ACCT198: Taxes and You: Overcoming Fear
This course will provide an opportunity for students to learn the fundamentals of individual income taxation. Students will initially learn how to complete a basic individual tax return. Additionally, students will examine the role of taxes in their personal lives, including employment, education, and family. Students will also examine the role of taxes in society, exploring both economic and political factors. Course work will utilize readings, projects, guest speakers and film. The course presumes no prior accounting or tax knowledge.
Students may not receive credit for this course if they have taken ACCT 185.
ACTS 150 Life Insurance Math I
This course will introduce students all kinds of insurance policies and life annuities and basic knowledge of life insurance. The topics include survival models, life tables, life insurance benefit, life annuities, premium calculation, and reserves.
ART 050: Idea of Design
Idea of Design is a hands on studio course that explores the process and product we call “design”. Open to both majors and non-majors. No Prerequisites.
AOIs: Artistic Experience, Critical Thinking
ART 070/CHEM070: Art and Chemistry
Maura Lyons and Mark Vitha
This course examines the intersections of art and chemistry, with specific focus on the medium of painting. It is grounded in the questions of what art history can learn from chemical studies of artworks, and how knowledge of art history can guide chemical inquiries. Topics include the materials and processes of art making; the authentication, restoration, and conservation of art and their ethical implications; and the historical circumstances in which specific artworks were created. The course will include lecture, discussion, laboratory experiments, and field trips.
AOI: Artistic Experience
ART 071: Blacksmithing and the Art of Utility
This course will explore the relationships of form to function through the styling of utilitarian objects while maintaining a strong consideration of aesthetic appeal. Through the application of metal working techniques, students will design and create useful objects for a distinct purpose or function. Through demonstrations and assigned projects, students will learn fundamental forging techniques, oxy-acetylene and MIG welding, basic metal fabrication, and surface finishing. .
AOI: Artistic Experience
ART 145: Drawing the Figure
Emphasis is on learning how to draw the figure as it is seen through direct observation techniques utilizing live models and through developing an understanding of basic anatomy. Historical and contemporary ideas and approaches to interpreting the figure will be introduced and explored. Students will learn to use a variety of media during the course.
AOI: Artistic Experience.
ART 150: Digital Printmaking
This studio class will explore the combination of traditional printmaking techniques with new technologies. We will combine traditional matrices like woodblock, linoleum, and drypoint plates with digital prints created on a large-format Epson inkjet printer. Recent innovations in printmaking techniques, such as image transfers, use of scanners and computers for image manipulation and paper plate lithography will be combined with old-school techniques like chine collé, kento block registration, and editioning.
As a printmaking course, demonstrations will focus on technique. Discussions will center on the development of each student’s artistic voice, and the role printmaking has in contemporary culture. Students will be expected to develop an awareness of their own artistic interests and to pursue knowledge of other artists’ work. No prerequisites required, but preference will be given to students who have taken Art 021 Digital Media or Art 056 Introduction to Printmaking.
AOI: Artistic Experience.
ART 150: Introduction to Letterpress
The course is an introduction to letterpress and basic graphic design practices focusing on the formal organization of visual elements and the technical process of printing, resulting in creative communication. The course places an emphasis on the process and method of various forms of letterpress printing to derive formal solutions to the projects. The course also includes a parallel “hand-craft” component focusing on the development of professional level artistic skills. Course activities will include demonstrations, discussions, readings, practical exercises, and applied projects. A hands-on course that teaches the basics of hand-setting metal and woodtype type. Students will learn how to lock-up vintage woodtype, print on antique printing presses and print their own illustrations. The course will take place at Drake University within the graphic design department's letterpress studio and at Professor Sarah McCoy's east village studio: The Permanent Collection. The course will explore old and new technologies within the field of printing, the art of fine press printing, and artist's books. No experience is necessary.
AOI: Artistic Experience
ART 153: Bookbinding Workshop
Bookbinding Workshop is a 3-credit hour studio course and may be used as a graphic design program elective, a studio art elective or a general art elective, and satisfies the Artistic Experience AOI. This course requires sophomore standing or instructor permission. Bookbinding Workshop is an introduction to the craft and design of a variety of book forms using traditional and non-traditional binding techniques. The primary goal of the course is for the student to learn basic book binding techniques and gain sufficient technical knowledge to create a variety of bound book structures and explore the historical and formal traditions of bookbinding. Course activities will include demonstrations, discussions, readings, practical exercises, applied projects, and class critiques.
