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Get a feel for the exciting variety of courses taught at Marlboro.

Generally speaking, each course at Marlboro College requires a minimum number of contact hours with teaching faculty based on the credits to be earned. Usually 50 minutes or more of weekly contact time per credit earned is required. Contact time is provided through formal in-class instruction as well as other instructional activities facilitated by the teaching faculty member.

American Studies

For American Studies offerings, also see:

"All You Have to Make it Out of": Existential Literature in America and Europe
Economics for the Citizen
Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Standing Up for Racial Justice: From #Blacklivesmatter to the Lost River

Anthropology

Language and Culture
(3.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
Nelli Sargsyan
SSC617
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In this course we will explore the interconnectedness between language and culture by gaining a deeper understanding of various theoretical approaches to this interconnectedness. We will then apply some of these theoretical approaches to our understanding of how larger scale social, historical processes and structures are connected to and manifest themselves in our smaller scale everyday lives and how language is part of it. We will explore the relations between mind, language and culture and the transformation thereof at times of increased translocal movement (physical and virtual travel across time and space). We will discuss the various subjectivities that we produce through our verbal interactions and how these subjectivities are space and time specific, often invoking much larger scale processes. 

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Language and Muslim Immigrant ChildhoodsGarcia-Sanchez9780470673331$99.95
Language, Culture, and Society 6thSalzmann9780813349541$52.00

Social Justice and Visual Ethnography
(4.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
SSC618
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In this course we will learn how photography, documentary film, video and different digital media are used as a research methodology to examine and interpret issues of anthropological concern, tell stories, and most importantly, raise issues of social injustice. We will engage in discussions of sociohistorically situated ethnographic perspectives to develop a more reflexive understanding of the position of the researcher and gain critical understanding of the ways different media are used in conducting and disseminating research. Most importantly, the course participants will engage in the production of a participatory visual ethnographic work that will receive caring and sustained critique from all class participants throughout the semester. This course is designed both for students interested in the Social Sciences and Visual Arts. It will be composed of readings, discussion and production-based learning.

  • Students with intro-level photography skills would need permission of instructors
  • Tuesday 9:00am-11:20am in Woodard Art/Classroom
  • Thursday 9:00am-11:20am in Woodard Art/Classroom
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Doing Visual ResearchMitchell9781412945837$60.00

For Anthropology offerings, also see:

Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Art History

Painting the History of Renaissance Painting
(4.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
HUM2418
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This class is an interdisciplinary study of the history and multiple material and compositional techniques of European Renaissance painting. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the various techniques of painting in the Renaissance and then develop their understanding of those techniques in studio practice. The course will begin in the 14th century focusing not just on material techniques but also on compositional ones such as different methods of perspectival rendering, and modeling the figure. We will study paintings produced in a number of different contexts from church commissions to public art to the vast schemes of private palace decoration. Introductory and Intermediate level; 4credits with a linked additional 2 credit tutorial for students who wish to go further with their studio work.

  • Monday 10:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree
  • Wednesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Painting and Experience in Fifteenth-Century ItalyBaxandall9780192821447$19.95
How to Read Italian Renaissance PaintingZuffi9780810989405$35.00

Survey of Art History from 1800 to the Present
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Felicity Ratte
HUM2417
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Global Perspective

This class is an introductory level study of art and architecture with a particular focus on the painting and sculpture produced in Europe, the United States and the Ottoman empire from the peak of the colonial period to the present day. We will be paying particular attention to the interconnections between artists and art movements throughout this time period as they both reflect and try to influence social and political practice.

  • Monday 8:30am-9:50am in Apple Tree
  • Wednesday 8:30am-9:50am in Apple Tree
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Passages in Modern SculptureKrauss9780262610339$37.95
Politics of VisionNochlin9780064301879$42.00

For Art History offerings, also see:

Sound as Material

Asian Studies

Dark Twins: The Underside of Asian Urbanization
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Seth Harter
HUM951
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Designated Writing
Global Perspective

While Asia is still often stereotypically pictured as agricultural, it is now home to most of the world's largest cities. And while these cities are rightly seen as places for coming together, they also depend on social and physical segregations. In “dark twins” such as ghettos, squatter settlements, unregulated sweatshops, jails and sewer systems, much of the work that allows these newly prosperous cities to function takes place. Using history, sociology, anthropology, journalism and urban planning, we will peer into the history of these hidden spaces. What institutions, formal and informal, create and preserve urban enclaves? How does the study of these “dark twins” change our understanding of cosmopolises such as Shanghai, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Mumbai, Naypyidaw and Chandigarh? Prerequisite: None, but knowledge of Asian history helpful

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Behind the Beautiful ForeversBoo9780812979329$16.00
Ghetto at the Center of the WorldMathews9780226510200$19.00
Seeing Like a StateScott9780300078152$29.00
Shanghai GoneShao9781442211322$33.00
Secret Trades, Porous BordersTagliacozzo9780300143300$38.00

Islam in Asia
(2.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Seth Harter and Amer Latif
HUM2413
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Global Perspective

In the American imagination, Islam is invariably associated with the Middle East, but the religion’s adherents can be found in every corner of the world.In this class we will explore the contemporary political and cultural expressions of Islam in China and Indonesia.By examining art and architecture, diet, trade and pilgrimage networks, Shari’a courts and relations with neighboring non-Muslim populations, we will develop an understanding of how the faith has shaped these tremendously diverse and important nations. This class will serve as a complement to the course “Reading Shahab Ahmed's What is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic.”Students who have taken “Introduction to Islam” in the fall of 2015 or who simultaneously enroll in the “What is Islam?” class will be assumed to have the requisite background knowledge and may take this seminar for two credits.Those who wish to take the seminar without having previously studied Islam at Marlboro may take the seminar for three credits and will be required to do foundational reading on the religion’s history and principles at the start of the term. Students on either of these tracks may do an optional research paper at the end of the term for an additional one credit.

