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AD231j    Introduction to Financial Decision Making    Five topical areas: (1) planning, including career planning, financial budgeting, and personal federal taxes, (2) consumer credit, costs of credit, and identity theft, (3) major purchasing decisions including housing and automobiles, (4) insurance such as property, health, disability, and life insurance, and (5) investing in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds for now and retirement. Does not count toward the Administrative Science minor. Three credit hours.    LARGAY

AM115j    The Image of Women and Men in American Film    How Hollywood films of a particular era reflected and helped determine the vast social and psychological changes that women, men, and the country were experiencing--or were denying experiencing--during tumultuous time periods of U.S. history. Topics include gender roles, genre, directorial style, historical background, the effects of camera placement, movement and lighting, and the function of narrative--how to "read" a film. January 2010 topic: "The Sixties" (1958-1978). Enrollment limited; upperclass students seeking admission should contact Mr. Eisen at shadow@prexar.com. Three credit hours.    EISEN

AM197j    Fundamentals of Screenwriting    An introduction to the craft of writing film scripts, with a strong emphasis on screenplay format and the three-act structure. Besides studying films and screenplays, students will complete exercises in character development, scene construction, dialogue, and description. The final project will be a complete script for a short (no longer than 30 pages) three-act feature film. Two credit hours.    WILSON

AM297Jj    Introduction to Television Studies: The L Word    An introduction to recent critical approaches to the study of television in the United States, with an emphasis on feminist methodologies and questions. The economic, technological, historical, cultural, and aesthetic dimensions of this enormously influential medium will be explored. After completing extensive research on relevant social and cultural contexts, students will apply one or more methodological approaches to produce their own critical readings of the Showtime series The L Word (2004-09), the first program to represent a lesbian community in depth. Extensive out-of-class viewing required. Three credit hours.    MCFADDEN

AM397j    Art, Politics, and Production of American Social Action Documentaries    Listed as English 397J. Three credit hours.  A, U.    MANNOCCHI

AN145j    Between Revolution and Tradition: Julius Caesar and Augustus    Listed as Classics 145. Two credit hours.    J. ROISMAN

AR007j    Moviemaking Magic: Pushing the Boundaries of Reality    In moviemaking is a poem a documentary? Is a documentary about truth? Is a narrative film about reality? The magic of moviemaking stretches the limits of these categories. Students will watch, discuss, and make movies, exploring the boundaries of storytelling and truth telling and choosing their subjects from local people, places, history, and their own lives. They will utilize narrative, documentary, experimental, and animation techniques in exploring the art of film. Concludes with a gala public screening. Noncredit.     COLEMAN

AR113j    Photography: A Historical Introduction     Unlike traditional introductory photo courses, this one will proceed through the application of a variety of processes that trace the medium's history. From the making of cameraless photographs using the cyanotype process popular in the mid-19th century to the creation and use of pinhole cameras, opportunities to explore the excitement and alchemy of some of photography's simplest methods and materials. No camera is needed. Nongraded. Cost for materials: $95. Two credit hours.    GREEN

AR114j    Pottery    An introduction to forming clay by pinching, making slabs and coils, and wheel throwing; decorating and glazing; and firing in an electric kiln. Historical and theoretical issues will be discussed. Nongraded. Cost for materials: $60. Two credit hours.    MEADER

AR117j    Introduction to Art Conservation and Preservation    Designed to explore the issues and practices of the conservation and restoration of works of art. Theoretical discussions will be balanced by practical examples. The role of conservators, the systems employed by them, and the relationship between art and science will be explored. Students will be responsible for case studies, many of which will involve examination of original works of art in the Colby College Museum of Art. No prerequisite, but interest in art history or studio art is advantageous. Two credit hours.    ROTH-WELLS

AR118j    Introduction to Figure Painting    An introduction to painting the figure and its environment. Classes will cover information on preparing supports, setting up palettes, and working from the model. Topics include basic drawing skills, working in black and white, traditional figure painting practices, and alla prima techniques. Out-of-class work is essential. Estimated cost for materials: $150. Two credit hours.    LIBBY

AR293j    Asian Museum Workshop: Word Play and Visual Imagery in China    A museum workshop experience in which students organize and install an exhibition on a specified topic in Asian art. Topic for 2010: Word Play and Visual Imagery in China. The vocabulary of Chinese decorative art consists largely of auspicious imagery, including many varieties of flowers and animals. Understanding the meaning of these images depends on a special kind of reading, in which the sound of the symbol's name rhymes with the sound for another word or phrase. These visual puns will be the topic of the exhibition created by students in this course. No previous Chinese language experience necessary. Prerequisite: East Asian Studies 151 or 152 or Art 173. Three credit hours.    WEITZ

AY176j    Greece: Ancient Sites and Their Visitors     The sites (and sights) of ancient Greece have held enormous significance for visitors, from ancient times through the modern era. Explores the range of meanings that Greek antiquity has held for different groups historically and up to the present. Through an intensive, month-long study, students will consider a variety of sites in Athens and nearby centers such as Delphi, Olympia, Epidauros, and Mycenae. Includes travel to Greece. Examines a variety of questions related to the experience and representation of classical Greek sites. Part of the Integrated Studies Program; requires fall enrollment in Anthropology 175 and Philosophy 175 or consent of instructors. Prerequisite: Anthropology 175. Three credit hours.  H.    BARRETT, MILLS

