January Program


Courses of Study

AA338j    Field Study in African Development Listed as Government 338. Three credit hours. Seay
AM117j    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
AR117j    Introduction to Art Conservation and Preservation An exploration of 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 they employ, 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 galleries and storage areas of the Colby College Museum of Art. Also includes visits to local museums and Colby chemistry labs. No prerequisite, but interest in art history or studio art is advantageous. Does not count toward an art major or minor. Three credit hours. Roth-Wells
AR131Jj    Introduction to Studio Art Provides a thorough understanding of the organizational and visual components of two-dimensional art, and introduces a working relationship with the characteristics of color. Projects, completed in a range of media, emphasize discovery through experimentation and problem solving. Students develop a variety of observational and expressive capabilities that enable them to creatively perceive, formulate, analyze, and solve visual challenges. Three credit hours. A. Bourne
AR217j    Figure Drawing and Anatomy Introduces all aspects of drawing the figure using graphite, charcoal, ink, and mixed media. Covers the hands-on applications of fundamental drawing issues, while encompassing the various historical iterations of drawing the human form. In addition to daily technical instruction pertaining to drawing the figure, image presentations give students comparative understandings of the legacy of the figure in art and help them to find their place as 21st-century visual thinkers. Three credit hours. Instructor
AR218j    Architectural Design Workshop In this intensive introduction to architectural design, students work on an active architectural site with a professional in the field. They become familiar with the vocabulary and techniques of architecture and implement them within a local, real-world context. Materials cost: $100. Three credit hours. Lock, Pratt
AR219j    Introduction to Bookbinding: Techniques and Intangibles The ancient craft of bookbinding has been practiced in Eastern and Western cultures for centuries. This course provides a practical, hands-on introduction to a variety of bookbinding tools, materials, and techniques. Students learn to design and produce a selection of finished bindings. Culminates with an independent project that incorporates the techniques and principles learned. Does not count toward an art major or minor. Previously offered as AR297B (Jan Plan 2018) Three credit hours. Eddy
AR269Jj    Advanced Topics in Performance: Presence/Past Listed as Theater and Dance 361J. Three credit hours. Instructor
AR288j    Global Photographies Surveys photography's role in shaping world histories, cultures, and identities, and examines the impact of globalization on photographic practices since 1980. Topics include the worldwide production and dissemination of photographic images; the local and global character of specific genres, such as portraiture and photojournalism; the photographic representation of human movement and migration; and (post)colonial photographies. Presented thematically, lectures and discussions focus on photography of the Americas, Europe, Africa, East Asia, Australasia, and the Middle East. Writing assignments and oral presentations incorporate original artworks and a variety of research sources. Three credit hours. A, I. Nolan
AY119j    The Anthropology of Utopias Examines classic utopic and dystopic literature, philosophy, anthropology, art, and film from Plato to the present. Utopian literature involves anthropological reflection about the range of possibilities for human community and related anthropological themes of human social and cultural variability, conflict, and cooperation. Critically explores different utopian and dystopian discourses as vehicles for thinking about a world in crisis and its possible futures, as well as the effects these have on contemporary debates about politics and governance, citizenship, new technologies, media, family, and more. Three credit hours. S. Hriskos
AY221j    Of Beasts, Pets, and Wildlife: What Animals Mean to Humans Explores human-animal relations in cross-cultural and historical perspective to view the centrality of animals to human existence. Considers the social, symbolic, and economic uses of animals in a variety of contexts, from cockfighting in Bali to the corporate culture of Sea World to central Maine farms. Examines the history and philosophies of the animal rights movement from the anti-vivisection campaigns of 19th-century England to contemporary animal rights protests in the United States. Concludes with an analysis of human animality and animal subjectivity to arrive at a deeper understanding of both human and non-human animals. Previously offered as AY297J (Jan Plan 2018). Prerequisite: Anthropology 112 or Philosophy 113 or 114. Three credit hours. Menair
AY297Aj    Maine Drug Policy Lab Focuses on policy proposals developed to address the opioid crisis in Maine. Students will analyze the recommendation of the 2017 Task Force to Address the Opioid Crisis in the State, working with researchers and analysts to assess their implementation. Students will produce policy briefs and present them to the state legislature, track legislation and map political actors. Students learn the central concepts of political anthropology while developing concrete skills in policy analysis and writing. Students who have not taken AY112 but have a track record of interest in public policy or drug policy should email instructor. Prerequisite: Anthropology 112. Three credit hours. Tate
BI111j    Emergency Medical Technician Training Prepares students to administer out-of-hospital emergency medical care. Provides practice in patient assessment, airway management, automatic external defibrillation, oxygen delivery, dressings and hemorrhage control, splinting, spinal immobilization, childbirth, lifting and moving patients, and extrication. Students will be expected to have separate CPR certification which will be offered to those requiring it on an additional Saturday session. Includes a combination of didactic sessions, independent online learning and simulated clinical experience using programed patient scenarios. Provides eligibility to sit the National Registry of EMT and State of Maine licensure examination. Meets the requirements outlined in the National Highway Transportation Administration EMT Education Standards and Maine EMS EMT Curriculum. Supplemental cost of $770 covers materials, but minimal additional fee required for Saturday CPR course as needed. In addition, those interested in sitting for the National and State exams are also responsible for a separate $80 national registry fee. Nongraded. Cannot be counted toward the biology majors. Two credit hours. Berkner
BI118j    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. Cannot be counted toward the biology major. Prerequisite: Senior standing. Three credit hours. N. Marshall
