Atwood's Penelopiad. Examination of the texts will be interspersed with film, including Kakogiannis' "Iphigenia", Joel Coen's "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and, of course, "Troy". We will also take a look at the theory that underpins reception, translation and understanding. Prerequisite: None

Computer Science


Internet Technologies

NSC583 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
  • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

An introduction to the various technologies behind the internet, including HTML, CSS, TCP/IP, DNS, and a whole lot of other acronyms. The course will be roughly divided into two parts: one on web page creation, and the other on internet infrastructure along with a little history and culture. Depending on the background of the participants, we may also do a little JavaScript, the programming language that makes web pages "do" things. Further internet related work at Marlboro (such as the Web Programming class) builds on the material in this course.

Programming Workshop

NSC490 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • TUE 1:30pm-2:50pm
  • FRI 1:30pm-2:50pm

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

In this course we'll work on improving your programming skills and practice, bridging the gap between a beginner's understanding of the craft and an intermediate to advanced understanding. Expect some project based work, with students or groups of students developing and commenting on each other's code, as well as assigned readings and exercises on topics such as object oriented programming, functional programming, recursion, scope, threads and forks, graphics and graphical user interfaces, version control, API's, documentation, testing, and so on. We will likely use more than one programming language, depending on the background and experience of the participants; likely candidates include C, Python, Perl, Ruby, Java, lisp, or one of their variations. Prerequisite: Previous programming experience

Cultural History


Reporting from the Frontline

SSC420 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • THU 1:00pm-3:20pm

Faculty: Dana Howell

To know the wider world, we depend upon the "news." Headlines, on-the-ground reports and visual images in the media shape our view of many societies. Reports from war zones are especially powerful, conveying urgency, danger and excitement, as war reporters take risks in foreign lands to "bring back the story." We grant them authority as eyewitnesses and explorers, and we see their accounts as "the first draft of history." How should we "read" the news? We'll discuss news narratives, cultural images conveyed by news stories, and the conditions and issues facing war reporters. We'll focus particularly on reporting from the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, with background material from World War II, the Vietnam War and the Balkan wars of the 1990s. We will also consider contemporary changes in reporting, particularly the new role of "citizen journalism" via the internet and cellphones.

RUSSIA & THE CAUCASUS

SSC517 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • WED 11:30am-12:50pm
  • FRI 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Dana Howell

In Europe we are but parasites and slaves, but to Asia we shall come as masters, Dostoevski wrote. The Russian empire (and the USSR) found its southern limits in the region of the Caucasus mountains, and the recent Russian-Georgian conflict is the latest in a two-hundred-year history of Russian incursions. In the 19th century Russians were inspired by the fierce resistance of the mountain people, the beauty of the land, and Orientalist fantasies of exotic cultures, creating a literary tradition from Pushkin to Tolstoi to Pasternak. By the 20th century, the Caucasus became the site of the first genocide of the twentieth century against the Armenians, a focal point of Islamic revival and armed conflict, a region of separatist wars in Armenia, Azerbiajan, Georgia, and Chechnia, and a center of oil politics (with the capital of Azerbiajan called the new Dodge City of the wild east). Considered the most culturally diverse area in the world, an ancient as well as modern crossroads, the Caucasus includes some of the oldest Christian nations, the traditional landing point of Noah's Ark and the land of the Golden Fleece, the mountains which form the wall between Europe and Asia, the birthplace of Stalin, and potentially the furthest reach of NATO and the EU. This course is an introduction to the Caucasus region, with Russian involvement as the connecting thread through the past two centuries to the present day.

For Cultural History offerings, see also:

Dance


ADVANCED BEGINNER BALLET

ART878 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 1:15pm-2:45pm
  • FRI 1:15pm-2:45pm

Faculty: Carrie Towle Buettner

Advanced Beginner Ballet will expose the student to the basic concepts required for the proper execution of ballet technique, including alignment, turnout, articulation of the knees and feet, and port de bras. The class will promote strength and flexibility for the overall dancer while respecting each student's unique physical capacities within the demands of classical technique. The student will learn basic ballet vocabulary and movement phrases along with the expectations and traditions specific to the progression of a ballet class. Selected readings, video viewings and written work will support the work in the studio.

Argentine Tango

ART592 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • TUE 3:30pm-4:50pm

Faculty: Jim Mahoney

Learn a vocabulary of expressive movement, how to follow, lead, and improvise in a close partnership, all to a variety of great music. Argentine Tango is an evolving social dance, popular throughout the world - even here in Brattleboro. May be taken repeated times for credit. Prerequisite: None

 

CHOREOGRAPHING FOR GROUPS

ART2239 - 3 Credits - Advanced

  • MON 3:30pm-5:20pm
  • THU 1:30pm-5:20pm

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan

Students in this course will learn strategies for creating group choreographies and will direct groups of their peers in weekly projects. Course material will include both rehearsal strategies and compositional techniques for working with groups. The companion course, Performance Workshop, will provide student performers for the projects required by this class. Prerequisite: one semester of choreography class or permission of instructor

Dance Plan Performance Tutorial

ART - 1 Credit - Multi-Level

  • TBD

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan

Particpation in a senior Plan dance performance.

INT/ADV MODERN DANCE TECHNIQUE & PARTNERING

ART2238 - 2 Credits - Multi-Level

  • MON 10:30am-12:50pm
  • WED 10:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan

This course will offer intermediate and experienced dancers the opportunity to explore the intersection of contemporary modern dance technique and contemporary partnering. Solo work will be based in contemporary release-based technique and partnering work will stem from principles of contact improvisation. Students will learn how to use weight, momentum, breath, muscle tone, and a clear understanding of the structure of the body to move dynamically through space, in and out of the floor, up into the air, and on and off balance. Through our practice, we will develop strength, range of motion, balance, flexibility, stamina, self-awareness, and coordination. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP

ART69 - 2 Credits - Multi-Level

  • MON 3:30pm-5:20pm
  • THU 3:30pm-5:20pm

Faculty: Kristin Horrigan

Dancers of all levels and styles are encouraged to sign up for this workshop to participate as performer in projects choreographed by their peers. Students who register for this course commit to being present for a set schedule of rehearsals and to performing in student projects throughout the semester. This workshop is the companion course to Choreographing for Groups.

