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ESSL 290 Course Descriptions

Milestone: Field Journal

Kate Belknap, English
Stephanie Matlock, Biology

Span the disciplines of science, writing and art as we delve deeply into the ecology and natural history of the desert Southwest, and then create understanding and meaning through the production of individual field journals. Students will be instructed in desert ecology, the conventions of observational writing, research, and the basics of drawing. Students will then be expected to create a field journal that incorporates research, reflection, and drawings based on outings into our local natural landscape.

Day and Time

T 2-2:50 and Th 2-3:40

Milestone: Baseball

Jennifer Hancock, English
Steven Schulte, History

Explores the ways in which the game of baseball is both reflective of and responsive to American life throughout history. Topics include immigration, race and class, gender, and the arts in relation to baseball.

Day and Time

MW 2-3:15

Milestone: People and Power in the Americas

A bird’s-eye-view of the Americas, from the first human migrations to the present, to examine its role in the processes of globalization using the methods of archaeology and history.  It explores the ways people used land, how they understood the world and their place in it, and how they came to be linked into networks of trade that encouraged social and cultural change.  In doing so it presents the story of many alternate paths of the human experience that suddenly and violently came into contact with the emergent modern West in 1492, and the resulting trajectories of the people in the Americas in the processes of globalization.

Day and Time

TBD

Milestone: Music and Wellness

Jill Cordova, Kinesiology
Timothy Emmons, Music

Designed to emphasize the relationship between music and the various areas of wellness including, emotional, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual wellness.  Throughout the semester, students will complete assignments and participate in activities designed to help them understand the wide variety of connections between music and wellness.

Day and Time

TBD

Milestone: Bullets, Bullies, and B2 Bombers; Violence in Literature and Society

Bill Flanik, Political Science
Labecca Jones, English

Focus on the nature, causes, and functions of inter-personal and inter-group violence, as well as effective responses to violence. Using both social scientific and literary analyses, it explores causes and responses to violence in its many forms, ranging from interpersonal acts of verbal and physical violence to international conflict. Students will study social science texts from across the disciplines. The course material will also include a range of texts and genres, including: poetry, autobiography, essay, and short story.

Day and Time

TR 12:30

Milestone: Disease and Culture

Doug O'Roarke, History

A historical and contemporary look at how disease has impacted society  in terms of health care, art, law, and science.

Day and Time

Online

Milestone: Defining Success

Morgan Bridge, Business
Kurt Haas, English

Blend and contrast the often contradictory models for success embraced by our culture. Students will use literature, biography, and business theories to examine their own thinking about how success should be defined and pursued.

Day and Time

TR 11:00

Milestone: Journalism, Media and Politics: The Art of Spin

Tim Casey, Political Science
Megan Fromm, Mass Communication

Exploration of the mutual influence of media/journalism on politics and politics on media/journalism in the last 150 years.  These two, in turn, have shaped their social environment.  The core of the course will focus on a series of case studies in the interaction between politics/public policy, journalism/media and their social environments.

Day and Time

TBD

Milestone: Baseball in History, Literature, and Culture

Jennifer Hancock, English
Steven Schulte, History

Explores the ways in which the game of baseball is both reflective of and responsive to American life throughout history. Topics include immigration, race and class, gender, and the arts in relation to baseball.

CRN

22227 | ESSL 290 02A OR

22650 | ESSL 290 02B

Day and Time

Monday, Wednesday

2:00 - 3:15

Milestone: Disciplining Dominance in Literature and Biology

Robin Calland, English
Susan Longest, Biology

CRN

22563 | ESSL 290 04A OR

22652| ESSL 290 04B

Day and Time

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

11:00 - 11:50

Milestone: Numbers and Patterns in Nature

Margot Becktell, Biology
Lisa Driskell, Mathematics

Have you ever counted the petals on a flower or noticed the spirals on a pine cone?  Nature is full of patterns and special numbers such as Fibonacci numbers.  We will investigate the biology and the mathematics behind the most common patterns and designs found in nature.

CRN

22562| ESSL 290 03A OR

22651| ESSL 290 03B

Day and Time

Tuesday, Thursday

12:30 -1:45

Milestone: Southwest Indian Cultures

John Nizalowski, English
John Seebach, Archaeology

CRN

22690 | ESSL 290 005

Day and Time

Tuesday, Thursday

2:00 - 3:15

Milestone: Technology and Empire

Tim Casey, Political Science
Doug O'Roark, History

CRN

22209 | ESSL 290 01A  OR

22649 | ESSL 290 01B

Day and Time

Tuesday, Thursday

12:30 - 1:45