BI265j    Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology Designed for students interested in health professions (e.g., physician, nurse, dentist, allied health) and for anyone who wishes to learn more about how the human body works. Students will understand how physiological functions are performed by specific anatomical structures and that these functions follow physical and chemical principles. They will also learn anatomical terms used to describe body sections, regions, and relative positions and about the organ systems in the human body and how these systems work together. Lecture and laboratory. Significant civic engagement component built into lecture and lab activities. Students cannot earn credit for this course if they have previously taken Biology 275. Prerequisite: Biology 131 or 163 or equivalent. Three credit hours. N. Klepach
BI297Dj    Global Change Impacts on Marginal Marine Ecosystems Listed as Environmental Studies 297D. Three credit hours. N, Lb. Price
BI297Ej    Comparative Biomechanics An exploration of the physical properties of the natural world to understand how they influence fundamental biological processes. Students will study the basics of animal movement through air and water, identify common biomaterials, describe their composition and how they constrain ecology and organismal growth, and dissect and reconstruct biological structures. The primary objective of this course is for students to understand each of these biomechanical principles in detail, understand when and how they vary across the tree of life, and understand how this variation influences ecology, physiology, behavior, and evolution. Prerequisite: Biology 163 and 164. Three credit hours. O'Brien
BI371j    Applied Biomedical Genomics A computation-intensive course designed to familiarize students with modern molecular, genomic, and bioinformatic approaches to biomedical research. Students will use next-generation sequencing platforms to investigate mammalian or cancer genomes, and will be exposed to clinically relevant research. One to two weeks spent at an off-campus facility (Jackson Laboratory, Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory), with the rest of the time spent on campus. No prior computation experience necessary. Nongraded. Previously offered as BI397 (Jan Plan 2015). No extra student cost. Prerequisite: A 200-level biology course. Three credit hours. Tilden
CL143j    Introduction to Greek and Roman Archaeology The material remains of the ancient Greeks and Romans—pottery, sculpture, monuments, temples, and other artifacts. Our inquiry will focus on construction of identity, development of religion and myth, organization of social and political structures, and components of everyday life. Our exploration of the remains of Greek and Roman civilizations from the Trojan War through the fall of Rome will take us from temples in the mountains of Greece to Roman shipwrecks in the deepest trenches of the Mediterranean Sea. The broad range of evidence will also highlight the diverse archaeological methodologies used to uncover and interpret these remains. Three credit hours. H. Instructor
CL197j    Representing Rome No bygone civilization remains as alive in the modern consciousness as that of ancient Rome. Ever since the end of the Roman Empire, people have tried to bring Rome to life again in works of the imagination. In this class, we look at representations of Rome in literary works such as Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and Stephen Saylor's "Roma sub Rosa" mystery novels and in films and television series including Cabiria (1914), Spartacus (1960), and HBO's Rome (2005-2007). We will consider how successfully various works of historical fiction achieve the often irreconcilable aims of faithfully recreating the reality of ancient Rome while telling stories with contemporary relevance and appeal. Three credit hours. L. Welser
CN125Jj    Elementary Chinese I An introduction to the essential building blocks of the Mandarin Chinese language. Students will learn the pinyin Romanization system, basic strokes and radicals of the writing system, as well as approximately 200 characters. Basic sentence structures will be introduced within the context of social situations encountered in daily student life. By the end of the course students will be able to employ all four language modalities (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) to exchange basic information about themselves and their studies. Three credit hours. Liu
CS267j    Interactive Digital Media Digital forms of text, sound, images, and video enable rapid communication and manipulation of large amounts of information. Digital sensors provide easy access to information about the environment. Connecting sensors with digital media enables the creation of artistic installations with dynamic narratives that respond to a user's actions. Students will learn to manipulate digital media and collect sensor data using both applications and their own computer programs. By combining the two, they will create their own artistic installation and demonstrate it at the end of the term. Prerequisite: Computer Science 151, 152, 153, or 231. Three credit hours. A. Maxwell
CS325j    Web Programming The art and science of building dynamic (interactive) websites. Students will learn the fundamentals of the Internet and its HTTP/TCP/IP protocols, HTML and CSS, and how to use them to create well-designed web pages that follow industry standards. They will learn to program in JavaScript to create client-side dynamic web pages, in PHP or another language to create server-side dynamic web pages, and in SQL to create, access, and modify a relational database. Finally, they will learn about XML, DOM, and AJAX, and how to use them to add Web 2.0 features to web pages. Prerequisite: Computer Science 231. Three credit hours. Skrien
EA297Dj    Revolutionary Culture in Contemporary China Listed as History 297D. Three credit hours. H, I. Parker
EC117j    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. Previously listed as Administrative Sciences 231. Does not count toward the economics majors or minors. Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Three credit hours. Largay
EC171j    Global Financial Markets Fast-paced and challenging investigation of global financial markets and their effect on the world's domestic economies. We will define and explore the primary components of global financial markets, analyze the roles of the public and private sectors in the markets, and develop recognition of the linkages between financial events in disparate markets to underlying non-financial economies. We will also examine esoteric financial instruments and techniques such as credit default swaps, securities lending, and markets related to the VIX index. Does not count toward the economics majors or minor. Three credit hours. Atkinson
EC256j    Economics of Crime Proceeds from the assumption that criminals are rational to the extent that higher costs of crime will lower criminal activity. Use of economic models to examine topics such as the criminal justice system, law enforcement, and markets for drugs and other illegal goods and services. Major projects include creation of a data portfolio examining one of several sources of national crime data using tables, graphs, and statistical relationships, and a group presentation on a major episode or issue in U.S. crime policy. Prerequisite: Economics 134 and sophomore or higher standing. Three credit hours. Burton
