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ESSL 290 Course Descriptions

Milestone: From Captain America to Rap

Eileen Mah, Music

Vincent Patarino, History

This course will investigate the ways that popular culture both shaped and reflected American society during the period 1920–1990.  Topics will include:  theories on high vs. popular culture; the development of popular musical theater, comic books, and various musical forms such as jazz, the blues, rock and roll, punk, and rap. 

Day and Time

T & Th 9:30-10:45

Milestone: Oil & Gas

Timothy Winegard, History

Oil, the central factor in world politics and the global economy, in the global calculus of power, and in how people live their lives, is still consistently coupled to war, not deviating from the course of history it created a century ago.  And so pipeline politics endure through various mediums, cloaked in evolving disguises, but at its center lives the Anglo-American petroleum cartel.  Petroleum has shaped all facets of history, and all that has come to pass and will pass, until alternative energy sources unseat its monopoly of the power-politics of almighty oil.  Petroleum continues to be a highly prized commodity.

Day and Time

T & Th 2:00-3:15

Milestone: Mass Media and Politics

Tim Casey, Political Science

Megan Fromm, Mass Communication

We begin by defining the key terms in the different disciplines and major approaches to the questions of the role mass media plays in the shaping of societal expectations and a sense of reality that people then act upon in the realm of public policy.  Important concepts in the study of political communications and identity from the fields of Mass Media and Political Science will be introduced.

Day and Time

T & Th 12:30-1:45

Milestone: Creativity and Change

Timothy Pinnow, Theatre Arts

Our world is changing rapidly, and we all need to be able to adapt to change in order to thrive.  But if you look even further, the most successful people in our world (think Steve Jobs or Elon Musk) do more than adapt to change—they lead the change.  But where do their ideas come from?  It’s the creative side of change that seems to be the most mysterious and most difficult to grasp.  Where do these ideas come from?  How do we create solutions to unsolvable problems?  We will look at how creative activity works in the brain, study the creative methods of various artists, and then apply creative thinking to real-world issues.

Day and Time

M & W 9:00-9:50, F Web

Milestone: Music and Human Communication

Timothy Emmons, Music

Nicole Grider, Speech

Music is immeasurably powerful in most lives, human or not.  Without beat, we cannot understand the rhythms of life.  Thus, students of Music and Human Communication will deconstruct a variety of communication and music terms, concepts, and theories to better see and reconstruct the frameworks that provide the essential soundtracks of our lives.  Music and Human Communication is a lecture, activity, and intensive writing course that does not require a background in speechmaking or music.

Day and Time

M 2:00-4:45

Milestone: Politics and Children’s Literature

Tim Casey, Political Science

This fully on-line Milestone course will explore the political themes found in children’s literature from Dr. Seuss to Harry Potter, and the impact of those themes on the shaping of our political culture and attitudes in society.

Day and Time

Web

Milestone: Defining Success

Morgan Bridge, Business

Kurt Haas, English

Ideals of success in U.S. cultural are complex and, at times, contradictory. Some models for success focus on material gain and power, while others focus on ethical principles and moral character. This course provides tools from both Humanities and Professional disciplines to help students critique the ways we define success and to generate their own definitions.  

Day and Time

T & Th 11:00-12:15

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