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    Why choose Colorado College this Summer?

    Colorado College’s innovative approach to the liberal arts on the Block Plan, extends into the summer months. We welcome students from  undergraduate institutions across the nation to participate in our uniquely intensive academic schedule each summer. Classes take place 9:00am to 12:00pm for three and a half weeks at a time providing the space for full course immersion.

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    May 27-June 19

    June 22-July 15

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    Block A: May 27 - June 19, 2020

    EC 301: Micro Theory II - Oguzhan Batmaz
    An advanced theory of pricing for both the product and factor markets with an emphasis on the economic behavior of: 1.) the individual; 2.) the household; 3.) the firm; and 4.) the industry.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A             Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: EC 201                   Units: 1

    EN 350: Issues in Literature of the Long 18th Century: Satire - Jared Richman

    This course will explore the idea and practice of satire in Western culture, particularly during the long eighteenth century in Great Britain (1660-1832). We will read works by some of the most influential English satirists, such as John Dryden, Lord Rochester, Jonathan Swift, Alexander Pope, Jane Austen, and Jane Collier. If we have time, we will also see how satire shifts into various other media, such as caricature, cartoon, and film in graphic works by William Hogarth, James Gillray, and Thomas Rowlandson and films by Amy Heckerling. Requirements will include spirited class participation, short weekly writing assignments, a final exam and a satire of your own creation. Prerequisites: EN221, EN250, or COI.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A         Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    EN 381: Major Authors: Ellison, Baldwin, and Morrison - Michael Sawyer
    This course will explore a selection from each of the canonical African-American writers to common themes, unique ways of addressing them, and particular intellectual preoccupations without losing site of the beauty of these artist's craft.

    Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality       Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                                     Units: 1

    EV128 Introduction to Global Climate Change - Ulyana Horodyskyj
    Introduction to the contemporary Earth climate system that focuses on the roles of the atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere, and land surface, and an overview of how this system has changed in the past and is predicted to change in the future. Includes the use of mathematical models to describe complex systems and the role of policy, economics, and ethics in mitigating human impact. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World requirement. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

    Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning      Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                                     Units: 1

    FG 206/AN 208/RE 200: The Anthropology of Islam in the Modern Middle East and its Diasporas -  Nadia Guessous
    How have anthropologists complicated our understanding of Islam? How have they challenged Orientalist representations of Islam as static, homogeneous, and inherently oppressive? Through richly contextualized ethnographies of Islam in the modern Middle East and its Diasporas, this course seeks: 1) to challenge dominant representations of Islam; 2) to derive critical epistemological and analytical insights from the work of anthropologists who have taken the Islamic tradition seriously on its own diverse and shifting terms; and 3) to parochialize some of our normative assumptions about the self, agency, reason, memory, the body, politics, ethics, tradition, the modern state, and secularism.

    Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures         Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    FM 102: Basic Filmmaking  - Maria Govan
    An introduction to the art and craft of making films. This course provides an opportunity to produce a short video worthy of becoming a part of your artistic or professional portfolio. The first two assignments are warm-ups for the final and will give you a chance to get used to the equipment and refine your skills in cinematography, editing, and project planning.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A         Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    GY 125: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems - Kyle Anibas
    This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts and application of the world of spatial mapping using Geographic Information Systems. The class is a mix of in class lecture, lab work, and field work to develop spatial thinking.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A

    Program Fee: N/A                Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    HK 125: Human Nutrition  -  Robin Van Helmond

    Students will learn to describe and categorize the functions of macronutrients and micronutrients, and identify sources of each. They will also explore diet and lifestyle factors associated with the risk of various chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis and compare dietary needs for different stages of life. By the end of this course, students will be able to describe the relationship between energy intake, metabolism, physical activity, and weight control translate nutrition science concepts into specific and easy-to-understand dietary recommendations. We will evaluate the scientific relevancy of nutrition messages available on the Internet and other media and apply your knowledge of nutrition, dietary guidelines, and the relationship between diet and health as you assess your own diet and diet-related health risks. Students will also design a daily meal plan for a balanced nutrient intake and specific calorie level.

    Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World            

    Program Fee: N/A          Prerequisites: N/A                   Units: 1

    HK 204: Introduction to Human Anatomy  -  Dan Miska

    A lecture and human cadaver-based lab course designed to help students gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts of the structure of the human body. The course will include regional study of the major organ systems. This course is designed to meet the needs of students interested in graduate studies & allied health fields. This course does not involve dissection, but human cadavers that have previously been dissected will serve as learning tools for students, in addition to various anatomical models and digital resources.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A             Program Fee: N/A               Units: 1

    Prerequisites: EITHER 1 unit of Organismal Biology and Ecology 105, 106, or 107, Molecular Biology 131, or Human Biology and Kinesiology 130, or Psychology 297, or consent of instructor. Sophomore standing or higher.

    HY 200: Topics in History: History and Film in Post-WWII Europe and the United States - Jake Smith and Bryan Rommel-Ruiz
    This course mobilizes mass market films to help students think through the intertwined histories of authority and violence in post-WWII-era Europe and the United States. Whether it was postwar Germans attempting to understand the Nazi period or Americans of the early 21st Century seeking to find appropriate ways to memorialize the 9/11 attacks in New York, films served as one of the primary arenas through which large-scale historical events were processed and memorialized in the popular imaginary. Students will emerge from the class not only with a more robust understanding of transatlantic history in the postwar period but also with a set of tools they can use to interrogate mass cultural artifacts as archives of historical meaning.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A            Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                        Units: 1

    IT 103 Elementary Italian l  -  Amanda Minervini
    Introduction to Italian language and culture, with emphasis on the acquisition of basic oral and written proficiency in order to communicate effectively and accurately in everyday life situations.

    Critical Perspectives: Foreign Language

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Program Fee: N/A               Units: 1

    MA 117: Probability and Statistics  -  David Brown
    An introduction to the ideas of probability, including counting techniques, random variables and distributions. Elementary parametric and non-parametric statistical tests with examples drawn from the social sciences and life sciences. (No credit if taken after any other college-level statistics course.) Not recommended for mathematics majors.

    Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World, Quantitative Reasoning

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Program Fee: N/A               Units: 1

    PA 250: Topics in Asian Studies: Elementary Hindi 1 - Nidhi Arya
    The study of basic grammatical structures and patterns with exercises meant to develop proficiency in speaking, listening, reading, and writing presented in a cultural context.

    Critical Perspectives: Foreign Language

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Program Fee: N/A               Units: 1

    PC 133: Astronomy  -  Juan Burciaga

    In this introductory course in astronomy, students will investigate the history of astronomy and the nature, formation, and structure of the stars and universe. Possible topics will include planetary astronomy, stellar astronomy and the nature of the universe.  Much of the course time will be spent at night under the stars or in the laboratory exploring the basis of astronomical knowledge. Laboratory work will include learning to use telescopes, taking photographs of the sky, and using a spectroscope. Students will take at least one extended trip to either the Baca Campus or the Colorado College mountain cabin.

    Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World Lab, Quantitative Reasoning            

    Program Fee: N/A               Prerequisites: N/A                          Units: 1

    PH 203 / EV261: Contesting Climate Justice  -  Marion Hourdequin 
    Global climate change and human responses to it will deeply shape economies, cultures, migration patterns, and life prospects for people across the world in the decades and centuries to come. Climate change raises difficult questions of justice and equity: How might the burdens of reducing emissions be fairly shared among nations? Who should pay for adaptation in climate-vulnerable regions? Who should have a say in climate decisions? This course will examine multiple conceptions of fairness, equity, and justice in relation to climate change and explore how calls for justice and fairness are used both to reinforce and to challenge existing power relations, within and among nations. Critical Perspective: Social Inequality.

    Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality         Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    PS 270: Liberty and Equality  -  Eve Grace & John Grace
    Explores the question whether there is a fundamental justification for democratic rule by analyzing diverse defenses and critiques of the claims that democracy is founded on the truth of human equality and best provides for individual liberty.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A         Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    PY 100: Introduction to Psychology: Basis of Behavior - Jordyn Wilcox
    Examination of psychological phenomena from biobehavioral and sociobehavioral perspectives. Contemporary issues in psychology such as intelligence, development, perception, learning, abnormal behavior, language, and social behavior are explored. Scientific methodology and its application to psychological phenomena are stressed.

    Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World Lab     

    Program Fee: N/A              Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    PY 116 / PY 408: Cultural Psychology - Emily Chan

    PY116: Introduces students to the theories and methods of studying culture and psychology. Focus is on psychological research that links culture to mental processes and the comparative study of cultural effects. Several topics are covered: development and socialization, self and personality, diversity and multicultural ideologies, ethnic and racial identities, bi/multiculturalism and intersectionality, stereotyping and bias, enculturation and acculturation, intergroup contact, motivation, cognition and perception, judgement and decision making, close relationships, emotion and mental health, and morality and justice. 

    PY408: An in-depth consideration of the theories, methods, and the contemporary debates of studying culture and psychology. In addition to building a foundation of research that links culture to mental processes and the comparative study of cultural effects (e.g., development and socialization, self and personality, diversity and multicultural ideologies, ethnic and racial identities, bi/multiculturalism and intersectionality, stereotyping and bias, enculturation and acculturation, intergroup contact, motivation, cognition and perception, judgement and decision making, close relationships, emotion and mental health, and morality and justice), student will have additional workshops to study details of cultural psychology methodologies and will propose an empirical research project in cultural psychology. 

    Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures or Social Inequality     

    Program Fee: N/A              Prerequisites: PY116:N/A; PY408: PY202 or COI                   Units: 1

    Block B: June 22 - July 15, 2020

    AS 110: Book Arts and Letterpress  -  Lucy Holtsnider

    This course provides an introduction to designing, printing, and binding artists’ books and related ephemera. The ability of artists’ books to enable the interweaving of technologies that would otherwise be isolated by arbitrary partitions of time or culture will be a point of focus. The course will also include visiting artist talks and a day-long field trip to the Rocky Mountain Land Library in South Park, Colorado. 

    Critical Perspectives: N/A           Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                      Units: 1

    CP 115: Computational Thinking -  Richard Wellman
    Introduction to the encoding of information as data and the automation of quantitative reasoning with computer programs. This course covers the basics of the Python programming language with examples drawn from many fields (e.g. chemistry, biology, linguistics, art, music). This is the first course for those interested in computer science. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

    Critical Perspectives: Quantitative Reasoning          Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A       Units: 1

    CP 341: Topics in Computer Science: Machine Learning and Misinformation  -  Mathew Whitehead
    In recent years machine learning research has led to the ability to create computer-fabricated photos, videos, and text data that is nearly indistinguishable from authentic data. In this course we will examine how these machine learning models work and how fake data might be algorithmically detected.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A            Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: CP 274, CP 275       Units: 1

    EC 371: Money Banking and Financial Markets - Oguzhan Batmaz
    Examines the economic theory and institutions of banking and other forms of financial intermediation and markets that channel savings into investment as well as the economics of financial crises, monetary policy and the government’s interaction with the financial system.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A                       Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: EC 301 and EC 302            Units: 1

    EN283: Beginning Fiction Writing - Steven Hayward

    Practice in writing prose fiction. 1 unit.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A         Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    FM 101: Introduction to Film Studies  - Scott Krzych

    Film in its formal and ideological dimensions, narrative, documentary, and experimental. Students learn to become active and critical viewers of films, and to situate film aesthetics within historical, industrial, cultural, and political contexts, developing an understanding of film form as interlinked with content. 1 unit.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A         Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    FM 200: Topics in Film History and Genre: Great Movie Thrillers  - George Butte

