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Spring 2015 Course List

Spring 2019 Intro Course Schedule

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.

Books required for courses at Marlboro College can be purchased through Marlboro's online bookstore.

Courses marked with mode_edit are Designated Writing Courses.
Courses marked with hearing are Writing Seminar Courses.
Courses marked with public meet Marlboro's Global Perspective criteria.
Course Categories

American Studies

Consumer Culture in Historical Perspective

HUM1077
4.00
Intermediate
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This course traces the emergence and development of a consumer oriented culture in the United States from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. We will explore the relationship between consumer culture and democracy, between places of consumption and places of production (leisure and work), between consumer goods and activities and issues of social identity, particularly relating to gender, class and race. We will also pay attention to movements and organizations which have resisted or challenged aspects of a dominant consumer culture. By the end of the course, students should have an understanding of the history of consumer culture in its related economic, political, social and cultural dimensions and an ability to read critically the messages and structures of contemporary consumer society. The class is designed to allow students to pursue particular research interests throughout the semester.

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Consumer's Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar AmericaCohen100375707379$18.95
Consumer's Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar AmericaCohen978037570377$18.95

For American Studies offerings, also see:

American Political Thought
CULTURE AND ECOLOGY OF THE WESTERN U.S.
Prison Story Project Performance

Anthropology

Conversations with Elders: Who has Permission to Produce Theory?public

SSC711
4.00
Advanced
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This course traces the theories, debates, and paradigms that have shaped anthropological thought. What might we see and understand differently if we trace the intellectual history of a discipline critiqued for its entanglements with colonialism and androcentrism from a different angle, off center or from the fringes? What might come into focus in this exercise? How can this shift in perspective and focus allow us to rethink our own processes of knowledge production? The key figures through whose work we will weave the intellectual history of anthropological thought in this course will be indigenous scholars, scholars of color, or scholars who, despite the valuable quality of their contributions, are associated with the “anthropological canon” in lower tiers. We will locate these shapers in relation not only to the conditions of disciplinary knowledge production of their time but also in relation to the larger political and cultural currents to which they have been responding at different scales. 

The Political Use of (Public) Spacepublic

SSC705
4.00
Intermediate
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What are the possibilities and limits of (public) spaces? Different political and socioeconomic forces have power over these spaces, as they translate their desires into what these places should look like and how they should function and for whom, often creating or exacerbating social inequalities. We put publicin parentheses as we track its emergence as different political actors, from transnational corporations, to nation-state governments, to groups of migrants and activists, and individuals claim various spaces as private property, public good, or contested sites of historical memory. We will pay attention to the ways in which political agents map or walk different (public) spaces choosing to accentuate certain spaces and ignore others, as they pursue their differently-scaled political projects. In other words, we will make space for thinking, writing, listening to, watching, and discussing the various ways in which (public) spaces are created, politicized, contested, sustained, and transformed.

Additional Fee:$0

  • Monday 10:00am-11:20am in Apple Tree
  • Wednesday 10:00am-11:20am in Apple Tree
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
The Anthropology of Space and Place: Locating Culture. 1st Edition.Low, Lawrence-Zuniga9780631228783$40.00

Writing Seminar: Race, Language, and Justicehearingpublic

SSC704
4.00
Multi-Level
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How does language shape our understanding of race and ethnicity? In this course we will collectively gain more knowledge of large-scale processes and institutions that contribute to our understanding of race and ethnicity and how language is part of it. We will also examine how speakers use different linguistic resources as they claim ethnoracial identities and how these identities are space and time specific. We will then turn to methods and practices of teaching that sustain different literacies, linguistic and cultural practices, creating spaces of educational justice and social transformation. This course will be taught as a writing seminar. 

Additional Fee:$ 0

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World. New York: Teachers College Press.Paris9780807758342$90.00
Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas About Race. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Samy, Rickford, Ball9780190625696$34.95

For Anthropology offerings, also see:

Culture and the Environment (BUS)
The Migrant, the Refugee, and the Citizen: Cultural Politics of Displacement
Why do we obey? Social structure and normative systems

Art History

Gender and the Body in Art History

HUM2520
4.00
Introductory
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This course takes a case study approach to thinking about gender and representations of the body in (mostly) canonical works of Euro-US painting and sculpture. We will read, think, talk and write about images of the human form and their interpretation within the following frameworks: ‘My body/your body’- the model and the artist; The body in pain and gendered suffering; Expressions of love and sexuality; and Deconstructing and reconstructing the “Nude”. We will broaden the methodology of much art history that has participated in narrowing the potential meanings of the body to conform to the heteronormative framework and attempt to see these images from a fresh perspective.

  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree

For Art History offerings, also see:

Arts Administration
The Political Use of (Public) Space

Asian Studies

Rice, Ritual, & Revolution: A Survey of Southeast Asian Historymode_editpublic

HUM2341
4.00
Introductory
Seth Harter
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This course will survey the history of Southeast Asia (Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, and the Philippines) from the earliest written records to the present.  During the first half of the semester, we will consider Indian and Chinese influences on the region; local forms of kingship, social organization, and religious expression; and the onset of European colonialism.  In the second half, we will turn our attention to nationalist movements, the Japanese occupation during WWII, and political independence in the post-war period.  Reading will include a comprehensive textbook, historical monographs, a memoir, and a novel.  Students will conclude the semester with research papers on subjects of their own choosing. Prerequisite: None

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Southeast Asia: A Concise HistoryHeidhues9780500283035$18.91
The Art of Not Being GovernedScott9780300169171$25.00
Ordering Power: Contentious Politics and Authoritarian Leviathans in Southeast AsiaSlater9780521584012$22.93
This Earth of MankindToer9780140256352$16.36
The Lovelorn Ghost and the Magical MonkMcDaniel9780231153775$16.35

For Asian Studies offerings, also see:

Wrestling with Ancestors: Introduction to Confucianism & Daoism

Biochemistry

For Biochemistry offerings, also see:

Organic Chemistry II

Biology

General Biology II

NSC291
4.00
Introductory
Jaime Tanner
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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.

  • General Biology I or permission of instructor
  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Biological ScienceFreeman9780321743671$29.00

General Biology II Lab

NSC292
2.00
Introductory
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Further exploration of biological principles and biological diversity in a laboratory setting with independent student projects and a survey of Marlboro's Ecological Reserve vernal pool ecosystems. Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in General Biology II or consent of instructor.

  • Monday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 220

Genetics & Evolution

NSC224
4.00
Intermediate
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"Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution" - T. Dobzhansky This course serves as an in-depth examination of the unifying principles of evolutionary biology. We will cover the genetic basis of evolutionary change with an emphasis on Mendelian, molecular, and population genetics and then develop an understanding of the mechanisms of evolution including natural selection. Our understanding will then allow us to explore such concepts as phylogenetic relationships, adaptation, and coevolution.  Recommended for all students doing Plan work in the life sciences. Prerequisite: College-level biology course

  • College level biology or permission of the instructor
  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Evolution: Making Sense of Life, 2nd EditionZimmer, Emlen101936221551$93.00

Human Body Systems

NSC705
3.00
Introductory
Jaime Tanner
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Students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection and homeostasis.  Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration.  Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissures on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of the biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.  *This course is held on the Brattleboro Union High School campus.

Ceramics

Setting & Sets: Tableware As Sculpture

ART2615
4.00
Multi-Level
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After making sets of dishes, what's next?  This class will challenge the notion that tableware is meant for cabinets and shelves -- instead, we will make functional plates, bowls, cups, vases, and more that work together to create larger sculptural pieces.  Instruction will include both wheel-throwing and handbuilding, based on the student's interests and experience with the medium.  The primary focus will be the development of an idea, beginning with sketches and concepts, and culminating in an elaborate installation of the work made during the semester.  We will have the opportunity to work with wall pieces as well as free-standing collections of hand-made wares.

Additional Fee:$120

  • Any Ceramics class.
  • Tuesday 10:00am-12:50pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-L12
  • Thursday 10:00am-12:50pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-L12

Wheel Throwing I & II

ART2616
4.00
Multi-Level
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This class is the next step for the student wanting to continue exploring the potters wheel as a tool.  We will explore global traditions through images and lectures, and develop our skills at the same time.  Projects will begin with simpler functional wares, and evolve into more complicated and elaborate forms.  We will also take note of the limitations of the wheel, and work to move beyond those limits by altering thrown parts.  This class will include conversations about the role of the utilitarian craftsman in our modern society.

Additional Fee:$120

  • Some wheel-throwing experience required.
  • Tuesday 1:30pm-4:20pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-L12
  • Thursday 1:30pm-4:20pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-L12

Chemistry

General Chemistry II

NSC505
4.00
Introductory
Todd Smith
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The central topic 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 introductory chemistry course we will examine in detail models of chemical bonds, reaction kinetics, acid-base equilibria and electrochemistry. We will also explore some aspects of thermodynamics, and 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. We will start each chapter with a discussion of selected topics, followed by in-class projects, problem-solving sessions and homework review.

