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Half Block For-Credit Offerings

Immerse Yourself in the Life of the Mind

For-credit academic offerings during the nine-day half-block give students the opportunity to explore courses outside of their major and requirements, or to work closely with professors to delve deeper into a subject matter for which they already have foundational coursework. Students can earn 0.5 units of credit towards the 32 required for graduation and tuition for half-block is already included in the spring semester tuition.

Registration in SSB for Half Block will begin November 1st, 2021 at 12PM MDT. No points will be used and registration will be first come first served. Half block dates: January 11 - 21, 2022.

Half Block Class Policy

Half-block is a 0.5 unit course offered at the beginning of the spring semester. If a student is enrolled full time in EITHER the fall semester OR the spring semester (while remaining enrolled at least part-time in the other semester), half block does not carry a tuition charge. If, however, a student is part-time in both fall and spring and not enrolled in one semester or the other, half block is charged as a half unit course with the standard tuition for that year.

For financial aid purposes, half-block is part of the spring semester. If a student is not taking 3 other units in the spring, half-block will be added to their enrollment to determine their federal aid eligibility. However, no CC financial aid will be offered for enrollment in half-block.

2022 For-Credit Half-Block Courses

EN280: Topics in Literature: Peter Pan: The Myth in Literature & Film
Instructor: George Butte, Professor

Description: This course studies some of the key Peter Pan stories to ask what is the nature and meaning of this archetype. We look at James Barrie’s original multiple texts, in The Little White Bird (1902) for example, but especially the play Peter Pan (1904-1928) and the novella Peter and Wendy (1911), and we look at several film versions by Disney, P.J. Hogan, and Spielberg. Professor Natanya Pulley will also visit with her new work in the voice of Tiger Lily. We try to identify some of the contradictions and themes of the myth, focusing on family, identity, sexuality, and childhood, and we read selected cultural history and criticism.


FG240: Hip Hop & Feminism
Instructor: Heidi Lewis, Associate Professor

Description: Introduces students to Black, Third Wave, and Transnational feminist studies of hip hop music, fashion, dance, film, and other aspects of the culture. Pays particular attention to ways feminist scholars examine hip hop theories and politics concerning race, gender, sexuality, class, age, and other social, cultural, and political markers, especially the ways power and dominance are reproduced, revised, and resisted within the culture.


EN280: Topics in Literature: Disability Culture & Literature
Instructor: Jared Richman, Associate Professor

Description: The early modern era introduced and heightened critical debates on identity, medicine, and the human body that resonate in contemporary society. This course will focus on the discussions around the notion of disability and its representation, purpose, and function in Anglo-American literature and film by looking specifically at the theoretical and narrative writings of prominent scholars and activists of the new Critical Disability Studies paradigm. Taking these approaches, the course will then apply such critical frames to eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century writers such as Swift, Perkins, O’Connor, and Steinbeck among others, films such as Mad Max: Fury RoadThe King’s Speech, and The Station Agent, and the new Netflix series, "Deaf U" for the purposes of developing an understanding of cultural responses to physical and neurological difference within the context of literary and cinematic representation.


PG199: Brazilian Music & Language
Instructor: Naomi Wood, Associate Professor

Description: This half-block course will introduce students to some of the musical traditions of twentieth and twenty-first-century Brazil as well as basic communication in the Portuguese language. Students will explore traditions such as forró, samba, bossa nova, MPB, sertaneja, batucada, funk, among others. Course may be taught in Portuguese depending on enrollment and prior language experience of students.


CH104: Topics in Chemistry: Snow Science
Instructor: Eli Fahrenkrug, Assistant Professor

Description: This class will provide fundamental insight into the highly interdisciplinary field of snow science, which is situated at the interface of chemistry, materials science, physics, mechanics, and climate science. Key topics include an introduction to the global cryosphere, the energetics, and kinetics of snow grain metamorphism, snowpack dynamics, and their impacts on stability, fracture mechanics, heat transfer, and avalanche characteristics. The course will include field observations, laboratory characterization, and group-based in-class learning.


CH204: Foundational Concepts in Organic Chemistry
Instructor: Jared Harris, Lecturer

Description: This class deepens understanding of basic concepts important for success in organic chemistry: Lewis structures, hybridized atomic orbitals, VSEPR theory, resonance structures, and acid-base chemistry. An introduction to drawing and interpreting three-dimensional bond-line representations of organic molecules was also be provided.