For Dance offerings, see also:

Economics


ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS & POLICY

SSC38 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • MON 3:30pm-5:20pm
  • THU 3:30pm-5:20pm

Faculty: James Tober

This course surveys the current state of the natural environment, develops a conceptual framework for understanding the environmental choices that face us, and examines the policy setting within which those choices are presently made. Although primary focus is on the U.S., considerable attention is paid to global problems and policies. A fifth credit may be earned by preparation of a substantial term paper applying the perspectives of the course to a policy issue. Prerequisite: Previous work in social science or environmental studies, or permission of instructor

RESEARCH SEMINAR IN ECONOMICS

SSC522 - 1 Credit - Advanced

  • MON 1:30pm-2:20pm

Faculty: James Tober

This seminar is primarily for seniors in economics who seek a forum for peer commentary on Plan writing and discussion of the challenges of discipline-based research. It is open to other economics students on Plan, or other students, based on the suitability of a research proposal. May be taken for 1-4 credits. May be repeated for credit.

U.S. CAPITALISM

SSC19 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
  • THU 10:00am-11:20am

Faculty: James Tober

We live in interesting and challenging economic times. The U.S. and much of the world are in prolonged recession, with high unemployment, flat or declining incomes for most people, and great suffering. These are also times of great opportunity and great transition. Collapsed credit markets need to be revived, the role of government in the economy re-imagined, the relationship between workers and employers rethought, and global economic relations reconsidered.

This course offers an historical, institutional, and theoretical introduction to the U.S. economy, its problems and prospects. You are invited to 1) become familiar with the essential features of the U.S. economy, 2) understand the basic elements of macroeconomic analysis, and 3) develop and defend policy approaches to current economic challenges. What does the Federal Reserve do? What does GDP measure? Are we all Keynesians (again?) Who pays the taxes? How did capitalism arise as a dominant form of economic organization?

 

For Economics offerings, see also:

Environmental Studies


For Environmental Studies offerings, see also:

Film/Video Studies


Costuming & Acting Tutorial

ART - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • TBD

Faculty: Jay Craven

DIRECT CINEMA

ART2243 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • TUE 1:30pm-4:20pm

Faculty: Jay Craven

Direct cinema is a kind of documentary filmmaking that records spontaneous observation of naturally occurring events. It challenges the filmmaker to engage the audience without resorting to formal interview, voice over, or pre-conceived structure that shapes documentaries to resemble narrative films, with rising and falling action.

In this class, students will be expected to each make three short direct cinema documentaries on subjects of their choosing. We'll also watch and discuss examples of direct cinema by the Al and David Maysles (Salesman, Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens), Frederick Wiseman (High School, Welfare, Belfast, Maine), D.A. Pennebaker (Don't Look Back, The War Room), Barbara Kopple (American Dream, Harlan County, U.S.A.), and others. Prerequisite: Previous film study or permission of instructor

 

SCREENWRITING

ART2337 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • WED 8:30am-9:50am

Faculty: Jay Craven

Effective screenwriting requires an understanding of story structure and an ability to shape character, theme, tone, and incident to dramatic effect. TV writing is similar, but tends toward a shifting tone and smaller story arcs where ongoing characters can engage smaller challenges and obstacles. TV story resolutions are also different, since the producers want to "pick it up next week." This class will focus on the regular practice of film and television writing-and will also give students a chance to try their hand at writing four and a half-minute radio sketches for possible broadcast. Activities will include writing exercises, character research, narrative construction, and regular revision aimed at producing scripts that can be produced, using available resources. Prerequisite: previous film study, creative writing experience or permission of the instructor.

THE FILMS OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN

ART2242 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 6:30pm-9:20pm

Faculty: Jay Craven

Comic trailblazer Charlie Chaplin appeared on movie screens within ten years of the medium's birth and before film was even considered an art form. But Chaplin broke new ground on many fronts, rendered unique and poignant moments in American history, and achieved global popularity as the first "world figure," recognized in all continents for his trademark, the Little Tramp. The former music hall comedian also survived the advent of sound movies, because he owned his own studio, and he produced some of his most enduring cinema when other silent film actors were out of work.

This class will include screenings of The Unknown Chaplin (1983), that explores the filmmaker's working methods - and the major Chaplin shorts, including Easy Street (1917), Shoulder Arms (1918), The Pilgrim (1923), and The Immigrant (1917). Also, the Chaplin features: The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), The Circus (1928), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936), The Great Dictator (1940), Monsieur Verdoux (1947), Limelight (1952), and A King in New York (1957).

The class is open to all interested students and has an enrollment cap of 12.

 

History


HISTORY OF FOOD & CUISINE

HUM1406 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 8:30am-9:50am
  • THU 8:30am-9:50am

Faculty: Adam Franklin-Lyons

This course will cover ideas of taste and choices of cuisine as they affected events and cultural change over the last millenium as well as the tools historians have used to study the history of food. European and American history will be the focus, but we will also explore a selection of other global cuisines. Different societies and historical eras all had their own styles and preferences and these brought about trade links, conquests, global reorganizations and shifts in both aesthetic and material culture. We will also ask what the study of "high" culture food can tell us about the cultural life of both the past and our own society. Some cooking will be involved.

MARLBORO COLLEGE IN THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN HIGHER EDUCATION

HUM1147 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • TUE 3:00pm-5:20pm

Faculty: Timothy Little

The seminar will survey the history of higher education in the United States. After the spring break, the focus will shift to the history of Marlboro College as example and as exception. Prerequisite: None

WINE DARK SEA: HISTORIOGRAPHY IN THE MEDITERRANEAN

HUM1407 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • TUE 1:30pm-2:50pm
  • FRI 1:30pm-2:50pm

Faculty: Adam Franklin-Lyons

Not a history of the many cultures that have existed around the Mediterranean-Roman, European, Arab, Turkish-but rather a course about the sea itself, we will look at what and why scholars have written with fascination and even love about the "Middle Sea." 20th century historiography has often sought to portray the multitude of nations and peoples who have populated the Mediterranean since ancient Rome as inextricably linked, through geography, environment, economy, and even in anthropological descriptions of culture. The discourse of interconnectedness in turn influenced thinkers and writers studying everything from Japan to the 17th century Atlantic. In this course we will survey the idea of Mediterranean unity and examine the many tools historians have used to dissect the life of the sea and the lives of its peoples.