  • General Chemistry I (NSC158)
  • Wednesday 9:00am-10:30am in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Friday 9:00am-10:30am in Brown Science/Sci 216
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Principles of General ChemistrySilberberg9780073402697$20.00

General Chemistry II Laboratory

NSC506
2.00
Introductory
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The laboratory sessions for the second semester will continue to be an opportunity for students to hone their lab skills and to explore topics and ideas discussed in class. Students will work in teams to devise, conduct and analyze experiments on bio-remediation and electrochromic materials. We will use primary literature to provide some context for our experiments, and we will continue to focus on employing the principles of green chemistry in our lab experiments.

  • General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Tuesday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 112

Organic Chemistry II

NSC22
4.00
Intermediate
Todd Smith
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Organic chemistry takes its name from the ancient idea that certain molecules - organic molecules - could only be made by living organisms. In second semester organic chemistry we will continue our study of different classes of organic compounds and their reactions. The first part of the semester will include material on important analytical techniques such as IR spectroscopy and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. In the latter part of the semester we will turn to the original realm of organic chemistry - living systems. For example, we will examine properties and reactions of amines, carboxylic acids, carbohydrates, nucleic acids, amino acids, peptides and proteins, and lipids. This semester will also include a special focus on the process of olfaction in humans. Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry I (NSC12) Additional Fee:$ 0

  • NSC12 Organic Chemistry I
  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Organic Chemistry IIWade321768418$37.40

Organic Chemistry II Lab

NSC23
2.00
Intermediate
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Preparation, purification and synthesis of organic compounds using microscale techniques. 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. We will use primary literature to provide some context for our experiments, and students will work in teams to devise, conduct and analyze experiments. Also, this semester there will be a greater focus on self-designed laboratory investigations. Prerequisite: Organic Chemistry Lab I; Enrollment in or completion of Organic Chemistry II

  • Organic Chemistry I Lab
  • Thursday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 112

Classics

Elementary Greek Continued

HUM2514
4.00
Introductory
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Continuation of Greek IA. TEXTBOOK: M. Balme, G. Lawall, J. Morwood. 2015. Athenaze, Book II: An Introduction to Ancient Greek (3rd ed.)             ·  ISBN-10: 019060767X ·  ISBN-13: 978-0190607678

Additional Fee:$ 0

  • Greek IA
  • Monday 11:30am-12:20pm in Rice-Aron Library/202
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm in Rice-Aron Library/202
  • Friday 11:30am-12:20pm in Rice-Aron Library/202
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
M. Balme, G. Lawall, J. Morwood. 2015. Athenaze, Book II: An Introduction to Ancient Greek (3rd ed.)Balme, Lawall, Morwood019060767X$50.00

Elementary Latin Continued.

HUM2513
4.00
Introductory
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Continuation of Latin IA. TEXTBOOK: F. M. Wheelock and R. A. LaFleur. 2011. Wheelock’s Latin (7th ed.) ·  ISBN-10: 0061997226 ·  ISBN-13: 978-0061997228

Additional Fee:$ 0

  • Latin IA
  • Monday 10:00am-10:50am in Rice-Aron Library/202
  • Wednesday 10:00am-10:50am in Rice-Aron Library/202
  • Friday 10:00am-10:50am in Rice-Aron Library/202
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Wheelock’s Latin (7th ed.)Wheelock, LaFleur61997226$20.00

Introduction to the Civilization of Ancient Rome

HUM2515
4.00
Multi-Level
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In this course, you will be introduced to the world of Ancient Rome, from its humble beginnings in the eighth-century BCE to the fall of its Western empire in the fifth century CE. We will survey the fascinating process by which a Latin village grew to dominate the entire Italian peninsula and eventually the Mediterranean basin and Western Europe. We will also look at various aspects and developments in the lived experience of Romans, considering elements such as family structures, religion, education, entertainment, occupations, food, housing, and much more. To this end, we will examine primary sources (written documents and archaeological artifacts) and utilize the advancements made in digital humanities, such as 3D reconstructions of Roman buildings and sites. Finally, you will enjoy some of the cultural achievements of Roman civilization, for instance, sampling its works of literature and viewing some of its impressive material creations.  TEXTBOOKS: M. Boatwright, D. Gargola, N. Lenski, and R. Talbert. 2013. A Brief History of the Romans. (2nd ed.)       ·  ISBN-10: 0199987556 ·  ISBN-13: 978-0199987559J. Shelton. 1998. As the Romans Did: A Sourcebook of Roman Social History. (2nd ed.)             ·  ISBN-10: 019508974X ·  ISBN-13: 978-0195089745 P. E. Knox and J. C. McKeown. 2013. The Oxford Anthology of Roman Literature.             ·  ISBN-10: 0195395166 ·  ISBN-13: 978-0195395167

Additional Fee:$0

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/202
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/202
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
A Brief History of the Romans. (2nd ed.) 2013Boatwright, Gargola199987556$55.00
As the Romans Did: A Sourcebook of Roman Social History. (2nd ed.)Shelton019508974X$65.00
The Oxford Anthology of Roman Literature.Knox, McKeown195395166$40.00

Computer Science

Algorithms

NSC469
4.00
Intermediate
Jim Mahoney
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An exploration of some classic computer science recipes and the ideas behind them. Topics will include big O notation, data structures such as queues and heaps, as well as problems involving sorting, searching, analyzing graphs, and encoding data. This is an intermediate level foundation course, strongly recommended for folks considering further work in computer science which is typically offered every other year. The primary programming language this semester will by python. Additional Fee:$0

  • previous programming course or experience
  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
The Algorithm Design ManualSkiena1849967202$37.00

Internet Seminar

NSC695
4.00
Multi-Level
Jim Mahoney
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A project based mixed level seminar looking at various internet technologies and current practice. Students will work in various small groups on web site, database, and related projects, then share their experience and results in class. Recommended for those CS students doing web related work.

  • previous experience with internet technolgoies
  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

For Computer Science offerings, also see:

Applied Discrete Mathematics

Cultural History

For Cultural History offerings, also see:

CULTURE AND ECOLOGY OF THE WESTERN U.S.
Introduction to the Civilization of Ancient Rome
Introduction to U.S. LATINX LITERATURE
Western Music in the Last Century: Five Case Studies

Dance

Dance in World Culturespublic

ART2217
4.00
Introductory
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In this course, we will explore what dance means in a variety of cultures around the world and address the complexities inherent in studying dance forms from outside our own cultural traditions. Class work will be based in discussion of readings and dance films, but the course will also include a number of studio master classes with guest artists.

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Serkin 104
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Serkin 104

Making Art with Your Body: Contemporary Dance and Dance-Making for all Bodies

ART2614
2.00
Multi-Level
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This course offers the opportunity to build movement skills, dance as a community, and co-create dances with other students. We will focus on developing expansive, articulate and powerful dancing through a study of the principles of contemporary modern technique. Core concepts will include dynamic alignment, weight transfer, momentum, breath, movement initiation, and muscular efficiency. Through our practice, we will develop strength, range of motion, balance, flexibility, stamina, self-awareness and coordination. We will also regularly enter into the realm of creating choreography, working in groups in class (and occasionally outside of class), exploring simple frameworks that offer a taste of what it’s like to create art with movement.  Experienced choreography students taking this course may serve in leadership roles, leading movement exercises and creating choreography for the other students in class.Some readings and video viewings will be used to help students contextualize their studio practice.

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Dance
  • Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Dance

Senegalese Dance

ART2625
1.00
Introductory
Elhadji Ba
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A movement course introducing African dance forms.

  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Dance

Economics

For Economics offerings, also see:

International Political Economy

Environmental Science

For Environmental Science offerings, also see:

Sustainable Solutions and Food Policy (BUS)

Environmental Studies

CULTURE AND ECOLOGY OF THE WESTERN U.S.

CDS423
4.00
Intermediate
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The course introduces students to methods and materials used by historians and ecologists in the study of the U.S. West. This semester our focus will be on wilderness. We will explore changing conceptions of wilderness from the Pre-Colonial era to the present, analyze the role of human activities in influencing the quantity, quality and character of wilderness, and examine how wilderness contributes to the ecological health of systems. Prerequisite: None

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Dispossessing the Wilderness, 2000Spence10195142438$24.00

Outdoor Leadership

CDS625
2.00
Introductory
Adam Katrick
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Outdoor Leadership Course:

An outdoor leader is a figure of balance.  They are responsible for facilitating group cohesion, overseeing logistical needs, working harmoniously in the natural world, responding to emergencies, and creating opportunities for reflection, learning, and sometimes, transformation.  Designed for the emerging leader, this course delves into both internal and external topics, starting with self-awareness and self-management, and moving into group awareness, group management, and risk management.  We will employ multiple learning styles, using discussion, reading, activity, and reflection to learn critical topics.  Each student will be expected to lead their own event, activity, or program during the semester to challenge and reflect upon their leadership skills.  We will also have one overnight trip during the course to address group dynamics hands-on.  This course is strongly recommended for, but not exclusive to, Bridges Leaders.