PS203: Liberal Education: What & Why
Instructor: Eve Grace, Professor

Description: We at CC claim to be engaged in the enterprise of “liberal” or “liberal arts” education. Yet, when pressed, we often find it difficult to articulate what a “liberal education” is or ought to be. In an effort to clarify this question, this course will seek to address the following issues: what, if anything, is distinctive about a liberal education? How does it differ from, and why would it be preferable to, specialized training, no matter how sophisticated and informed? If it has never been primarily understood as skills training, what is its aim? Is it to seek “truth”? To “liberate” us? And if so, from what and to what? To make us more morally serious? To prepare us to engage in public service? How do we prioritize these concerns? Or, if they are in tension with one another, which is most critical to pursue? We will read various contemporary and historical readings on liberal education, as well as portions of texts often considered to exemplify a liberal education. ½ credit.


SW182: Oral History & Qualitative Interview Methods
Instructor: Santiago Guerra, Associate Professor

Description: This course introduces students to the theory and practice of oral history and qualitative interview methodologies. Students will learn how to develop an oral history and/or qualitative interview-based research project, and how to incorporate oral evidence as data into research and writing.


PY363: Science & Pseudoscience in Clinical Psychology
Instructor: Kristi Erdal, Professor

Description: An investigation into the efficacy claims of controversial assessment techniques, diagnoses, and forms of psychotherapy. This course will assess when claims are empirically supported according to scientific as well as legal standards of evidence.  The commercialization of mental health treatments will also be addressed. Prerequisite:  Psychology 100.


GS222: Interspersed Arts Collective
Instructor: Ryan Bañagale, Associate Professor

Description: This hybrid, interdisciplinary, collective, and performance-based course invites all participants to transform their environments into virtual sonic, theatrical spaces by uniting listening and technological skills with acts of social change. Amid the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism, the arts have become more important than ever to help us react to, respond with, and reconsider the ways in which we engage the world around us. Artists are creating new modes of collaboration and in the process addressing both social justice issues and inequities. This course examines both the results and the processes that lead to the development of such work through live, remote performance. In just 10 days, students will form an art collective with students from UCCS, develop new communication and creative skills, engage the methods of Deep Listening, and exhibit a public, live virtual performance.


EV127: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Instructor: Matt Cooney, GIS Technical Director

Description: Explores the basics of computer-based information analysis and manipulation. Teaches students the fundamentals of basic GIS tasks: mapmaking, spatial analysis, and database creation. Students learn to use software that links these three functions together. Computer-based exercises are used both in class to teach fundamentals, and in labs that assist students to learn and use basic GIS tools.


HY200: The History & Future of the Book
Instructors: Jessy Randall, Curator & Archivist, & Steve Lawson, Interim Library Director

Description: Examines the development of technologies of the written word, from clay tablets and sheepskin scrolls to the manuscript codex, early printed book, modern printing, and digital text. Questions the way reading, writing, and preserving texts intersect with identity, memory, and history, making extensive use of primary materials in the library's Special Collections and incorporating a hands-on experience at The Press at Colorado College.


GS222: R You Ready?! Starting with R & Data Visualization
Instructors: Steve Getty, QRC Director, & Karen Chui, QRC Professional Tutor

Description: The ability to analyze and represent data using multiple platforms is a key skill for students to possess in their analytical “toolbox.”  Students and faculty at Colorado College have been requesting an introductory course to the programming and data visualization language R. Especially as R becomes more widely used in an array of disciplines and professions, this new Half Block course will be designed to help students either begin or improve their skills coding in R, and then analyze and present data visualizations in R. The course will include either individual students or student pairs using datasets of interest to them to analyze, represent, and interpret an aspect of the dataset using R. Offered Pass/Fail Only.


GS222: Special Topics: Stanley Kubrick: An American Rebel
Instructor: John Simons, Professor Emeritus

Description: Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) is a radical American filmmaker whose dark, disturbing and deeply personal art is unlike any other American filmmaker. His mastery of various cinematic genres (e.g., crime films, films noir, science fiction films, war films, horror films, erotic films) almost always turns on his characters' violent attempts to control the world around them through personal power. This deeply ironic obsession (with the exception of his brilliant final film, EYES WIDE SHUT), leads to abject failure in the absolute self-destruction or madness of his self-entrapped characters. Kubrick is concerned with the gradual degeneration of the self into forms of mechanical inanimacy (cf. the spacemen and H.A.L. in 2002: A SPACE ODYSSEY, his most famous film). Or he is drawn to a psychotic search for identity in the haunted house of the human mind, as in THE SHINING. Madness is a common Kubrick theme, as we see in his brilliant satire of humankind's death-obsessed love for "The Bomb" in the Cold War classic, DR. STRANGELOVE. In spite of these claims, Kubrick is a supremely meticulous stylist, driven by the desire to create perfect works of art in an imperfect world. In his mise-en-scene, his brilliant use of cinematography, his daring use of color in his color films, Kubrick is famous for his extravagantly elliptical and complex cinematic techniques. His films are dazzling in their beauty, even amidst their dark, pessimistic subject matter. A modern-day Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick is often disparaged for the analytical "coldness" and impersonality of his films, while others praise him for creating a body of work that captures brilliantly the spirit of modern despair in his infinitely inventive, beautifully crafted, works of art. A paradoxical artist from the beginning to the end of his film career, Stanley Kubrick is an American filmmaker without peer. 

