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Fall 2017 Course List

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

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

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Courses that begin with a are Writing Seminar Courses.
Courses that begin with a meet Marlboro's Global Perspective criteria.
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 WRITING SEMINAR: Genetic Engineering: Who's Driving the Train?

NSC601 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 216

Faculty: Todd Smith

In 1953 scientists James Watson and Francis Crick first deduced the structure of DNA, and since then the advances in molecular biology have been staggering. Scientists can make plants resistant to pesticides. Doctors can cure children born with no immune system. Genome sequencing and stem cell technology may someday lead to personalized medical advice and replacement organs grown from your own skin cells. But DNA science also raises serious ethical questions. For example, what risks do we take when we release genetically engineered organisms into the environment, and do pest-resistant GM crops really reduce the use of pesticides? In this course we will explore advances in human understanding of DNA, and the promises and perils associated with scientists' ability to manipulate genetic material. We will examine the personalities driving DNA research, as well as the politics and financial incentives involved. This course will provide a general introduction to the nature and function of DNA, RNA, and protein. Students with prior experience in these topics are welcome although the course is intended as a general introduction to non-specialists. This course is therefore not considered a foundation course that prepares students for advanced study in the field. Prerequisite: None


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 WRITING SEMINAR: Bible and Qur'an: Law and the Ambiguity of Life

HUM2464 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Friday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: Amer Latif

Are there situations in life—paradoxes, contradictions, ambiguities—in which the guidance and clarity of law is not enough? This question will lead us in an exploration of the Bible and the Qur’an as we try and understand the nature, purpose, and limitations of law and the relationship between law and morality in these scriptures. We will examine the nature of self, subjectivity, and rational choice assumed in Biblical and Qur’anic legal discourse in comparison with the complex picture of subjectivity and choice that emerges from the morally ambiguous choices made by many of the prophets. We will also engage the work of contemporary scholars from a variety of fields—sociology, anthropology, psychology, ritual studies etc.—on the nature and function of law. This course can serve as a strong foundation for students interested in critiques of contemporary economic and legal systems.  

Additional Fee:$ 0


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
The Five Books of Moses: A Translation with CommentaryAlter9780393333930$29.95
The Sense of StylePinker9780143127796$18.00
The Qur'anHaleem9780199535958$12.95


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Writing Seminars

 Writing Seminar: Exploring the (New) New Journalism

HUM1392 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D38

Faculty: John Sheehy

In this course we will read and do journalism, both as it is traditionally considered -- e.g., the essay as it has been defined in magazines like The New Yorker, or the expository report as practiced in The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal -- and in the many variations on traditional journalism that have emerged since the 1960s: gonzo print journalism, various forms of online writing, radio essays, etc. Our goal will be to read (and listen to, in the case of radio essays) as much interesting and provocative journalistic writing as possible, by writers like H.L. Mencken, Jonathan Raban, Hunter S. Thompson, Seymour Hersch, Annie Proulx, Jon Krakauer, Terry Tempest Williams and others. Our goal, in the end, will not be so much to arrive at a narrow definition of journalism as to expand our own writing practice to include a range of styles, voices and angles of presentation. And, as this will be a writing seminar, we will also write a lot, about the journalism we have read, and in journalistic pieces of our own. Discussion of the course texts will alternate with writing conferences, workshops, and work on grammar, style and structure.  Prerequisite:  None  Corequisite:  Can be paired with Gloria Biamonte's Graphic Journalism course


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
On Writing WellZinsser9780060891541$10.00
A Pocket Style ManualHacker9781457667312$15.00
In Cold BloodCapote9780679745587$10.00

 Writing Seminar: Food, Language, Culture

HUM2460 - 4 Credits - Multi-Level

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Bronwen Tate

This course will explore the many threads bound up in the everyday practice of eating. We will write across a variety of genres addressing different audiences as we consider how food intersects with family, identity, gender, art, health, labor, policy, and ecology. Students will write food-centered memoirs inspired by MFK Fisher, analyze the rhetoric of food-related media, create a class cookbook, go deep on specific food words with Oxford English Dictionary and historical corpus research, conduct interviews with local food producers, and research and write feature-length articles on specific foods and food-related issues. 

 Writing Seminar: Graphic Nonfiction Narratives: Witnessing With Pen and Paper

HUM2456 - 4 Credits - Introductory

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42

Faculty: Gloria Biamonte

“When I was a little kid,” writes Scott McCloud, “I knew exactly what comics were. Comics were those bright colorful magazines filled with bad art, stupid stories and guys in tights.”  With these words, McCloud launches into his exploration of the art-form of comics—a form whose potential and “hidden power” we will explore in this writing seminar.   Using McCloud’s Understanding Comics as our starting point, we will examine two nonfiction genres: memoirs narrating very specific moments in history – Art Spiegelman and Marjane Satrapi; and comics journalism including traditional on-the-scene reporting, investigative “slow”journalism, and a hybrid genre that borders between documentary and personal travelogue – Joe Sacco, Sarah McGlidden, Darryl Holliday, and Patrick Chappatte. And we will be writing about all of this in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to one research paper.  Peer response workshops, writing conferences, and in-class work on style, revision, and editing will alternate with our class discussion of the texts.


TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Understanding ComicsMcCloud9780060976255$22.95
Maus I :My Father Bleeds HistorySpiegelman9780394747231$15.95
Maus II: And Here My Troubles BeginSpiegelman9780679729778$15.95
Persepolis: the Story of a ChildhoodSatrapi9780375714573$14.95
Persepolis2: The Story of a ReturnSatrapi9780375714665$14.95
Rolling BlackoutsGlidden9781770462557$24.95

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