ED221j    Creating Media for Social Change Explores how to create entertaining and educationally effective digital media for youth (preschool to high school), with an emphasis on socially charged curricular areas such as conflict resolution and cultural tolerance. Through extensive screening of media from around the world, lecture, and discussion, students learn to create their own goal-driven media projects. This will include working in small teams to 1) create a short film as part of a collaboration with an Iraqi youth peace initiative, and 2) develop a multimedia, series treatment that addresses an issue that targets American youth. Three credit hours. Pierce
ED227j    History of Educational Activism Educational activism has existed as long as there have been schools. Will investigate activism and social movements in American education from the early 1900s to the present day. Employing historical case studies, primary sources, and biographies of activists, the course will explore how activists accomplish educational change. It will focus primarily on student- and educator-led activism, including units on the Progressive Era, the Civil Rights/Vietnam Era, teacher strikes, and 21st-century campus activism. Key questions this course will explore are: Who has participated in different education movements? What motivates people to participate? And what impact has activism had in transforming the education experience? Three credit hours. Casalaspi
ED297j    Teach Freedom Explores the role of education in a free and democratic society which is necessarily concerned with the production of free people capable of developing minds of their own, even as they recognize the importance of learning to live together in association with others. A central goal of education in a democracy is the creation of independent citizens, not ţsubjects.ŭ We will examine how that lofty goal can be approached, and perhaps achieved. Three credit hours. Ayers
ED297Bj    What Kind of a Person is a Child? Utilizing the arts and reading widely from fiction, legal cases, and human rights reports to explore the boundaries of infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. We will inquire about child survival, children crossing borders, family separations, child protection, health care, education, adoption, and youth in conflict with the law. We will discuss and debate the roles that race, class, gender, ethnicity and sexual identity play in disproportionate arrest, detention and incarceration of young people, in hazardous labor, sexual violence, child marriage and polygamy, and in the pervasive nature of harmful traditional practices. Three credit hours. Instructor
ED351Jj    Practicum in Education Provides opportunities to serve as assistant teachers, tutor students, work with students individually, observe professional teachers, and prepare and present lesson plans to whole classes in an elementary, middle, or high school. Placement in the Waterville area will be arranged by the professor; students will be responsible for arranging placements in other areas. Nongraded. Prerequisite: At least one course in education and sophomore standing. Three credit hours. Proto
ED437j    Student Teaching Practicum Students serve full-time as student teachers in a local secondary school, working under the supervision of a cooperating teacher and making use of lesson plans, assessments, and unit plans developed in Education 431. Students manage classrooms and complete administrative tasks associated with secondary teaching. Faculty members observe students in the classroom and note their progress toward meeting Maine's Standards for Initial Certification of Teachers and applying the framework of teaching for social justice. Faculty members meet weekly with students to discuss practical aspects of acquiring teacher licensure as well as topics selected jointly by the students and faculty member. Nongraded. Three credit hours. Howard
EN115Jj    English Composition: Critical Writing We use Mary Shelley's Frankenstein as a starting point for analyzing and developing student writing. We write in several different modes as we take on critical writing in several forms: writing about literature, analyzing and using primary and secondary sources, approaching the problems associated with different kinds of writing projects (argumentative essays, comparison/contrast essays, summary essays, etc.), identifying and conquering usage and grammar problems that impair clarity, using research and close reading to develop ideas and arguments. We work with an array of materials in addition to our work with the primary text. Three credit hours. W1. Osborne
EN174Jj    Public Speaking A foundation in public speaking, with an emphasis on oral presentation, rhetorical and expository persuasion, argument and counter-argument. Students will write and orally present speeches to audiences, as well as read and watch examples of effective public speaking. Especially appropriate for those considering careers involving public speaking, including teaching, government, politics, law, etc., but all are welcome. In case of over-enrollment, confirmation of admission is by email application. Prerequisite: W1 course. Two credit hours. Donnelly
EN237j    Postcolonial Pastoral: Ecology, Travel, and Writing A critical examination of the pastoral as a literary genre from a global postcolonial perspective. Conducted in Kalimpong, India, enables students to work with Shiva's outreach center on biodiversity, ecology, and wilderness. Students combine their interest in civic engagement with a critical study of traditions relating to land, food, ecology, sustainability, and community, emerging in the global south. Students reflect on and write about their experiences of land and community from the perspective of informed observers, participants, and travelers. Fulfills English D requirement. Cost is $4,000. Prerequisite: Any W1 course. Three credit hours. L, I. Roy
EN238j    Art of Fly-Fishing: Maine and Bishop, California Fly-fishing classics and instruction in casting, knot and fly-tying. Week three is spent fishing the Lower Owens River near Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Reading of literary classics (including Thoreau, Hemingway, Izaak Walton), critical essays, and blog required. Includes analysis of online nature writing; acquisition of fly-fishing techniques: gear choice, knot and fly-tying, casting, fly selection and nymphing; and writing a fishing blog that promotes awareness of and respect for the natural environment. Beginners and experienced fly-fishers welcome: students must apply to instructor for admission. Course cost: $2,050 to $2,500 depending on gear owned. Prerequisite: Application, permission of instructor, and non-refundable deposit. For more information, see web.colby.edu/fishing-professor. Three credit hours. L. Suchoff
EN258j    Adventurous Writers of Maine: A Creative Writing Lab For students who wish to awaken their work to the fortifying sights and sounds of the real world in real time. With our notebooks in hand, we will visit a variety of places, and then return to the classroom to share our work with one another. We will also explore the work of contemporary writers as we consider the ethics of curiosity and the role of witness. Students will produce a portfolio of original work by the end of the term and give a reading to the community. Open to writers of all genres. Beginners welcome. The Presence of the Past humanities lab. Three credit hours. A. Blevins, Braunstein
