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Special Topics Courses

The following are Special Topics Courses for Winter 2022…

ARHT 101 41
Special Topics in Global Art Cultures: Painted Walls in Mesoamerica
This course, in particular, examines painted walls in the Americas,beginning in the Pre-Colombian period and extending to the present. The public aspect of murals is studied against the cultural, political,historical, and religious/ritualistic contexts of several key periods. Also considered is how artists over time sought to reimagine and reframe their cultural and political identities while consciously rooting themselves in their Pre-Colombian past.
BIOL 486 01
Special Topics in Biology: Research Hypothesis in Biophysics, Pharmacology & Physiology co-sat with…
BIOL 586 01
Special Topics in Advanced Biology: Advanced Research Hypothesis in Biophysics, Pharmacology & Physiology
The goal of this course is to learn and develop a selected hypothesis in Biophysics, Pharmacology & Physiology that is relevant to biomedical sciences and healthcare. It is expected that you will be able to 1) learn a selected hypothesis that is currently tested in biomedical and healthcare research labs, 2) find references using PubMed or Science Direct to support or reject statements for the hypothesis you work on, 3) understand fair citation mechanisms in biomedical sciences. Students will work on a specific topic in Physiology or closely related disciplines to summarize the current state of knowledge using primary research studies. A list of topics will be suggested but students are encouraged to select their own specific topics of interest to work on. This will be good for those who are planning to take BIOL597 RESEARCH:BIOLOGICAL LITERATURE or BIOL599 INTRO BIOLOGICAL RESEARCH to start developing the topics of your final presentation or master thesis. Here are a few examples of the topics students chose in the past (but you can continue one of these topics if you like it):”Why are stevia and other artificial sweeteners bad for healthy people?”; “Adrenal fatigue (sometimes called Adrenic fatigue): How is it measured?”; “Sedative effects of alcohol: How does ethanol affect the GABA receptors in the brain?”
ELAD 670 41
Special Topics in Administration and Supervision: Crisis Management
This course Selected Topics in Administration and Supervision: Crisis Management is designed to provide future educational leaders exposure to preparing for the unexpected. The course will include content which supports steps educational leaders should in regards to mitigation, preparation and recovery. A crisis or disaster can impact the operations of any school and/or district. Having a plan to recover and aid in the recovery has become an unspecified job description of an educational leader. In this course, students will be exposed to characteristics in preventing a school crisis through situational awareness. In addition, the course structure will provide in-depth discussions and practice preparing for the impact of a natural disaster or crisis through preparedness. Students will gain practical experience in developing a Continuity of Operation Plan, Reunification Plan, Evacuation Plan, and Bomb-Threat Responses Procedures.
HONP 301 41
Honors Seminar on Ways of Knowing: Religion and Racism co-sat with…
RELG 386 41
Special Topics in Religious Issues: Religion and Racism
This course will provide students with an understanding of the ways in which religion and faith traditions have contributed to the construction of race and racism – both historically and in contemporary life. It will familiarize students with current movements within religion that are working to dismantle racism. It will also introduce students to anti-racism theories and practices that are in effect within religious organizations and other community organizations.
POLS 416 41
Selected Topics in Political Science: Voting and Electoral Politics
This course will focus on political behavior particularly voting behavior and the influence that attitudinal and social factors, candidates, and campaigns have on vote choice. It will examine factors that help explain voting patterns such as party identification, ideology, religious affiliation, race, and levels of education. We will also address the links between public opinion, elections, and public policy.
SPED 680 51
Special Topics in Special Education: Virtual Learning for Students with Disabilities
This course serves as a basic introduction to online instruction for both novice and experienced educators of students with disabilities. Candidates will be introduced to popular online classroom platforms in which they can design all aspects of a virtual special education teaching and learning environment. Whether teachers find educational and assistive technology to be fascinating or dull and complicated, they can learn to be successful teaching in an online format and help improve student access, learning, and retention. While educational technologies come into and fall out of favor, the goal of this course is to support educators in identifying how technology can be used to deliver dynamic instruction, engage learners, modify instruction, assess learning, and support individualized education goals.