AY197j    Societies and Ecologies: Topics in Environment and Anthropology    A selective introduction to anthropological approaches to the environment. Explores connections between society and the environment, and investigates a discrete set of critical themes, including: use of the environment by rural people, ethnic minorities, and indigenous groups; involvement of these groups in environmental social movements; and the cultural politics of environmental conservation projects programs in developing countries. Explores these questions in three specific settings: among the highland ethnic minorities of Southeast Asia, among the forest-dwelling indigenous groups of the Amazon basin, and alongside Arctic people and their advocates. Three credit hours.    PADWE

AY212j    Human Rights and Social Struggles in Global Perspective    Listed as International Studies 211. Three credit hours.    RAZSA

BI115j    Biology of Women    An introduction to the biology of the female throughout her life span. Topics include reproductive anatomy, the menstrual cycle and related hormones, aspects of sexual function, contraception, pregnancy and infertility, childbirth, lactation, menopause, and other gynecological considerations. Myths surrounding women's biology will also be discussed. Satisfies the non-laboratory science distribution requirement. Cannot be counted toward the biology major. Normally offered in alternate years. Three credit hours.  N.    BROWN

BI197Aj    Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems     Agriculture is a fundamental way in which humans interact with their environment and is at the nexus of ecological, social, and economic systems. An introduction to the ecological bases, practicalities, and philosophies of food and agricultural systems. Provides a foundation in such concepts as agroecology, sustainable soil management, pest and weed control, and organic farming. Also considers social, economic, and public-policy issues. Field trips to local farms and other agricultural institutions. Satisfies the non-laboratory science distribution requirement. Cannot be counted toward the biology major. Three credit hours.  N.    MARSHALL

BI197Bj    Introduction to Marine Ecosystems    What is a marine ecosystem? How are people altering marine environments and the organisms that live in these environments? An introduction to marine ecology and the major human-induced effects on marine ecosystems. Topics include: ocean chemistry, primary producers, consumers and food webs, intertidal zones, the deep ocean, coral reefs, climate change, eutrophication, overfishing, and sustainable resource management. Mandatory all-day field trips on Fridays. Satisfies the non-laboratory science distribution requirement. Cannot be counted toward the biology major. Three credit hours.  N.    CORCORAN

BI257j    Winter Ecology    An introduction to the ecological and physiological adaptations of plants and animals to the winter environment in central Maine, with an extensive field component. Some overnight trips will be taken (cost: $175 for room and board.) Prerequisite: Biology 164 and permission of the instructor. Three credit hours.    WILSON

BI297Jj    Introductory Bioinformatics    Listed as Computer Science 297J. Three credit hours.  Q.    MCCLELLAN

BI358j    Ecological Field Study    Listed as Environmental Studies 358. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructors. Three credit hours.    COLE, FIRMAGE

BI474j    Neuroscience Research    A laboratory-intensive course designed to familiarize students with modern cellular and molecular approaches to neuroscience research. The course will consist of two weeks spent at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, with the rest of the time spent on campus. Prerequisite: Biology 274 and permission of the instructor. Three credit hours.    TILDEN

BI492js    Independent Study    Individual projects in areas where the student has demonstrated the interest and competence necessary for independent work. Prerequisite: Permission of a faculty sponsor. One to four credit hours.    FACULTY

CH151j    K-8 Chemistry Outreach Activities    Development of hands-on activities to fulfill physical science goals required by Maine Learning Results. Students will create instructional science experiments for chosen age levels and will implement activities for schoolchildren in area classrooms and on campus. Lecture only. Prerequisite: Chemistry 112 with laboratory or 118 with laboratory or 141. Three credit hours.  N.    MILLARD, MILLER

CH197j    Origins of Life, Earth, and the Universe    An interdisciplinary course covering aspects of chemistry, biology, astronomy, and geology as they pertain to origins of life, earth, and the universe. The student will gain an appreciation for science and the work that scientists perform by becoming immersed in a field of scientific study, working collaboratively, reading the literature, writing a review paper, and giving an oral presentation. Intended as a course for non-science majors. Students with prior credit for Chemistry 112, 118, 141, or 145 may not receive credit for Chemistry 197. Three credit hours.  N.    WACKERLY

CH197Aj    Climate Change and Oceans    Listed as Environmental Studies 197A. Three credit hours.  N.    TWINING

CH255j    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance    The theory and practice of one- and two-dimensional NMR. Spectral interpretation, the theory of pulsed techniques, and Fourier transformation will be discussed for solution spectroscopy. Examples include complex organic species and biological macromolecules, including proteins. Laboratory exercises include sample preparation and common two-dimensional experiments, including polarization transfer (INEPT), chemical shift correlation (COSY, HETCOR), and nuclear overhauser effect (NOESY) spectroscopy. Offered in alternate January Programs. Lecture and laboratory. Prerequisite: Chemistry 241. Three credit hours.    SHATTUCK