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D21
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Picturing IslamGeorge9781405129572$39.95
Between Mecca and BeijingGillette9780804746854$25.95
Longest JourneyTagliacozzo9780195308273$26.95

Think-Feel-Heart-Mind
(1.00 Credit — Advanced)

Spring 2016
Seth Harter
HUM2414
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The Chinese term xin is both nominal (heart-mind) and verbal (think-feel), both intellectual (mind-think) and emotive (heart-feel). In this one-credit seminar, students will join the teacher in exploring the extent of this concept through physical and meditative practice along with short readings and journaling. Students should already have some experience with self-cultivation and be willing both to share this experience and to delve into new experiences.

Note: Course meeting time will be determined at the start of the semester based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll

  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Serkin Center/Dance

Biochemistry

Fundamentals of Molecular Biology
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Todd Smith
NSC415
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Scientists' ability to explore, understand and manipulate DNA has increased dramatically in the past 20 years. In this course we will explore the structure of nucleic acids and the organization of genes and chromosomes. We will also examine DNA "packaging" and replication, the roles of DNA and RNA in protein synthesis and the control of gene expression. A major theme of this course will be how experimental evidence supports our current understanding of the structure and function of genes. This course will include discussions of how these processes can be manipulated to yield powerful laboratory techniques for the study of the organization and function of genes and gene products. The central structure of the course will be discussions based on selected readings, including journal articles, and in-class projects. We will also discuss homework assignments, and both of sets of discussions will be informed by readings from the text.

  • Biochemistry of the Cell
  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A

This edition of Fundamental Molecular Biology is out of print, but the campus store has a small number of modestly-priced used copies.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Fundamental Molecular BiologyAllison9781405103794Market

Fundamentals of Molecular Biology Lab
(2.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Todd Smith
NSC420
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Put on your safari shirt and pith helmet because we’re going hunting...for DNA sequences. We’ll use a technique called DNA barcoding to identify a range of organisms on the Marlboro campus. For example, what species of bacteria are in the soil around the college? Are there any coyotes around? To answer these questions students will learn a variety of basic molecular biology techniques, including DNA purification and quantification. Students will also build thermal cyclers for performing more advanced techniques such as the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), an important step in DNA barcoding. Students will also learn basic concepts and techniques in bioinformatics and use these tools to analyze DNA sequence data.  

  • General Biology I & II
  • Thursday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 112

Biology

General Biology II
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Jaime Tanner
NSC291
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General Biology serves as an introduction to the scientific study of life and basic biological principles. In this second semester we will explore biological concepts at the organismal and population level. Topics will include evolution, the diversity of life, plant structure and function, animal structure and function and ecology.

  • General Biology I or permission of instructor
  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221

This edition of Biological Science is out of print.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Biological Science 4thFreeman9780321598202$12.95

General Biology II Lab
(2.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Allison Turner
NSC292
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Further exploration of biological principles and biological diversity in a laboratory setting with independent student projects and a survey of campus vernal pool ecosystems. Co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment in General Biology II

  • Monday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 220

Human Body Systems
(3.00 Credits — )

Spring 2016
Jaime Tanner
NSC637
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Students examine the interactions of body systems as they explore identity, communication, power, movement, protection and homeostasis.  Students design experiments, investigate the structures and functions of the human body, and use data acquisition software to monitor body functions such as muscle movement, reflex and voluntary action, and respiration.  Exploring science in action, students build organs and tissues on a skeletal manikin, work through interesting real world cases and often play the role of biomedical professionals to solve medical mysteries.

*This course is held on the Brattleboro Union High School campus.

Plant Reproductive Biology
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
NSC565
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Sexual reproduction in flowering plants involves a complex series of processes. How is pollen transferred among plants? How do seed and fruit production occur? How are seeds and fruits dispersed? How do seeds germinate and seedlings become established to begin the next generation of plants? We will explore physiological, ecological and evolutionary dimensions of these questions. Examples will include a diversity of plant taxa in ecosystems throughout the world, and we will engage in greenhouse and fieldwork projects.

  • General Biology or permission of instructor
  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 221
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Ecology of SeedsFenner9780521653688$64.99
Plant Pollinator InteractionsWaser9780226874005$59.00

For Biology offerings, also see:

Life in the Cold
Statistics

Ceramics

The Dirt on Function
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Roberto Lugo
ART2424
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In this Intermediate course students will participate in the creation of functional pottery. Through a series of demonstrations and presentations, students will see historic and contemporary approaches to the creation of functional wares and develop ideas and practices that will help them to achieve a body ow work that will be used in a service to be put on by enrolled students. 

Additional Fee: $100

  • Wednesday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Woodard Art/Ceramics

Chemistry

General Chemistry II
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Todd Smith
NSC505
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The central topic of general chemistry is the composition of matter and transformations of matter, and we will continue to focus on how these microscopic transformations underlie our macroscopic experiences. In the second half of this introductory chemistry course we will examine in detail models of chemical bonds, reaction kinetics, acid-base equilibria and electrochemistry. We will also explore some aspects of thermodynamics, and environmental chemistry will continue to be a secondary theme of the course as we relate all of these topics to the effects of human activity on our environment. We will start each chapter with a discussion of selected topics, followed by in-class projects, problem-solving sessions and homework review.

  • General Chemistry I (NSC158)
  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 216

This edition of Principles of General Chemistry is out of print. Students who did not buy copies last term may special order used copies through the campus store.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Principles of General Chemistry 2ndSilberberg9780077274320$11.95

General Chemistry II Laboratory
(2.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Todd Smith and Allison Turner
NSC506
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The laboratory sessions for the second semester will continue to be an opportunity for students to hone their lab skills and to explore topics and ideas discussed in class. Students will work in teams to devise, conduct and analyze experiments on the synthesis and properties of biofuels and bio-remediation. We will use primary literature to provide some context for our experiments, and we will continue to focus on employing the principles of green chemistry in our lab experiments.

