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Transylvania offers variety of unique courses

Transylvania professors teach a wide variety of special topics courses each term. Some are unique May term courses that involve travel, and some are courses in the fall and winter terms that tackle issues not normally explored in traditional classes. The following are some interesting courses that have been offered lately or are being offered this academic year.

Interactive Music and Multimedia Musicmusic tech classroom

Professor Tim Polashek
This music course, which was taught in fall 2010, explored a new wave of music that has evolved from the digital revolution. The class focused on the idea of “interactive” multimedia, including interactive musical performance, interactive video capture and rendering, interactive multimedia installations, and interactive dance technology. Students used computer programs to design multimedia projects that had some degree of interactivity with the user. The students could program sounds and video to create a whole new medium to enjoy music and video.

The Qur’an

Religion Professor Carole Barnsley
The Qur’an is a religion course that looks at the Muslim holy book and the different ways of reading it. Students learn about the Qur’an in the context of revelation and prophecy and about the prophet Muhammad. They also study ways the Qur’an has been interpreted and used by Muslims in various cultural contexts.

 MElissa McEuenAmerican Women and WWII

History Professor Melissa McEuen
This history seminar, scheduled for May term 2011, will look at the experiences and roles of women during World War II. McEuen recently published a book on the subject, entitled Making War, Making Women: Femininity and Duty on the American Homefront, 1941-1945. She will use her research to help students analyze first-person texts from the time period and conduct independent research. The course will explore some of the sacrifices women made and opportunities they enjoyed during the war, how women were depicted in the media, and the cultural movement that resulted.

Health Studies

Psychology Professor Mark Jackson
Physics Professor Jamie Day

This interdisciplinary May term course studies health care issues and is aimed at students who are looking to become health care providers, health care administrators, health care economists, researchers, writers, and medical anthropologists. Some of the issues discussed include public health, ethics, economics, business, education, popular culture, the role of the media, and the role of scientists. As bioethics becomes a widely discussed topic, the course pairs medical science with psychology to tackle the medical field from varying levels and angles.

Field Methods in Archaeologyarchaeological dig

Anthropology Professor Chris Begley
This 2011 May term course will teach techniques and methods that archaeologists use during field work. Part of the class will be taking the students to an excavation site near Lexington where some research and digging is currently being done by archaeologists from the W.S. Webb Museum of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky. The research the students do during the May term course will be included in the museum’s research. Techniques students will learn include mapping, excavation and recording skills, and

Sociology of Mexican Immigration

Sociology Professor Brian Rich
The sociology course that is currently being taught explores the history, processes, experiences, and policies that have influenced the course of Mexican immigration to the United States. The class examines Mexican immigration policies, flows, settlement, and integration issues. The relationship between Mexico and the United States is investigated at several levels, as contiguous nation-states; distinct, yet related and intertwined people; and complex and dynamic cultures. A central focus is placed on how these past and present complex relationships can help students understand the future of Mexican immigration to the United States.
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