EN297j    Race, Gender, and Experimental Women's Writing Explores race and gender in experimental poetry by women writers. We will anchor our understanding of experimental writing in Gertrude Stein's works and then focus on poetry by writers of color in the 21st century. We will pay particular attention to the intersections of otherness and poetic forms and consider the ways that formal experiments challenge normative understandings of gender, race, sexuality, and the body. We will read poetry and prose by Mullen, Sharif, Philip, Lewis, Long Solider, Hong, de la Torre, and Rankine. No previous experience with poetry necessary. Fulfills English P and D requirements. Credit cannot be earned for this course and English 398, "Forms of Otherness" (Spring 2017). Prerequisite: W1 course. Three credit hours. L, U. Ardam
ES143j    Sustainable and Socially Responsible Business Provides a broad overview of sustainable and socially responsible business principles and the ways in which companies incorporate them. Also introduces sustainable and socially responsible investment strategies and reviews their potential impact and effectiveness. Through a series of readings, lectures, guest speakers, and real-world case studies, students are exposed to the issues and opportunities facing green businesses. Includes small-group and individual presentations. Three credit hours. Penney
ES151j    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
ES214Jj    Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis An introduction to geographic information systems' (GIS) data management and visualization capabilities as well as the theory and application of spatial analysis techniques. Topics covered include spatial data representation in a GIS, effective map making, coordinate systems and projections, exploratory spatial data analysis (ESDA), and spatial statistical analysis. Prerequisite: Sophomore or higher standing. Not open to students who have completed Environmental Studies 212 or 214. Three credit hours. Gimond
ES219j    Architectural Design Workshop Listed as Art 218. Three credit hours. Lock
ES297Cj    Creative Environmental Storytelling Explores the roles of awe, mindfulness, and active imagination in environmental writing. Students will be encouraged to access their "inner hermit" and explore how, as biological beings, we can create effective storytelling to envision a future where all life thrives. Students will explore the writings of others and practice writing their own stories. Introduces the idea of the evolutionary body and how it can relate to effective engagement for positive environmental change. Previously offered as Environmental Studies 297 (Jan Plan 2018). Three credit hours. Williams
ES297Dj    Global Change Impacts on Marginal Marine Ecosystems Investigates impacts of global change on "marginal" marine ecosystems, using the subtropical reefs of Bermuda as a case study. The month will combine experiential learning at the Bermuda Institute for Ocean Sciences with subsequent lab analyses at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. Hands-on field work, including snorkeling and underwater photography, use of contemporary water quality sensors, readings in primary scientific literature, and use of biological and chemical analytical capabilities, will teach students technical skills and develop their capacity to think critically about environmental science. Nongraded. Counts toward the biology major as a laboratory course in field biology. Prerequisite: Biology 164, Chemistry 142, Environmental Studies 118, or Geology 142. Three credit hours. N, Lb. Price
FR127Jj    French III (Paris) An intensive version of the last course in the required language sequence, held in Paris, France. Students not only learn French (developing their speaking, comprehension, reading, and writing abilities), they use French to learn, doing analytical work related to France's past (using Louis Malle's screenplay and film Au Revoir les enfants as a point of departure) and France's present (through class excursions). Students also learn to adapt to a foreign culture while immersed in a French-speaking environment. Estimated cost: $3,000. Prerequisite: French 126 or equivalent. Three credit hours. Davies
GE111j    Geology of National Parks U.S. national parks and monuments will provide the focus for an introduction to basic geologic processes, including plate tectonics, geologic time, weathering and erosion, volcanism, earthquakes, caverns, shorelines, and the rock cycle. After an introduction to the regional geology of the United States, the focus will shift to the parks and monuments within these regions. Students will become aware of aspects of physical and historical geology, regional geography, environmental issues, the aesthetics of nature, and the interactive processes that have shaped the country. A field trip to Acadia National Park is included. Lecture only. Three credit hours. N. Rueger
GE242j    Hydrogeology Examines the fundamental principles of hydrogeology and introduces geophysical techniques (surface and borehole) used to investigate flow through the subsurface. Designed to provide the tools necessary to understand and characterize groundwater systems. Topics include the hydraulic properties of rocks, aquifer storage and subsidence, flow potential, analysis of pumping tests conducted in water wells, and interpretation of geophysical field data. Includes lecture, homework from textbook, oral presentation, and analysis of a variety of geophysical logs. Previously listed as Geology 297 (Jan Plan 2014 and 2015). Prerequisite: Geology 141 or 146, and Mathematics 121, 122, or 161. Three credit hours. Morin
GM125Jj    Elementary German I Introductory course for students with little or no previous knowledge of German. Development of all four skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Communicative and interactive acquisition of grammar and vocabulary via study of contemporary life in the German-speaking countries. Audiovisual materials and integrated multimedia accompany textbook instruction. Three credit hours. A. Koch
GO338j    Field Study in African Development Students will spend approximately three weeks of this global innovation course in Uganda comparing international, local, and diaspora-driven approaches to economic and social development. Through discussions with local, international, and development practitioners, observation of development projects, a rural home stay, and meetings with local and international policymakers, students will learn to identify, compare, and contrast varying theoretical and practical approaches to development in Africa, assess the effectiveness of international, diaspora-driven, and local approaches to development and its promotion in Uganda. Cost is $3,750. Three credit hours. Seay
GO362j    Advanced International Relations at Salzburg Global Seminar A unique opportunity to study key international relations theories, both mainstream and non-traditional, at Salzburg Global Seminar, a non-profit organization founded in Austria after WWII to challenge current and future leaders to shape a better world. Intensive coursework will be combined with field trips to local historic sites such as EagleŚs Nest, Hitlerũs mountain retreat. Three credit hours. S, I. Babik