AOI: Artistic Experience
BIO 001/BIO 001L:Biological Sciences
A survey course exploring principles and current topics in the biological sciences - origin of life; representatives of the biological kingdoms; structure and function of cells; ecology; genetics; evolution; bioethics. Students must enroll in both BIO001 and the lab section BIO001L. BIO001 will count for 2 credits, the lab for an additional credit for a total of 3 credits. The course fulfills Life Science requirement.
AOI: Life Science.
BIO 030: Personal Fitness and Nutrition
A healthy lifestyle can decrease an individual’s risk of obesity-related conditions such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. In this course, you will engage in activities and discussions related to the science of fitness and nutrition. Examples of course topics include cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, macro and micronutrients, metabolism, obesity-related conditions, weight loss, goal setting, and behavior. You will take action to promote health at both personal and community levels. Join us in January to learn about the science of fitness and nutrition, commit to a healthy lifestyle, and promote health in the community!
AOI: Scientific Literacy (Life Sciences).
BIO 112/BIO112L:Avian Winter Ecology
In this J-term course, you will gain extensive experience working with birds in a field setting. You will learn and practice a fundamental tool used by ornithologist and wildlife biologist for studying birds: mist-netting and banding of individuals. In addition, you will learn identification of Iowa’s winter bird species, working with museum study skins as well as captured live individuals, and you will design and conduct behavioral experiments on birds, exploring their winter physiology and ecological roles. Class time will be outdoors as much as possible, you will become expert at handling and releasing live birds, and the skills developed in this course will well prepare you for advanced field studies and graduate work in Ornithology. This is an on-campus course, and we will be working at natural areas near by Drake.
Prerequisites: BIO001, BIO012, BIO013 or BIO018 or see instructor for approval.
BLAW060: Business Law
This course discusses the basic precepts of our legal system. These precepts are then applied in the examination of the legal principles that affect business in the areas of contracts, torts and product liability. The course also addresses relevant ethical issues. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
AOIs: Critical Thinking, Values and Ethics
BUS 191:Internship in Business
Experiential learning credit for substantive workplace experiences. May be repeated, however, no more than 6 credit hours of internship work will count towards meeting graduation requirements. Registration will be limited to those with sophomore standing or above, major in the College of Business and Public Administration, minimum GPA of 2.75, and permission of the internship coordinator.
COUN199/299: Applied Positive Psychology
This course focuses on the science and art of happiness. Having its roots in humanistic orientation, positive psychology movement has become a new force in psychology. Positive psychology focuses on strengths rather than weaknesses, wellbeing rather than pathology and building a fulfilled meaningful life, rather than fixing the problems. This course explores positive psychological interventions that can be used in mental health and rehabilitation agencies, schools, and organizations. It is an experiential course that asks students to participate in positive psychological activities.
Students develop develop their own interventions to be used everyday life, mental health and rehabilitation settings, schools or organizations. Main positive psychology topics such as sense of belonging, gratitude, creativity, forgiveness, compassion, flow, grit, optimism, hope, satisfaction and meaning in life and their applications in mental health, rehabilitation and educational institutions and organizations are the focus. Techniques and questions from strengths based counseling will be the main framework of this course.
CS 128: Robot Programming and Control Theory
This course will introduce students to various aspects of robotics, multitasking, and PID control theory. There will be a strong emphasis on hands-on experiences, consisting of both structured lab work and small team project development. For example, early labs involve line following and navigating through a maze. In addition, an individual research paper will be required. Prerequisites: CS 65 and MATH050.
ECON 198 China's Economic History Before 1949
This class offers a general history of China’s economic performance from the earliest records of Chinese civilization to 1949, with a discussion of post 1949 developments in the final two days of class. It is introductory, has no prerequisites, and assumes no prior knowledge of China or its language. The organization of the course is basically chronological, but within that framework we will be approaching China from the viewpoint of the relationship between the economy and history. Prerequisites: ECON10 or ECON 02.
EDUC193/293: Creativity and Gifted
This course is designed to be an overview of creativity to include definitions and theories of creativity, characteristics of the creative person, techniques of creative thinking, metaphorical thinking, creative dramatics, models of the creative process, tests of creativity, and developing personal creativeness.