  • Friday 3:00pm-5:20pm in Dalrymple/D38

For Environmental Studies offerings, also see:

Culture and the Environment (BUS)
Energy
General Biology II
Introduction to Cartography: History, Theory and Practice
Leading and Learning for Transformation and Resilience (BUS)
Learning Community as Personal and Social Change (BUS)
Natural History and Ecology: A Systems Approach (BUS)
Sustainable Solutions and Food Policy (BUS)

Film/Video Studies

Intermediate / Advanced Narrative Video Production

ART2629
4.00
Multi-Level
Brad Heck
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Students will spend the semester exploring in depth the three stages of narrative video production: preproduction, production, and postproduction. Topics studied will include script development, project management, planning and scheduling, casting, directing actors, shooting a script, lighting, sound, camera, editing, color correction, color grading, and audio mixing. Students will work in groups to create short videos and rotate the on-set rolls of director, cinematographer, production designer, sound recordist, and producer.

Additional Fee:$120

  • An Introductory Production Course
  • Thursday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Lower Baber/Baber Art
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Screenplay: The Foundations of ScreenwritingField9780385339032$11.55
Directing Actors: Creating Memorable Performances for Film & TelevisionWeston9780941188241$22.76
The Art Of The Cut: Editing Concepts Every Filmmaker Should KnowKeast9781514272077$8.53

Muybridge to DuVernay - Cinematic Technique and the History of Film

ART2628
4.00
Introductory
Brad Heck
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This course will survey the history of cinema as well as introduce the visual literacy necessary to understand, evaluate, analyze, and deconstruct film. By moving chronologically through film history, class discussion following weekly screenings will identify the genesis of cinematic techniques, and witness their form evolve over time into established visual vocabulary. This course will journey from the experimental birth of cinema through German Expressionism, Soviet Montage, the End of the Silent Era, the the Hollywood Studio System and the Birth of the Auteur, The Genre Film, Italian Neo-Realism, French New Wave, Cinéma Vérité, the Independent American Industry, Dogme 95, the Digital Revolution, ending with Virtual Reality and Immersive Cinema.

Additional Fee:$20

  • Friday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Lower Baber/Baber Art
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Film History: An Introduction, 4th EditionThompson, Bordwell978007351426$78.20

For Film/Video Studies offerings, also see:

Music and the Moving Image

Gender Studies

The Nineteenth-Century Insane Asylum Movementmode_edit

ART2613
4.00
Multi-Level
Brenda Foley
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Drawing from the fields of disability studies, women's studies, and history, students in this interdisciplinary course will explore the history of the nineteenth-century insane asylum movement in the U.S. and abroad. Readings, films, and guest speakers will contribute to an analysis of the tension between a romanticized nineteenth-century narrative of “madness as rebellion” and methods of control used to identify and regulate behaviors deemed aberrant or societally unproductive. Prerequisite: None

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-112
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-112
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
The Lives They Left BehindPenney1934137146$13.56
Madness in CivilizationScull691173443$24.95

For Gender Studies offerings, also see:

EASING BACK INTO SPANISH
Gender and the Body in Art History
Introduction to U.S. LATINX LITERATURE

History

For History offerings, also see:

Finding Stuff: Research Methods in the Humanities
Introduction to Cartography: History, Theory and Practice
Introduction to the Civilization of Ancient Rome
Origins of the Contemporary World
Rice, Ritual, & Revolution: A Survey of Southeast Asian History

Interdisciplinary

The Migrant, the Refugee, and the Citizen: Cultural Politics of Displacementmode_editpublic

CDS626
4.00
Multi-Level
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This seminar explores the ways in which global displacement within the last century gives us a perspective to rethink culture and politics. Scholars such as Hannah Arendt, Liisa Malkki, Etienne Balibar, Michel Agier, and others argue that political and cultural struggles around displacement can offer us important insights into formations of identities and communities. In particular, since the nation-state and citizenship form the centers around which we organize our political lives, what challenges to their limits are offered by the displaced? Is “belonging” in our time defined as much by migration as by indigeneity, as much by global regimes as by national sovereignty? In what ways do practices and discourses of displacement contribute to the reconfiguring of identities and communities?? If borders are foundational to the order of nation-states as it exists today, in what ways are they contested by refugees, asylum seekers and “irregular” migrants within the politics of asylum? Can we think of citizenship as a creative civil process? These, and similarly urgent questions, are at the heart of our course readings. Using an interdisciplinary lens involving literature, film, anthropology, political philosophy, and human rights, this seminar seeks to create a robust dialogue on contemporary human migration and displacement. The course presents substantial opportunities to hone students’ writing, speaking, and research abilities. In this course, we will use writing as a mode of learning, specifically as a means of prompting and extending our thinking about assigned readings and research projects.

  • Thursday 1:00pm-3:00pm in Dalrymple/D42
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
MigritudePatel9781885030054$15.95

For Interdisciplinary offerings, also see:

The Nineteenth-Century Insane Asylum Movement

Languages

Advanced Spanish

HUM2549
3.00
Introductory
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Advanced Spanish Course for Leland and Gray High School.

Beginning Modern Arabic IA

HUM2523
4.00
Introductory
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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. 

Additional Fee:$ 0

  • Monday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Wednesday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D43

Chinese

HUM2553
3.00
Introductory
Grant Li
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Course for Windham Regional Collegiate High School.

Chinese Level II

HUM2552
3.00
Introductory
Grant Li
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NOTE:  This is a Dual Enrollment course and is held at the Brattleboro Union High School.

In this course students will continue to build proficiency and confidence while working at an accelerated pace.  Discussions and writings are based on authentic readings and feature films in their historical and cultural contexts.  Activities may include exploring current events and cultural trends, preparing presentations and short field trips.  

Chinese Level III

HUM2555
3.00
Introductory
Grant Li
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NOTE:  This is a Dual Enrollment course and is held at the Leland and Gray High School.

Chinese Level IV

HUM2556
3.00
Introductory
Grant Li
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NOTE:  This is a Dual Enrollment course and is held at the Leland and Gray High School.

EASING BACK INTO SPANISHpublic

HUM1492
2.00
Introductory
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This course is designed for students who have taken Spanish before but desire a review before formally entering the Intermediate or the Beginning levels. The course covers the five core areas of language learning: grammar, reading, writing, speaking, and awareness of cultural and linguistic diversity within the Spanish speaking world.

Additional Fee:$ 0

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D13
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D13
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D13
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
En contacto: Gramatica en accionWegman, Mendez-Faith9781285461540$66.00

Elementary French IIpublic

HUM2517
4.00
Introductory
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This course is the continuation of Elementary French I. This course builds on and expands language and cultural skills learned in the first semester. Students will continue to develop their basic skills in French language competency including listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course is designed to facilitate active learning about the francophone world through study of its language and cultures. Emphasis is on vocabulary building, basic grammar structures and cultural and historical knowledge. Required textbook: Chez Nous: Branché sur le monde francophone, 4/E, 2014.

  • Elementary French I
  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D43
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Chez nous: Branché sur le monde francophone, Media-Enhanced Version , Books a la Carte Plus Duolingo - Access Card Package (Single Semester), 4th EditionCathy, Mary, Scullen9780135216842$198.67

Elementary Spanish IIpublic

HUM1439
4.00
Introductory
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Offers a dynamic and interactive introduction to Spanish and Spanish American cultures. The course covers the basic grammar structures of the Spanish language through extensive use of video, classroom practice, and weekly conversation sessions with a native-speaking language assistant. It is a continuation of Spanish I.  Prerequisite: One semester of Spanish or some prior Spanish

  • Elementary Spanish I or equivalent
  • A semester of college Spanish
  • Instructor's permission
  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D13
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D13
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D13
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Student Vistas 5th EditionBlanco, Donley9781626806450$145.00

Intermediate French Ipublic

HUM2558
4.00
Intermediate
TBD TBD
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Intermediate French I is designed as a second-year French course for students have completed first-year French or its equivalent. Students will strengthen their language skills and cultural competency through vocabulary, grammar and readings. You will contribute to the classroom community by using French in and out of class, collaborating with classmates, and taking responsibility for timely completion of all assignments, quizzes, compositions, projects and tests. 

Additional Fee:$ 0

Intermediate French IIpublic

HUM2516
4.00
Intermediate
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This course is the continuation of Intermediate French I. In this course, students will continue to increase their capacity to communicate in oral and written French in formal and informal situations while acquiring an important knowledge of the francophone world. In class, we will concentrate on using the language in creative ways rather than on studying grammar rules (literary texts, films and culture). Required textbook: Imaginez, 3rd loose-leaf text and access codes, by Séverine Champeny. Vista Higther Learning (2016)

  • Intermediate French I
  • Monday 10:30am-11:50am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:50am in Dalrymple/D42
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Imaginez, 3rd EditionChampeny9781626808546$200.40

Intermediate Modern Arabic IIA

HUM2524
4.00
Intermediate
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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: Beginning Arabic or the equivalent

Additional Fee:$ 0

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D34
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D34
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D34

Intermediate-Advanced Chinese IIpublic

HUM2521
4.00
Advanced
Grant Li
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Building on the skills and vocabulary acquired in Second-year Chinese, this course continues working on topics of common interest, and develops the ability to understand, summarize and discuss social issues in contemporary China

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E

Sound Pattern of Language: Introduction to Phonologypublic

HUM2522
4.00
Introductory
Grant Li
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 This course introduces fundamental concepts in phonology. Phonology deals with the grammar of speech sounds. It concerns about discovering the abstract mental principles that govern the sound pattern of language. This course equips students with the essential analytical skills needed for further study in the field, such as how to think critically and discover generalizations about data, how to formulate hypotheses, and how to test them. Students who wish to study linguistics will benefit from this course both the theory and practice of phonology.