Prerequisite: Courses in History, Cultural History or Related and consent of instructor

For History offerings, see also:

Interdisciplinary


ETHNOBIOLOGY

CDS15 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 11:30am-12:50pm
  • WED 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Carol Hendrickson, Jennifer Ramstetter

Ethnobiologists explore how people in different societies think about and use plants and animals and, as such, their discipline falls at the intersection of biology and anthropology. Historically, the work of ethnobiologists has focused in large part on human uses of plants (ethnobotany) and, in particular, the description of plant uses in "exotic" societies, often without much attention to the cultural values, social relations, and conservation issues surrounding these uses. In this class, we will consider a range of topics including taxonomies, land use, healing, and intellectual property rights and hope to go beyond "mere" description of practices to a deeper social, cultural, and biological analysis of the interaction of humans with plants and animals. Case studies will be drawn from around the world. Prerequisite: none

Seminar in Religion, Literature, & Philosophy II

HUM1026 - 6 Credits - Intermediate

  • MON 11:30am-12:50pm
  • WED 11:30am-12:50pm
  • FRI 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

This is the second half of a year-long course, reading and discussion of the major works of western culture from Old Testament to Shakespeare. Heavy reading schedule, regular discussions, papers required. Prerequisite: Seminar in Religion, Literature, and Philosophy I or permission of instructor

TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

CDS562 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
  • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Lois Scott-Conley

English is increasingly becoming the world's lingua franca. This course will provide a brief review of the historical reasons behind this trend. We will then begin a comprehensive overview of the major approaches and methods in language teaching/learning. Ultimately, this course will provide a platform for students to practice teaching English as a second language. Students will teach several simple classes and submit a teaching portfolio.

Languages


BEGINNING MODERN ARABIC IA

HUM1119 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 8:30am-9:20am
  • WED 8:30am-9:20am
  • FRI 8:30am-9:20am

Faculty: Mahmoud Mahmoud

Introduces students to the phonology and script of classical/modern standard Arabic and covers the basic morphology and syntax of the written language. Emphasis on the development of the four skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) at the earliest stages. Samples of modern (contemporary) and classical styles of writing introduced, and audio-visual material from the contemporary Arabic media. Prerequisite: None

Textbooks

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Al-kitaab Pt. 1 2ndBrustad$59.95

Elementary Chinese II

HUM1362 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 8:30am-9:20am
  • WED 8:30am-9:20am
  • FRI 8:30am-9:20am

Faculty: Grant Li

This course is the continuation of Elementary Chinese I. Students will continue to develop communicative competence in the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will learn basic vocabulary and sentence structure for use in essential everyday situations through various forms of oral practice. While linguistic aspects of the Chinese language continues to be the focus, introduction to the social and cultural background of the language will still form an important part of the course. Prerequisite: Elementary Chinese I or permission of the instructor

ELEMENTARY ITALIAN II

HUM1370 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
  • THU 10:00am-11:20am

Faculty: Roberto Scarcella-Perino

Speaking, reading, writing, oral-aural and written excercises. Student (oral) talk performances will be recorded on digital voice recorders. Italian short stories will be read and written up. Italian soap opera on DVD will be followed and commented upon.

Intermediate Chinese II

HUM1363 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • MON 9:30am-10:20am
  • WED 9:30am-10:20am
  • FRI 9:30am-10:20am

Faculty: Grant Li

This course is the continuation of Intermediate Chinese I. Students will continue to learn more essential skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing for daily communication. A broad variety of expressions and complicated sentence structures will be taught so that students can participate in conversations on various topics related to modern Chinese society. While equal emphasis will be given to both characters and structures, students will be guided to write more Chinese essays. Activities related to the broad spectrum of Chinese culture will be organized to facilitate language learning with knowledge and analysis of the cultural background of the language. Prerequisite: Intermediate Chinese I or permission of the instructor

Textbooks

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Chinese Link Workbook L. 2 Pt. 2Wu$40.00
Chinese Link Intermediate L. 2 Pt. 2Wu$54.67

INTERMEDIATE MODERN ARABIC IIA

HUM1120 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • MON 9:30am-10:20am
  • WED 9:30am-10:20am
  • FRI 9:30am-10:20am

Faculty: Mahmoud Mahmoud

A continuation of elementary Arabic with equal emphasis on aural and oral skills, reading and writing. Selections from contemporary Arabic media are introduced and serve as a basis for reading and conversation. Prerequisite: Arabic IA

INTERMEDIATE SPANISH II

HUM1403 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
  • THU 10:00am-11:20am

Faculty: Rosario de Swanson

Intermediate Spanish II is a course for students who have completed Intermediate Spanish or have been deemed to be proficient enough for this class after takng an introductory Spanish placement test and talking to the professor about prior course work. If you are taking spanish for the first time at Marlboro College, you need to talk to the professor. Intermediate Spanish II builds on and expands the language skills acquired in Intermediate Spanish. It combines an extensive grammar reveiw while focusing on all relevant language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Culture is integrated in all aspects of the program; therefore, we will have critical discussions about the culture of different countries of the Spanish speaking world. Frequent compositions, selected literary readings, class discussions, and debates on films and current events. It meets two times a week as a class and an extra 50 minuites section with a language assistant, to be arranged. Prerequisite: Two semesters of college Spanish or equivalent

 

 

TOPICS IN SPANISH-AMERICAN CULTURE & HISTORY

HUM1404 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • MON 11:30am-12:50pm
  • WED 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Rosario de Swanson

Latin America is a vast region diverse in geography and culture tied together by a shared historical experience and a language. The Spanish-speaking countries are as rich and varied in their culture and historical development as they are in their geography and in the mix of peoples that inhabit them. In this course we will examine some of the most important issues in Latin America from a cultural and historical perspective: from nation building in the nineteenth century, to revolution and dictatorship, to indigenista and testimonial narratives. We will read essays, novels, and also watch films and discuss works of art. Prerequisite: Courses in Latin American literature

Literature


"FOR ONCE, THEN, SOMETHING": AMERICAN LITERATURE FROM TWAIN TO ELLISON

HUM1135 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 1:30pm-2:50pm
  • FRI 1:30pm-2:50pm

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

This course will pick up roughly where Apocalyptic Hope left off last semester: out of the American Renaissance, into the Gilded Age, the Modernist period, and through the two world wars. Beginning with Mark Twain's, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, we will go on to consider the works of novelists, poets and playwrights as various as Kate Chopin, Sherwood Anderson, Willa Cather, Robert Frost, Eugene O'Neill, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O'Connor, Ralph Ellison, and Adrienne Rich. In exploring a range of 2oth century literature--richly diverse and original, radically expeimental--we will consider the writers' attempts to resond to major social, economic and political events that shaped their lives. NOTE: This course covers the same material as John Sheehy's "What Will Suffice."  Prerequisite: Must have passed the writing requirement. 