EDUC199/299: Classroom Management
Effective classroom management aims at encouraging and establishing student self-control through a process of promoting positive student achievement and behavior. Thus academic achievement, teacher efficacy, and teacher and student behavior are directly linked with the concept of school and classroom management. This Drake J-term course will focus on three major components: content management, conduct management, and covenant management. Each of these concepts will be defined and presented with details of observable elements in effective teaching practices.
ENG 120/JMC 199/REL 151: Book Publishing Practicum on Interfaith Dialogue in Des Moines
Carol Spaulding-Kruse/Carlyn Crowe
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to 21st century small press publication and community engagement through the lens of a Drake Community Press book project due out in April 2017 about world religions in the city of Des Moines. Students will gain practical experience in promotional aspects of book production, as well as engage with the community and book’s subjects in order to encourage use of the book as a catalyst to promote interfaith dialog and engagement. Strategic communication recommendations by students could contribute to the future of interfaith engagement in Des Moines. Learning objectives include consumer-based and community-engaged research, message development, media kits, social media marketing, book reviews, working with printers, copyright, ISBN #, distribution & sales, event planning, e-content & multi-platform content. A unique small-press publisher since 2014, the Community Press is a two-year curriculum based publishing laboratory and community engagement experience that includes student and faculty collaborators from several academic disciplines, along with a selected non-profit partner with a story to tell about their work and mission. We are a 21st century publisher utilizing a variety of media platforms, related events & supplemental publications to share our stories. We share the purpose of producing beautifully researched, written, and designed publications that serve a community readership on issues of concern to Iowans. In addition, our books raise many thousands of dollars in support of the organizations with whom we partner.
FREN150: Cross-Cultural Communication: France & US
The aide and influence of the French constitute an important part in the history of the United States, and vice-versa. Since our very beginnings as a democracy, the United States have maintained a strong, if sometimes volatile, relationship with France. French thinkers, such as Rousseau, Voltaire, and Montesquieu, impacted the writing of the Declaration of Independence, and French military aide, especially in the form of General Lafayette and his troops, helped Americans win the War of Independence. This past year, President Obama called France “our oldest ally.” However, the two countries have differed on many occasions, from the outset of the French Revolution in 1789, which led to the passage of The Alien and Sedition Acts, to more recently leading up to the Iraq War when lawmakers changed the cafeteria menus in the House of Representatives from “French Fries” to “Freedom Fries” (2003) in response to France’s condemnation of the proposed Iraqi invasion. This course will look at our common Franco-American history, influences on, and from, both sides, cultural misunderstandings, and other aspects. Readings will include selections from “The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris” (David McCullough), "From Paris to the Moon" (Adam Gopnik), "French Toast" (Welty Rochefort--who moved to Paris from Shenandoah, IA), “Me Talk Pretty One Day” (David Sedaris), and "Cultural Misunderstandings: The French-American Experience" (Caroll Raymonde).
The course will be taught in English.
HIST194: The Cold War Through Film
This course explores the history of the Cold War through the medium of film. The focus is primarily on the American side of the Cold War, both internationally and domestically, and chiefly utilizes American produced films.
AOI: Historical Foundations
HSCI 020: Issues in Health Sciences I: College and Careers
This course is designed to provide students an introduction to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences policies, resources, and academic information, as well as offer awareness and understanding of various career pathways in the field of health sciences. Course activities will include presentations, library and literature research, and discussions. Students will identify the course work, experiences, and skills needed to be successful in a chosen field and outline an academic and experiential plan.
HSCI103: Narrative Health Care
This class will use stories written by patients, their family members, health care providers, and other authors to encourage students to develop empathy and understanding in preparation for working in a health care setting. The readings are chosen with an emphasis on providing a varied and robust patient-centered viewpoint of disease, illness, recovery, and death. Students will be asked to identify, reflect upon, discuss, and write about concepts and impressions generated by assigned readings. A combination of lecture, discussion of assigned reading material, and writing exercises will be used to facilitate comprehension of the course material.
HSCI 142: Community Health Education
This elective course examines the competency-based framework utilized to improve health outcomes via effective community health education. The purpose of this course is to expose students to the foundational skills necessary to be effective health educators in their careers. Areas of study will include: evaluating individual and community health needs; planning, implementing, and managing health education strategies; comparing health education interventions; evaluating health education programs; and communicating health education messages. The course will include lecture with group discussion. Students will apply these concepts through the semester to a project on a health education topic of interest.
