Summer Session 2019 Courses 

Courses subject to change without notice.

Courses will also appear in WesMaps. Courses may only be taken for credit; auditors are not permitted in Summer Session courses. Incompletes will not be granted for Summer Session courses. All courses are 1 Wesleyan credit, with the exception of Chemistry 152 (Lab) which is worth .5 credit.

Summer enrollments are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The request, payment and any approvals must be fully complete before enrollments are processed. 

SUMMER SESSION I: MAY 29 - JUNE 27, 2019

DIVISION I - Arts and Humanities

ENGL344/FGSS345: Women's Lib, Women's Lit Sally Bachner

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    Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    The social movement known as second-wave feminism, but often referred to at the time as "Women's Lib," took center stage in much of the best-selling fiction of the 1970s. This course will look at popular fiction that concerned itself with women's issues and the way it popularized, memorialized, complicated, and contested feminism in the popular imagination. We will look at the range of novels that focused attention on the nature of and possible solutions to women's political, material, and sexual subjection by men. Although our focus will be on the 1970s, we will look at both some important pretexts, and some later responses to the ongoing crises of gendered inequality in the 1980s. We will pay particular attention to the gendering of publishing and reception, exploring the contexts in which these books were produced, marketed, reviewed, and read.

FILM458: Visual Storytelling: Screenwriting Steve Collins

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    Gen Ed Area Dept: HA FILM
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    Since watching movies (good ones) is so easy and pleasurable, screenwriting is a medium that everyone's uncle thinks they can do. But anyone who has had to read an amateur screenplay knows different. This is a writing course that will start from ground zero: separating the screenplay from other forms, e.g., the play and the novel, and grounding students in visual language as the basis of the medium. How do we write in pictures?

DIVISION II - Social and Behavioral Sciences

ENGL344/FGSS345: Women's Lib, Women's Lit Sally Bachner
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    Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    The social movement known as second-wave feminism, but often referred to at the time as "Women's Lib," took center stage in much of the best-selling fiction of the 1970s. This course will look at popular fiction that concerned itself with women's issues and the way it popularized, memorialized, complicated, and contested feminism in the popular imagination. We will look at the range of novels that focused attention on the nature of and possible solutions to women's political, material, and sexual subjection by men. Although our focus will be on the 1970s, we will look at both some important pretexts, and some later responses to the ongoing crises of gendered inequality in the 1980s. We will pay particular attention to the gendering of publishing and reception, exploring the contexts in which these books were produced, marketed, reviewed, and read.

QAC251/CIS251: Data Visualization Valerie Nazzaro
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    Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM QAC, SBS QAC
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA 

    This course will introduce students to the principles and tools necessary to present quantitative information in a visual way. While tables and graphs are widely used in our daily lives, it takes skill to deconstruct what story is being told. It also takes a perceptive eye to know when information is being misrepresented with particular graphics. The main goals of the course are for students to learn how to present information efficiently and accurately so that we enhance our understanding of complex quantitative information and to become proficient with data visualization tools. Beginning with basic graphing tools, we will work our way up to constructing map visualizations and interactive graphs. This course will require a substantial amount of computation in R. No prior programming experience is necessary, but learning does require willingness and time.

ANTH297/AMST296: Precarity in America Sierra Bell
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    Gen Ed Area Dept: SBA ANTH
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    This course explores the sociocultural dimensions of inequality and the lived experiences of precarity in the contemporary United States from an ethnographic perspective. We examine how forms of neoliberal governance and economic restructuring come to bear on constructions of difference such as class, race, gender, and citizenship in ways that implicitly frame structural inequality as natural. Course readings highlight how Americans navigate and reckon with the various forms of inequality, precarity, and injustice the face in their daily lives. Discussions and assignments focus on the ways in which the social dynamics that produce inequality are embedded in worlds of cultural meaning and institutionalized as taken-for-granted aspects of everyday life. Structural disparities in income, wealth, and opportunity ultimately raise questions about the kind of society we live in and whether the nation's democratic ideals can survive the extreme polarization of life chances that exist in our polity today.

     

DIVISION III - Natural Sciences and Mathematics

BIOL181/MB&B181: Principles of Biology I Sarah Kopac
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    Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM MB&B
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    This course presents an exploration of the contemporary view of the cell and an introduction to the molecules and mechanisms of genetics and gene function. The course will have two major themes. First, we will focus on the central dogma of molecular biology, describing the process of information transfer from genetic code in DNA through protein synthesis and function. Topics include DNA replication and repair, chromosome dynamics, RNA transcription, protein translation, gene regulation, and genomics. Second, we will focus on cell theory and the underlying molecular mechanisms of cellular activity, including cell signaling, energetics, cell motility, and cell cycling. Lectures will stress the experimental basis of conclusions presented and highlight important details and major themes. The course will also emphasize problem solving approaches in cell and molecular biology.

CHEM141: Introductory Chemistry I Anthony Davis

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    Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM CHEM
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    This course emphasizes rigorous descriptive reasoning. While intended for students with little or no previous background in chemistry, the course is taught at a relatively high level. The topical coverage emphasizes the relationships between electronic structure, chemical reactivity, and the physical properties of the elements and their compounds.