 20th Century Novel

HUM1409 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • MON 1:00pm-3:20pm
  • THU 1:00pm-3:20pm

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

Great novels of the 20th century: Woolf, Thomas Mann, Faulkner, Camus, Bulgakov, Babel, Calvino, Segald and Toni Morrison.

 BUDDHISM & POETRY

HUM666 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 9:30am-10:20am
  • WED 9:30am-10:20am
  • FRI 9:30am-10:20am

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

An exploration of the presence of Buddhist ideas and practices in poetry, including some reflection on concepts of the mind, nature, contemplation, language, and the self. Readings of selected Chinese and Japanese poetry in translation and poetry in English including work by Kenneth Rexroth, Gary Snyder, Lew Welch, W.S. Merwin, Robert Hass, and Mark Strand. Prerequisite: None

JAMES JOYCE

HUM996 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • TUE 3:30pm-4:50pm
  • THU 3:30pm-4:50pm

Faculty: Heather Clark

James Joyce is considered by many to be the greatest novelist of the 20th century, yet his works--particularly "Ulysses" and "Finnegan's Wake"--remain misunderstood. During the course of the semester, we will try to demystify Joyce by closely examining his language, themes and narrative style. Through close readings, we will unravel the various strands of Joyce's thought, and come to an understanding of how his work helped change the face of modern literature. In particular, we will consider Joyce's complex relationship with Ireland and Irish nationalism. Why did Joyce write so obsessively about the city he abandoned? Shoud we read Joyce as a modernist or postcolonial writer? In what ways did Joyce use modernist devices to subvert the authority of the colonizer's language? Is "Ulysses", as one critic has suggested, "the text of Ireland's independence"? Though we will tend to focus on matters relating to Irish identity, nationalism and modernism, you are free to pursue any angle that interests you. The main objective of the course is to read Joyce with confidence.

U.S. LATINO/A LITERATURE: CARTOGRAPHIES OF THE SELF, BORDERS, EXILES

HUM1402 - 6 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
  • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Rosario de Swanson

After centuries of invisibility and marginalization, Latino culture and literature exploded on the American scene in the 60s. Chicanos, Cubans, Nuyoricans, and lately Dominicans and Central Americans have all contributed to create a diversified body of literature characterized by its bilingualism, biculturalism, and hybridity. This course will center on how U.S. Latino / a literature bears witness to identity formation, self-representation, and celebration of Latino culture and its people. It will explore a series of critical issues that define "latinidad" in the U.S. including language (bilingualism, Spanglish, code-switching, and "dialect"), race/ethnnicity/color, gender migration, racism, and difference. The texts in the course are representative of a great body of oral and written literature that articulates the experience of being Latina / o in the U.S. Although the course is taught in English, familiarity with Spanish is useful. This course requires the careful reading of the assigned materials, therefore, class participation, attendance and preparation is of utmost importance, continued absences and lack of preparation will reflect negatively in the grade. Prerequisite: None

VICTORIAN POETRY

HUM1140 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
  • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Heather Clark

This survey course provides introductions to the poetry of Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Matthew Arnold, Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Algernon Charles Swinburne, Gerard Manley Hopkins, William Morris, W.B. Yeats, and others. We will also read essays by Thomas Carlyle, John Ruskin, John Stuart Mill, Thomas Huxley, Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde. We will situate these works in their historical contexts, paying particular attention to the Pre-Raphaeliate Movement, the notion of the sublime, Darwinian concepts of evolution utilitarianism, the Gothic, Victorian social codes, and the rise of the British Empire. Issues of class and gender will also be explored. Prerequisite: None

VOICES FROM THE SOUTH

HUM1410 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • MON 3:30pm-4:50pm
  • THU 3:30pm-4:50pm

Faculty: Geraldine Pittman de Batlle

Selected works from Flannery O'Connor, Carson McCullers and Eudora Welty.

For Literature offerings, see also:

Mathematics


ASPECTS OF GEOMETRY

NSC563 - Variable Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 1:30pm-2:50pm
  • FRI 1:30pm-2:50pm

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

Throughout the history of geometry, great advances have been made through radical reconceptualizations of the entire subject: Euclid's axiomatic geometry; the analytic geometry of Descartes, et. al.; the projective geometry stemming from Renaissance art; the unification of geometry and number through complex numbers, quaternions and linear algebra; the discovery of non-Euclidean geometries by Gauss, Lobachevsky and Bolyai; the group theoretical synthesis of geometry of Felix Klein's 1872 Erlanger Programm. We will focus on conceptual aspects of these points of view and see how each shift addressed fundamental issues left unresolved by existing theories. Prerequisite: None

Calculus II

NSC212 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 9:30am-10:20am
  • WED 9:30am-10:20am
  • FRI 9:30am-10:20am

Faculty: John Arhin

Integration. Area. The Fundamental Theorem of Calculus. Applications of Integration. Integration Techniques. Problems. Transcendental Functions. Applications. Some ideas about numerical methods. Prerequisite: Calculus I

Textbooks

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Single Variable Calculus V. 2 Early Transcendentals 6thStewart$119.95

COMPLEX VARIABLES

NSC590 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
  • THU 10:00am-11:20am

Faculty: John Arhin

Prerequisite: Calculus II

Statistics

NSC123 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 8:30am-9:50am
  • THU 8:30am-9:50am

Faculty: Matthew Ollis

Statistics is the science--and art--of extracting data from the world around us and organizing, summarizing and analyzing it in order to draw conclusions or make predictions. This course provides a grounding in the principles and methods of statistics. Topics include: probability theory, collecting and describing data, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, and analysis of variance. Two themes running through the course are the use of statistics in the natural and social sciences and the use (and abuse) of statistics by the news media. Prerequisite: Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus, or the equivalent

Textbooks

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Elementary Statistics 10thTriola$150.67
Basic Practice of StatisticsMoore$100.00

Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus

NSC556 - Variable Credits - Introductory

  • MON 10:30am-11:20am
  • WED 10:30am-11:20am
  • FRI 10:30am-11:20am

Faculty: John Arhin

This course covers a wide range of math topics prerequisite for further study in mathematics and science and of interest in their own right. The course is divided into over 50 units (listed on the course web page). One credit will be earned for each group of 6 units completed. Students select units to improve their weak areas. There are also tailored streams for students who wish to go on to study calculus or statistics and for those who wish to prepare for the GRE exam. Over this semester and next, 42 units will be offered in the timetabled sessions. Individual tutorial-style arrangements can be made to study the non-timetabled units or to study units earlier than their scheduled session. Prerequisite: None

Music


ANALOG SYNTHESIZERS

ART874 - 2 Credits - Intermediate

  • TUE 6:30pm-8:20pm
  • THU 6:30pm-8:20pm

Faculty: Charles Schneeweis

This course provides advanced electronic music students with an opportunity to use real analog subtractive synthesizers to develop an electronic music portfolio of analog synthesis studies in the form of an independent CD production. Students will investigate the architecture, history and development of several versions of subtractive analog synthesizers. They will have a chance to experiment with sound creation techniques as they familiarize themselves with some of the following models: Yamaha CS01; Paia "Fatman"; Arp Axxe; Realistic Concertmate MG-1 (Moog built); Akai AX60; Technosaurus Microcon II; Moog Voyager. Prerequisite: Instructor's permission and successful completion of Electronic Music I

Chamber Music

ART496 - 1 Credit -

  • WED 6:30pm-9:00pm

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

An opportunity for students to meet on a weekly basis to read and rehearse music from the standard chamber music repertoire. If interested see Stan Charkey. Woodwind, string, brass instruments welcome. Prerequisite: Ability to play an instrument and read music

GUITAR ENSEMBLE

ART937 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • TBD

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

A guitar quartet, performing the works of various composers, culminating in a performance of said works.

Jazz Ensemble

ART451 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • TUE 1:30pm-2:50pm

Faculty: Eugene Uman

The Jazz Ensemble will operate in the historic "jazz workshop" format, where participants bring ideas and materials they would like to see realized. All levels of experience with Jazz and improvised music are welcome, but a technical facility with an instrument is expected.

If you haven't played in a music ensemble before, or have questions of fit in terms of technique, please see Rubinstein personally.

Jazz Ensemble

ART451 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • TBD

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

This ensemble is directed by James Macdonald. The ensemble will play a wide range material including works by Oscar Pettiford, Sam Jones, and the Harlem Arts Ensemble.

Jazz Ensemble

ART451 - 3 Credits - Multi-Level

  • TBD

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

An ensemble class with Jamie MacDonald of the Open Music Collective, focusing on performance of jazz music and culminating in at least one public performance.

Madrigal Choir

ART825 - 1 Credit -

  • THU 6:30pm-9:00pm

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

Ensemble singing for more experienced choristers. Ability to read music and sight-sing. An exploration of repertoire from Renaissance to contemporary music for small choral ensemble. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: Audition or permission of instructor

MUSIC COMPOSITION WORKSHOP

ART489 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • TUE 3:30pm-5:20pm
  • FRI 3:30pm-5:20pm

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

A course intended for musicians interested in exploring music composition. Students should have facility on an instrument (or voice) and have some sight reading ability. Short compositions will be written and performed every week. Musical structure, notation, etc. will be discussed in relation to the student's work. Prerequisite: Ability to read music, basic theory, ability to play an instrument

MUSIC OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

ART2246 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • MON 3:30pm-4:50pm
  • THU 3:30pm-4:50pm

Faculty: Etan Nasreddin-Longo

This course will begin by understanding music-all music-as a form of human behavior involving producers and consumers, apologists, and detractors. It will consider the intersection between the history of this period and its historiography. This course will look at the period between (and including) Beethoven and Gustav Mahler, and will involve one to three hours of listening per week. There is also one main verbal text: Richard Taruskin's Music in the Nineteenth Century. Other supplemental readings from figures as diverse as Foucault, Herder, Hegel, Peter Bürger, and Nietzsche will serve to illuminate our investigations of this wildly diverse and provocative period of artistic-political history. At the end of the semester there will be a listening exam, and students will also be expected to make a presentation on some topic relating to Nineteenth Century music, chosen in consultation with the instructor by mid-semester.

WORLDS OF MUSIC

ART611 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • WED 9:30am-10:50am
  • FRI 9:30am-10:50am

Faculty: Stanley Charkey

A study of music from non-western cultures and "folk" traditions of Europe and the United States using contemporary ethnomusicological concepts and procedures. Goal: To give the student an understanding of approaches to the study of music of western and non-western and/or traditional cultures through a series of case studies from a variety of regions and cultures. Ongoing journal of listening and observations (twice weekly), a final Project, and class presentation. This course entails a great deal of listening. Prerequisite: None

Philosophy


HEGEL: THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF SPIRIT

HUM1400 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
  • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: William Edelglass

This course will consist of a careful study of Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Hegel's goal in the Phenomenology is the understanding of meaning and truth as it has been expressed in religion, art, philosophy, politics, and more generally, the unfolding of consciousness in human history. The Phenomenology, one of the most ambitious and significant texts in western philosophy, seeks to disclose the ways in which self-consciousness arises historically and primarily through practical relations with others. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

MODERN PHILOSOPHY

HUM1401 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 9:30am-10:20am
  • WED 9:30am-10:20am
  • FRI 9:30am-10:20am

Faculty: William Edelglass

Philosophers refer to the Early Modern period as the time between the late sixteenth and the early nineteenth centuries, when changes in European culture and scientific and political revolutions resulted in new modes of thought and practice that have come to characterize modernity. In this course we will primarily focus on the epistemological and metaphysical theories of some of the most prominent Early Modern philosophers, thinkers who sought to analyze and describe the new world that was emerging, but also contributed in significant ways to its shape. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

For Philosophy offerings, see also:

Photography


Introduction to Black & White Photography

ART9 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 1:30pm-4:20pm
  • THU 1:30pm-4:20pm

Faculty: John Willis

This course will be an introduction to black and white photography with an emphasis given both to visual communication and technique. Students will learn basic procedures of camera operation, film exposure and development and enlargement of the image, while exploring the visual and expressive qualities of the medium. Prerequisite: None (a camera capable of full manual operation)

Photography Plan Seminar

ART574 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • MON 10:30am-12:20pm
  • WED 10:30am-12:20pm

Faculty: John Willis

This is a seminar for all students on Plan in photography. Prerequisite: submission of Plan application or instructor's permission.