HSCI 148: Exercise Test & Prescription
The purpose of this course is to provide the opportunity to utilize state of the art laboratory equipment and techniques to learn the concepts of physiological fitness testing and exercise prescription. Exercise prescription and the implementation of conditioning programs will include individuals of differing ages, fitness levels, and health status. Emphasis is on the five major health-related components of physical fitness:  cardiorespiratory fitness,  muscular strength,  muscular endurance,  flexibility, and  body composition. The course will include hands-on exercise testing using class members, interpretation of test results, and effective design of exercise programs [i.e. Prescriptions].
HSCI149: Introduction to Sports Medicine
Angela Dahl Miller
This is an introductory lecture course with a lab included. The course will allow students to acquire the skills to recognize common injuries, illnesses and issues occurring in an athletic environment. The lab portion of the class will provide a hands-on approach to prevention and rehabilitation techniques including taping, therapeutic exercise and modalities. It is strongly recommended that students taking this course have had a previous course in human anatomy.
HSCI 150: Social Determinants of Health
Social determinants of health affect everyone, and the ability to effectively address them is critical to the success of health system. This course provides an in depth look at the social determinant of health domains and how health professionals and communities can address them to help individuals achieve optimal health status. Different social determinant of health theories and resiliency will be explored, along with resources and tools that promote health and wellbeing. Format of the course will be lecture and discussion and guest speakers providing case studies and demonstrations. Students will be essential in contributing to discussions, and demonstrate comprehensive knowledge in a final presentation.
IS 198: Exploring the Silicon Prairie
This class is designed for students with an interest in technology and its various applications not only in the business realm, but also in society at large. This course will explore the history of technology and focus on how these powerful systems have fundamentally reshaped modern organizations along with our society. Particular emphasis will be placed on the “Silicon Prairie” we live in, as well as the global world. Topics of study will range from the technologies, methods, and practices of developing new innovations to how this knowledge and these skills are applied to re‐engineer business processes.
AOI: Historical Foundations
JMC 058: Introduction to Visual Communication (Non-JMC Students)
Survey of visual communications, including basic page/screen design, type and typography, color, illustrations, and concepts. Each topic is approached both analytically and aesthetically. Designed for non-journalism majors only. Laptop required (minimum: i3 processor, 4 gigs of ram, 200 gigs of free storage space, Wireless N.) subscription to the Creative Suite.
AOI: Artistic Experience
JMC 085: Public Relations Principles
This course explores the role of public relations in today's organizations. Students will develop an appreciation for and understanding of the critical thinking, research, planning and communication skills necessary for the effective practice of public relations. Students will acquire a solid foundatin in the basic theories and concepts of communication, persuasion, motivation and learning which are integral parts in the success of public relations and in engaging people. Prereq.: Sophomore standing
AOI: Engaged Citizen
JMC 099: Social Media Strategies
This class explores the role of social media in our everyday lives, from the way we communicate with our friends to the way businesses communicate with customers. Students will create and execute a personal social media strategy as well as creating social media strategies for businesses and organizations.
AOI: Information Literacy
JMC 099: The Recorded Music Industry
This course is an interdisciplinary study of the music industry including music publishing, music promotion, music business ethics, emerging music business technologies, copyright law, and other subjects directly pertinent to understanding today’s music industry landscape. The course will include a practical look at the industry through the work of Station 1 Records.
Station 1 Records is the non-profit record label of the Des Moines Social Club and is an experiment in a new kind record company model – one that emphasizes patronage over profits. Part of the purpose of Station 1 Records is to build music careers. With the goal of developing artists currently living in smaller markets in the Midwest – and luring new artists to these markets – Station 1 provides a platform for artists and opportunities for students interested in working in the business to do hands-on work in recording, distribution, public relations, marketing, promotion, and tour support.
LAW 283: Advanced Legal Research: Iowa Law
This course focuses on practical legal research strategies leading students to more efficiently select and use Iowa legal resources. Students will have multiple opportunities for skill development through in-class exercises and out-of-class assignments.