  • General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Tuesday 9:00am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 112

For Chemistry offerings, also see:

Fundamentals of Molecular Biology Lab

Classics

Greek IB
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
HUM620
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Global Perspective

Continuation of Greek IA.

  • Greek IA or permission of instructor
  • Monday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D13
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D13
  • Friday 11:30am-12:20pm in Dalrymple/D13
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Athenaze 3rdBalme9780199363254$44.95

Latin IB
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
HUM618
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Continuation of Latin IA.

  • Latin IA or equivalent
  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D13
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D13
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Classical LatinMcKeown9780872208513$40.00

The Invention of Books and Their Readers II: Religions of the Book
(4.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
HUM2407
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Designated Writing

This semester we will examine how close the connections between literacy and religion were in the period c. 31 BCE - 387 CE. With the advent of the Roman Empire, an extraordinary variety of new modes of religious thought and behavior came into being. The changes included profound transformations in thinking about the divine in philosophy and literature; the role of religion in disparate and diaspora communities; the religious order of the Roman state; and new types of religious competition, conflict and self-definition. We will examine religious phenomena from the pagan mystery cult of Isis to the conversion of Augustine through the lens of the period's rich and diverse literary evidence. There will be an opportunity at the end of the course for students to undertake guided specialist research in an area of their choice. Prerequisite: None

  • Tuesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D13
  • Friday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D13
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Golden AssApuleius9780199540556$12.95
ConfessionsAugustine9780140441147$10.00
Religions of Rome V. 2Beard9780521456463$44.99
Augustine of HippoBrown9780520280410$29.95
Selected DialoguesLucian9780199555932$14.95
Rise of ChristianityStark9780060677015$14.99

Computer Science

Computer Systems
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Jim Mahoney
NSC592
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A look at what goes on "under the hood" of a computer, in the implementation in machine code of a C program running on a Linux computer. Sometimes called "Computer Organization", a course like this one is a required part of most computer science degree programs, typically taken by sophomores after a course or two in basic programming concepts. Topics include the C programming language, machine-level data representation and assembly language, processor organization, system performance, memory caching, code compilation and linking and similar fun stuff. This course is likely to be offered every few years. Textbook: Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective, ISBN 0136108040.

  • Previous programming experience
  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Computer Systems 3rdBryant9780134092669$158.60

Programming Workshop
(3.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Jim Mahoney
NSC490
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This course will improve your programming skills and practice, bridging the gap between a beginner's understanding of the craft and an intermediate to advanced understanding. Expect project-based work with students or groups of students developing and commenting on each other's code as well as assigned readings and exercises on topics such as object oriented programming, functional programming, recursion, scope, threads and forks, graphics and graphical user interfaces, version control, API's, documentation, testing and so on. We may explore more than one programming language, depending on the background and experience of the participants. Candidate languages include Python, C, a Lisp, R, Ruby, Java, Julia, Go, and Haskell. We may also do some web programming with internet technologies. May be repeated for credit and taken for 2 to 4 credits. 

  • Previous programming experience
  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Cultural History

For Cultural History offerings, also see:

MUSIC: 1600-1800
Wine Dark Sea: Historiography of the Mediterranean

Dance

Beginning/Intermediate Modern Dance Technique
(2.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
Kristin Horrigan
ART2422
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This course will focus on developing expansive, articulate and powerful dancing through a study of the principles of contemporary release technique. Core concepts will include weight, momentum, alignment, breath, focus and muscular efficiency. We will work on finding center, playing off balance, moving in and out of the floor, going upside down and finding ease and clarity in our bodies. Through our practice, we will develop strength, range of motion, balance, flexibility, stamina, self-awareness and coordination. Each class will consist of a warm-up, exercises across the floor and longer combinations of movement. Through studio practice, students will build physical coordination, strength, flexibility, balance, body awareness and an understanding of principles of modern dance. Some readings and video viewings will be used to help students contextualize their studio practice. The course will also include some creative work.

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Dance in World Cultures
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Kristin Horrigan
ART2217
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Global Perspective

In this course we will explore what dance means in a variety of cultures around the world while considering the challenges inherent in viewing and analyzing dance that comes from outside one's own cultural traditions. Class work will be based in discussion of readings and dance films, but the course will also include a number of studio master classes with guest artists. At the end of the semester, we will journey to Senegal to experience Senegalese dance culture first hand.

Additional Fee: $875-$2,625 depending on trip financial aid support

  • Application completed and accepted for trip to Senegal
  • Senegalese Dance or Senegalese Drumming
  • Tuesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 107
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 107
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 107
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
SambaBrowning9780253209566$20.00
Choreographies of African IdentitiesCastaldi9780252072680$26.00
Sensational KnowledgeHahn9780819568359$26.95
Dancing at HalftimeSpindel9780814781272$26.00

Senegalese Dance
(1.00 Credit — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Elhadji Ba
ART2344
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Global Perspective

This class will focus on learning both the popular and traditional dances of Senegal, West Africa. With an emphasis on Sabar and Saouruba, students will explore dances from Dakar, the capital of Senegal, to Casamance, a rural village in south Senegal. Students will be taught steps in the form of short, choreographed pieces and will be accompanied by live drumming whenever possible.

  • Friday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Economics

Economics for the Citizen
(1.00 Credit — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
John Rush
SSC620
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Economic reasoning can be powerful when used to develop and argue for policy to solve problems in our community. This lab is an opportunity for students to engage with their community. Students will select a social issue of interest to them at the college, local, state, national and/or international level and will develop an analysis of and potential response to the issue based on economic reasoning. Attention will be paid to increasing students' capability to advocate respectfully and effectively. Course can be taken for additional credit.