GS297j    Contemporary Immigration in the US: Research, Policy, and Society Students will develop an empirically-based understanding of the forces that currently shape immigration trends and policies in the U.S. Through an overview of journal articles, book chapters, and policy memoranda, students will engage with contemporary debates that define the socio-political climate on immigration in the U.S. today. This is a research-based course and students will participate in a qualitative research project in the form of an interview, and will develop quantitative skills through the creation of a statistical profile using Census data. The course will also provide an overview of other methodological approaches to studying immigration, and will expose students to research proposal writing. Three credit hours. Instructor
HI297Cj    Cities from Scratch: A Global History of New Towns What does an ideal city look like? During the twentieth century, urban reformers believed that they could answer that question. They created holistic new towns that countered the sprawling, squalid, unjust, and polluted conditions of the metropolis. This course will explore the planners' goals for their cities and the messier realities, as well as how planned cities often became vehicles for political propaganda. Students will acquire a grasp of modern urban history, methods of analyzing both written and visual sources, and conduct a historical research project on a new town. Three credit hours. H. Meredith
HI297Dj    Revolutionary Culture in Contemporary China A study of the Cultural Revolution, investigating how present discourses of revolutionary heritage and nationalism shape and define its history. Combines historicizing interpretations with original documents: photojournalism with poster art, present day news with revolutionary speeches, films with their revolutionary predecessors, memoirs with diaries. Placing culture at the center of historiography, we bring into focus the competing epistemologies of the Cultural Revolution itself — its anti-Party, grassroots and anarchic visions — to grapple with how the Chinese Communist Party deploys competing versions of its own historical legitimacy. The Presence of the Past humanities theme course. Three credit hours. H, I. Parker
HI297Ej    New Perspectives on the American Revolution Patriotic narratives associated with the birth of the republic are deeply engrained within the American political identity. Recently, the hit Broadway musical Hamilton brought the production's namesake and the familiar cast of Founding Fathers back to the center stage of American pop culture. The contributions of political elites of course merit popular and scholarly attention, but should we also consider the experiences, perspectives, and contributions of those outside centers of formal political power? This course will ask that students examine the ways African-Americans, Native Americans, women, loyalists, common farmers, and urban artisans experienced and contributed to the Revolutionary Era. Three credit hours. H, U. Reardon
HI297Jj    America's Whitest State? Immigration in Maine, Yesterday and Today Maine is often called "America's whitest state," a term that obscures the state's rich history of immigration. In this interactive, discussion-based course, students will explore how the state and its residents have responded to and been shaped by various waves of immigration to the state, from English and French farmers in the early 19th century to Irish and French Canadian mill workers and Lebanese Christians in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to Somali, Iraqi, and Syrian immigrants today. In addition to studying books, articles, and films, students will deliver an oral, multimedia presentation. They also will have the opportunity to meet many ʕNew Mainersʡ as guest speakers and explore the diverse cultures of Waterville, Augusta, Lewiston, and Portland. Three credit hours. Asch
IT125Tj    Italian I in Genoa Basic comprehensive course for students with little or no previous knowledge of Italian. Focus is on developing the reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills needed to gain fluency in Italian and on familiarizing students with basic aspects of Italian culture and geography. Learning in the classroom takes place entirely in Italian and is task based, involving group activities, interviews with fellow students, and role-playing exercises. A full immersion environment allows students to continually practice what they learn, while enjoying the beauty of Italy. Estimated cost: $3,500. Three credit hours. Branciforte
IT153j    Modern and Contemporary Italian Fiction in Translation in Verona This course in Italian fiction, held in Verona, Italy, will offer a close study of four authors whose work spans the 20th century. Readings will include Lia Levi, The Jewish Husband; Ennio Flaiano, A Time to Kill; Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend; and Antonio Tabucchi, Pereira Declares. Includes field trips to Rome and Italian cultural centers around Verona. Prerequisite: For more information, contact Patrick Brancaccio (pbranca@colby.edu). Three credit hours. L. Brancaccio
JA125Jj    Elementary Japanese Introduction to the spoken and written language to provide a solid grounding in all the language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will have a comfortable command of hiragana, katakana, and basic sentence patterns and will become familiar with about 60 kanji and their combinations. Three credit hours. Shmagin
JP003j    Premed Academy Students will be paired with MaineGeneral-affiliated physicians in the Waterville area for intensive job shadowing and clinical observation. They will also develop and complete a project of benefit to the practice of the supervising physician and spend time reflecting on their experiences through group discussions centered on relevant readings. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Biology 163 and 164, or Chemistry 141 and 142, or 145; sophomore or higher standing; and significant interest in medicine as demonstrated through previous volunteer work or job shadowing. Application required. Upload résumé, unofficial academic record including courses in progress, and cover letter describing your learning goals and the relevance of the course to your professional plans in CareerLink. Noncredit. Berkner
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. $100 lab fee. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Contact Daniel Camann at djcamann@colby.edu Noncredit. Camann
JP007j    Blacksmithing An intensive introduction to the fundamental processes involved in forging and forming iron (steel), taught in a well-equipped shop at the Colby-Hume Center. Primary focus will be the development of the skills and understanding necessary to complete assigned exercises using fire, hammer, and anvil. Students will also work individually with the instructor to design and execute a final project. Materials fee: $100. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Prospective students should submit a brief essay outlining their interest in the course to the instructor, Steve Murdock, at scmurdock@uninets.net. Final selection will be by personal interview. Noncredit. Murdock