LEAD 199: Ethical Leadership in the Wizarding World
Whether seeking the golden snitch or aspiring to become minister of magic, a strong moral and ethical foundation is crucial for leadership success. Through the lens of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, students will use their personal morals, attitudes, and beliefs to develop a foundation for reflective decision-making. This class will explore the concepts of moral and ethical reasoning, identity development, servant leadership, and transformational leadership. Students in this course must have already read the Harry Potter book series and have a comprehensive understanding of the stories, characters, and wizarding world. There are no prerequisies for this course, however, completion of LEAD 001 or the Adams Leadership Academy is encouraged.
LIB 052: Secrets of the Vault: An Introduction to Archival Methods and Services
This course serves as an experiential introduction to the responsibilities of archivists and records managers by providing an overview of the principles upon which archival theory is based and the key practices of archival work: appraisal, acquisition, accession, processing, arrangement, description, and use. Through practical and hands-on assignments involving the collections in the Drake University Archives and Special Collections, readings, and discussions, the course will establish a basic understanding of the archival profession.
AOI: Information Literacy
LPS 040/SCSR040: Public Trials
This introductory course examines widely reported and sensational trials as public performances of law. The course considers such trials as a significant form of public discourse by studying controversies surrounding the reporting and representation of trials, issues that arise in and through popular trials, as well as the dynamics of the trials themselves. In a broad sense, the course is about the meanings of law in American society and about the definitions of American society revealed in legal disputes.
MATH195: Philosophy of Probability
Probabilities are ubiquitous. We regularly encounter them in our daily lives ("There is a 50% chance of rain tomorrow," "The Bulldogs are favored to win by 2-to-1 odds," etc.), and they play a central role in our best scientific theories. But what exactly are probabilities? And on what basis do we assign them to events? The goal of this course is to systematically reflect on such fundamental questions concerning the nature of probability. Towards this end, we will consider five prevailing theories or interpretations of probability theory, each of which offers an account as to what probabilities are and how they ought to be assigned to various events: the classical theory, the logical theory, the subjective theory, the frequency theory, and the propensity theory. We will discuss the motivation behind each of these accounts, as well as their strengths and weaknesses. The prerequisites for the course are either MATH 101, or MATH 050 plus CS/PHIL 114, or MATH/STAT 130, or ACTS/MATH 131.
MGMT120:Management of Operations
A study of the operations function of organizations, focusing on providing services and producing goods efficiently and effectively. Students learn how to analyze, measure, and improve work methods; make capacity decisions; manage waiting lines; and control the flow of materials along the supply chain. The course also discusses ethics and sustainabilty; monitoring and improving quality, allocating scarce resources and managing projects. Prereq.: MATH 020 or MATH0 28; IS 044; STAT 072 or ACTS 131 or MATH 131, and sophomore standing.
MKTG180, New Product Marketing
This course examines the strategies, processes and methods that have been proven to successfully launch and manage new products. Cutting-edge tools and techniques used for new-product development will be examined. An in-depth examination of the techniques and processes for managing different stages of product development will be conducted. Based on these principles, students will have the opportunity to develop a proposal for a new product.
Prerequisites: MKTG 101 and one of MKTG 113 or ENTR 101.
MUS 078: Introduction to Jazz
A study of the major periods of jazz and an examination of the important personalities and social events contributing to the development of jazz. Emphasis will be on developing listening skills that will allow the student to cultivate a lifelong appreciation of and interest in, America's Classical Music-Jazz. This course is designed for students in all majors except for Music Majors. May not be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Church Music; Music w/Business emphasis; Music Education; Music Performance; Music.
AOI: Artistic Experience
PHAR 103: Wellcoaches CHCT Program
The Wellcoaches Core Health Coach Training Program is a 4-day J-Term elective course for senior Health Sciences and P3/P4 Pharmacy students. Other students may be accepted by special request to the course coordinator, Dr. Stelter. Students will learn health coaching techniques to assist patients in reaching their goals for health and wellness taught by the Wellcoaches professional health coach instructors. Topics include but are not limited to mindfulness, motivational interviewing, self-determination theory, self-efficacy, and vision and goal setting. This course will use a variety of teaching methods including lecture with discussion, role playing, and self-reflection. This course is the first step in attaining health coaching certification through Wellcoaches.
PHAR 112: Political Advocacy & Leadership
Political advocacy and leadership are highly valued in the profession of pharmacy. This interactive elective course provides the requisite knowledge, develops skills, and models behaviors so students can become political advocates and leaders in the profession. This course consists of a series of prominent speakers from within and outside the profession. Student pharmacists will develop effective advocacy skills through discussion and reflections based upon their experiences with instructors and assigned readings.