Additional Fee:$100

Physics


General Physics II

NSC262 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 11:30am-12:50pm
  • WED 11:30am-12:50pm
  • FRI 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Travis Norsen

Second half of the year-long introductory physics sequence. Two great pre-20th century physics theories (Newtonian gravitation and the atomic theory of matter) serve as integrating themes for topics including rotational dynamics, astronomy, thermodynamics, and the structure of the atom. Prerequisite: General Physics I

Modern Physics

NSC470 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • MON 9:30am-10:20am
  • WED 9:30am-10:20am
  • FRI 9:30am-10:20am

Faculty: Travis Norsen

Sophomore-level introduction to quantum mechanics, with applications to atomic, nuclear, particle and astro-physics as well as quantum statistical mechanics. Exact content will depend on student enrollment and interest. Prerequisite: Electricity & Magnetism (NSC427)

Textbooks

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Quantum Physics 9thTownsend$92.50

SPECIAL RELATIVITY

NSC437 - 2 Credits - Multi-Level

  • MON 1:30pm-3:20pm

Faculty: Travis Norsen

Einstein's Theory of Relativity was the first of two major revolutions in 20th century physics. It radically altered the way physicists think about space, time, and related concepts like velocity and simultaneity. Yet unlike the other revolutionary 20th century theory (quantum mechanics), special relativity can be understood completely with only a little math: geometry and algebra. This introduction to Einstein's famous theory will thus be accessible and useful for those intending to do more advanced work in the sciences, and for those working in other areas but wanting to broaden their intellectual horizons and find out what Einstein did that was so special. Prerequisites: General Physics I or permission of instructor

Course time may change based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll.

 

Political Science


POLITICAL PEDAGOGIES

SSC521 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
  • THU 10:00am-11:20am

Faculty: Garth Sutherland, Meg Mott

This class will focus on education as a political project. We will primarily focus on works from John Dewey, Paulo Freire, and bell hooks that explore the relationship between education and social change. How do their conceptions and visions of a more democratic society influence their pedagogical theories and practices? Prerequisite: None

For Political Science offerings, see also:

Politics


 ANGLO-AMERICAN POLITICAL IMAGINATION

CDS530 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 10:30am-11:20am
  • WED 10:30am-11:20am
  • FRI 10:30am-11:20am

Faculty: Meg Mott

"Americans come to political thought," suggest Isaac Kramnick and Theodore Lowi, "because ideas have consequences." Unlike Europeans, who valued systematic thinking and the use of abstractions and formalisms, Americans have operated under the assumption that wisdom comes from experience. This class considers the various ideas of American political thinkers, from the Puritans to the postmoderns, along with their consequences. Along with primary readings, we'll also look at how one community in Roxbury, Massachusetts, used their experience during Boston's urban renewal to resist elite interests and become political actors. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

FEMINIST POLITICAL & SOCIAL THOUGHT

CDS531 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • WED 11:30am-12:50pm
  • FRI 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Meg Mott

How do women talk about their lives, their social situation, their political condition? This class looks at the writings of theorists and essayists who use words to make sense of women's place in the house, the community, the law. Prerequisite: Previous work in philosophy or political theory

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY

SSC217 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
  • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

This course will attempt to examine the major contending theories in the field of international relations today. The philosophical origins and traditions of contemporary realist, pluralist, and globalist approaches will be considered, as will be their more current formulations and contributions. Prerequisite: Social Sciences background or permission of instructor

LEVELS OF ANALYSIS: DESIGNING FIELDWORK

SSC515 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • TUE 6:30pm-7:50pm
  • THU 6:30pm-7:50pm

Faculty: Lynette Rummel

A research methods seminar for sophomores and juniors thinking about plan work and/or going abroad to study. The course will focus on "levels of analysis" when approaching research issues and topics. We will examine relevant theoretical considerations and consider applied, empirical representations through student presentations of their case studies. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Writing Political Theory

HUM1204 - 2 Credits - Advanced

  • THU 1:30pm-3:20pm

Faculty: Meg Mott

This writing seminar develops strategies and skills necessary for completing a Plan in political theory. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: For seniors writing a Plan in political theory

Textbooks

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Writing LifeDillard$13.99
Why I WriteOrwell$11.00
Imaginative ArgumentCioffi$28.95

For Politics offerings, see also:

Psychology


ADOLESCENCE: CROSSING THE GREAT DIVIDE TO ADULTHOOD

SSC516 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • MON 1:30pm-2:50pm
  • THU 1:30pm-2:50pm

Faculty: Jonathan Mack

Adolescence is a period of great turmoil for most. In this crucial stage between childhood and adult, youths are confronted with multiple challenges of identity, including the emergence of sexual maturity. Often seen as a child while struggling with profoundly adult concerns (life and death; sexuality; creative potential) many adolescents in our society lose themselves while others find themselves. This course will explore adolescence from psychological, sociological and cultural (including litereary) perspectives.

For Psychology offerings, see also:

Religion


Plan Seminar: Sources & Methods in Religious Studies

HUM1117 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • TUE 8:30am-9:50am
  • THU 8:30am-9:50am

Faculty: Amer Latif

Examination of available sources and current methodologies in the study of religion. Required for juniors on Plan in religion. Prerequisite: Plan in Religious Studies

Plan Writing Seminar

HUM779 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • MON 1:30pm-3:20pm

Faculty: Amer Latif

Writing seminar for seniors completing their Plan in religious studies. This course can be taken for 2 to 6 credits.

Prerequisite: Seniors on Plan in Religious Studies

READING RUMI

HUM1132 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • MON 3:30pm-5:20pm
  • THU 3:30pm-5:20pm

Faculty: Amer Latif

This course examines the life and teachings of Jalaluddin Rumi (d. 1273), one of the most influential Muslim scholars, mystics, and teachers in the Persianate Islamic world. While we will study the historical, religious, and intellectual context in which Rumi grew up, the main focus of this course is to read closely excerpts from his prose and poetry. Topics to be covered include theology, modes of human knowing, the nature of revelation, relationship between outward observances and the inner path, sanctity, and the relationship between the spiritual guide and the seeker. In the last part of the course we will focus on problems of cultural translation as highlighted by Rumi's current popularity in America. Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor

SEMINAR IN RELIGION & PSYCHOLOGY

HUM1408 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 1:00pm-3:50pm

Faculty: Amer Latif, Thomas Toleno

An introduction to religious living through literature, original religious texts, and psychology. The assigned readings will cover a few concepts and issues of religious experience, e.g., one and the many, reason and imagination, contextualization. Prerequisite: None