CH492js    Independent Study    Laboratory work of a research nature may be arranged with the instructor. Nongraded. One to four credit hours.    FACULTY

CL141j    Snake Goddesses and One-Eyed Wall Builders: Prehistoric Greek Archaeology    What does prehistory have to do with us? This survey of the prehistoric cultures of Greece and the Aegean islands seeks to answer just that question. Through the study of the material remains from sites like Troy, Mycenae, and Knossos and cultures of the Palaeolithic period (100,000 B.C.) down to the Iron Age (1000 B.C.), we will focus on universally understood topics such as social eating and drinking, human effect on the environment, city versus country, and economic booms and busts in order to understand what prehistoric people can tell us about ourselves. Three credit hours.  H.    KVAPIL

CL145j    Between Revolution and Tradition: Julius Caesar and Augustus    How Julius Caesar and Augustus both contributed to the crisis of the Roman republic and tried to resolve it. Topics include conflicts between republican traditions and a monarchical regime, Caesar's dictatorship, his image, the Ides of March, Augustus's attainment of sole power, his relationship with senators, commoners and slaves, the Roman games, and society and literature in the Augustan age. Two credit hours.    J. ROISMAN

CS297Jj    Introductory Bioinformatics    An introduction to bioinformatics methods and theory for students with a basic understanding of molecular biology. Topics will include genetic databases, sequence alignment, phylogenetic methods, structure prediction, genome assembly and annotation, protein structures, and gene expression analysis. A research project with a final oral presentation and term paper is required. Prerequisite: Biology 163 or Computer Science 341. Three credit hours.  Q.    MCCLELLAN

EA252j    Hell on Earth? Chinese Writers on Modern Chinese Society     Are we living in a hell on earth? This question has plagued modern and contemporary Chinese writers. An examination of how Chinese writers have used literature to address political and social crises their country has faced during the last 80 years. Topics include changing assessments of traditional China's cultural legacy, China's response to modernity (often represented by the West), revolution and resistance in rural China, Taiwan, the Cultural Revolution, and the status of women in Chinese society. Readings include short stories, essays, poetry, and film, all in English translation; no previous knowledge of Chinese language, culture, or history required. Three credit hours.  L, I.    BESIO

ED351fjs    Practicum in Education     Serving as assistant teachers in elementary, middle, or high schools, tutoring with small groups, and preparing and presenting lessons to the whole class. Placements can be in the greater Waterville area or elsewhere. Students placed locally meet twice each week with faculty supervisor. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. One to three credit hours.    BROWN, HOWARD, TAPPAN

ED355j    Social Justice Practicum     Students serve as assistant teachers in elementary, middle, or high schools serving under-resourced communities (including schools that are affiliated with Teach for America, KIPP, and similar programs). Students tutor, work with small groups, and prepare and present lessons to the whole class. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Three credit hours.    HOWARD

ED437fj    Student Teaching Practicum    Students serve as student teachers in a secondary school, helping adolescents to learn and working with cooperating teacher(s) and support personnel. The student teacher is expected to assume full responsibility for full-time teaching, including planning and presenting unit and daily lesson plans and evaluating student performance. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Education 433. Three credit hours.    KUSIAK

EN115Jj    English Composition    Frequent practice in expository writing to foster clarity of organization and expression in the development of ideas. Assigned reading will vary from section to section, but all sections will discuss student writing. Required for first-year students. Students with an Advanced Placement score of 4 or 5 are exempted. Descriptions of the individual sections can be found on the registrar's Web pages. For January, initially select the generic (.) section and specify actual section preferences via the Web page provided. Three credit hours.    N. HARRIS, MILLS, OSBORNE

EN151Jj    Exile and Belonging in Fiction, Poetry, and Drama    In a sharp look at the themes of exile and belonging, we will compare story, poetry, drama, diary and memoir to study how literary form expands content. Students will gain a wide appreciation of how character, conflict, music, and dreams function across the genres, and explore issues of social violence; family myth and community within the literature. Texts include works by Shakespeare, June Jordan, Walt Whitman, Rebecca Brown and Leslie Marmon Silko. Students will write three essays, and responses in creative writing. Prerequisite: English 115 or exemption. Three credit hours.  L.    GATES

EN197Aj    Introduction to Public Speaking    The fundamentals of effective presentation for an audience, integrating vocal production, strategies for physical relaxation and poise, research, writing, memorization, argument building, rehearsal, debate and persuasion, supported by critical thinking skills. The class will involve individual and collaborative exercises in each student's major or area of interest, as well as practices from other disciplines, and will culminate in a written portfolio and oral performances open to the larger community. Two credit hours.    DONNELLY

