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SUMMER 2017 COURSE OFFERINGS

(Subject to change)


Class Number: Class Title:
FA 1060 Drawing I
FA 1551 Photography for Non-Art Majors
HUMS 2090 Humanities Through the Arts
POLI 4670/5670 Women and Politics
POLI 4990/5990 Peace in the Midst of Turmoil: Costa Rican and Central American Politics
SPAN 1001 Basic Spanish I
SPAN 1002 Basic Spanish II
SPAN 2001 Intermediate Spanish I
SPAN 2002 Intermediate Spanish II
SPAN 3031 Spanish Conversation
SPAN 3055 Intro to Analysis and Literature
SPAN 3191,92,93 Independent Work
MUS 1000 Music Appreciation
IS 4998 Internship in International Studies

Course Descriptions

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FA 1060 Drawing I  

Class Instructor: Ariya Martin

Class Description: 3 cr.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION                 
An introduction to basic drawing concepts and media. Six hours of studio work. This hands-on studio course will introduce the student to drawing in a variety of media and techniques through demonstration, discussion and practice. We will cover various drawing principles with an emphasis on the following: contour, gesture, volume and space, mass conception, light and shadow, linear and atmospheric perspective, composition and craftsmanship. This course will also introduce narrative ideas and conceptual art techniques.

What better way to appreciate the flora and landscape of Costa Rica and learn to use a variety of drawing media than through using drawing to develop observational skills, techniques of seeing and interpreting. Each assignment will be explained thru demonstration and presented examples to help prepare them to make informed drawings of their own. Learning will take priority over production, in that although it is unlikely to produce masterpieces in a matter of weeks they will all be thoroughly introduced to the fine art practice of drawing.

Required Texts

TBA

 

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FA 1551

Photography for Non-Art Majors

 

Class Instructor: Ariya Martin

Class Description: 3 cr.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION  
This course is an introduction to still photography for non-art majors. This class is non-darkroom based and will familiarize students with basic skills of photography. Technical aspects such as camera operation, flash and lighting, exposure, film and film speed selection will be addressed in conjunction with non-technical aspects such as the history of photography, contemporary photography/art, aesthetics and composition, fine art/commercial applications, and the critiquing of images, via weekly lectures and assignments both inside and outside of class. Student must have a least a digital point-and-shoot camera. Six hours of studio work.

Professor’s Addendum: This course will cover the fundamental techniques of photography in terms of composition and digital capture and basic post capture work. It is an introduction to still-photography for non-art majors. This class will familiarize students with the technical choices such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, camera operation, lighting, and exposure. Technical aspects will be addressed in conjunction with non-technical aspects such as the history of photography, contemporary photography/art, aesthetics and composition, fine art / commercial applications, and the critiquing of images, via lectures, assignments and looking at the works of fine art photographers. Most importantly, this course will give the student time to get comfortable with their own equipment and to be more confident in the pictures they make.

Required Texts

You will need a digital picture taking device where aperture, shutter speed and ISO can be changed. You will need to have the capability to adjust aperture from a range of approximately f4-f22, shutter speeds of 1 second-1/1,000, and ISO 100-800.
 
If your smart phone device has the ability to do this then you can use it, if not you should bring a camera that does otherwise you will not be able to complete some assignments. 
 
A laptop is the preferred device to do some minor adjustments to your images in Lightroom (you can download a free 30 day trial) and/or Photoshop. Both these applications have Mobile Apps, which can be used. However, they may be limited in what you can do.  There is also a phone app, Afterlight, that has some editing tools. But, since we will only be dealing with image files and not printing you will only need to resize, adjust color, contrast, and do some minor editing. 

 

 

 

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HUMS 2090

Humanities Through the Arts

 

Class Instructor:Kevin George

Class Description: 3 cr

CATALOG DESCRIPTION  
An examination of selected topics in the Humanities drawn from contemporary issues in fields including but not limited to the arts, culture, economics, and politics as they relate to the human condition.

PROFESSOR’S ADDENDUM –This course will survey film, drama, music, literature, painting, and sculpture. Each art form is examined from four perspectives; historical context, elements of the art, form/meaning, and criticism/evaluation. This course will provide the student with a “real world” understanding of the Arts. We also discuss the effects of historical and cultural events on the Arts, explain how the Arts reflect cultural values, analyze how the Arts impact the society in which they live, and express ideas about how the Arts may be used to enhance the world in which they currently live.
This course will be taught using a combination of films, music examples, lecture notes, and projects discussions. Examples of surveys of art and music will be derived from, but not limited to local museums, festivals and planned excursion to various nearby locations.

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POLI 4670/5670 Women and Politics

 

Class Instructor: Christine Day

Class Description: 3 cr.

:CATALOG DESCRIPTION

A study of feminist political thought, and of women's political movements, political issues, and political behavior and attitudes in the United States and in other countries. Addendum for Costa Rica: Women have often been at the forefront of widespread movements, both peaceful and violent, for political and social change in Central America and throughout Latin America. In this class in Costa Rica, we will focus on the status of women, and issues of high importance in the United States and the rest of the Western Hemisphere, with a particular focus on feminism, women's rights, and gender and sexuality in Costa Rica.