  • none
  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33E

Spanish Level III

HUM2554
3.00
Introductory
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NOTE:  This is a Dual Enrollment course and it is held at Leland and Gray High School.

The third year of Spanish studies raises the level of linguistic and communicative challenges as students increase the time of speaking only Spanish in the classroom.  Structured tasks for language practice and assessment include:  asking for and giving directions, expressing opinions, exchanging information, and describing events in the past, in the future, and under certain conditions.  Grammatical structures that support task performance include:  the imperative, present, preterit, imperfect, perfect tenses, plus broader use of pronouns and placement in sentences and questions, and comparative and superlative structures.  The present subjunctive mood is also introduced and how it is used in expressing wishes and emotions, opinions and doubt.  Higher level vocabulary use is gained through reading stories, news articles, current events and thematic vocabulary exercises, often addressing issues of social justice..Expanding cultural explorations, combined with linguistic development, allows students to present their investigations in a variety of formats - spoken, written, artistic and personalized.  At least once or twice during the semester, it is hoped that Leland and Gray students would have the opportunity to visit the Marlboro campus to interact with students in the Spanish classes.

 

Spanish Level III

HUM2554
3.00
Introductory
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NOTE:  This is a Dual Enrollment course and it is held at Leland and Gray High School.

 

The third year of Spanish studies raises the level of linguistic and communicative challenges as students increase the time of speaking only Spanish in the classroom.  Structured tasks for language practice and assessment include:  asking for and giving directions, expressing opinions, exchanging information, and describing events in the past, in the future, and under certain conditions.  Grammatical structures that support task performance include:  the imperative, present, preterit, imperfect, perfect tenses, plus broader use of pronouns and placement in sentences and questions, and comparative and superlative structures.  The present subjunctive mood is also introduced and how it is used in expressing wishes and emotions, opinions and doubt.  Higher level vocabulary use is gained through reading stories, news articles, current events and thematic vocabulary exercises, often addressing issues of social justice..Expanding cultural explorations, combined with linguistic development, allows students to present their investigations in a variety of formats - spoken, written, artistic and personalized.  At least once or twice during the semester, it is hoped that Leland and Gray students would have the opportunity to visit the Marlboro campus to interact with students in the Spanish classes.

Liberal Studies

Finding Stuff: Research Methods in the Humanities

CDS567
2.00
Introductory
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This course will cover a wide variety of research techniques and develop the students' knowledge of the many databases and search platforms available at the college. We will also spend some time looking at persistent questions in research such as the role of online information, plagiarism and others. This course can compliment any year of course work. Much of the practice use of databases and search systems can be used directly for work being done in other courses; it is our hope that this course will generally make your life easier. Prerequisite: None

  • None
  • Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Rice-Aron Library/LIBBAR

Introduction to Cartography: History, Theory and Practicepublic

NSC621
4.00
Multi-Level
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A course for those interested in creating and interpreting maps.  The course will cover the history of map making, how people currently portray spacial information, and some of the mathematical choices involved in map design. We will work with primitive tools such as pencil and paper as well as GIS platforms for mapping and statistical information. Students will create a variety of actual maps over the course of the semester.

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217

For Liberal Studies offerings, also see:

EASING BACK INTO SPANISH
Introduction to U.S. LATINX LITERATURE
Seminar in Performance - Short Play Festival

Literature

Introduction to U.S. LATINX LITERATUREpublic

HUM1467
3.00
Introductory
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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 on the grade. Prerequisite: None

  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D13
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D13
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoDiaz9781594489587$10.00
I am not your Perfect Mexican DaughterSanchez9781524700485$13.00
Dreaming in CubanGarcia97803453881439$14.00
Latino AmericansSuarez9780451238146$18.00
When I was Puerto RicanSantiago9780201581171$13.00
Borderlands / La fronteraAnzaldua1879960567$20.00
Samba Dreamersde Azevedo816524904$20.00

Telling and Retelling: Contemporary Responses to Familiar Fictions

HUM2347
4.00
Multi-Level
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Through close reading of paired texts, we will explore the dialogues that contemporary authors create with the past – dialogues that transgress the boundaries of time and support Virginia Woolf's suggestion that "books continue each other, in spite of our habit of judging them separately" (A Room of One's Own). Important to our discussion will be the nature of the fictional re-workings: a change in narrative perspective; a de-centering of familiar themes and motifs; an exploration of the boundaries generated by gender, race, and class; a blurring of the line between fact and fiction. We will be making connections among the works that move us both forward and backward, juxtaposing familiar and unfamiliar texts in ways that will stimulate readings of both. Pairings may include: William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day; Shakespeare’s King Lear and Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres; Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe and J.M. Coetzee’s Foe; Samuel Coleridge’s “Christabel” and A.S. Byatt’s Possession; Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Peter Ackroyd’s The Case of Victor Frankenstein; Robert Louis Stevenson Jekyll and Hyde and Valerie Martin’s Mary Reilly; Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea; E.M. Forster’s Howard’s End and Zadie Smith’s On Beauty.  Prerequisite: Must have passed the writing requirement

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
King Lear (Signet Classic)Shakespeare9780451526939$4.95
A Thousand AcresSmiley9781400033836$13.56
The Metamorphosis and Other StoriesKafka9780486290300$4.29
Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of IphisSmith9781847671868$14.00
Jane EyreBronte9780141441146$9.00
Wide Sargasso SeaRhys9780393308808$14.57
Mrs. DallowayWoolf9780141182490$10.78
The HoursCunningham9780312243029$11.06
On BeautySmith9780143037743$15.00
Howard's EndForster9780553212082$4.99

The Contemporary Global Anglophone Novelmode_editpublic

HUM2519
4.00
Introductory
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This course explores novels written in English from across the world in the 20th and 21st century in the context of critical debates around the “world” or “global” novel, global "Englishes",  comparative modernisms, postcolonialism, globalization, and environmental degradation. We will read writers such as Kamila Shamsie,Sinan Antoon, Helon Habila, Indra Sinha, among others as well as theories central to postcolonial and globalization studies. The seminar will pay attention to how a comparative and transnational perspective deepens our reading of imaginative literature. We will examine the themes and formal strategies of the works in question, the concrete context of the works’ settings, histories of production and circulation, the texts’ imbrication in geopolitics, and the aesthetic ways in which they open worlds. Modules may include connected global histories, conflict and terror, uneven globalization, and environmental degradation.

  • None
  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:00pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Burnt ShadowsShamsie9780312551872$14.64
CosmopolisDeLillo9780743244251$13.37
Oil on WaterHabila9780393339642$15.95
Animal's PeopleSinha10141657879X$14.29
We Need New NamesBulawyo9780316230841$10.78

Writing Seminar: Folklore in Literature and Pop Culturehearing

HUM2518
4.00
Introductory
Bronwen Tate
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Before stories were written, they were told. Passed on by word of mouth, fairy tales, murder ballads, and riddles travelled across cultures and proliferated in endless variations. According to many scholars, folklore persists today in the skipping rhymes, internet memes, and urban legends that tell us who we are and what groups we belong to. In this course, students will engage in field work by gathering examples of living folklore. We will consider the work of influential folklore collectors like the German Brothers Grimm and the American brothers John and Alan Lomax and ask questions like: Who are the “folk” in folklore? What role do performance and ritual play? What happens when tales move out of oral tradition and into the written record? To this day, the enchanted woods, poisoned apples, and speaking wolves of folk tales remain a potent source of inspiration for writers and artists. We will read and analyze literature inspired by folklore including Bram Stoker’s Dracula, poems by Louise Gluck and Lucille Clifton, and stories by Italo Calvino, Yoko Tawada, and Carmen Maria Machado. We’ll also look at how folk and fairy tale motifs show up across comics, advertising, movies, social media, and other forms of Pop Culture. Students will have the chance to analyze tale retellings  and compose their own. Through frequent writing, ample feedback in workshops and conferences, and opportunities for revision and reflection, this course offers students a chance to hone research and writing skills.

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
DraculaStoker9780199564095$8.00

For Literature offerings, also see:

EASING BACK INTO SPANISH
Introduction to the Civilization of Ancient Rome
Origins of the Contemporary World
The Migrant, the Refugee, and the Citizen: Cultural Politics of Displacement

Mathematics

Applied Discrete Mathematics

NSC699
1.00
Multi-Level
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In contrast to calculus, discrete mathematics is concerned with structures that are not continuous.  This encompasses and intersects with a wide variety of subfields of math, including probability theory, logic, graph theory, error-correcting codes and algebraic structures.  This course consists of a series of modules and projects that fall under this broad umbrella, the exact content of which depends on the interests of the students.  The emphasis will be on making bridges from discrete mathematics to other disciplines, such as computer science and chemistry, and to other subfields of math.