    CHEM152, the associated laboratory course, may be taken concurrently. CHEM152 will span over Summer Session I and II. 

    *this course is not offered to PreCollege students.

CHEM152: Introductory Chemistry Laboratory Anthony Davis
(Note: .5-credit course; schedule TBA)
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    Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM CHEM
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    This course provides an introduction to the application of chemical concepts in the laboratory. The course will focus on practical aspects of fractional distillation, qualitative inorganic analysis, and synthesis of inorganic compounds. It should be taken by those who plan to take more than one year of chemistry.

    This course takes place over both Summer Sessions and is worth .5 credits total.

    *this course is not offered to PreCollege students.

QAC251/CIS251: Data Visualization Valerie Nazzaro
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    Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM QAC, SBS QAC
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA 

    This course will introduce students to the principles and tools necessary to present quantitative information in a visual way. While tables and graphs are widely used in our daily lives, it takes skill to deconstruct what story is being told. It also takes a perceptive eye to know when information is being misrepresented with particular graphics. The main goals of the course are for students to learn how to present information efficiently and accurately so that we enhance our understanding of complex quantitative information and to become proficient with data visualization tools. Beginning with basic graphing tools, we will work our way up to constructing map visualizations and interactive graphs. This course will require a substantial amount of computation in R. No prior programming experience is necessary, but learning does require willingness and time.

IDEA170/PHYS170/CIS170: Introduction to Design and Engineering Daniel Moller
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    Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM CIS
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Student option
    Schedule: TBA
    Location:
    TBA

    This course will provide a hands-on introduction to design and engineering. Students will engage in individual and team projects in a studio environment where we seek to develop a shared practice and understanding of the engineering design process. We will study biological organisms to find inspiration for design hoppers, swimmers, and climbers. Students will build skills using computer-aided design (CAD) software and using tools for fabrication and prototyping including laser cutting and 3D printing. We will also hone skills in identifying which scientific and engineering principles need to be understood to achieve design goals.

SUMMER SESSION II: JULY 1 - JULY 31, 2019

DIVISION I - Arts and Humanities

ARST190: Digital Art Christopher Chenier

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    Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    This experience will introduce students to the digital arts, an area of creative practice encompassing computer-based art from GIFS and graphics to cutting edge digital fabrication tools. While developing the critical and methodological tools to engage problems in our digital culture, students will acquire the practical skills necessary to create and communicate digitally. Sessions will emphasize the ways software is used for project development, prototyping, and experimentation. Most of our time will be spend in Adobe Creative Cloud. The core elements of CC will be covered through workshops in image editing, graphics, layout, and type. Translating digital files into physical objects, students will work with a laser cutter, large format inkjet printers, and a CNC mill.

ENGL292: Techniques of Nonfiction Douglas Martin

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    Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
    Prerequisites:
    None
    Grading Mode
    Graded
    Schedule:
     TBA
    Location: TBA

    In this course, we will learn how to craft and revise short pieces of nonfiction writing that draw on our own life experiences and our observations of the world around us. To achieve this goal, we will constantly be creating and editing our own prose, and we will perform various writing exercises. Moreover, we will read our colleagues' nonfiction prose and offer them thoughtful, generous feedback. Finally, we will read various published nonfiction essays--memoirs, musings, reviews, and reportage--and we will analyze these pieces in order to understand how veteran authors narrate "real-life" stories in a way that is engaging, beautiful, and meaningful. Upon completing this course, you will have a deeper knowledge of how to construct resonant nonfiction from your own life in order to tell a story that reveals subtle but acute information about the larger world.

ARHA126/FIST126: El Greco to Picasso Melissa Katz
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    Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
    Prerequisites: None 
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    This course examines the life and afterlife of the Spanish artists of the Golden Age, whose achievements reached unprecedented heights in the 17th century. Centuries later, their works took on new roles as artists of other times and cultures found their own inspiration in works of the past: Manet copied Velazquez, Picasso copied El Greco, and (famously on "Project Runway") Christian Soriano copied Murillo. What allowed these complex works to resonate so strongly in another era? Is such influence automatically a sign of success? And why have the works of understanding of art and society in Golden Age Spain, as well as insights into the role of art as a cultural currency.

ARST131: Drawing I Kate Ten Eyck
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    Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ART
    Prerequisites: None 
    Grading Mode: Student Option
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    This introduction to drawing gives special attention to the articulation of line, shape, volume, light, gesture, and composition. A variety of media and subjects will be used, including the live model. This course is suitable for both beginners and students with some experience. Individual progress is an important factor in grading. The graded option is recommended. Full classroom attendance is expected.