EN197Bj    Reading and Writing Graphic Memoirs    An exploration of the graphic novel genre, focusing specifically on the memoir. We will study the roots and history of comic art over the past 100 years, leading to the present popularity of the graphic novel. Reading and analyzing seminal works in the genre (Maus by Speigelman, Persepolis by Satrapi, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Bechdel, Epileptic by David B., and Our Cancer Year by Pekar), we will study the interplay between text and graphics and learn how the graphic novel is particularly well-suited to exploring the self. Students will examine their own life stories, and by combining writing and illustration, chart an outline for and draft several pages of their own memoir. Two credit hours.    CHAISON

EN197Cj    Mechanics of Freelance Writing    An overview of what is involved in becoming a successful freelance writer. Topics may include: motivation, training/education, market choice, writing a query letter, research, rewriting, working with editors, the finished piece, building a business, marketing, website set-up, use of a blog, writing for print vs Internet, and ghostwriting. Possible adjunct material: the mechanics of freelance photography (to be taught by a professional freelance photographer). Two credit hours.    WUORIO

EN344Jj    19th-Century American Poetry    Concentrates on the poetries of Dickinson and Whitman, but also examines Emerson, Dunbar, and a few of the so-called Sentimental poets. These poets all wrote during a period of growing American expansionism and liberalism, and they had a concomitant faith in the transformative powers of art, thereby altering the texture and dynamic of poetry itself. Dickinson and Whitman both explore the boundaries of gender and sexuality, selfhood and identity, spirituality and death, as well as their place in their cultural moment. Prerequisite: English 172, 271, and sophomore or higher standing; one of 255, 256, or 266 strongly recommended. Three credit hours.  L.    SADOFF

EN386j    Special Topics: Prose Poem, Flash Fiction, Lyric Essay     This part-imitation, part-workshop course explores the potential for a greater and stranger range of expression by working at the border of the three major literary genres. Techniques from theoretically opposing approaches--narrative, lyric, associative, persuasive, linear, fragmentary, spherical, etc.--will be commingled in an effort to renovate traditional definitions and constraints. Open to students working in all genres. Three credit hours.  A.    BLEVINS

EN397Jj    Art, Politics, and Production of American Social Action Documentaries    Since the 1930s, many documentary filmmakers have come to define themselves as "activists" and their filmmaking as a means of educating for social justice. Their documentaries are intended to represent the marginalized and the reality that belies the American Dream. We will consider issues such as the definition of documentary and the responsibilities of the filmmaker. We will also analyze the art of documentary and explore the process of production, from conception to distribution. For a final project, students will create a film treatment for a documentary on a social issue they have researched. Prerequisite: A film studies course and experience in writing essays. Three credit hours.  A, U.    MANNOCCHI

ES173j    Environmental Law and Indian Tribes: The "Rez" and the "Hood"     An examination of environmental decision making in the context of the most regulated lands in the United States--Indian reservations. An overview of Indian law and policy will be followed by a look at layers of government involved in federal environmental regulation. Environmental justice issues in the context of a solid-waste proposal for a reservation. Readings include edited judicial opinions that illustrate the historic threads of national environmental and Indian policies. Final project considers an environmental issue involving a selected tribe and its neighbors. Three credit hours.  S, U.    SLY

ES197j    Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems    Listed as Biology 197A. Three credit hours.  N.    MARSHALL

ES197Aj    Climate Change and the Oceans    Human activities are changing the composition of the atmosphere and ocean. An exploration of the connections between the oceans and climate, examining how the oceans are changing, and placing these changes within the context of past climate cycles. Topics will range from ocean physics, marine chemistry, and biological oceanography to paleoceanography and international climate policy. Through lectures, group discussions, weekly homework assignments, and written and oral presentations, students will be challenged to explore the primary literature, improve oral and written presentation skills, and work collaboratively in groups. Three credit hours.  N.    TWINING

ES197Cj    Landscapes and Meaning: An Exploration of Environmental Writing    An exploration of the works of selected 20th-century environmental writers and how their life experiences contribute to a sense of connection with and action on behalf of the earth. Through readings, film, writing assignments, group discussion and journaling, students will develop critical thinking and communication skills while reflecting on their own personal relationship with nature. Three credit hours.  L.    MACKENZIE

ES197Dj    Energy Tax Policy    Through lectures, discussions, and a group research project, examines the use of tax policy as a crucial method for shaping US energy policy. Introduces concepts and theories that are fundamental to understanding these tax policies. Examines how current policy attempts to encourage the development and growth of renewable energy resources, and the use of financial incentives and disincentives by the federal government. Also discusses the development of a cap and trade system to curb greenhouse gas emissions, as well as other methods, such as a carbon tax. Three credit hours.  S.    WANG

ES358j    Ecological Field Study    The biological diversity and ecological relationships among the fauna and flora of selected tropical ecosystems in Belize. Qualitative and quantitative field investigations of the ecology of coral reefs and tropical rainforests, and the environmental challenges impacting these ecosystems. Identification of flora and vertebrate fauna indigenous to the area. The culture and environmental ethic of Kekchi and Mayan Indian villages. Lectures, films, and discussions of assigned readings during the first week will be followed by a 20-day field trip. Cost to be determined. Financial aid is available for qualified students. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructors. Three credit hours.    COLE, FIRMAGE