JP023j    Integrating Mindfulness-based Compassionate Communication Using Mindfulness skills as a foundation, we will study and practice a language called Mindfulness-based Compassionate Communication that uses a way of speaking that cultivates empathy and compassion for self and others. Learning this language brings clarity to our own needs as well as the needs of others no matter the healthy and unhealthy strategies used to attempt to meet the basic needs of our human condition such as trust, honesty, acceptance, connection, communication, being heard, and compassion. Noncredit. Hathaway
JP024j    Sheep to Shawl Learn about the role of hand spinning in New England textile history and travel to a small Maine Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) sheep farm where you will wash fleece, hand dye wool, and needle felt. Build a portfolio as you spin wool, silk, cotton, and bamboo on a drop spindle and a spinning wheel. Explore color theory through carding, spinning, knitting, and crochet. No experience required. Nongraded. Noncredit. Fowler
JP114j    The Wide World of Story The shortest distance between two people is a story. No matter what you do in life, being a good storyteller will serve you well. In addition to being an effective way to teach, stories help us influence customers, clients, and voters and win friends. This course will help you get better at this powerful life skill. We will explore personal narratives, comedy, folk/world tales, teaching stories, ballads, and oral history. We will improve our craft, experimenting with voice, song, timing, and movement. After helping each other develop our stories in class, participants will share in at least one other setting: for children, seniors, or in a public venue. Previously offered as JP197C (January, 2018). Three credit hours. A. Gillman
JP135j    Multicultural Literacy Introduces students to the knowledge and skills that constitute multicultural literacy, including 1) understanding and respecting differences based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social class, religion, and ability; 2) being aware of one's own culture/background and biases and how these may shape one's interaction with those who are different; 3) mastering key theoretical concepts that shape and inform contemporary approaches to diversity and social justice; and 4) communicating effectively across differences, managing conflict in positive ways, and intervening in negative situations. Prerequisite: First-year standing. Three credit hours. U. Duplessis
JP137j    AIDS and the Meaning of Life This class will stimulate personal emotional growth and self-empowerment; it might even change your life. The HIV/AIDS issue is not over, nor is our obligation to address it. Together, we will consider this important topic using a variety of disciplines, from the epidemiology of the disease to the cinematic/theatrical portrayals and everything in between, including the history, sociology, biology, spirituality and poetry of AIDS. Along the way, students will have the opportunity to apply their own interests so that others can benefit from their perspective and expertise. One important "textbook" for this course will be the professor's personal experiences living with HIV from its emergence in the '80s. Previously offered as JP197 (January, 2018). Three credit hours. Fried
JP143j    Introduction to Entrepreneurship An introduction to the new venture development process, from initial idea through funding and market launch. Identification and evaluation of new venture opportunities, and the development of a comprehensive business plan and funding summary are key learning objectives. Topics also include a review of the new venture funding industry and how these funding sources evaluate, value, and select potential investments. Nongraded. Does not count toward the economics majors or minors. Previously listed as JP297B (Jan Plan 2015 and 2016). Prerequisite: Economics 133 recommended but not required. Two credit hours. Downs
JP153j    Meteorology Using text and real-time data, students discover how the basic principles of meteorology are used to understand weather systems and learn how to forecast weather patterns using these principles. A field trip allows those enrolled to interact with working meteorologists and discuss how forecasts are made for the public and private sectors. Students present their own meteorological research efforts, demonstrating their understanding of the principles and practices presented during Jan Plan. (Does not earn lab science credit.) Three credit hours. N. Epstein
JP197j    Consumer Rights, Litigation Practice, and Advocacy Training Sometimes creditors such as mortgage companies, landlords, student loan companies, and debt collectors harass consumers by trying to collect money that is simply not owed. This happens more than you might think but many times a consumer will pay the money or even give up a home instead of fighting a national creditor. In this interactive course, you will use consumer protection laws to make a loan servicer stop its wrongdoing and pay damages to a client who is being harmed. You will 1) meet with and counsel the client; 2) analyze the law; 3) draft a demand letter and complaint; 4) engage in discovery of information; 5) mediate; and 6) draft and argue a motion. This course is ideal for anyone who wants to learn to advocate for themselves or others. Three credit hours. Instructor
JP197Bj    Domestic Violence Law Domestic violence law is an excellent area of law to study because it leads to a greater understanding of how and why laws are created in general along with the real-world practicalities of its application to people. Domestic violence law is influenced by, but not limited to art, culture, history, philosophy as well as research in biology, sociology and psychology. It is an intimate area of law, which presents unique human challenges for defendants, victims, children, attorneys, judges, lawmakers and society. This course will take a global look at the extent to which being free of domestic violence is a human right. Three credit hours. Adams
JP197Cj    Values Education: Understanding and Teaching Values in Everyday Life Provides an in-depth exploration of key concepts and a history of values in the United States, different approaches to values education, how values systems are formed and function within groups, and the relationship of values and leadership. Course material includes readings from the literature about values, examples from current media, and use of films, literature, and other material from the arts. Participants in this course will come away with a better understanding both of their own values and those of the society in which they live. Three credit hours. S. Merson
JP197Fj    Handbell Choir Handbells are an old and unique instrument where each person is vital to the performance. We will be looking at the notation, techniques, and terminology specific to handbells. As the music requires, we will also use handchimes. Prior experience with handbells is not required, but a basic understanding of music notation is suggested. The performance at the end of the session will be the final exam. Nongraded. Three credit hours. Instructor