    This class will introduce students to different kinds of movie thrillers, from the police procedural ("The French Connection") to serial killer films (Lang's "M" and "The Silence of the Lambs") to political thrillers (Frankenheimer's "The Manchurian Candidate"), the heist film (Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs"), and Hitchcock (maybe "Strangers on a Train"). Great thrillers have important existential themes, about guilt and innocence, identity, gender and sexuality, violence, and the social contract. There will be a significant writing component of the class to develop skills in exploring complex ideas. The class will also provide students with a framework for understanding film as a narrative form and as an art form.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A         Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Units: 1

    GY 140: Physical Geology -  Solomon Seyum
    The fundamentals of physical geology: igneous, metamorphic, and sedimentary rocks; basic mineralogy; structural geology; mapping; and examination of local stratigraphic units.

    This class fulfills the Introductory Geology requirement for Geology majors.

    Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World lab or field requirement, Quantitative Reasoning

    Program Fee: $150          Prerequisites: N/A           Units: 1

    HK 255: Advanced Joint Anatomy  -  Dan Miska
    A laboratory based human cadaver dissection course designed to help students gain an advanced understanding of the structure and function of the major articulations (joints) of the human body and develop the skills of cadaver dissection.

    Critical Perspectives: N/A                Program Fee: N/A

    Prerequisites: HK 204                      Units: 1

    IT 104 Elementary Italian 2  -  Adele Sanna
    This course is designed to build on skills acquired in IT101. Students will continue to develop basic oral and written proficiency in order to communicate effectively and accurately in everyday life situations. Prerequisite: IT103 or COI. .

    Critical Perspectives: Foreign Language

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Program Fee: N/A               Units: 1

    MA 126: Calculus 1  -  Stefan Erickson
    Differential and integral calculus of algebraic and transcendental functions and applications. Students normally begin the calculus sequence with this course.

    Critical Perspectives: Scientific Investigation of the Natural World, Quantitative Reasoning

    Prerequisites: N/A                    Program Fee: N/A               Units: 1

    MU155 Introduction to Jazz - Stephanie Doktor
    Musicians, critics, and historians have struggled to define jazz for a hundred years. This introduction to the history of jazz focuses on the musical processes and cultural concerns that have come to define this genre. Emphasis on the ways that social issues such as racial segregation, discrimination and the African-American struggle for civil rights have contributed to the aesthetics and political power of jazz music. No previous experience required. Writing in the Discipline. Meets the Critical Perspectives: Social Inequality requirement.

    Critical Perspectives:  Social Inequality         Program Fee: N/A     

    Prerequisites: N/A                                         Units: 1

    PA 250: Topics in Asian Studies: Elementary Hindi 2 - Nidhi Arya
    This course is designed to build on skills acquired in PA250 Elementary Hindi 1. Students will continue to develop competencies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing about self-generated information related to their daily lives and to life in different foreign cultural settings. Prerequisite: Elementary Hindi 1 for Block B portion of the course.

    Critical Perspectives:  Foreign Language         Program Fee: N/A     

    Prerequisites: N/A                                         Units: 1

    PA 250/EV 261/RE 200: Topics in Asian Studies: Buddhism, Society and Ecology  -   Asoka Bandarage

    At the root of contemporary global environmental and social collapse is a world view and a social system based on human domination of nature and of each other. There is now a growing recognition that environmental sustainability and human well-being require a shift from the prevailing system of domination and extremism to a global consciousness and a socioeconomic system based on interdependence and partnership. In this course we examine the contribution that the teachings of the Buddha can make to this global scientific and ethical discourse and the movements for psycho-social transformation.
    This interdisciplinary course draws upon a broad range of fields including global political economy, sociology, philosophy, ecology and Asian Studies. The course will provide an overview of interrelated contemporary crises of climate change, economic inequality and violent conflict; introduce the ethics and basic philosophical concepts of Buddhism, such as, impermanence, interdependence, non-violence and the Middle Path: explore ecological and ‘socially engaged Buddhism’ in Asia; and engage students in the discourse and efforts for personal and collective change.

    Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures, Social Inequality            Program Fee: $90

    Prerequisites: N/A                                                                    Units: 1



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