491f, 492s    Independent Study    Independent study devoted to a topic chosen by the student with the approval of the program committee. Prerequisite: Senior standing as environmental studies major or minor. One to four credit hours.    FACULTY

GE111j    Geology of National Parks    Introduces basic geologic processes including plate tectonics, geologic time, weathering and erosion, volcanism, earthquakes, caverns, shorelines, and the rock cycle. Explores the regional geology of the United States with a focus on each region's parks and monuments. Topics include physical and historical geology, regional geography, environmental issues, the beauty of nature, and the interactive processes that have shaped the United States. Lecture only. Does not earn laboratory science credit. Three credit hours.  N.    RUEGER

GE153j    Meteorology    An introduction to the atmosphere and various meteorological phenomena. Through the use of lecture, text, applied exercises, and the Internet, students will gain an understanding of not only the basic principles of meteorology but how to forecast weather patterns using many of the same tools that are used by meteorologists today. Formerly offered as Geology 197. Does not earn laboratory science credit. Three credit hours.  N.    EPSTEIN

GM252j    Mission Impossible: Multicultural German Literature and Film (in English)     Introduction to German-speaking literature and film by writers and filmmakers of African (May Ayim, Katharina Oguntoye), Japanese (Yoko Tawada), Jewish (Paul Celan, Barbara Honigmann), Romanian (Herta Müller, Richard Wagner), Russian (Vladimir Kaminer), and Turkish (Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Feridan Zaimoglu, Fatih Akin) backgrounds. Emphasis on contemporary literature, with background readings from the Enlightenment through the present. Examination of creative approaches to issues of migration, exile, and globalization, with focus on language politics, identity formation, gender, history and memory, and the multicultural city. Counts toward the German major or minor. Open to first-year students. Conducted in English. Three credit hours.  L, I.    KOCH

GO113j    Overview of the U.S. Legal System    A discussion-oriented study of constitutional, criminal, and civil law, through readings, legal research, outside speakers, attending court, and visiting the maximum-security prison. Some field trips last all day. The fourth meeting of the week may vary between Thursday and Friday, depending on speaker availability. Three credit hours.    LEE

GO116j    News Literacy     An exploration of various news media--traditional newspapers, online news organizations, blogs, network television, cable outlets, and others--seeking to understand how news is gathered and how the media differ in terms of news gathering techniques, emphasis on fairness and reliability, and interpretation. Three credit hours.    PAUL

GO216j    Political Rhetoric     An introduction to the theory and practice of political rhetoric through the study of historically significant political speeches and the composition and delivery of original addresses, including intensive practice in persuasive writing and public speaking. Topics include the moral status of rhetoric and the identification and use of rhetorical figures and modes of persuasion. Works studied include the funeral oration of Pericles, speeches from Shakespeare such as Antony's subversive "Friends, Romans, countrymen" and Henry V's rousing "band of brothers," Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and Second Inaugural, and King's "I Have a Dream." For the culminating exercise, students will compose and deliver their own political speeches. Three credit hours.    REISERT

GO266j    German Politics     A brief overview of the political system of the Federal Republic of Germany. Focuses on the September 2009 parliamentary elections. Explores the German political parties, leaders, and policy debates central to the election. Students participate in a simulation of the negotiations to form a coalition government. Allows students to compare the German and American electorates, election campaign processes, and electoral and party systems. Three credit hours.    YODER

HI197j    World Environmental History of the 20th Century    Listed as Science, Technology, and Society 197A. Three credit hours.  H.    POTTS

HI275j    Strongmen and Populism in Modern Spain and Latin America     A cross-disciplinary study of the historical factors behind the creation of Trujillo's dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, the rise of Getulio Vargas's Estado Novo in Brazil, the role of Zapata as an agrarian warlord in the Mexican Revolution, the failure of the Spanish Republic and the emergence of Franco's regime, and the crises that have brought populist regimes and caudillos, or charismatic strong leaders, to power. Three credit hours.  H, I.    FALLAW

HI297Bj    Elizabethan England: From Crisis to Innovation    Situation of England during the reign of Elizabeth I (1558-1603) in its context as one of the emerging powers of early modern Europe. Elizabeth's reign has been called "Golden" despite crises such as growing poverty, famine and disease, changes to social practices as marriage, hospitality and charity, and almost constant engagement in war on the continent. Despite such widespread difficulties, this period produced some of the richest contributions to culture in England's history, particularly in literature, music, architecture, and landscape. Topics explored include the Renaissance, diplomacy and war, religious nonconformity, and social change. Three credit hours.  H.    COGAN

HI297Jj    Topics in Maine's Jewish History    Listed as Religious Studies 297J. Three credit hours.  H, U.    FREIDENREICH

HI322j    Europe and the Second World War     An exploration of the origins of World War II, its military, civilian, and diplomatic aspects, and its effects. Includes debates on the Versailles peace order, appeasement, collaboration and resistance in Nazi-occupied Europe, war aims, the mass murder and deportation of civilian populations, and the rebuilding of Europe after 1945. Although the focus is on Europe, the global dimensions of the war receive ample consideration. Three credit hours.  H, I.    SCHECK