  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Calculus II

NSC212
4.00
Intermediate
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We build on the theory and techniques developed in Calculus (NSC515). Topics include techniques and applications of integration, complex numbers, power series, parametric equations and differential equations.

  • Calculus or permission of instructor
  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217

Statistics

NSC696
4.00
Introductory
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We look at three main topics: the collection and presentation of data, the probability theory behind statistical methods and the analysis of data. Statistical tests covered include the t-test, linear regression, ANOVA and chi-squared. The open source statistical computing package R is introduced and used throughout the class.

  • Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus or equivalent
  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221

Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus

NSC556
Variable
Introductory
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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 10 units, listed on the course web page. One credit will be earned for each unit completed. Students select units depending on their interest and need. The course is especially designed for students who plan to study calculus or statistics, would like to prepare for the GRE exam or who just want to learn some math. Over the semester, 3-4 units will be offered in the timetabled sessions. Individual tutorial-style arrangements can be made with students who want to study the non-timetabled units, or who want to study units at their own pace.

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/sci205
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/sci205
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/sci205

For Mathematics offerings, also see:

Introduction to Cartography: History, Theory and Practice

Music

Chamber Music

ART496
1.00
Intermediate
Jake Charkey
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An opportunity for students to meet on a weekly basis to read and rehearse music from the standard chamber music repertoire. Woodwind, string and brass instruments welcome. Course may be repeated for credit.

Additional Fee:$ 0

  • Tuesday 4:00pm-6:00pm in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Ragle Hall

Madrigal Choir

ART825
2.00
Introductory
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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: None; ability to read music helpful

Additional Fee:$0

  • Monday 9:00am-9:50am in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Ragle Hall
  • Thursday 9:00am-9:50am in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Ragle Hall

Music and the Moving Image

ART2440
3.00
Multi-Level
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The course is offered in two sections: the first, which may be taken for 3 credits, constitutes an examination of music in film, encompassing both technical and cognitive aspects of this synthesis, and a historical survey of some significant film music. The second is meant primarily for advanced music students and will be a practical workshop in film scoring scenes from preexisting films and possibly fellow students' film projects.

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:50pm in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Ragle Hall

Music Fundamentals II

ART2331
3.00
Introductory
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This is the last of a course sequence designed as an intensive practical training for students interested in making music. The course will focus on improving our ability to hear, replicate, and document music. We will focus on sight singing, rhythmic skills, transcription, and utilizing these skills in our music making both in class and in our individual artistic practices outside the classroom. During the second part of the semester, we will also work on analysis and composition. The students will help guide the direction of the course by choosing particular musical examples and topics for transcription and analysis.

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Serkin 150
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Serkin 150

New Modes of Listening

ART2626
2.00
Multi-Level
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Looking beyond the surface of sound, we will dig into the social, environmental, political, and economic networks that make music possible. Through readings across disciplines - philosophy, reasoning, sociology, and psychology - we will gain tools for understanding the wider context of music (or any art form really) as a social, systematic, and philosophical practice. Using these tools, we will question our likes and dislikes when it comes to music in order to open up new vistas of possibility.

  • Friday 1:30pm-4:00pm in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Serkin 150

Non-Western Music: A Musician’s Perspective

ART2627
2.00
Multi-Level
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A necessarily brief, fairly subjective tour of historic recordings, musicians and ensembles that are important to Ned Rothenberg, Marlboro’s newest Musician in Residence.  These will include both artists he has admired from afar and some with whom he has had long working relationships, like Sainkho Namtchylak, Samir Chatterjee and Yoonjeong Heo.  Focusing on orchestral (Africa, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Myanmar ….), chamber (India, Turkey, Zimbabwe, Columbia) and solo (Inuit, Chad, Mongolia, Iran) contexts,  the class will provide a window on musics made outside of familiar “western” idioms.  We will discuss the musics' structure, rhythmic form and relationship to core functions like dance, play and storytelling.  Students will be invited to suggest recordings for class discussion and critique.

  • Wednesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Serkin 150

Senegalese Drumming

ART2634
1.00
Introductory
Elhadji Ba
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This class will focus on learning the basic drum techniques and rhythms of Senegal, West Africa. With an emphasis on Sabar and Saouruba, students will explore rhythms from Dakar, the capital of Senegal, to Casamance, a rural village in south Senegal. Students will learn to play on authentic drums and will accompany dancers, learning the give and take between drummer and dancer that is inherent to the musical culture of West Africa. The course will culminate with a live performannce, including both drummers and dancers. 

  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Serkin 104

Western Music in the Last Century: Five Case Studies

ART2278
4.00
Multi-Level
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The course will make an inquiry into the last century of western music from the vantage point of five works, written from 1913 to 2004: Igor Stravinski's Rite of Spring; George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess; Karlheinz Stockhausen's Gesange Der Jünglinge; Ornette Coleman's The Shape of Jazz To Come; and DJ Danger Mouse's The Grey Album. Each work will serve as a springboard for consideration of a wide range of notions that have gained special prominence in music of this time: modes of transmission and reception, developments in technology and their effect on  production and dissemination, cultural notions of "high brow" vs. "low brow", artisanship vs. industry, authenticity and fakeness, all inform these works in different and multifaceted ways. Course work will involve focused listening to those works and others related to them, reading of related materials drawn from both primary and secondary sources, and some on-going writing projects about music, as well as regular presentations of assigned topics as a starting point for discussion. Prerequisite: None

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Serkin 150
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Serkin 150

Other

Advanced Art Studies

ART2654
3.00
Introductory
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Winham Regional Collegiate High School course.

Ceramics II

ART2653
3.00
Introductory
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Windham Regional Collegiate High School course.

Computer Graphic Design II

ART2650
3.00
Introductory
TBD TBD
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Windham Regional Collegiate High School course.

Painting

Intermediate & Advanced Painting Plan Seminar

ART2635
4.00
Multi-Level
Amy Beecher
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This course is designed for intermediate and advanced level students in the visual arts. We will spend the majority of our meeting times critiquing work. Students at the intermediate level will be given three week long project prompts and technical demonstrations. Those on or about to be on Plan will select one body of work to focus on throughout the course. It is not required that all the work being critiqued be solely painting or even painting at all. If a student is doing a portion of plan work, which is not at all painting, but is intended to relate to their painting work they should feel comfortable bringing it in for critique. We will also discuss all issues concerning the preparation of a body of work and Plan Exhibition. Prerequisite: Introduction to Visual Art, Introduction to Painting, Introduction to Drawing or permission of instructor. 

  • Friday 2:00pm-4:30pm in Lower Baber/Baber-Up

For Painting offerings, also see:

Elements and Principles: An Introduction to Visual Art

Philosophy

Buddhist Philosophypublic

HUM1381
4.00
Intermediate
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This course will be an introduction to Buddhist—predominantly Indian and East Asian Buddhist—philosophical accounts of the self, consciousness, language, knowledge and wisdom, the nature of reality, and personal and social ethics. We will begin with a study of several early TheravÄ?da texts on the self, epistemology, and ethics. These texts present what is arguably the most basic account of early Buddhist views which form the foundation for all Buddhist philosophy. Then we will devote several weeks to a careful reading of NÄ?gÄ?rjuna’s (second century, India) Fundamental Wisdom of the Middle Way. NÄ?gÄ?rjuna’s work, which is often considered the most important text in the history of Buddhist philosophy, presents a more radical approach to the themes discussed in the TheravÄ?da texts. NÄ?gÄ?rjuna particularly emphasizes the emptiness of inherent existence, which will be the primary theme of the rest of the course. We will then turn to several later Buddhist thinkers who regarded themselves as developing NÄ?gÄ?rjuna’s work, or responding to it.

Heidegger

HUM2422
4.00
Advanced
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This course will be primarily devoted to a close reading of Heidegger’s Being and Time. Being and Time is a notoriously challenging and often deeply rewarding text, and is widely regarded as the most important work in 20th century European philosophy. It is most famous for its inquiries into questioning; interpretation; being-with-others; being-in-the-world; facing death; authentic and inauthentic existence; freedom; meaning; conscience; resoluteness; truth; and care. In addition, we will read several of Heidegger’s later essays to understand the ways in which his thinking developed, exploring questions of technology, art, poetic thinking and dwelling.  We will also devote some attention to the ways in which Heidegger was influenced by East Asian thought.  Finally, we will address the many important questions raised by Heidegger's politics. 