For Religion offerings, see also:

Sociology


CLASSICAL SOCIOLOGICAL THOUGHT

SSC6 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • MON 1:00pm-3:20pm
  • THU 1:00pm-3:20pm

Faculty: Gerald Levy

The major ideas, theories, and methodologies of some of the European and American founders of sociology. The works of Marx, Weber, Simmel and Veblen will be evaluated in relation to the evolution of industrial society. Prerequisite: Introductory course in sociology or permission of instructor; history and/or philosophy helpful

Textbooks

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
On Individuality and Social FormsSimmel$27.50
Absentee Ownership in AmericaVeblen$29.95
Theory of the Leisure ClassVeblen$3.50
Marx's Concept of ManFromm$19.95
Portable Karl MarxMarx$20.00
Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of CapitalismWeber$9.95
From Max WeberWeber$39.95
Classical Sociological Theory 2ndKimmel$59.95

SOCIOLOGY OF EMPATHY

SSC520 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 8:30am-9:50am
  • THU 8:30am-9:50am

Faculty: Gerald Levy

The social, psychological and historical construction of the basis for and impediments to "empathy." Empathy between nation states, regions, religions, social classes, status groups, ethnic cultures, and in families, genders, ages, and in interpersonal relations will be explored. Prerequisite: None

SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION ON THE SCHOOL COMMONS

SSC519 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • MON 3:30pm-4:50pm
  • THU 3:30pm-4:50pm

Faculty: Catherine O'Callaghan, Ken Schneck

The holy doctrine of separating church from state has created a climate in schools where discussion of religion and spirituality are taboo. Together we'll explore the complex intersection between faith and education: a place of synergy, a place of conflict. Through readings, movies and site visits to institutions exploring this intersection, this course will provide participants the opportunity to reflect, to challenge and to traverse the religious and spiritual terrain of the school commons. Prerequisite: None

For Sociology offerings, see also:

Theater


Acting 1

ART54 - 3 Credits - Introductory

  • WED 11:30am-12:50pm
  • FRI 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Brenda Foley

Acting 1 is a practical theatre course that explores the tools and techniques necessary for developing characters onstage. The course will consist of various exercises, monologue work, and scene study.

JAPANESE DANCE & THEATRE

ART2247 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • FRI 3:00pm-4:50pm FRI 3:00pm-4:50pm

Faculty: Brenda Foley, Kristin Horrigan

This class is designed as an introduction to the multiple performance arts in Japan. As preparation for the faculty/student  trip to Japan in May and June 2010, the class will explore ancient  and contemporary Japanese performance traditions including, but not limited to, Noh, Kabuki, Bunraku, Nihon Buyo, and Butoh. Scholarly texts, essays, plays, and films of dance and theatrical  performances will be supplemented by lectures and studio classes with guest instructors who specialize in Suzuki theatre, elements and applications of Japanese storytelling, Non-Western performance traditions, Nihon Buyo, and cultural ethnography. Students will pursue their own research interests throughout the semester and participate directly in designing the itinerary for the time abroad in Japan. Prerequisite: Inclusion in the Japan trip 2010

PRACTICAL APPROACHES TO CREATING NEW PERFORMANCE

ART2245 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • TUE 9:00am-11:00am
  • THU 9:00am-11:00am

Faculty: Josh Moyse

Students will study, and put into practice, a variety of theories and techniques that may be used in the creation of non-traditional performance. Areas of investigation wil include adaptation for the stage, using multi-media in performance, and physical theater. A collaborative final project will be the culmination of the class.

Visual Arts


Art Seminar Critique

ART359 - 2 Credits - Advanced

  • TUE 3:30pm-5:20pm

Faculty: Timothy Segar, John Willis

This course provides a forum for students to share their plan work with each other and to engage in critical dialogue. This semester the course will include attending the lectures in the series "Celebrating Creativity" and will require students to write and revise a "statement of purpose" regarding their work. This is a required course for seniors on plan in the Visual Arts. Prerequisite: A student on Plan in the Visual Arts or by permission

CERAMICS III

ART905 - 4 Credits - Advanced

  • MON 1:00pm-3:20pm
  • THU 1:00pm-3:20pm

Faculty: Michael Boylen

Advanced work in ceramic materials and processes with development of skills in handbuilding or wheel throwing based on student's previous experience and interests. Study of historical and contemporary ceramics with observation and critical analysis of three dimensional visual form. Materials fee: $70 + variable. Prerequisite: Two courses in ceramics at Marlboro and permission of instructor

INTERMEDIATE DRAWING

ART2241 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • MON 3:30pm-5:20pm
  • THU 3:30pm-5:20pm

Faculty: Cathy Osman

This course is designed to build on basic drawing skills by implementing a variety of tools and materials. Fundamental issues of line, shape, tonal value, composition, color and design elements will be our first basis of investigation, coupled with identification of personal directions in drawing, including working with the figure, narrative and conceptual strategies. Prerequisite: Darwing I or permission of instructor

KINETIC SCULPTURE

ART2240 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • TUE 9:00am-11:20am
  • THU 9:00am-11:20am

Faculty: Timothy Segar

Artists who create forms that move have been active since antiquity. Using simple techniques students will make kinetic sculpture that are powered by hand as well as by simple motors. Prerequisite: A college level sculpture course

PAINTING I

ART8 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 10:30am-12:50pm
  • THU 10:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Cathy Osman

This course will explore oil painting through a series of projects based on the model, still life, and landscape. The class will begin by working on paper and expanding to include panel and stretched canvas. Emphasis is on close observation as well as individual response. Prerequisite: Drawing I or permission of instructor

SCULPTURE I

ART540 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 1:00pm-3:20pm
  • FRI 1:00pm-3:20pm

Faculty: Timothy Segar

An introduction to the language of three dimensions. Through a series of both representational and non-representational problems students will investigate the principles and techniques of sculpture -- construction, carving, and modeling. Drawing and its relationship to three dimensional art will be emphasized. Students will make presentations to the class of research done on contemporary and traditional sculptors. Prerequisite: None

THE COMPLETE DIGITAL WORKFLOW

ART2237 - 2 Credits - Introductory

  • THU 9:00am-11:20am

Faculty: John Willis, Hilary Baker

This course will be a hands-on step-by-step course of the complete digital workflow from the digital capture in cameras and scanners to camera raw processing, use of Photoshop CS4, color management to the fine print. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