HI388j    History of the Crusades    Exploration of the historical circumstances of the Crusades primarily from a Middle Eastern perspective. The goal is to foster a broader understanding of the sociopolitical, religious, and economic forces driving the Crusades and their effects on the Middle East. Focus primarily on the Crusades of the 11th-13th centuries, but consideration is also given to their legacy and long-term effects. The nature of "Holy War" from both Christian and Islamic perspectives, the nature of Christian-Muslim conflict, armed conflict in a premodern context, and whether there was such a thing as an East vs. West conflict. Three credit hours.  H, I.    TURNER

IN211j    Human Rights and Social Struggles in Global Perspective     Human rights have become one of the primary frameworks for understanding justice and injustice in the world. Explores the rise of human rights and its relationship to struggles for social justice. Considers the experience of victims of abuse and the politics of meaning and representation. Interrogates the validity of claims for the universality of human rights in the face of cultural difference and inequalities of power. Looks at the emergence of a global human rights machinery and the ethics of humanitarian intervention. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112 and sophomore or higher standing. Three credit hours.    RAZSA

IT153j    Modern and Contemporary Italian Fiction in Translation in Verona    A close study of six authors whose work spans the period of World War II to the present. Readings include Silvia Bonucci's Voices from a Time, Leonardo Sciascia's The Day of the Owl, Giuseppe di Lampedusa's The Leopard, Giorgio Bassani's The Garden of the Finzi Contini, Natalia Ginzburg's All Our Yesterdays, and Andrea Camilleri's The Terra Cotta Dog. Includes field trips to Italian cultural centers around Verona, and short classes in survival Italian. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Italian required. Cost: $3,000. Three credit hours.  L.    BRANCACCIO

JP002j    Emergency Medical Technician Training    Basic life support skills. An introduction to patient assessment skills including training in the maintenance of intravenous lines and use of automatic external defibrillation devices as required by the Maine Office of Emergency Medical Services for licensure at the basic EMT level. Meets National Standard Curriculum for EMT - Basic Education. Supplemental cost ($630) covers materials and a required CPR course, but not text and workbook. National registry fee ($70 in 2008) is optional. Students required to find their own transportation to off-campus clinical sites in Waterville, including emergency department and ambulance observation after hours. Prerequisite: Students must email jjwoodle@colby.edu a paragraph explaining why they want to take the class. Noncredit.     WOODLEE

JP006j    Furniture Making    An introduction to the basic techniques and design skills that will enable students to create fine furniture. Hand and power tool techniques taught in a well-equipped shop at the Colby-Hume Center. Required reading: Peter Korn's Woodworking Basics: Essentials of Craftsmanship. No charge for materials or supplies. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Contact Daniel Camann at djcamann@colby.edu Noncredit.     CAMANN, HUME

JP018j    Introduction to ArcGIS    Introduces students to fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Emphasis on learning ArcGIS Desktop 9.2 software and using its tools and capabilities to solve real-world problems. Students will apply their GIS skills by designing and completing an independent project. Prerequisite: Fundamental computer skills. Not open to students who have completed Environmental Studies 212. Students must submit a brief essay to the instructor explaining why they want to learn GIS and how they will use it in their discipline. Noncredit.     GIMOND

JP019j    Graphic Layout and Design     Good graphic design skills are essential in today's technology-driven world, no matter what career path you take, but they are seldom acquired in the rush to learn technical applications and programming. A project-based introduction to the basics of graphic design using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. Includes use of type, images, and graphics to produce effective, attractive advertising materials and business packages for both print and multimedia output. Noncredit.     HIGGINS

JS115Jj    English Composition: Holocaust Lessons    Listed as English 115J, Section C. Three credit hours.    N. HARRIS

JS121j    Entartete (Degenerate)Musik    Listed as Music 121. Three credit hours.  A, I.    SILVER

JS297Jj    Topics in Maine's Jewish History    Listed as Religious Studies 297J. Three credit hours.  H, U.    FREIDENREICH

LA275j    Strongmen and Populism in Modern Spain and Latin America    Listed as History 275. Three credit hours.  H, I.    FALLAW

MA102j    Calculus with Pre-calculus II    A continuation of Mathematics 101. Successful completion of both Mathematics 101 and 102 is equivalent to completion of Mathematics 121. Prerequisite: Mathematics 101. Three credit hours.  Q.    RHODES

MU091fjs    Lessons: Noncredit (or January Program)    Noncredit instruction in voice and instruments for qualified students. Regular offerings include violin, viola, violoncello, piano, voice, flute, guitar (classical, American traditional, and jazz), and selected brass and woodwind instruments. One 30- or 60-minute lesson weekly in fall and spring; two 45-minute lessons weekly in January. For an application (required) and additional information concerning fees and scheduling, see the Music Department secretary. Cost during January Program: $265. Noncredit.     FACULTY