Films to be discussed: DR. STRANGELOVE, BARRY LYNDON, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, THE SHINING, EYES WIDE SHUT. (with sidelong glances at THE KILLING, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, FULL METAL JACKET)


MU228/IT120: The Renaissance Banchetto!
Instructors: Dario Sponchiado, Visiting Instructor, & Nancy Ekberg, Director of Collegium Musicum Ensemble

Description: This course is open to students interested in Renaissance music and Italian culture. “The Renaissance Banchetto”, a center of wealth and power, included theatrical and musical performances and is the perfect setting to teach music and history. Upon completion of the course, students will have acquired an understanding and an appreciation of the Italian Renaissance with the festive and sinister undercurrents of the banchetto!


GS222/PS203: Topics in General Studies/Political Science: "Campaigning for Social Change in the Digital Era"
Instructor: Srdja Popovic, Distinguished Visitor

Description: An interactive workshop for anyone who has been or would like to be an activist or leader in a movement for social change. Students work in small groups to develop media strategies for social movements or change organizations. Students investigate the movement’s vision, values, strategy, and organization. Groups then innovate and develop a toolbox of online campaigning techniques that integrate real-world activism with digital online strategies.


BE341: Special Topics Course: Parasitology
Instructor: Ron Hathaway, Professor Emeritus

Description: An examination of the cellular and organismal biology of parasites, paying close attention to the life cycle of parasites and their importance to humans and natural systems.


PC210: Investigations in Engineering
Instructor: Joel Brand, Visiting Assistant Professor

Description: Have you ever wondered how a high-tech piece of hardware progresses from an idea to a tangible product? This course will investigate the engineering process that takes a laboratory measurement principle, specifically optical detection of gas concentration, through the development of an analytical instrument that can be manufactured, deployed, and operated in an industrial setting. We will touch on many aspects of this process including the environmental monitoring market; development and hands-on testing of gas detection instrumentation; analyzing tradeoffs for manufacturability and commercial viability; production processes; and support documentation.


MU228: Topics in Music: Jazz Theory
Instructor: Ricky Sweum, Visiting Instructor

Description: Review of basic music theory and the relationship between Western harmony and jazz theory nomenclature. Study and performance of basic jazz scale and chord theory, standard chord progressions, guide tones, voice leading, and jazz forms with an emphasis on blues forms. Analysis of transcribed jazz melodies and solos plus the composition of a jazz solo to develop an understanding of practical applications of jazz theory. The final demonstration of knowledge gained through classroom performance of improvised solo over a given chord structure. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor or Music 199.


GS222: Comparing Cultures: Intercultural Learning & Competence
Instructor: Inger Bull, Visiting Instructor

Description: This course will introduce students to different models and theories of comparative culture with the goal of preparing students to enter a foreign culture and navigate cultural differences successfully. Models and theories include Milton Bennett’s Cultural Sensitivity Model, Geert Hofstede’s Cultural Dimensions Theory, and Edward T. Hall’s theories of proxemics, context, and chronic time. At the end of the course, students will have knowledge of theory and the ability to transfer that knowledge into practice abroad.


RE200: The Art of Questioning: Radical Pedagogies of Jewish Texts
Instructor: Joey Glick, Visiting Instructor

Description: This course will explore the textual traditions that emerged around the rabbinic study of the Hebrew Bible and Jewish law in the first five hundred years of the Common Era. These texts, such as the Mishnah and Talmud, balance a deep appreciation of tradition with wild creativity. We will study rabbinic texts by employing the collaborative pedagogy of partnered learning that is the backbone of traditional Jewish text study. In other words, we will learn not only rabbinic texts but also the radical learning styles employed within Jewish study halls. This class is ideal for students excited about exploring non-hierarchical, question-based models of learning, along with those seeking an intensive introduction to the study of primary religious texts.

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