World Studies Program


FINDING AN INTERNSHIP

WSP50 - 1 Credit - Introductory

  • FRI 3:00pm-4:20pm

Faculty: Beverly Behrmann

This course prepares students for finding (primarily international) internships that support academic and professional work. It includes a self inventory of interests, skills and experience, writing effective resumes and cover letters, job search and interviewing skills. Students will also learn proposal writing for their independent study and examine cross-cultural considerations. Guidelines are provided for relating your internship experience with research and Plan work. (Pass/Fail grade) Prerequisite: None

Origins of the Contemporary World

WSP73 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
  • THU 10:00am-11:20am

Faculty: Seth Harter

An introductory seminar designed to help students begin to think historically, culturally, and geographically. We will cover a handful of theoretical approaches to contemporary history as well as trace the historical threads of a number of major events outwards in time and space.  Students will select a region of the world to focus on, and provide presentations identifying the influence or resonance of these events on their area.  The theoretical approaches will allow us to consider major themes of the recent past including: colonialism, genocide, human rights, socialism, globalization, and environmental change.  Required for WSP students; Open to non-WSP students. Prerequisite: None


Prerequisite: None

World Studies Senior Seminar

WSP2 - 1 Credit - Advanced

  • TUE 1:00pm-1:50pm

Faculty: Beverly Behrmann

A ten-week seminar addressing cultural differences and adaptation, and the integration of international field experiences into senior Plan work. Open for all students returning from study or fieldwork abroad; Required of WSP seniors. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Prerequisite: Study/field experience abroad

Course time will be determined based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll.

 

 

For World Studies Program offerings, see also:

Writing


 Elements of Style

HUM11 - 3 Credits - Intermediate

  • TUE 8:30am-9:50am
  • THU 8:30am-9:50am

Faculty: Laura Stevenson

The course begins with a review of basic grammatical principles. It continues with exercises designed to increase the students' control of their prose. The second half of the semester is spent partly in revising existing papers, and partly in studying such stylistic niceties as parallel structure, rhythmic control, and felicitous presentation of research. May be a taken as a Designated Writing Course for 4 credits; otherwise for 3.

NOTE: Open to students who have passed the Clear Writing Requirement but desire to improve their writing for Plan. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor

Poetry Workshop

ART56 - 2 Credits - Multi-Level

  • TUE 1:30pm-4:50pm

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

Long weekly classes devoted to an analysis and discussion of poems written for the class. Students encouraged to experiment with forms and techniques. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor, based on sample manuscripts.

Poetry Workshop

ART56 - 2 Credits - Multi-Level

  • TBD

Faculty: T. Hunter Wilson

An alternative poetry workshop focusing on content, form and technique.

 READING FOR WRITING FICTION

CDS422 - 4 Credits - Intermediate

  • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
  • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Laura Stevenson

Based on the premise that one learns to write fiction by observing the techniques of other writers, this seminar covers a variety of classic and contemporary works with an eye to ascertaining how their authors handle problems of structure, genre, voice, character, style and narrative distance. Weekly plot summaries; occasional fiction exercises; exam. Books studied will include: Ovid, Metamorphoses; The Bible (Genesis, Job, Gospel of Luke, Revelation); Cervantes, Don Quixote; Austen, Emma; Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles; Borowski, This Way to the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen; Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita; Mulisch, The Discovery of Heaven; Ishiguro, Remains of the Day; Rhodes, Driftless, and a variety of short stories and flash fiction. Prerequisite: Recent perusal of Homer's Odyssey and permission of instructor.

May be taken as a Designated Writing Course upon request. 

Writing Seminars


 WRITING SEMINAR: SHOT BY SHOT: FICTION, FILM & THE DRINK

HUM1411 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 10:00am-11:20am
  • THU 10:00am-11:20am

Faculty: Michael Carolan

The "addiction" or "alcoholic" narrative has been a cultural and artistic tradition since antiquity. This course will pay particular attention to the role of 20th century social pressures-conventional gender roles, class, sexuality, and medical orthodoxy-behind the transformation of the concepts of addiction into the new century through literature and cinematic representations. Our aim is to construct creative and logically rigorous arguments in our writings based on close analyses of literary, critical, and filmic texts that cohere around these concepts. We will draw on supporting criticism, film studies, social history, psychology, and cultural/addiction studies. My hope is that students will exercise critical thinking and writing skills in their explorations of whether multidisciplinary concepts and explorations are valid and productive for literary and cultural criticism.

 WRITING SEMINAR: THE ART OF THE ESSAY

HUM1217 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • WED 11:30am-12:50pm
  • FRI 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

Virginia Woolf describes the essay as a form that "must lap us about and draw its curtain across the world." But what, she questions, "can the essayist use in these short length of prose to sting us awake and fix us in a trance which is not sleep but rather an intensification of life - a basking, with every faculty alert, in the sun of pleasure?" Her answer is a simple one: "He must know - that is the first essential - how to write." From David Quamman's "The Face of the Spider" to Scott Russell Sanders' "Looking at Women" to Wallace Stegner's "The Town Dump" to Annie Dillard's "Living Like Weasels" to George Saunders' "The Braindead Megaphone," we will explore how contemporary essayists - in personal essays, nature writing, literary journalism, and science writing - look closely at everyday objects, practices and experiences. We will analyze what makes these essayists effective, entertaining, and enlightening. And, of course, we will be writing about all of this in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to two 4-6 page papers and one 8-10 page research paper. Peer response workshops, writing conferences, and in-class work on style, revision, and editing will alternate with our class discussion of the essays. Prerequisite: None

 WRITING SEMINAR: THE FIFTIES IN FICTION

HUM1412 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • TUE 11:30am-12:50pm
  • THU 11:30am-12:50pm

Faculty: Michael Carolan

We will read and write about a range of American fiction written in the middle of the last century, the period following the end of the Second World War, primarily in and around the nineteen fifties. Among the issues we will try to wrap our minds around is the term "postmodern," referring to phenomena finding expression in culture through art, literature, architecture, music, film and television. We will write about what we read and think, including observing the particular formal repertoire such as self-reflexivity, "new"-ness, and experimentation of the work. We will also consider how fiction interacts-or fails to interact-with race, ethnicity, gender, class, politics, history, and the conditions of a work's production. Finally, we will talk about how fiction can shape our realities and speak to how we should live in the new century.