  • permission of the instructor
  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Being and TimeHeidegge1438432763$18.95

Philosophy of Race

HUM2404
4.00
Introductory
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What is race? How did the idea of race arise and what are the many ways in which ideas of race function today? How have ideas of race operated in the construction of knowledge across the disciplines, especially in biology, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, medicine and history? In what way is race constitutive of our identities? What is the relationship between racial categories and racism? This course will explore these questions through a careful analysis of historic and contemporary texts across a broad range of disciplines. Prerequisite: None

  • permission of the instructor
  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
The Idea of RaceBernasconi, Lott872204588$19.00
Racism: A Short HistoryFrederickson691167052$19.95

For Philosophy offerings, also see:

American Political Thought
New Modes of Listening
Wrestling with Ancestors: Introduction to Confucianism & Daoism

Photography

Intermediate & Advanced Photography Plan Seminar

ART574
4.00
Multi-Level
John Willis
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This course is designed for intermediate and advanced level students in the visual arts. We will spend the vast majority of our meeting times critiquing student works in progress. Students at the intermediate level will be given three week long project prompts and technical demonstrations. Those on or about to be on Plan will select one body of work to focus on throughout the course. It is not required that all the work being critiqued be solely photographic or even photographic at all. If a student is doing a portion of plan work, which is not at all photographic, but is intended to relate to their photographic work they should feel comfortable bringing it in for critique. We will also discuss all issues concerning the preparation of a body of work and Plan Exhibition. Prerequisite: Introduction to Photography at the college level or by permission of instructor

Additional Fee:$120

  • Introduction to Photography
  • Tuesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-101
  • Thursday 10:30am-12:50pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-101

For Photography offerings, also see:

Elements and Principles: An Introduction to Visual Art

Physics

Energy

NSC631
3.00
Introductory
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An introduction to the physical principles behind energy, energy uses and their effect on the environment, suitable for science students and non-science students. Some of the included topics are: mechanical energy, conservation of energy, heat and work, production of energy (e.g Solar, Hydro, Wind and Nuclear).

  • High school algebra
  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
The Simple Physics of Energy UseRez9780198802303$40.00
Physics for scientist and engineers 3rd edition Volume 1Knight9780321752918$10.00

General Physics I

NSC223
4.00
Introductory
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An introductory physics class involving some laboratory work, suitable for students considering a Plan in physics, science students, or non-science students who want a physics foundation. Topics include vector algebra, kinematics, dynamics of single and many-particle systems, gravitation, energy, momentum, conservation laws, circular and rigid body motion.

  • Mathematical proficiency up through, but not necessarily including, calculus
  • Monday 9:00am-10:30am in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Wednesday 9:00am-10:30am in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Physics for scientist and engineers 3rd edition Volume 1Knight9780321752918$10.00

For Physics offerings, also see:

Calculus II

Politics

American Political Thoughtmode_edit

HUM1514
4.00
Introductory
Meg Mott
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Since the Revolution, American political thinkers have debated whether to promote liberty over property, equality over tradition. Some of those debates have devolved into outright warfare. Some of them have expanded civil rights. Underneath all of these debates is the existential question of whether the United States operates as a republic, where decision-making involves ordinary people and conforms to the rule of law, or whether it operates as an oligarchy, where a few powerful people control the mechanisms of government.This class looks at three historical controversies – the abolition of slavery, women's suffrage, and the rights of workers in an industrialized economy. We'll read essays and speeches by Frederick Douglass, John Calhoun, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Carnegie, and Jane Addams to see how each of them envisions American politics. Students will develop skills in drafting arguments against powerful adversaries as well as understanding the reasoning behind republican and oligarchic points of view.

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
20 Years at Hull HouseAddams9781463682477$6.95
Narrative of the life of a SlaveDouglass9781503287273$5.89
Spirit of Youth in the City StreetsAddams9781314426359$9.95

Applying Political Theory

NSC700
4.00
Introductory
Meg Mott
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In this tutorial I will continue my analysis of the social and economic dynamics at play during the 2016 Presidential election. I will also apply some of my research toward experiential opportunities in the southern Vermont area.

How to Have Better Conversations: Community Governance Colloquium

SSC707
2.00
Introductory
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Democracy would be a delight were it not for other people. If everyone just thought the same way, decisions could easily be made and problems could easily be solved. The difficulties of democratic decision-making become particularly evident when social norms are rapidly changing and groups demand strict allegiance. How can we possibly work together when mistrust and confusion are at an all-time high? This colloquium combines cognitive science, traditional wisdom, and deliberative techniques to improve democratic decision-making. Using meta-meditation, we'll build our capacity to hear opposing points of view. Using deliberative dialogue, we'll learn how to parse problems with a three-pronged approach. We'll also consider how these practices might improve the decision-making from Town Meeting to small committee discussions. This class will be of particular use for students currently serving on committees or hoping to serve on committees.

  • Wednesday 9:00am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D42

International Political Economypublic

SSC703
4.00
Intermediate
Ian McManus
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This course will introduce students to the contemporary study of international political economy, or how politics and economics interact at the global, regional and national levels. The class  will highlight major theories in the field of IPE and how these can be applied to empirical questions concerning the structure of the global economic system, the causes and consequences of globalization, and the effects of policies made by international institutions and national governments. 

  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102

For Politics offerings, also see:

Origins of the Contemporary World
Presidential Seminar on Engaging the World
The Migrant, the Refugee, and the Citizen: Cultural Politics of Displacement
Why do we obey? Social structure and normative systems

Psychology

Abnormal Psychology

SSC108
4.00
Intermediate
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An analysis of the major approaches to abnormal psychology and the resulting theories of personality. Prerequisite: Child Development, Persistent Problems in Psychology

  • Monday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Friday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D33W
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
DSM-5 Clinical CasesBarnhill975158562463$84.00
Madness in CivilizationFoucault067972110X$16.95

Adolescence and the Family

SSC196
4.00
Introductory
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An examination of the family and the emerging adolescent in the family.

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Family Life in AdolescenceNoeller9783110402483$98.00
Identity in AdolescenceKroger9780415281072$50.95

For Psychology offerings, also see:

Learning Community as Personal and Social Change (BUS)
Why do we obey? Social structure and normative systems

Religion

Plan Writing Seminar

HUM779
2.00
Advanced
Amer Latif
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Writing seminar for seniors. Students not completing a plan in religion can take this course as well but need permission of the instructor. This course can be taken for two to six credits.

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D22A
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D22A

Sources & Methods in Religious Studies

HUM1117
4.00
Intermediate
Amer Latif
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An examination of available sources and current methodologies in the study of religion. Required for juniors on Plan in religion.

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D22A
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D22A

Wrestling with Ancestors: Introduction to Confucianism & Daoismpublic

HUM1416
4.00
Introductory
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The discord and proliferation of sharply contrasting visions in contemporary discourse can make this moment appear unique. These conditions, though, are not unprecedented and one might even argue that such is the nature of all significant cultural transformations. The Chinese civilization provides illuminating examples of wrestling with the enduring problem of how to find stability in a world where change is the only constant. In this course we will explore the range of answers provided by Chinese thinkers to the question of how to live harmoniously with oneself and with others, both human and other-than-human. We will pay special attention to the manner in which Chinese thinkers wrestled with the traditions of their ancestors in trying to forge a paradigm appropriate to the problems of their own times.  We will begin the semester with close readings of primary texts and conclude with a structured exercise in self-cultivation.

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
The Analects of Confucius: A Philosophical TranslationAmes, Rosemont345434072$26.99
The Daodejing of LaoziIvanhoe9780872207011$23.01
Zhuangzi: Basic WritingsWatson9780231129596$25.20
Xunzi: Basic WritingsWatson9780231129657$28.00

For Religion offerings, also see:

How to Have Better Conversations: Community Governance Colloquium

Sculpture

For Sculpture offerings, also see:

Elements and Principles: An Introduction to Visual Art

Sociology

Why do we obey? Social structure and normative systems

SSC675
4.00
Introductory
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To understand the potential for social change, we must understand the social forces that shape our experience and constrain our actions.  Why do we form orderly lines?  Why don’t we run red lights?  Why do we not rebel at every moment?  How does a society generate consensus?  To answer these and similar questions, we will study socialization, law, bureaucracy, and everyday interaction to explore social control and structure.  Students will leave the course with knowledge of the societal construction of order and stability, the ways in which we are complicit in power, as well as how obedience and consent varies across social position. This is a companion course to Protest and Social Movements, which will be taught in upcoming semesters.

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 221

For Sociology offerings, also see:

Culture and the Environment (BUS)
International Political Economy

The Bus

Culture and the Environment (BUS)

CDS586
3.00
Intermediate
TBD TBD
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Cultures shape the ways humans interact with the land, and historically, they have been closely adapted to their local environment. Students investigate the ways that culture can support a sustainable society by exploring dominant US culture, regional subcultures and past and present local indigenous cultures. We look especially at the implied environmental ethics of cultural practices and beliefs. Students consider approaches to changing our culture to promote sustainability and whether their own unexamined beliefs and actions are in line with their environmental values.

Leading and Learning for Transformation and Resilience (BUS)

CDS584
3.00
Intermediate
TBD TBD
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This course surveys models of education and leadership and their roles in the sustainability movement. It also introduces the holistic, experiential, and progressive education model used by the Expedition Education Institute. The living and learning community provides an excellent opportunity for individuals to develop their skills and practices as leaders, learners, and advocates. Through experience, action, and reflection, students collaboratively explore transformative approaches to education and being the change.

Learning Community as Personal and Social Change (BUS)

CDS585
3.00
Intermediate
TBD TBD
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Explores the learning community model and its influence on one’s personal well-being, community, and culture. Students learn group development theory and practice facilitation, decision-making, cooperative communication, and conflict resolution skills. They become skilled in outdoor community living and learning. Trust, including the honoring of our commitments to one another, emerges as a foundation of our efforts. Students develop experiential and intellectual foundations necessary to establish learning communities in other settings.