JP197Gj    Water and Sanitation in Developing Communities An introduction to water supply, quality, and treatment in rural and urban developing communities; sanitation practices and technologies; other interventions for improvement of public health; and the social and political issues surrounding water and sanitation in such communities. These topics will be explored through lectures, case studies, readings, and guest speakers who work in international development. Students will critically assess a water or sanitation solution and present their findings to the class. Three credit hours. Instructor
JP215j    Philanthropy at Work An academically-grounded, community-based exploration of the role philanthropy plays in powering nonprofit organizations. Through real-life case studies, guest speakers, readings, and discussion, students will consider deeply how nonprofit organizations of various sizes in our community (and beyond) leverage philanthropy to fuel their mission. Working in small teams, students will apply the strategies and tools they learn to create a resource development plan for a non-profit organization. Previously offered as JP297C (January, 2018). Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. Three credit hours. Hallee
JP231j    Economic Development in Conflict Zones Presents U.S. and NATO experience with nation building in Iraq and Afghanistan in the context of its political, cultural, economic, and security dimensions. Students will gain an understanding of economic/international development concepts and their relevance in these and other conflict zones. Introduces the various actors involved in economic and international development, their organizational and planning approaches, and how the United States and NATO integrated these entities into their whole of government approach. Previously offered as JP297B (January, 2018). Three credit hours. Jackson
JP297j    Sports Analytics in R An exploration of descriptive and predictive analytic techniques in the R programming language using data from a variety of sports. Data science methods covered will include importing, tidying, visualizing, and analyzing sports data. Working with Colby alumni in the sports industry, we will explore sports analytics questions using real data from professional and collegiate sporting leagues. Prerequisite: Statistics 212 or equivalent. Three credit hours. Majerus
JP297Bj    Transrealism: Analysis and Methods Transrealism is a literary genre that mixes elements of science fiction with naturalistic fiction. In this course, students will read, analyze, and discuss multiple books a week in this genre. Students will write literary analysis essays on these works. Students will then put techniques learned from expert writers into practice by composing their own transrealist short story. Prerequisite: Any W1 course. Three credit hours. Nash
JP297Cj    Art of the M&A Deal Executing a business acquisition may be the most high-stakes challenge any executive could face. Featuring an experienced M&A professional and other special guest speakers who have spent their careers on the frontlines of major deals, students will learn real-world insights about successful deal making, through the major stages of the process. Students will evaluate a target company and its industry, understand the due diligence process (including data and analytics), price and structure a deal, formulate a negotiating approach and analyze post acquisition considerations to create sustainable value in a transaction. Prerequisite: Economics 121. Three credit hours. McHale
JP297Dj    Editing for Publication Students will be both author and editor as they learn first-hand how an article, essay, or review becomes a published or publishable piece. We will cover the mechanics of editing; look in detail at several style guides; discuss editing for different audiences and media; and explore the different types of editors, along with fact checkers and proofreaders. The class will emphasize the give and take between writer and editor, and the balance between the needs of the author and audience. Prerequisite: Any W1 course. Three credit hours. Shavelson
JP297Ej    Advocating for the Environment Political advocacy is as much about personal values and strategic communications as it is about facts. With the polarization of political parties and the emergence of extreme political positions, it has become important to understand the underlying psychology and motivations of advocates and decision makers. The course will focus on power, values and perception and how political positions reflect these mental models. An overview of the Legislative process in Maine will also be presented, setting the context for advocacy work. Exercises may include stakeholder analysis, power mapping, values identification, how to use leverage points, and how to frame and develop speaking points on an issue. Students will travel to Augusta to observe Legislative Committee Hearings. Prerequisite: Any Environmental Studies course. Three credit hours. Inches
JS226j    Community Organizing and Social Justice For decades, ordinary citizens have exercised their power on a local and state level using the principles of congregation-based community organizing (CBCO). In this hands-on introduction to the principles of CBCO, students will learn how to organize to build power and create political change. With special attention to the Jewish texts that underlie this work, we will focus on the history of Jewish involvement in social justice movements as a case study for making change. Guest speakers from across the country will share their experiences. Three credit hours. Asch
MU091fjs    Music Lessons: Noncredit or JP 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. 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
MU116j    Acoustic/Electric Grunge/Rock Songwriting: A Composition Seminar Students will engage in intensive and sustained listening exercises in order to develop an understanding of form, melody, harmony rhythm and text in a wide range of contemporary and commercial musical genres: grunge, crossover, rock, trance, among others. Students will use their developing knowledge/musical skills to complete multiple small-scale composition projects in preparation for a a recording and public performance of one completed composition for multiple musicians. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of music terminology and concepts. Three credit hours. A. Instructor
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. Nongraded. Three credit hours. A. Benissan
MU218j    Seeing, Then Hearing: Graphic Design for the Music Industry While it may seem counterintuitive, visual attraction is a central concern in the business of music. Getting music to the attention of the widest possible audience demands an increasingly refined, international visual fluency. We will look at and listen to well-known releases with an eye to the differences in the visual publicity and packaging in the European, Asian, and American markets for albums by Katy Perry, the Rolling Stones, Kanye West, and Kiss. Students will use readings in world and art history, ethnomusicology, and cultural theory, and hands-on work with Adobe Photoshop to formulate and debate answers to a number of complex multicultural design problems. Previously listed as Music 297J. Three credit hours. A. Jee