Required Texts

Elizabeth Maier and Nathalie Lebon, eds., Women’s Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean: Engendering Social Justice, Democratizing Citizenship. Rutgers University Press, 2010. 9780813547282

 

 

 

 

 

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POLI 4990/5990Special Topics in Political Science

 

Peace in the Midst of Turmoil: Costa Rican and Central American Politics.

 

Class Instructor: Christine Day

Class Description: 3 cr.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION  

Central America is a tiny isthmus with an explosive political history which has had a major effect on U.S. politics as well (and vice versa). Today much of Central America is embroiled in gang- and drug-related violence and political corruption. But Costa Rica is an oasis of democracy and peace! We will explore why Costa Rica has been an exception to the tragic pattern of war and repression in the region..

Required Texts

John A. Booth, Christine J. Wade, and Thomas W. Walker, Understanding Central America: Global Forces, Rebellion, and Change, 6th ed., 2014. Westview Press. 9780813349589

 


 

 

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SPAN 1001

Basic Spanish I

 

Class Instructor: TBA

Class Description: 3 cr.


CATALOG DESCRIPTION
                                              
Offered each semester. A sequence of courses developing all four language skills: speaking, understanding, writing, and reading. The course includes the presentation and discussion of cultural material such as magazines, films, records, and other audio-visual items when feasible.

BOOKS
Con Brio : Beginning Spanish

Author: 
Lucas Murillo, Maria C.,  Dawson, Laila M.
Edition: 3
Pub Date: 2012
Publisher: Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, John
ISBN-13: 9781118130629, ISBN: 1118130626

 

 

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SPAN 1002

Basic Spanish II

 

Class Instructor: TBA

Class Description: 3 cr.

 

CATALOG DESCRIPTION
Prerequisite: SPAN 1001. A continuation of SPAN 1001.

BOOKS
Con Brio : Beginning Spanish

Author: 
Lucas Murillo, Maria C.,  Dawson, Laila M.
Edition: 3
Pub Date: 2012
Publisher: Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, John
ISBN-13: 9781118130629, ISBN: 1118130626


 

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SPAN 2001

Intermediate Spanish I

 

Class Instructor: TBA

Class Description: 3 cr.

 

CATALOG DESCRIPTION
 Prerequisite: SPAN 1002. Continuation of the development of all four language skills: speaking, understanding, writing, and reading. The course includes the presentation and discussion of cultural material such as magazines, films, records, and other audio-visual items when feasible.

BOOKS
Con Brio : Beginning Spanish

Author: 
Lucas Murillo, Maria C.,  Dawson, Laila M.
Edition: 3
Pub Date: 2012
Publisher: Wiley & Sons, Incorporated, John
ISBN-13: 9781118130629, ISBN: 1118130626


 

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SPAN 2002

Intermediate Spanish II

 

Class Instructor: TBA

Class Description: 3 cr.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION       
Prerequisite: SPAN 2001. Readings and exercises in Spanish. Special emphasis on comprehension as well as oral and written expression in the language.




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SPAN 3031

Spanish Conversation

 

Class Instructor: TBA

Class Description: 3 cr.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION
Prerequisite: SPAN 2002. Conversation, oral discussions, interpretations and reports, practicing the spoken language. Not open to native speakers of Spanish. Native speakers majoring in Spanish must substitute three hours at the 3000 level or above.

 

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SPAN 3055

Intro to Analysis and Interpretation of Spanish Literature

 

Class Instructor: TBA

Class Description: 3 cr.


CATALOG DESCRIPTION

A study of techniques of literary analysis particular to each of the major genres with readings and discussion of representative works.

Textbook will be assigned in Costa Rica and usually costs $20


 

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SPAN 3191, 92, 93

Independent Work

 

Class Instructor: TBA

Class Description: 3 cr.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION                 
Readings, conferences, and papers under the direction of a member of the faculty. The course allows the student to correlate and supplement the work covered in the departmental courses. Each course may be repeated but combined credit may not exceed six semester hours.

No book required, a packet will be required (about $20-25)

 

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MUS 1000

Music Appreciation

 

Class Instructor: Kevin George

Class Description: 3 cr.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION                 
An appreciation and analysis from the viewpoint of the listener of representative works in Western art tradition, covering for example, selected masterworks of Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bartok, and Stravinsky. No previous knowledge of or about music is required.

PROFESSOR’S ADDENDUM- We listen to it. We talk about it, and we can remember the lyrics of many songs. What is music? What are these categories we call music genres or styles. The purpose of this course is to broaden your overall musical experience. This course examines the diverse music of Latin America, covering traditional, popular, and classical repertoire such as Merengue, Salsa, Calypso and Marimba music. Our music explorations will include a concert(s) in the San Jose National Theater, as well as performances by local artists in the surrounding regions. No musical background is required for this class.

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IS 4998

Internship in International Studies

 

Class Instructor: TBA

Class Description: 3 cr.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION

By department permission only.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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