MU114j    Jazz Improvisation    Basic jazz theory and improvisation, including melody-, scalar-, modal-, and chord-based improvisation. Introduction to arranging for jazz groups and interactions between soloists and background musicians; jazz style and performance practices. Includes semiprivate instruction and performances in large groups and smaller combos. Listening assignments include jazz greats. Instrumentalists and vocalists welcome. Prerequisite: Ability to sing or play major scales. Three credit hours.  A.    THOMAS

MU118j    African Music     An introduction to the music of Africa, an integral and defining aspect of the culture of Africa. Hands-on experience with various instruments (e.g., drums, rattles, bells), as well as singing and dancing, to provide important insights into the cultures of Africa. Various African music themes will be explored through films and recordings. Culminates in a final performance by the class. Three credit hours.  A.    BENISSAN

MU121j    Entartete (Degenerate) Musik    "Degenerate Music" was the term Nazis applied to any music influenced by jazz, the avant-garde, or written by composers of Jewish descent. This music was banned, its composers driven into exile and/or murdered in concentration camps, creating a lost generation that altered the direction of 20th-century musical development. Now there is a worldwide effort to find a historical place for these artists, and this course contributes to that effort. Topics include German anti-Semitism, anti-Semitic thought in works of Wagner, Nazi racial laws targeting Jewish musicians, official agencies and cultural policies, performers and composers as victims and survivors. Three credit hours.  A, I.    SILVER

MU197Aj    Introduction to the MIDI Studio    Introduces techniques for creating music using the hardware and software affiliated with the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) which is central to most modern electronic music production. Students will gain an understanding of what MIDI is and its purpose in contemporary music; learn the basic functions of electronic music studio software and hardware, including keyboards, synthesizers, sequencers, samplers, and effects processors; and use this knowledge both analytically and creatively in electronic music compositions. Students will spend at least four hours in the lab each week. Final works will be presented in a short concert. Three credit hours.  A.    DE KLERK

MU197Bj    What Were the Blues?: Exploring 50 Years of Blues Recordings    Explores the history of the blues through listening, discussion, writing, and other activities. Discovers the discursive relationships between musics rural and urban, popular and folk, local and regional, hearing everyday stories that resonated through generations. Although blues is primarily the legacy of singing guitarists like Charlie Patton, Skip James, and Robert Johnson, also includes vocal stylists like Bessie Smith; harmonica innovators like Little Walter; and driving pianists like Sunnyland Slim. Follows the rich legacy of the blues from its first recordings through World War II. Three credit hours.  A.    FARINA

PH415f, PH416js    Physics and Astronomy Research    A guided research project on a topic in physics, astronomy, or a related area. Students may choose from a range of approaches, including literature searches, analytical and computational analyses, experimental data collection and analysis, and theoretical investigation. Some project components can be conducted off campus or as part of a team project. Physics 415 is required for all senior physics majors. One or two credit hours.    FACULTY

PH416js    Physics and Astronomy Research    Continuation of research begun in Physics 415. Prerequisite: Physics 415. One or two credit hours.    FACULTY

PL253j    Skepticism East and West     For almost as long as there have been claims to knowledge, there have been skeptical challenges to those claims. The variety of skeptical arguments seems endless, ranging from considerations of human fallibility, cultural relativity, and the elusiveness of truth to ethical objections about the arrogance of dogmatism and metaphysical speculation about brains-in-vats and other matrix-like scenarios. Skepticism is an irrepressible phenomenon for all times and all cultures. Engages a variety of skeptical texts from different historical eras and different cultures as well as responses to them. Prerequisite: A prior course in philosophy. Three credit hours.    COHEN

RE119j    Sanskrit: The Sacred Language of Krishna and Gandhi    The "divine" (devanagari) writing system of India, with an introduction to Sanskrit grammar and vocabulary. An exploration of some basic concepts of Hinduism and Buddhism with readings from the original texts of the Upanishads, and the Bhagavad-Gita. Three credit hours.    WALKER

RE197Aj    Roman Religion at the Dawn of Christianity    Judaism and Christianity are the only major religious traditions to survive from the once thriving world of ancient Mediterranean religion. As a result, modern popular depictions of Roman religion often have a strongly polemical slant. Roman culture is depicted as decadent; Roman religion is depicted as ritualistic, empty of spiritual meaning, and corrupt. Unraveling the myth to find the rich, vibrant tradition out of which modern Christianity and Judaism emerged. Three credit hours.  H.    ULLUCCI

RE277j    Religious Responses to Harry Potter    Close readings of Harry Potter novels will uncover the effects of this major social phenomenon upon two religious traditions--Christianity and contemporary Paganism, as well as some of the religions, folklore, and ethics that contributed to the world of Hogwarts. Students will research the principal voices in the discussion, develop an understanding of both Christian and Pagan religious expressions, and write their own evidence-based analysis of the question: What are the religious influences in the Harry Potter novels? Open to first-year students. Three credit hours.    PUKKILA