  • Introductory course in economics or permission of instructor
  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D42

Intermediate Microeconomics
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
John Rush
SSC47
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This intermediate level course concerns the market economy, in theory and practice. Topics include determination of prices, individual and collective decision-making, the organization and regulation of production and market failure. The course offers solid grounding in the theory and methods of economics as required for further work in the field.

  • Introductory economics or permission of instructor
  • Monday 8:00am-9:20am in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Wednesday 8:00am-9:20am in Brown Science/Sci 117A

The 4th edition of Besanko's Microeconomics is out of print, but the Campus Store has a limited number of used copies at a modest price.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Microeconomics 4thBesanko9780470563588Market

Measuring and Improving Human Welfare: An Exploration of the Tools and Policy of Economic Development
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
John Rush
SSC619
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Designated Writing
Global Perspective

An introduction to the way economists approach development. The course will cover major goals and challenges related to the improvement of material welfare. Attention will be given to the both the UN's Millennium Development goals for 2015 and the new sustainable development goals adopted in September 2015. Students will explore the potential for policy to promote progress and consider important ethical considerations and philosophical assumptions that shape development policy.

  • High school algebra
  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D42

Todaro's Economic Development 11th is out of print. The Campus Store has a limited number of used copies at a modest price.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Poor EconomicsBanerjee9781610390934$15.99
Economic Development 11thTodaro9780138013882Market
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's CourtTwain9780486415918$5.00

For Economics offerings, also see:

Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Statistics

Environmental Studies

Common Ground: Building Community in the Wilds
(1.00 Credit — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
Jean O'Hara
CDS590
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In this course, we will look at community as a living organism that is fluid, changing, adaptable and abundant. At the same time, this course seeks to acknowledge our interconnected relationship to all living beings. Our work will investigate and explore how human systems and other living systems interact and inform one another. This course is an outdoor immersion to explore the multiple meanings of “wild”: our inner and outer relationship to transitions and uncertainty. In addition, we will learn concrete skills on how to effectively and positively work within human communities/systems. This course aims to further develop our awareness and appreciation for each other and the environments we live and work in both human and non-human made. It is our intention to also deepen our ability to listen, adapt, build consensus and co-create solutions.

Note: This is a cross-campus course that will be open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The course will meet during five days of spring break:  Wednesday, March 23rd through Sunday, March 27th with overnight stays.

Environmental Studies Seminar: Imagining Water
(2.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
NSC613
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Global Perspective

During this seminar we will explore a theme of environmental interest from multiple disciplinary perspectives.  This semester's theme: water. Marlboro faculty with diverse curricular interests will present ideas on the theme during the first half of the semester. Students in the seminar will lead the second half of the semester; this may include presentations of work by others, original work, field trips, guest speakers or other ideas brought by students. The seminar is recommended to all students who intend to do Plan work in Environmental Studies but it is open to any interested students. The seminar offers an opportunity to engage with various Marlboro faculty members interested in the environment and to explore the interdisciplinary nature of Environmental Studies.

Note: Course meeting time will be determined at the start of the semester based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll

  • Wednesday 8:00am-9:20am in Dining Hall/Dining

Life in the Cold
(3.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Jaime Tanner
NSC640
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In this introduction to winter ecology we will explore how our local environment changes throughout the winter and how life adapts, endures and survives to meet the challenges that the cold season brings. Skills covered will include winter tree ID, snow tracking and animal signs, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, building snow structures, exploring the structure of snow, mammal and bird ID and sugaring. We will be outside a lot. Prerequisite: None

  • Monday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 221
  • Thursday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 221

The Winter Tree Finder ($5.95, 9780912550039) and Track Finder ($5.95, 9780912550121) are recommended for this course and will be available at the Campus Store.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Winter WorldHeinrich9780061129070$14.99

For Environmental Studies offerings, also see:

Economics for the Citizen
General Biology II
Intermediate Microeconomics
Measuring and Improving Human Welfare: An Exploration of the Tools and Policy of Economic Development
Political Ecology
Social Justice and Visual Ethnography

Film/Video Studies

For Film/Video Studies offerings, also see:

Social Justice and Visual Ethnography
Wetware: Actors and Directors Masterclass (Elective)
Wetware: Camera, Lights and Sound (Elective)
Wetware: Cinema Studies: The Near Future
Wetware: Direct Cinema Documentary Production with Amanda Wilder (Elective)
Wetware: Feature Film Production
Wetware: Literature Studies: The Near Future
Wetware: Post Production (Elective)
Wetware: Production Design and Costume Design (Elective)
Wetware: Production Management (Elective)
Wetware: Screenwriting and Directing

Gender Studies

For Gender Studies offerings, also see:

Research Methods in the Social Sciences

History

Wine Dark Sea: Historiography of the Mediterranean
(4.00 Credits — Advanced)

Spring 2016
HUM1407
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Global Perspective

Not a history of the many cultures that have existed around the Mediterranean--Roman, European, Arab, Turkish--but rather a course about the sea itself, we will look at what and why scholars have written with fascination and even love about the "Middle Sea." 20th century historiography has often sought to portray the multitude of nations and peoples who have populated the Mediterranean since ancient Rome as inextricably linked, through geography, environment, economy and even in anthropological descriptions of culture. The discourse of interconnectedness in turn influenced thinkers and writers studying everything from Japan to the 17th century Atlantic. In this course we will survey the idea of Mediterranean unity, debates about the nature of "Europe" and some of the philosophical assumptions that make up large historical narratives. The final project for this course is a group research project.