PHAR 126: Principles of Nutrition
In this course, principles of normal nutrition are introduced. Each essential nutrient function and metabolism is studied as well as cultural, societal, and economic influences on eating disorders and habits. An emphasis is placed on the application of nutrition principles within the health care setting.
PHAR 150: Neuroscience of Drug Addiction
The Neuroscience of Drug Addiction is a professional elective J-Term course available to pharmacy, health science, and neuroscience students. The course requires students to examine the neural and pharmacological mechanisms underlying drug abuse. The course takes advantage of the J-Term format by providing students with the opportunity to intensively engage with the drug abuse primary literature. The J-term format allows this intense engagement with the literature to occur in a community of learners through group work in which papers are discussed and oral presentations are prepared.
PHAR 150: Community Pharmacy POCT Program
This course is designed to assist pharmacy students in earning the Community Pharmacy-Based Point-of-Care Testing certificate, offered by the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS). It includes pre-readings from current literature and governmental agencies, five days of in-class programming, and skills assessment. The infectious disease states most commonly tested for by point-of-care tests (Influenza, Group A Streptococcus, HIV, and hepatitis C) will be reviewed. This will be incorporated into patient assessment for treatment in the community pharmacy, including vital measurements (heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, temperature, and pulse oximetry), and how to perform four types of specimen collection (oral swab, nasal swab, throat swab, and finger stick). Students will perform vitals and specimen collection techniques including nasal/throat swabs, oral fluid collection, and a finger stick on each other as part of the course. In addition to specimen collection and patient assessment the legal and management issues associated with point-of-care testing and follow-up care will be discussed. The class is primarily lecture based with small group work and other assignments to stimulate active learning. A course fee of $100 will be assessed to your Drake account to cover the cost of the NACDS certificate program.
PHIL 151: Moral Fiction
Philosophical argumentation is one way to reach conclusions about how to live life and what it means to live ethically, but literature is another important route to thinking about these issues. Literary fiction can pick up where argumentation leaves off by immersing a reader in a particular world or way of thinking and, in so doing, reframe one's understanding of issues in ways that argumentation alone cannot. In this class we will be reading and discussing "Infinite Jest" with a particular emphasis on philosophical issues brought up in the book and the way in which the book forces us to engage in a different way than philosophy does. We will, in addition, also read, as warranted, relevant supplementary material.
PHSC001: Introduction to Physical Science
An introduction to the basic concepts of physical science and the scientific method with discussions of their applications to modern technology. Includes both lecture and laboratory elements. Students who are not pursuing Education Degrees will need Instructor Permission to register for this course.
AOI: Scientific Literacy (Physical Science)
PSY 012: Writing in Psychology
This course will introduce students to principles and conventions of written communications in psychology. We will consider key genres of writing within psychology, features of psychological styles and format, and conventions of writing style. This is a writing-intensive course that will include a variety of short assignments and a review paper. Introductory science course recommended but not required.
AOI: Written Communications
REL 114: Religions of DSM: Hinduism
This course serves as an introduction to a particular religious tradition with an emphasis on how that tradition is practiced in the greater Des Moines area. Among the course requirements are frequent site visits to a local religious community and the facilitation of digital stories by and about that religious community.
AOI: Global and Cultural Understanding
REL 132: Apocalyptic US in Film/Culture
Climate change, viruses, pandemics, nuclear war, political disintegration, aliens, and zombies have all been part of American popular culture and its visions of the end times. Since the foundations of America, its role in God's plan and various end-time scenarios have been at the center of many political, religious, and cultural debates. Apocalyptic America in Film and Culture will examine how popular culture has altered and reconstructed America’s role in the end times, how that vision has changed during the 20th and 21st centuries, and how it influences social debates.
AOI: Historical Foundations
SCSA153: Documentary Video Challenge
This course will be an immersion in methods of qualitative fieldwork and digital video as cultural critique. Students will be introduced to ethnographic participant-observation and interviewing methods, as well as video editing techniques. During the three-week J-term course students will work in small groups to conduct ethnographic research, document it on videotape, and produce short video essays that will be put on both the IRC website for community outreach and the Drake Cultures of Engagement site. This course will serve as an introduction to qualitative interview-based research and critical digital storytelling.