RE297Jj    Topics in Maine's Jewish History     Maine is home to a distinctive yet under-researched Jewish community with deep historical roots. Participants in this civic engagement course will advance scholarly and popular understanding of Maine's Jewish community by conducting oral and document-based histories focused on Jewish life in Waterville and the surrounding region. In the process students will learn the skills of ethnographic historianship. This year's topic: Jews in Kennebec County through 1945. Three credit hours.  H, U.    FREIDENREICH

RU113j    The Literature and Art of St. Petersburg    In St. Petersburg, Russia. Students read Pushkin, Dostoevsky, and other major St. Petersburg writers and learn about the city's art and architecture in classroom lectures and museum visits. Theater and concert performances are included; residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Estimated cost in 2010: $2,500. Required meetings on campus in November and December. Early registration required. Three credit hours.    INSTRUCTOR

RU114j    Russia's Transition Economy     In St. Petersburg, Russia. Daily class lectures and planned site visits introduce students to the Soviet centralized economy and its evolution since the 1950s. Topics include militarization, industrialization, collectivization, budgets and taxation, inflation and currency reforms, banks, investment, the new Russian entrepreneur, stock markets, the oligarchs, and "natural" monopolies. Cultural program included; residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Estimated cost in 2010: $2,600. Required meetings on campus in November and December. Early registration required. Three credit hours.    INSTRUCTOR

RU115j    Russian Ethnography    In St. Petersburg, Russia. Class lectures and discussions, field trips to the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography and to the Russian Ethnographical Museum, and day excursions outside the city introduce students to many of the Russian Federation's minority ethnic groups, including the indigenous peoples of Siberia, Russia's northern peoples, Jews, Cossacks, and others. Lectures will contrast tsarist policy to Soviet ethnic policy of the 20th century. Cultural program included; residence is with a Russian family. Conducted in English; no knowledge of Russian required. Nongraded. Estimated cost in 2010: $2,600. Required meetings on campus in November and December. Early registration required. Three credit hours.    INSTRUCTOR

RU125Jj    Elementary Russian I    The structure of the Russian language, spoken Russian, listening comprehension, and reading and writing of basic Russian. In addition to the textbook, multimedia materials in the Language Resource Center aid in understanding both the language and culture of Russia. Offered in St. Petersburg. Estimated cost in 2010: $2,600. Required meetings on campus in November and December. Early registration required. Three credit hours.    INSTRUCTOR

SO118Jj    Individuality and World Traveling    What does it mean to live in a world that many have characterized as postmodern? What does postmodernity imply in terms of attitude toward selfhood, toward interpretation and knowledge gathering, toward crossing boundaries of cultural differences and, finally, toward envisioning social justice? A mixture of scholarly texts, fiction, and film will be employed to explore these questions. Emphasis on cultivating students' skills of critical thinking and expression. Three credit hours.  S.    BLAKE

SP127Jj    Intermediate Spanish I    A grammar review at the intermediate level with continued emphasis on interactive communication and cultural awareness, to be offered at the Andean Center for Latin American Studies in Quito, Ecuador. Cost in 2009: $2,500. Prerequisite: Spanish 126 with a grade of B+ or better and permission of the instructor. Three credit hours.    DOEL

ST197Aj    World Environmental History of the 20th Century    In the 20th century, science and technology became synonymous not only with growth and prosperity, but also with their often unintended consequences. An examination of the significant interaction between people, the tools of science and technology, and natural environments. Explores how a society's values and aspirations are imprinted on the land and how the interplay between nature and science has shaped social organization, patterns of power, and production of goods. Stresses the variety and diversity of worldwide human experience and investigates how some societies succeeded or failed in occupying particular environments. Three credit hours.  H.    POTTS

TD013j    Introduction to the Alexander Technique    The Alexander Technique is an educational method that focuses on teaching individuals efficient, coordinated use of their bodies in everyday activities. Whether standing, sitting, bending, or lifting, students learn to accomplish activities from a place of balance and support. Enhances performance in music, dance, theater, and sports as it minimizes effort, tension, and fatigue. Simple principles realign the body for maximum health and function, thereby reducing stress and injury and improving mental acuity and physical appearance. Noncredit.     SIEGLER

TD197j    Acting the Classics    A dynamic approach to acting the classics, allowing students to explore and develop the tools needed to perform texts by Shakespeare and other playwrights of the classical repertory. Addresses the question: what strategies help actors find and convey truth, plausibility, and clarity in the poetic, supercharged, or intricate language of the classical drama? Course expectations include regular memorization outside of class; writing a course notebook; and scene presentations, including a special final performance. Three credit hours.  A.    SEWELL

TD361Jj    Topics in Performance: Performing Colby's 200th Birthday     Colby celebrates its bicentennial in 2013. Imagine the stories that 200 years of college life have generated. In this experimental class, students will research the history of the College using archival materials (photographs, yearbooks, memoirs, letters, college publications and records, scrapbooks, etc.) to discover the raw material for building original monologues, stand-up acts, songs, spoken word, short plays, raps/rhymes, and other forms of creative, performative storytelling. Culminates in an informal performance opportunity. Three credit hours.  A.    CONNER