  • Courses in History, Cultural History or related and permission of instructor
  • Tuesday 8:30am-9:50am in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Rice-Aron Library/102
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Historian's CraftBloch9780394705125$14.75
Mediterranean CrossingsChambers9780822341505$22.95
In an Antique LandGhosh9780679727835$16.00
Mediterranean Society V. 1Goitein9780520221581$34.95
Rethinking the MediterraneanHarris9780199207725$82.00

For History offerings, also see:

Dark Twins: The Underside of Asian Urbanization
MUSIC: 1600-1800

Languages

Analyzing Meaning: Introduction to Semantics
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Grant Li
HUM2406
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Linguistics is the study of language. At the core, it concerns the relation between sound and meaning mediated by structure. As one of the core courses of linguistics, with the other two being syntax and phonology, Analyzing Meaning is an introduction to formal semantics. Semantics is the study of the literal meaning of words and the meaning of the way words are combined. This course is a practical introduction to topics in formal semantics. It aims to provide a good understanding of a range of semantic phenomena and issues in semantics, using a truth-conditional account of meaning. Students who wish to study how language works will benefit from this course both the theory and practice of semantics.This is an introductory level course with 4 credits. TextbookSemantics by Kate Kearns, (Second Edition) 2011, Palgrave Macmillan. Prerequisite: None

  • Monday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Semantics 2ndKearns9780230232303$44.00

Beginning Modern Arabic IB
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Marwa Abayed
HUM1142
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Global Perspective

In this course, the focus is on vocabulary building, basic grammar structures and some cultural and historical knowledge . The course is also designed to primarily develop conversation skills. Available only to students with prior Arabic instruction.

  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D43
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Alif Baa 3rdBrustad9781589016323$49.95

Chinese Level I
(3.00 Credits — )

Spring 2016
Grant Li
HUM2391
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This is a Chinese language course for beginners.  It aims to help you develop communicative competence in Chinese, focusing on the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. You will learn basic vocabulary and sentence structures for use in everyday situations through various forms of oral practice.  Pinyin (the most widely used Chinese phonetic system) will be taught as a tool to learn the spoken language. You will also learn Chinese characters in order to be able to communicate effectively in real Chinese situations. While linguistic aspects of the Chinese language are the primary focus, introduction to the social and cultural background of the language will also form an important part of the course.

PLEASE NOTE:  THIS COURSE IS BEING HELD AT THE BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS.

Elementary French II
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Frederique Marty
HUM1516
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This course is the continuation of Elementary French I. This course builds on and expands language and cultural skills learned in the first semester. Students will continue to develop their basic skills in French language competency including listening, speaking, reading and writing. The course is designed to facilitate active learning about the francophone world through study of its language and cultures. Emphasis is on vocabulary building, basic grammar structures and cultural and historical knowledge. Required textbook: Chez Nous: Branché sur le monde francophone, 4/E, 2014.

  • Elementary French I or permission of instructor
  • Monday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D13
  • Wednesday 4:00pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D13
  • Friday 8:30am-9:20am in Dalrymple/D13
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Chez Nous 4th ME loose-leaf text & Activities Manual w. access codeValdman9780205963539$265.00

Elementary Spanish II
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Frederique Marty
HUM1439
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This course covers the basic grammar structures of the Spanish language through extensive use of video, classroom practice and weekly conversation sessions with a native-speaking language assistant. It is a continuation of Spanish I.

  • One semester of college-level Spanish or equivalent
  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33E

Choose one of the options listed.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Vistas loose leaf w. Supersite accessBlanco9781626806733$181.20
Vistas 5th with SupersiteBlanco9781626806801$191.00

Intermediate French II
(2.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Frederique Marty
HUM2409
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This course is the continuation of Intermediate French I. In this course, students will continue to increase their capacity to communicate in oral and written French in formal and informal situations while acquiring an important knowledge of the francophone world. In class, we will concentrate on using the language in creative ways rather than on studying grammar rules (literary texts, films and culture). Required textbook: Imaginez, 3rd loose-leaf text and access codes, by Séverine Champeny. Vista Higther Learning (2016).

  • Intermediate French I or permission of instructor
  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Imaginez 3rd with SupersiteChampeny9781626808515$175.00

Intermediate Modern Arabic IIB
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Marwa Abayed
HUM1133
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Global Perspective

This course is the continuation of Intermediate Modern Arabic IIA. Students will continue to learn more essential skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing for daily communication. A broad variety of expressions and complicated sentence structures will be taught so that students can participate in conversations on various topics related to Arabic society. More emphasis will be given to speaking,structures and writing. Students will be guided to write more at the paragraph level. A language table will take place twice a week to help learners improve their communication skills.

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D43
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Al-Kitaab Pt. 1 3rdBrustad9781589017368$69.95

Intermediate Spanish II
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Frederique Marty
HUM1403
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Intermediate Spanish II builds on and expands the language skills acquired in Intermediate Spanish I. It combines an extensive grammar review while focusing on all relevant language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. Culture is integrated in all aspects of the program. We will have critical discussions about the culture of different countries of the Spanish speaking world. Frequent compositions, selected literary readings, class discussions and debates on films and current events. 

Intermediate Spanish II is a course for students who have completed Intermediate Spanish or have been deemed to be proficient enough for this class after taking an introductory Spanish placement test and talking to the professor about prior course work. 

  • Two semesters of college Spanish or equivalent
  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D13
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D13
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D13
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Imagina with SupersiteBlanco9781626801011$175.00
Felices dias Tio SergioGarcia Ramis9781567581362$19.95

Practical Chinese II
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Grant Li
HUM2345
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This is the second semester of Chinese language course for beginners. It aims to help you develop communicative competence in Chinese, focusing on the four basic skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. You will learn basic vocabulary and sentence structures for use in everyday situations through various forms of oral practice. Pinyin (the most widely used Chinese phonetic system) will be taught as a tool to learn the spoken language. You will also learn Chinese characters in order to be able to communicate effectively in real Chinese situations. While linguistic aspects of the Chinese language are the primary focus, introduction to the social and cultural background of the language will also form an important part of the course. New Practical Chinese Reader 1/新实用汉语课本 1, Textbook & Workbook, by Xun Liu/刘�. Publisher: Beijing Language and Culture University Press.