Natural History and Ecology: A Systems Approach (BUS)

CDS588
3.00
Intermediate
TBD TBD
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In this course we examine natural systems using both a traditional scientific approach and a deep ecological perspective to illuminate the inter-relationship of all life. Living within and studying a variety of ecosystems from the northeast to the Appalachian mountains to the Gulf Coast, students learn about biological diversity and the forces that shape the complex interdependence of the living and non-living world. Students also work to develop a personal, emotional, and ethical relationship with the natural world.

Sustainable Solutions and Food Policy (BUS)

CDS628
3.00
Multi-Level
TBD TBD
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The ways in which we grow, process, and distribute food have profound environmental, health, and social requirements. We investigate agricultural practices - both conventional and alternative - and how they can promote healthy humans, a healthy environment, and healthy communities. We look at how agricultural policies shape the current system and how alternative policies might lead to more sustainable practices. We use systems thinking approaches to understand the complexity of modern agriculture, which lies at the intersection of ecology, economics, and culture.

For The Bus offerings, also see:

Culture and the Environment (BUS)
Leading and Learning for Transformation and Resilience (BUS)
Learning Community as Personal and Social Change (BUS)
Natural History and Ecology: A Systems Approach (BUS)
Sustainable Solutions and Food Policy (BUS)

Theater

Directing II

ART2623
4.00
Multi-Level
Jean O'Hara
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This course builds on Directing I where students will deepen their skills while continuing to define their directing style and aesthetic. Each student Director will chose a twenty to thirty minute play to produce for the Short Play Festival. In addition to directing, students are responsible for script analysis, design concept, auditions, rehearsal schedules, advertisement and collaborating with cast and crew throughout the production. In addition, students will read interviews with some of the best and brightest Theatre Directors in the United States today. Lastly, we will attend performances both on and off campus and analyze the pieces through a Director’s lens while also unpacking the performance through critical race, gender, class, sexuality, and (dis)abilty lenses.

  • none
  • Tuesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E

Foundations of Stage Combat

ART2638
1.00
Introductory
Jean O'Hara
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This course is an introduction to hand to hand stage combat. Throughout the semester, students will learn the building blocks of creating the illusion of violence in performance. By the end of the class, students will understand the safety procedures of stage combat, be able to perform a variety of hand to hand moves, and have the knowledge to choreograph their own short stage combat pieces. We will start with the basic moves like pushes and hair pulls, and move onto more flashy moves like gut punches, kicks and chokes. This course will also provide a structure for any who wish to be in a follow up stage combat workshop and performance in Fall 2019.  This is a student-taught course by John Marinelli.

Foundations of Stage Combat

ART2638
1.00
Introductory
Jean O'Hara
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This course is an introduction to hand to hand stage combat. Throughout the semester, students will learn the building blocks of creating the illusion of violence in performance. By the end of the class, students will understand the safety procedures of stage combat, be able to perform a variety of hand to hand moves, and have the knowledge to choreograph their own short stage combat pieces. We will start with the basic moves like pushes and hair pulls, and move onto more flashy moves like gut punches, kicks and chokes. This course will also provide a structure for any who wish to be in a follow up stage combat workshop and performance in Fall 2019.  This is a student-taught course by John Marinelli.

  • Monday 10:30am-12:00pm in Serkin Center for the Performing Arts/Dance

Prison Story Project Performance

ART2630
1.00
Multi-Level
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In this 1-credit course, students will prepare and perform a staged reading of a script based on written by incarcerated people living in Northwest Arkansas. We will meet weekly in the evening from January 16th to February 9th to read, analyze, and discuss the script, and situate the work within the context of the prison industrial complex. Rehearsals will intensify during the week of February 11th through 15th, with a performance the evening of Saturday February 16th, which will conclude the course. This course will be taught in collaboration with Matthew Henriksen, Creative Writing Director, Death Row, of the NWA Prison Story Project, who will join us for final rehearsals and participate in a conversation about prison activism and writing workshops behind bars following the performance. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in the performance. All are welcome to take the course, whether or not you ultimately perform.

  • Tuesday 6:00pm-7:00pm in Dalrymple/D33E

Seminar in Performance - Short Play Festival

ART2620
2.00
Multi-Level
Jean O'Hara
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The Short Play Festival is an opportunity to act. The festival will be a series of short minute plays to be performed near the end of the semester. Each play will have a different student director with rehearsals happening in the evenings, sometimes on weekends and on Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 p.m. You must audition to be a part of the play festival and the course. Students from all different backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, and abilities are encouraged to audition.

 

  • none
  • Wednesday 3:30pm-5:00pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater

Seminar in Playwriting

ART2395
3.00
Intermediate
Brenda Foley
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This course will be a collaborative seminar for students interested in using playwriting, radio drama, and other forms of performed narrative as an aspect of their Plan. The class will consist of writing exercises, workshops, and staged readings. The final project will be a ten-minute play or radio drama that will be submitted to a juried play festival competition. Prerequisite: None

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater

Visual Arts

Art Seminar Critique

ART359
2.00
Advanced
Amy Beecher
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This course provides a forum for students to share their Plan work with each other and to engage in critical dialogue. Student will share work and writing as well as present on artists of influence. An overview of professional practices will also be included. This is a required course for seniors on Plan in the Visual Arts. The class meets Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:20 except the five days there will be visiting artists when the meeting time is 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

  • Preliminary or Final Plan Application on file or by instructors permission
  • Tuesday 3:30pm-5:20pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-101

Art's Ghost: The Ephemeral and Letting Go

ART2618
4.00
Multi-Level
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Both a survey of fleeting work from contemporary art history as well as an exploration of ephemerality’s expressive potential in our own studio practice. Performance, sound, social sculpture, impermanent materials and their afterimage will all be investigated. We will question the necessity of archival standards and embrace letting go as a means of preservation.

 

 

 

 

What does it mean to make work that doesn’t last? What is the role of the audience in work that is no longer there? How do we know if it even happened? If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to witness it… can we find the potential in its decline to the duff?

Additional Fee:$90

  • one lower level art course
  • Monday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-L18
  • Thursday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-L18

Arts Administration

ART2636
1.00
Multi-Level
Amy Beecher
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This month-long pop-up course offers students a chance to learn about putting together an art exhibition. Participants will work alongside visiting curators Lauren Faigles and Caitlin Macbride as they install their traveling library of over 150 artist books in the Drury Gallery from Feb 9- March 1  Students will learn about how an exhibition is conceptualized and what constitutes an “artist book” (hint: it’s not just ink on paper) as they gain practical skills soliciting submissions to the show from our local communities, promoting the exhibition in person and online, and installing and de-installing the artwork on view. Students will be responsible for approximately 15 hours of on-site meeting time (see below schedule) in addition to independent outreach for the show. Students will choose to submit work for the show or write a reflection for their final project.

MEETING TIMES: Wed Jan 30, 5:30-6:30, Thursday Feb 7, 5:45-8:00, Friday, Feb 8th, 5:45-8:00, Saturday Feb 9th, 12:00-6:00, Friday, Mar 1, 5:45-8:00 

Elements and Principles: An Introduction to Visual Art

ART2622
4.00
Introductory
Amy Beecher
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This course is an introduction to the fundamental language of visual expression. Students will learn the elements and principles of art and get their creative juices flowing. Each project will build upon the next as we move through a variety of media (collage, printmaking, sculpture, photography) and dimensions (2D/3D/4D). Students will acquire a working knowledge of visual syntax applicable to the study of art history and popular culture, as well as art. Projects address all four major concentrations ( painting/printmaking, photography, sculpture, film). No prior art experience necessary. Materials fee: $100. 

Additional Fee:$100

  • None
  • Tuesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-201
  • Friday 10:30am-12:50pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-201

Photography II

ART2656
3.00
Introductory
John Willis
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NOTE:  This course is a Dual Enrollment course and is held at Brattleboro Union High School.

This course covers aspects of black and white photography while introducing more advanced film-based and digital techniques.  Students will have the opportunity to explore different film and alternative photographic procedures along with large format printing of film and digital images.  Studio lighting will be introduced and used to gain a technical understanding of light and camera functions.  Emphasis will be placed on independently developed challenges for each project, weekly journals, and monthly revisits of missed photographic opportunities.  A cohesive portfolio of finished work will be expected at the end of the term, including a digital portfolio. 

Photography III

ART2657
3.00
Introductory
John Willis
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This course is a Dual Enrollment course held at Brattleboro Union High School.

This course is designed for the passionate photography student. This student will be self-guided but will work in the structure of the Photography 2 class with much higher expectations in the quality of produced work and more advanced challenges will be given to Photo 3 students with each assignment. A weekly journal is required along with review of missed photographic opportunities. Emphasis will be placed on student developed independent work. An extensive portfolio of work is required for the culmination of the course. 

Wood Sculpture: Sticks, Stumps and Two-By-Fours

ART2619
4.00
Multi-Level
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Engaging both the pragmatic and the imaginative, this sculpture course explores a singular material that lends itself to a variety of methodologies, processes, and associations. Throughout human history wood has lent its strength to functionality and its beauty to ritual and we will make use of both practicality and aesthetics to meet our needs in this class.

