New course proposals
ANTHRO 310H “Cultural Diversity in Northeast North America” 4 credits; Instructor: Jean S. Forward; This course is an interdisciplinary case study of the pre-contact and post-contact historical development of specific ethnic communities in the Northeast corner of North America using a variety of modes of scholarly inquiry such as historical source criticism, archaeology, history, ethnography, and literary analysis to explore the development and response to colonization of the Mi’kmaq, Wampanoag, English Puritans, French Acadians, Irish Catholics, Scottish, Puerto Rican, and Cambodian population groups. Prerequisites: None
CMPSCI 688 “Probabilistic Graphical Models” 3 credits; Instructor: Benjamin Marlin; This course will cover Bayesian and Markov networks and their dynamic and relational extensions; exact and approximate inference methods; estimation of both the parameters and structure of graphical models. Prerequisites: None
COMM 600 “Media Literacy: Principles and Practices” 3 credits; Instructor: Allison Butler; This course provides an overview of the principles and practices connected with U.S. and global media literacy within primary and secondary schools and community-based organizations. No prerequisites required.
COMM 601 “Media Literacy: Theory and Research” 3 credits; Instructor: Erica Scharrer; This graduate seminar, offered fully online, will introduce students to the theoretical orientations of media literacy and the research methods used to learn about how young people respond to media literacy curricula. No prerequisites.
COMM 602 “Food Pedagogies and Media Literacy” 3 credits; Instructor: Leda Cooks; The pervasiveness of food in media, from marketing to news to entertainment, demands critical thinking and literacy on the part of consumers. This course explores the relationships between food, body, justice and identity. We then build on this knowledge to develop a set of food media literacy skills that might help students think critically about what they consume and forge new and creative connections to dietary choices. No prerequisites.
EDUC 601A “Foundations of Higher Education” 3 credits; Instructor: Gary Malaney; This course provides an overview of the higher education system in the United States and introduces higher education as both an academic field of study and an applied professional field.
EDUC 773 “Planning for Policy Success” 3 credits; Instructor: Jeffrey W. Eiseman; Participants examine views regarding what constitutes policy success and failure, build competencies to make policies ore viable, and use course concepts and skills to modify policies of their own choosing.
EDUC 777 “Advanced Principles and Methods of Teaching Science in the Middle and High School” 3 credits; Instructor: Martina Nieswandt; Tying current research on science teaching/learning to classroom practice, this course examines advanced teaching strategies, discusses equity issues and makes connections between formal and informal science learning. Prerequisite: EDUC 512
LINGUIST 370 “Sounds of Englishes” 4 credits; Instructor: Joe Pater; Sound systems of varieties of English in the U.S. and elsewhere. Describing “Englishes” in phonological terms (e.g., types of vowels and consonants) and understanding how social factors influence phonological variation. Prerequisites: None
MICROBIO 440 “Microbial Ecology and Evolution” 3 credits; Instructor: Klaus Nüsslein; Advanced lecture course supported by group discussions designed to introduce upper undergraduate students to ranges of microbial life and evolutionary mechanisms to develop and sustain them. Emphasized are linkages between microbial ecology, diversity, and evolution. Prerequisites: None