  • Practical Chinese I or permission of instructor
  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33E
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
New Practical Chinese Reader Text V. 2 2ndLiu9787561928950$23.95
New Practical Chinese Reader Wkbk V.2 2ndLiu9787561928936$15.95

Liberal Studies

Clear Communications
(3.00 Credits — Graduate)

Spring 2016
TBD
CDS
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MSM635/MHCA645.W16 Clear Communications (3 credits)

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to be a successful communicator in today s global business world. The course draws from research and theories in Collaborative Leadership, Conflict Transformation and Authentic Communication to support relationship and trust building, collaboration, self-awareness, group awareness and appreciation. By the end of the course you will understand different communication models and tools and how to use them effectively in our fast-paced digital world. You will also develop cross cultural awareness, sensitivity and mediation skills. You will be able to more effectively communicate to and engage with stakeholders, lead and facilitate valuable meetings and presentations, develop creative solutions to challenges and maintain healthy mentor relationships. 

Finding Stuff: Research Methods in the Humanities
(2.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
CDS567
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This course will cover a wide variety of research techniques and develop the students' knowledge of the many databases and search platforms available at the college. We will also spend some time looking at persistent questions in research such as the role of online information, plagiarism and others. This course can compliment any year of course work. Much of the practice use of databases and search systems can be used directly for work being done in other courses; it is our hope that this course will generally make your life easier. Prerequisite: None

  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/LIBBAR

Thriving in Teams and Organizations
(3.00 Credits — Graduate)

Spring 2016
TBD
CDS
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MBAS601.W16 Thriving in Teams and Organizations (formerly People & Teams) (3 graduate credits at GPS) Thriving in Teams and Organizations addresses theory and practice of how individuals and groups act and interact in an organizational context with a focus on distributed and virtual teams. The course draws from research and theories in Organizational Behavior and Positive Psychology to shed light on such human dynamics as motivation, perception, decision-making and conflict management. It addresses questions such as: What makes teams and organizations effective and sustainable? What are the challenges to effective teams and organizations? How can you understand your personal predilections as a team member and organizational "player"?

Classes meet on the following weekends for two 3-hour sessions (exact time TBD): January 15-17; February 19-21; March 18-20 at the Marlboro Graduate School in Brattleboro.

Literature

"All You Have to Make it Out of": Existential Literature in America and Europe
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
John Sheehy
HUM2408
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Global Perspective

"You want to do good?" asks Willie Stark, the mephistophelian politician in Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men. "Well, you have to make the good out the bad. Because that's all you have to make it out of." Governor Stark here utters Penn Warren's answer to the enduring moral question of modern life: how does one act morally in a world that seems to have no underlying moral structure at all? Where does one seek meaning in a world in which we seem--dismally, insistently--never to mean but simply to exist?This is one way of framing the "existential dilemma" framed by much of the art and literature of the late 19th and 20th centuries. In this course, we will explore the ways American and European writers negotiated this dilemma: from the tortured religious faith of Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling to the equally tortured atheism of Camus's Myth of Sisyphus; from the complex depths of Dostoyevsky to stark postwar vision of the French existentialists; from Faulkner's meditations on death and meaning-making to Richard Wright's tragic hero Bigger Thomas. We will read the "existentialists" (Sartre, Camus) but we will carry the idea forward to consider existential themes in the works of a range of European and American authors, including Heinrich Boll, Penn Warren, Marilynne Robinson and as many others as we can.

  • Permission of instructor
  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Very Easy DeathBeauvoir9780394728995$11.95
Myth of Sisyphus and Other EssaysCamus9780679733737$14.95
PlagueCamus9780679720218$14.95
Brothers KaramazovDostoevsky9780374528379$18.00
Fear and TremblingKierkegaard9780140444490$15.00
RoadMcCarthy9780307387899$15.95
Moby-Dick 2ndMelville9780393972832$24.15
HousekeepingRobinson9780312424091$15.00
All the King's MenWarren9780156012959$15.95
Native SonWright9780060837563$15.99

Selections from Shakespeare's History Plays and Tragedies
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
HUM2416
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Designated Writing

A consideration of political authority and process will be our primary focus. Other themes will be stylistic techniques (scenic structure, metaphor, plot and subplot, etc.) and an analysis of Shakespeare's women and their social roles.

  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D22A
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D22A
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D22A
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
King Richard IIShakespeare9781903436332$17.00
King Henry IV Part 2Shakespeare9781904271062$17.00
King Henry VShakespeare9781904271086$17.00
King Henry IV Part 1Shakespeare9781904271352$18.00
Julius CaesarShakespeare9781903436219$17.00
OthelloShakespeare9781903436455$17.00
King Lear 3rdShakespeare9781903436592$17.00
CoriolanusShakespeare9781904271284$17.00
MacbethShakespeare9781904271413$17.00

Selections from the "Modernist" Novel
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
HUM2415
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Designated Writing

This course will begin with Virginia Woolf and then turn to examine her themes of memory, "moments of being," ethical choice and the establishment of meaning in other fictional works from writers grappling with violence and the political state in the chaotic modern world. Novels will include works by Kafka, Camus, Daoud and Sebald.

  • Friday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D22A
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
StrangerCamus9780679720201$12.95
Meursault InvestigationDaoud9781590517512$14.95
Waste LandEliot9780393974997$18.50
TrialKafka9780199238293$13.95
AusterlitzSebald9780812982619$17.00
On the Natural History of DestructionSebald9780375756573$16.00
EmigrantsSebald9780811213660$16.95
Mrs. DallowayWoolf9780156030359$15.00
To the LighthouseWoolf9780156907392$13.95

Seminar in Religion, Literature & Philosophy
(6.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
T. Hunter Wilson
HUM5
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A year-long course, reading and discussing some of the major works of Western culture from Homer to Shakespeare. Heavy reading schedule, regular discussions, papers required. This course is designed for Sophomores and Juniors, as a broad background both for Plan students in any of the three fields and for students intending to work in other areas who nonetheless want a comprehensive introduction to many of the issues and genres that inform Western culture.