SCSR108: Aesthetics of Everyday Life
This course introduces students to urban studies, visual rhetoric and photography, while giving them the opportunity to produce their own images of city scenes. The first unit will cover key concepts in urbanism and photography, the second unit will profile the role and function of techniques particular to the photographic medium, and the final unit will explore the metamorphic capacity of photography and the urban issues it can address through the creation of student portfolios that will be presented to the class.
AOI: Artistic Experience
SCSS076: Humans of the Drake Neighborhood
This J Term course will create podcasts using interviews created with residents of the Drake Neighborhood. We will answer two questions: What is the role and responsibility of a university in urban Des Moines? How does social identity shape the experience of life in the city? Guided readings and writing in community sociology will inform our creation of podcasts about the lived experiences of urban spaces around the university. Participants should anticipate a collaborative, unstructured, labor-intensive project that promises a high impact outcome. Recommended prerequisites: SCSS001, SCSA002, prior podcasting/radio experience, multicultural competency or native Spanish language fluency. You do not have to have one of the prerequisites to participate in the class.
SCSS076:The Sociology of Childhood
Childhood as a life category has shifted throughout U.S. history. Emerging social factors have changed the experience of childhood over time. The study of children has changed, too. Sociologists today recognize that children actively create meaning and engage in social processes. In this class, we will look at these topics through reading-based discussions, service learning with children, film, and personal exploration. Topics of emphasis include gender on the playground, consumer culture and kids, and childhood socialization in the family and school.
SCSS076: Sociology of the Body
This course examines the embodied self from the sociological perspective. We will go beyond biology and physiology and interpret the body as it is shaped by various social forces. Culture, personal identity, sex, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, and other contextual elements will be used to discuss the phenomenon of the physical form. We will consider the body as a battleground for power, domination, and resistance. This course will draw from interdisciplinary writings, films, and other mediums in order to form a multivariate perspective on the human figure.
STAT060: Statistics for the Life Sciences
An introduction to statistical methods used in the life sciences. In this course the student will develop the ability (1) to decide which techniques to use to solve particular problems, (2) to use basic statistical tools to address questions, and (3) to explain statistical results to others. At the end of the course the student should understand how to: (1) display and describe distributions, (2) display and examine relationships between variables, (3) design samples and experiments, (4) determine probabilities and use probability distributions, (5) conduct significance tests associated with means and proportions, and (6) significance tests associated with two-way tables, and one-way ANOVA. Prereq.: MATH 020 or equivalent. For life science and pharmacy majors only.
AOIs: Critical Thinking, Quantitative Literacy
STAT198: Data Driven Innovation
This course explores the use of data analytics to generate insights that lead to business innovation. Starts with examples of creating new markets and competitive advantage through analytics. Introduces software tools for visualization and higher level analytics. Includes a substantive application project with a local industry partner. Prereq.: STAT 040, CS 065 and one of STAT 050, STAT 060, STAT 072 or STAT 170.
THEA005: Readings in Theatre
A reading/viewing discussion based format surveying Western dramatic literature (as well as films based on those plays), from ancient Greece to the present. For J-term we will add the following elements normally not part of the course: 1) We will be viewing either film excerpts or complete film versions of the plays read for class. This will give students the opportunity to see the text as a blueprint for a realized production. it will also allow the class to debate and discuss specific choices made by director, designers, and actors in regard to the text the students have read. 2) We will do a "table reading" of some of the assigned plays in class. The longer class period for J-term will allow us to read all or part of a play aloud in class. Hearing the language spoken will provide a level of insight that reading a play silently cannot. In short, the J-term version of the Readings in Theatre class will help students engage the text in ways unique from the fall/spring semester versions of the course.
AOI: Artistic Experience
THEA032: Stage MakeUp
Study of various stage makeup techniques through assigned projects and practical applications. Emphasis is on designing makeup for an audience proximity of 30 feet.
AOI: Artistic Experience
THEA114: Classic American Film
In this J-term course we will look at nine classic Hollywood films from the point of view of the writers who penned the screen plays. The unique perspective of the writer is one that is seldom explored, their work being overshadowed by the promotion of the actors and directors. In-class film viewing and discussion is required. Purchase of a text is necessary; additional reading assignments will be made from web-based sources. Information about film genre and terminology will be reviewed and included in weekly quizzes.
AOI: Artistic Experience
Karla Kash and Andrew Ryker