Pre-College Online Courses
Spring 2014: February 3 - March 28, 2014 Register by January 20, 2014*
Summer 2014: June 30 - August 22, 2014 Register by June 15, 2014
PSYC 101P: Topics in Psychology
Noel Garrett, visiting lecturer in Graduate Liberal Studies
This course focuses on behavior and why an individual thinks, feels, and reacts to certain stimuli. Major emphasis will be placed on research methods,stages in childhood and adolescence, how the brain works, altered states of consciousness, psychological testing, and psychological disorders. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice. Learn more . . .
MUSC295P: Global Hip Hop
Eric Charry, professor of music
How can hip hop help us to understand globalization, and how can globalization help us to understand hip hop? Over the past two decades hip hop, in its various facets of rap, deejaying, dance, visual art, fashion, and attitude toward authority, has gradually taken over as a primary medium of expression for youth around the world. Used as mass entertainment, social and political commentary, tool for education and social change, vehicle for artistic expression, and as the core of a cultural movement, hip hop has proven malleable enough to thrive embedded in scores of different languages and cultures around the world and effectively speak to local needs. Yet its local manifestations have also managed to retain their membership in a global hip hop culture. Learn more . . .
ENGL 101P: Flash Fiction/Prose Poetry: A Reading and Writing Workshop
Martine Bellen, author and visiting lecturer in Graduate Liberal Studies
Though flash fiction (short short stories) and prose poetry have been known to rub elbows from time to time, readers of flash fiction will tend to discuss character, plot, conflict, while readers of prose poetry will deliberate about sound devices, figurative language, and rhythm. In this course, students will conduct close readings of these two genres, investigating, side by side, how they work as a means to explore fresh avenues of entry into fiction and poetry, using the other as a springboard to more deeply navigate each genre. Students will also write both flash fiction and prose poetry, applying the techniques identified in class. Learn more . . .
E&ES 101P: Environmental Studies
Helen Poulos, postdoctoral teaching fellow, Mellon Environmental Studies Program
This interdisciplinary course will provide students with knowledge of the physical, ecological, social, and political principles of environmental science. Students will learn about how ecological realities and the material desires of humans often clash, leading to environmental degradation and pollution. The goal of this course will be to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems, both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them. Learn more . . .
"Coming this Summer!"
The Tools of the Cinema: Film Analysis for Future Filmmakers, Critics, and Scholars
At the most basic level, filmmaking is decision-making. The creators of motion pictures must present an onscreen story world by defining specific parameters of the cinematic medium that collectively achieve the desired effect on the viewing audience. Filmmakers deal with a steady stream of choices -- do I film this scene in one shot or many? should the camera move or not? close-up or long-shot? do I even need this moment at all? -- all of which need to be considered in context with choices already made. We as film viewers participate in experiences that have been created for us with deliberate intentions in mind. By focusing on this we can interrogate the decisions that were made, understand the options that were selected among, consider the alternative possibilities that were eliminated or limited, and appreciate the facets that were emphasized in the effort to control our thoughts and feelings.
Here at Wesleyan we treat the acts of making and analyzing movies as compatible reverse processes; each informs the other. We don't look for "interpretations" from other disciplines to be layered over top of the cinematic experience, but we consider the beauty and craft of the creative process itself. This online course aims to lay the foundations for an understanding of cinema that could form the basis of a future course of study or creative enterprise -- or simply help students to appreciate films more. Learning about cinema isn't about pulling the curtain and being underwhelmed by "The Wizard" behind it; it's about seeing "The Matrix" while you're in it: learning to appreciate and understand the design of the film medium, and perhaps to one day control it.
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