  • First semester of RLP or permission of instructor
  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D23
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D23
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D23
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Introduction to St. Thomas AquinasAquinas9780075536536$12.80
ConfessionsAugustine9780140441147$10.00
Canterbury TalesChaucer9780140424386$11.00
Book of the City of LadiesChristine9780140446890$14.00
InfernoDante9780195004120$19.99
PurgatorioDante9780195004137$19.99
ParadisoDante9780195004144$19.95
Discourse on Method and MeditationsDescartes9780872204201$12.00
Discourse on Free WillErasmus9781780938233$19.95
BeowulfHeaney9780393320978$14.95
LeviathanHobbes9780872201774$17.00
PrinceMachiavelli9780140449150$8.00
Paradise LostMilton9780451531643$7.95
Selections from the EssaysMontaigne9780140446029$17.00
PenseesPascal9780140446456$13.00
Epic of GilgameshSandars9780140441000$12.00
TempestShakespeare9780140714852$8.00
Four Great TragediesShakespeare9780451527295$7.95
Holy Bible KJVnone9780452010628$18.00

For Literature offerings, also see:

The Invention of Books and Their Readers II: Religions of the Book
Wetware: Literature Studies: The Near Future

Mathematics

Calculus II
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Ziyue Guo
NSC212
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We build on the theory and techniques developed in Calculus (NSC515). Topics include techniques and applications of integration, epsilon/delta definitions, power series, parametric equations and differential equations.

  • Calculus or permission of instructor
  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 217

Linear Algebra
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Ziyue Guo
NSC164
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Next to Calculus, Linear Algebra is the most important math course offered. It is important for its remarkable demonstration of abstraction and idealization on the one hand, and for its applications to many branches of math and science on the other. Whereas Calculus introduces undergraduates to a large warehouse of constantly used mathematical items, Linear Algebra has the power to use and manipulate those items. Matrices, vector spaces and transformations are studied extensively (most work is done in the n-dimensional real case).

  • Calculus or permission of instructor
  • Monday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

This edition of Linear Algebra is out of print. The campus store will stock used copies.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Linear Algebra 4thLay9780321385178$75.00

Statistics
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Jim Mahoney
NSC123
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Statistics is the science--and art--of extracting data from the world around us and organizing, summarizing and analyzing it in order to draw conclusions or make predictions. This course provides a grounding in the principles and methods of statistics as commonly used in the natural and social sciences. Topics include: probability theory, data collection, description, visualization, probability, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression and analysis of variance. We will use the open source statistical computing package R (no prior computing experience is assumed).

  • Tuesday 8:30am-9:50am in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Brown Science/Sci 217

The book is available free as a PDF download at https://www.openintro.org/stat/textbook.php. It can be purchased in hard copy via links on that site.

TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
OpenIntro Statistics 3rdDiez9781943450046$7.60

Topics in Algebra, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus
(3.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Ziyue Guo
NSC556
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This course covers a wide range of math topics prerequisite for further study in mathematics and science and of interest in their own right. The course is divided into 10 units, listed on the course web page. One credit will be earned for each unit completed. Students select units depending on their interest and need. The course is especially designed for students who plan to study calculus or statistics, would like to prepare for the GRE exam or who just want to learn some math. Over the semester, 3-4 units will be offered in the timetabled sessions. Individual tutorial-style arrangements can be made with students who want to study the non-timetabled units, or who want to study units at their own pace. Prerequisite: None

  • Monday 11:30am-12:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 217
  • Friday 11:30am-12:20pm in Brown Science/Sci 217

Music

Chamber Music
(1.00 Credit — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Stanley Charkey
ART496
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An opportunity for students to meet on a weekly basis to read and rehearse music from the standard chamber music repertoire. Woodwind, string and brass instruments welcome. Course may be repeated for credit.

  • Ability to play an instrument and read music
  • Wednesday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall

Electronic Music: Cultures, Concepts and Practice
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Matan Rubinstein
ART2288
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The course will provide an introduction to concepts, techniques, history and ideological frameworks informing electronic music. Designed as equal parts hands-on practice and academic enquiry, the course will alternate between readings and listening to works done in various periods and genres of electronic music and practicing basic techniques of sequencing, sampling, synthesis and recording. Coursework will constitute on-going etudes, a final project and paper and weekly readings and listening assignments. The course is designed primarily for students who are or plan to engage with music or sound design as part of their on-going course of study at Marlboro.

  • Music Fundamentals I or permission of instructor
  • Tuesday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/ElecMusic
  • Thursday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/ElecMusic

Jazz Ensemble
(1.00 Credit — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
Matan Rubinstein
ART451
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Playing and arranging Jazz pieces in workshop format, culminating in a concert.

  • Friday 10:00am-11:00am in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall

Madrigal Choir
(1.00 Credit — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Stanley Charkey
ART825
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Ensemble singing for more experienced choristers. Ability to read music and sight-sing. An exploration of repertoire from Renaissance to contemporary music for small choral ensemble. May be repeated for credit.

  • Ability to read music helpful
  • Monday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Ragle Hall

Music Fundamentals II
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Matan Rubinstein
ART2331
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This course is a continuation of study of skills presented in Music Fundamentals I and includes the study of rhythm, meter, basic harmony and beyond.

  • Music Fundamentals I or permission of instructor
  • Tuesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150
  • Thursday 10:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150

MUSIC: 1600-1800
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Stanley Charkey
ART352
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Global Perspective

A study of the development of musical forms during the period 1600-1800 and its importance in the society of this period. Ability to read music recommended. Prerequisite: None

  • Wednesday 10:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150
  • Friday 10:30am-12:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Music in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth CenturiesTaruskin9780195384826$39.95

Senegalese Drumming
(1.00 Credit — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Elhadji Ba
ART2353
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Global Perspective

This class will focus on learning the basic drum techniques and rhythms of Senegal, West Africa. With an emphasis on Sabar and Saouruba, students will explore rhythms from Dakar, the capital of Senegal, to Casamance, a rural village in south Senegal. Students will learn to play on authentic drums and will accompany dancers, learning the give and take between drummer and dancer that is inherent to the musical culture of West Africa. 