MU223j    Perception of Music An inter-disciplinary exploration of music and psychology. We will consider some of the predominant theories of how we perceive music, including ideas about memory and music. We will draw upon concepts central to cognitive psychology, including aspects of auditory memory, brain processes, melodic and rhythmic grouping, schematic frameworks, and hierarchical structures in music. Students will actively experience music and relate what they are hearing to the theoretical models. Central to the class is discussion of each student's individual responses to music and exploration and development of ways to map their experiences. Three credit hours. A. Helm
MU226j    Music as Therapy: Across the Life Span Music therapy is an integrative therapeutic approach increasingly used as complementary health care in treating autism, Alzheimer's Disease, and other medical/psychological issues. Students will 1) acquire an historical, philosophical, musical and ethnomusicological perspective of music (as) therapy, 2) gain a knowledge of the broad background of the clinical practice music therapy, 3) learn how music as a creative art and as therapy is utilized by various populations and cultures, and 4) gain a broader appreciation of the potential for interdisciplinary uses of the creative arts. Includes an off-campus visit to observe a program that utilizes music therapy in the treatment of populations with special needs. Three credit hours. A. Instructor
PL212j    Philosophical Paradoxes There can be an air of paradox when thinking about thinking, as if thought gets its own way. We will begin with a look at some playful, but frustrating, "antinomies of reason" - from the Liar's Paradox to the Prisoner's Dilemma - in order to develop and test conceptual strategies that can then be applied to more traditional philosophical problems. To untangle the knots that reason ties itself into, we will need access to a broad array of analytic techniques, critical skills, and logical tools. Finally, we will discover something about the nature of philosophy from these peculiarly and characteristically philosophical problems. Three credit hours. Cohen
PL237j    Taking Philosophy Public Like other disciplines, philosophy has turned recently to urgent conversations about how we might extend what we do in the academy out to the public sphere and contribute to public life. In this humanities lab, students will read philosophical texts about public philosophy, follow one or more philosophers on social media, and Skype with philosophers who are currently engaged in public philosophy activities. They will then design, organize, and carry out public philosophy events or activities. Those may include a Socrates café, writing op-ed pieces for local papers, engaging local students or the elderly, or something else of their choosing. Previously offered as PL297J (Jan Plan 2018). ~ Prerequisite: Two philosophy courses. Three credit hours. Gordon
RE242j    The Good Life What does the good life look like? What does it mean to live life well? We explore these questions through engagement with the lives and visions of founding figures from six diverse traditions of imagining a good life: the Buddha, the Hebrew Bible and Talmud, Jesus of Nazareth, Muhammad, John Stuart Mill, and Friedrich Nietzsche. Includes visits from contemporary individuals who understand their lives to be shaped by the traditions in question and an overnight retreat focused on the 'spiritual autobiographies' of students in the course. Previously offered as RE297 (Jan Plan 2017). Three credit hours. S. Nelson
SO212Jj    Introduction to GIS and Spatial Analysis Listed as Environmental Studies 214J. Three credit hours. Gimond
SP132j    Conversation and Composition in Salamanca In Salamanca, whose Old Town was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988 students immerse themselves in day-to-day Spanish life by living with local families, taking part in activities inside the city, and exploring other historic sites in Spain. This course will develop critical communicative and argumentative writing skills in Spanish through conversations with peers and locals and by analyzing a variety of texts and events. Students may not receive credit for this course and Spanish 131. Estimated cost for Jan Plan 2019: $3,200. Prerequisite: Spanish 128. Three credit hours. I. Allbritton
ST117j    Information Use and Misuse: Big Data and Artificial Intelligence How has and is Big Data and Artificial Intelligence changing the ways that governments and businesses utilize our personal, geographic, and behavioral data; and what impact are these technologies having on our society. Case studies (technology, law, government, ethics and business) help students understand how the technologies are used and critically explore what ways are they shaping our society. Discussion based. Students develop critical thinking and writing skills and an understanding of the policies, terminologies, and concepts needed to successfully examine case studies. Previously listed as GO118 (Jan Plan 2016). Three credit hours. Kugelmeyer
TD261Jj    Topics in Performance: Activist Storytelling Workshop Students will create original story-based performance pieces inspired by their own passion — issues such as the environment, race, poverty, reproductive justice, freedom of speech, LGBTQ+ rights, disability, diversity, access to education, etc. Students will explore a variety of writing and performance styles and techniques to engage in creative process and generate material. Culminates in a showcase presentation of solo and small group pieces at Colby and at a professional performance venue in Portland, which will require additional travel and rehearsal time the final week of Jan Plan. No previous writing or performance experience necessary. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Three credit hours. A. Weinblatt
TD361Jj    Advanced Topics in Performance: Presence/Past Directed by a collaborative team of guest artists rooted in visual art, theater, and dance, students will collaborate to create a multi-arts, immersive performance to be installed and performed on tour in Boston. Through both practiced and cutting edge methods, the process examines the tenuous state of communication in our technologically-mediated culture. Artists will examine the relationship between personal and collective histories translated through memory. Interested students studying abroad in either the fall or spring semesters should contact Professor Annie Kloppenberg. Prerequisite: Theater and Dance 164 or audition. Three credit hours. Instructor
WG211j    Women in Myth and Fairy Tale How are women represented in the myths and fairy tales of U.S. cultures? What is the impact of these images on our selves and our societies? What are some alternatives to the images we are familiar with? How are women using myths and fairy tales to deconstruct oppressive images based on cultural stereotypes? These questions are explored through close examination of ancient and contemporary versions of the stories of Psyche, Beauty, and Inanna. American Indian stories and feminist fairy tales provide alternative images for discussion, as do various video versions of the stories. Normally offered every other year. Three credit hours. L. Pukkila