     

ENGL259/WRCT228: The Art of the Personal Essay Meg Weisberg
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    Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    The personal essay is short-form, first-person, narrative nonfiction that encompasses many genres: memoir, reflection, humor, familial and social history, and cultural criticism. Yet even these boundaries often often blur within a single essay, and the personal essay can expand to include almost any toopic. Writing personal essays--what author and critic Philip Lopate calls "the self-interrogative genre"--helps us find out what we think, often makes us change our minds, and, ideally, leads us to new insights. In class, we will discuss the assigned readings, participate in group responses to each others' writing (workshops), and write in response to prompts. We will study both traditional and unconventional techniques of nonfiction, focusing on the elements of craft: structure, voice, clarity, the use of descriptive detail, and revision.

WRCTXXX/ANTHXXX: Ethnographies in Medicine Tess Bird
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    Biomedicine looks different in different places: biotechnologies change under new moral frameworks; the same pharmaceutical pill can offer freedom to some and evoke colonialism in others; and hunger is often more pressing than curing a specific disease. How do we go about challenging our biomedical assumptions and understand medicine in context? Medical anthropologists have relied on the art and science of ethnography to provide cross-cultural accounts of health and healing that are accessible, provocative, and timely. In this writing-intensive course, we will read exemplary ethnographies in medical anthropology to explore the intersection of medicine, culture, and narrative text. We will explore four themes that cover provocative discourses in the field: the challenges of participant observation during vulnerable encounters with sickness and disease; regimes of power; local-global encounters; and good, eating, and the gendered body.

    Assignments:

    Students will read 2 full-length ethnographies (books) and other shorter ethnographic texts available on Moodle. Students will write four papers (one per week), including two literature responses, one book review, and an 'ethnographic' final project. There will be in-class writing assignments, small group activities, and debates.

    Key Texts:

    Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States, Seth Holmes

    The Vulnerable Observer, Ruth Behar

    Book from list, based on student interest

    Articles available on Moodle

DIVISION II - Social and Behavioral Sciences

GOVT155: International Politics Giulio Gallarotti 
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    Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS GOVT
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    This introduction to international politics applies various theories of state behavior to selected historical cases. Topics include the balance of power, change in international systems, the causes of war and peace, and the role of international law, institutions, and morality in the relations among nations.

WRCTXXX/ANTHXXX: Ethnographies of Medicine Tess Bird
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    Gen Ed Area Dept: TBA
    Prerequisites: TBA
    Grading Mode: TBA
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    Biomedicine looks different in different places: biotechnologies change under new moral frameworks; the same pharmaceutical pill can offer freedom to some and evoke colonialism in others; and hunger is often more pressing than curing a specific disease. How do we go about challenging our biomedical assumptions and understand medicine in context? Medical anthropologists have relied on the art and science of ethnography to provide cross-cultural accounts of health and healing that are accessible, provocative, and timely. In this writing-intensive course, we will read exemplary ethnographies in medical anthropology to explore the intersection of medicine, culture, and narrative text. We will explore four themes that cover provocative discourses in the field: the challenges of participant observation during vulnerable encounters with sickness and disease; regimes of power; local-global encounters; and good, eating, and the gendered body.

    Assignments:

    Students will read 2 full-length ethnographies (books) and other shorter ethnographic texts available on Moodle. Students will write four papers (one per week), including two literature responses, one book review, and an 'ethnographic' final project. There will be in-class writing assignments, small group activities, and debates.

    Key Texts:

    Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States, Seth Holmes

    The Vulnerable Observer, Ruth Behar

    Book from list, based on student interest

    Articles available on Moodle

DIVISION III - Natural Sciences and Mathematics

CHEM142: Introductory Chemistry II Andrea Roberts 
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    Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM CHEM
    Prerequisites: CHEM141
    Grading Mode: Graded
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    This course is a continuation of CHEM141. This course emphasizes rigorous descriptive reasoning. While intended for students with little or no previous background in chemistry, the course is taught at a relatively high level. The topical coverage emphasizes the relationships between electronic structure, chemical reactivity, and the physical properties of the elements and their compounds.

    CHEM152, the associated laboratory course, may be taken concurrently. CHEM152 will span over Summer Session I and II. 

    *this course is not offered to PreCollege students.

PSYC200: Statistics: An Activity-Based Approach Chenmu (Julia) Xing
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    Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM PSYC
    Prerequisites: None
    Grading Mode: Student Option
    Schedule: TBA
    Location: TBA

    This five-week course is an introductory-level statistics course for students interested in conducting psychological research and/or considering a psychology or neuroscience undergraduate major. The course will introduce the concepts and methods most commonly used in the analysis of quantitative data in psychological research such as behavioral experiments and life observations. Lectures will be provided to introduce the concepts and/or mathematical procedures of the core statistical topics and methods, including descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation, simple regression and nonparametric tests such as chi-square tests. The course will emphasize activity-based learning by engaging students into practices of statistical methods and analysis procedure using statistical software for social sciences and task-based problem solving activities. The course will also include periodical reviews and unit tests to consolidate learning. Performance will be assessed using homework assignments, projects, and tests with objective problem items and objective scoring guides. To register, the prerequisite of other coursework (e.g. PSYC105) as a requirement for eligibility to enroll in my course section will be waived.