In this course you will gain experience with a range of tools, from the stationary power tools in the woodshop for expediency and precision to traditional hand tools for embodied experience. However, this course is not about technical mastery, it is about introduction to possibilities. Because we will be focusing on wood for the entire semester, you will have a great opportunity to explore and access a large number of conceptual and expressive possibilities.

Additional Fee:$90

  • none
  • Monday 9:00am-11:20am in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-L18
  • Thursday 9:00am-11:20am in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-L18

For Visual Arts offerings, also see:

Intermediate & Advanced Painting Plan Seminar
Intermediate & Advanced Photography Plan Seminar

World Studies Program

Conflict and Identitypublic

WSP82
4.00
Intermediate
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The focus of this course is intercultural relations with an emphasis on the links between identity and intercultural conflict. It explores the significance of cultural diversity and difference, values, and identity as communities manage or fail to resolve the issues of tolerance and coexistence. The exploration includes both interpersonal and intergroup relations within the US and internationally. Students connect personal histories to theoretical material.  This is a course that has been taught at S.I.T. and is currently a requirement for World Studies students but all are welcome.

  • Monday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-112

Experiential Learning Collaboration with the Oglala Lakota People of Pine Ridge Reservation

ART2624
4.00
Introductory
John Willis
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This course is designed to offer students across Marlboro College’s liberal arts curriculum the opportunity to create a community engagement collaboration with Oglala Lakota people of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. There will be a spring break experiential learning trip the reservation where we will learn from and collaborate with a number of Lakota educational organizations and non-profits. Prior to spring break the class will focus on learning about the cultural, historical and economic complexities the tribe faces as they work to keep true to their traditional values while bettering life for the people. We will do so through reading texts, watching films and skyping in with Lakota people. During this time we will be working with potential partners in SD to discern what collaborative projects we can focus on during spring break. After spring break the group’s attention will be on evaluative reflection of the experience and how to improve upon such a working process, as well as, how we might continue to assist each other from afar. The goal is to evaluate the community engagement process and serve everyone involved.  Students will keep ongoing journals throughout the course and create their own final qualifying research project.  Interested students will attend an information session and then apply to participate. The class travel will greatly be subsidized by Marlboro College's  Global Learning Initiative Grants. There will be a relatively small cost to students for the travel. If students do not have the funds they should apply anyway, as the class will work together to raise funds needed or the group project. We do not want any accepted student to be left behind for financial reasons. 

Additional Fee:$0

  • Monday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-101
  • Thursday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Snyder Center for the Visual Arts/SNY-101
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
The Wrong Kind of IndianMehta1942545479$14.98
Neither Wolf Nor DogNerburn1577312333$11.52
Power of FourMarshall III9781402748813$34.91

Finding an Internship

WSP50
1.00
Introductory
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While in this class, students will be asked to reflect on their personal and professional skills, values, interest and goals in order to prepare themselves to identify and pursue an internship or job that will be meaningful to them. Students will explore and identify themselves as an individual, as a member of a shared culture, and within the context of a foreign culture, as it relates to skills needed to succeed professionally and personally while crossing cultures. Expected outcomes of the course are a professional resume and cover letter, improved networking and interview skills and proposal writing preparation, as well as strategies for dealing with culture shock and professional differences in a multicultural workplace. This course is applicable to non-WSP students as well.The course consists of 8 classes, which each meet for 1.5 hours.

  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Johnny BunkoPink9781594482915$16.00

Origins of the Contemporary Worldpublic

WSP79
4.00
Introductory
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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.  Student work will include presentations identifying the influence or resonance of the major events of the course.  The theoretical approaches will allow us to consider major themes of the recent past including: colonialism, genocide, human rights, socialism, globalization, and environmental change.

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Something New Under the Sun: An Enviornmental History of the Twentieth Centure WorldMcNeill9780393321838$13.50

Presidential Seminar on Engaging the Worldpublic

CDS627
1.00
Multi-Level
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This joint Marlboro College and Windham World Affairs Council "Engaging the World Series" will include five Wednesday afternoon/evening seminars (February 6th, 13th, 20th, March 27th and April 3rd).  There will be an afternoon classroom discussion with the lecturers led by President Kevin on campus in advance of five evening lectures. The public lectures will be held in Brattleboro from 7-8pm and transportation will be provided for class participants. This course is for one credit and will require a five-page paper on a topic related to one of the lectures.  The five guest speakers bring a wealth of experiences and diverse perspectives on how to engage in the world. They include:  Samuel Farr, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer/Former Member of Congress; Michael Gilligan, President of the Henry Luce Foundation; Joel Rosenthal, President, Carnegie Council of Ethics and International Affairs; Sharon Stash, International Public Health Advisor and Professor, Georgetown University; and Kirk Talbott, Expert Adviser on Transparency/Corruption, The World Bank. 

  • Wednesday 4:30pm-5:30pm in Rice-Aron Library/102

World Studies Senior Seminarpublic

WSP83
1.00
Advanced
Jaime Tanner
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The World Studies Senior Seminar is required for World Studies Program students but is open to all students who are returning from significant fieldwork and need to consider how best to convert these experiences into Plan. Time: TBD Room: Library 202.

For World Studies Program offerings, also see:

Elementary French II
Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
International Political Economy
Presidential Seminar on Engaging the World
Writing Seminar: Race, Language, and Justice

Writing

Creative Writing Explorations: Memory, Observation, Research, Invention, Material

ART2617
4.00
Multi-Level
Bronwen Tate
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Where do your poems come from? Where do you get your ideas for stories? How do you start writing? This workshop course invites students to think about where writing comes from and learn to draw on and combine multiple sources in their own creative work. We will delve into memory inspired by Joe Brainard’s I Remember and Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club, hone powers of observation after reading Pablo Neruda’s odes and Francis Ponge’s object poems, learn to harness the power of research like Eula Biss and Anne Carson, invent new realities like Ursula Le Guin and Italo Calvino, and think about language as a material by imitating Ronald Johnson’s erasures and Harryette Mullen’s sound play. Students will read and write stories, memoirs, essays, and poems, translate an idea from one genre to another, and experiment with combining sources to find their own most generative pathways into writing. Students will gain a diverse toolset of techniques and discover which approaches and methods yield the most interesting results for their creative aims. Towards the end of the term, we will turn to consider where writing goes rather than where it comes from, discussing publication, performance, and audience across a range of platforms and venues. 

  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
I RememberBrainard9781887123488$11.00
The Liars' ClubKarr9780143035749$8.00
All the OdesNeruda9780374534929$15.00
Invisible CitiesCalvino9780156453806$13.00
On Immunity: An InoculationBiss9781555977207$9.00
EunoiaBok9781552452257$13.00

For Writing offerings, also see:

Prison Story Project Performance
The Nineteenth-Century Insane Asylum Movement
Writing Seminar: Race, Language, and Justice

Writing Seminars

Writing Seminar: Folklore in Literature and Pop Culturehearing

HUM2518
4.00
Introductory
Bronwen Tate
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Before stories were written, they were told. Passed on by word of mouth, fairy tales, murder ballads, and riddles travelled across cultures and proliferated in endless variations. According to many scholars, folklore persists today in the skipping rhymes, internet memes, and urban legends that tell us who we are and what groups we belong to. In this course, students will engage in field work by gathering examples of living folklore. We will consider the work of influential folklore collectors like the German Brothers Grimm and the American brothers John and Alan Lomax and ask questions like: Who are the “folk” in folklore? What role do performance and ritual play? What happens when tales move out of oral tradition and into the written record? To this day, the enchanted woods, poisoned apples, and speaking wolves of folk tales remain a potent source of inspiration for writers and artists. We will read and analyze literature inspired by folklore including Bram Stoker’s Dracula, poems by Louise Gluck and Lucille Clifton, and stories by Italo Calvino, Yoko Tawada, and Carmen Maria Machado. We’ll also look at how folk and fairy tale motifs show up across comics, advertising, movies, social media, and other forms of Pop Culture. Students will have the chance to analyze tale retellings  and compose their own. Through frequent writing, ample feedback in workshops and conferences, and opportunities for revision and reflection, this course offers students a chance to hone research and writing skills.

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
DraculaStoker9780199564095$8.00

Writing Seminar: Race, Language, and Justicehearingpublic

SSC704
4.00
Multi-Level
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How does language shape our understanding of race and ethnicity? In this course we will collectively gain more knowledge of large-scale processes and institutions that contribute to our understanding of race and ethnicity and how language is part of it. We will also examine how speakers use different linguistic resources as they claim ethnoracial identities and how these identities are space and time specific. We will then turn to methods and practices of teaching that sustain different literacies, linguistic and cultural practices, creating spaces of educational justice and social transformation. This course will be taught as a writing seminar. 

Additional Fee:$ 0

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Culturally Sustaining Pedagogies: Teaching and Learning for Justice in a Changing World. New York: Teachers College Press.Paris9780807758342$90.00
Raciolinguistics: How Language Shapes Our Ideas About Race. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Samy, Rickford, Ball9780190625696$34.95