  • Friday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance

Songs and Songwriting
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Matan Rubinstein
ART2419
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This course is both a hands-on songwriting workshop and a detailed exploration of the making of songs at the basic level of melody meeting word. As general practice we will alternate between academically oriented analysis of both melodic and lyrical aspects of songs and work in workshop format of songs from music and lyrics created by students. The course is open to musician and lyricists alike.

  • Some music background for musicians or some pre-existent writing and poetry from lyricists
  • Tuesday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150

Sound as Material
(3.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
John McCormick
ART2429
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Sound as Material students will explore sound creation and manipulation ranging from performance to installation and audio technologies. Modes of listening and audition will be addressed in respect to the history of sound art. Assignments will be driven by lectures, reading and listening. Our main text for the course will be Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music edited by Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner. Students will learn the audio software Usine Hollyhock and Audacity. 

Additional Fee:$35.00

  • Thursday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Serkin Center/Serkin 150
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Audio CultureCox9780826416155$39.95

Painting

For Painting offerings, also see:

Drawing from Experience
Painting the History of Renaissance Painting

Philosophy

Classical Moral Theory and Contemporary Science
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
HUM2420
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What is a “good” life? What makes an action “good”? What is the foundation for moral action and ethics? Or, is there in fact no adequate foundation for morality? Through careful readings of classic and contemporary texts we will consider these questions, and other themes, including: the role of character, virtue and vice in a good life; the properties of right or wrong actions; how our understanding of what it means to be human guides our understanding of the good; the relation between reason and emotion in ethics; morality and happiness; ethics and the rejection of objective moral value; our obligations to distant others and to nonhuman animals; and the nature of normative reasoning. In the first part of the course, until Spring Break, we will explore the most important Western moral theories through the works of Aristotle (virtue theory), Epictetus (Stoicism), Hobbes (social contract theory), Hume (moral sentiment theory), Kant (deontology), Mill and Bentham (utilitarianism) and Nietzsche (critical genealogy). After spring break we will turn to contemporary debates on how, exactly, the empirical findings of the behavioral and brain sciences, and evolutionary biology, can inform our understand of morality.

  • Permission of the Instructor
  • Tuesday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 8:30am-9:50am in Dalrymple/D42
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Nichomachean Ethics 2ndAristotle9780872204645$16.00
HandbookEpictetus9780915145690$6.50
Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals 3rdKant9780872201668$11.00
UtilitarianismMill9780872206052$6.00

Senior Plan Seminar in Philosophy
(4.00 Credits — Advanced)

Spring 2016
HUM2390
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This course is for seniors on Plan in Philosophy who will be engaging with each other, and with selected texts, to develop their work.

  • Permission of instructor
  • Tuesday 6:30pm-8:50pm in Dalrymple/D35

The Genealogy of Race
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
HUM2404
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Global Perspective

What is race? How did the idea of race arise and what are the many ways in which ideas of race function today? How have ideas of race operated in the construction of knowledge across the disciplines, especially in biology, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, medicine and history? In what way is race constitutive of our identities? What is the relationship between racial categories and racism? This course will explore these questions through a careful analysis of historic and contemporary texts across a broad range of disciplines that address white, American Indian, Asian American, African American and Latino racial categories. We will also investigate the resources of critical concepts such as the epistemology of ignorance, whiteness, white privilege, the racial contract, etc. Prerequisite: None

  • Monday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Idea of RaceBernasconi9780872204584$18.00
Souls of Black FolkDuBois9780486280417$4.00
Racial ContractMills9780801484636$21.00
History of White PeoplePainter9780393339741$18.95

For Philosophy offerings, also see:

"All You Have to Make it Out of": Existential Literature in America and Europe
Seminar in Religion, Literature & Philosophy

Photography

Introduction to Photography
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
John Willis
ART2263
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This course provides an introductory foundation to black and white photography and a select introduction to digital photographic processes. Students will learn basic camera operation, film exposure, black and white film development and enlargement printing, along with some digital skills such as negative scanning and inkjet printing. Through the course of the semester students will complete photographic assignments, give an artist presentation and produce a final project of their own design. Student work will be discussed regularly in critique where visual communication will be emphasized alongside technique. Materials fee required. Having use of a camera with full manual operation capabilities is required, although the school has some to loan out.

Additional Fee:$100

  • Permission of instructor
  • Monday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Woodard Art/Classroom
  • Thursday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Woodard Art/Classroom
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Reframing PhotographyModrak9780415779203$65.95

Photography Plan Seminar
(4.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
John Willis
ART574
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This course is designed for advanced level students in the visual arts either on Plan or intending to soon be so, incorporating photography into their visual plan work. We will spend the vast majority of our meeting times critiquing student works in progress. It is not required that all the work being critiqued be solely photographic or even photographic at all. If a student is doing a portion of Plan work which is not at all photographic, but is intended to relate to their photographic work, they should feel comfortable bringing it in for critique. We will also discuss all issues concerning the preparation of the Plan Exhibition.

Additional Fee:$100

  • Photography Plan application on file or permission of instructor
  • Monday 9:00am-11:20am in Woodard Art/Classroom
  • Wednesday 9:00am-11:20am in Woodard Art/Classroom

Photography Plan Seminar
(4.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
John Willis
ART574
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This tutorial is designed for advanced level students in the visual arts on plan or soon to be. We will be spending the majority of the time critiquing student's work in progress. This course is for students whose plan relates to photography in any way. We will also discuss all issues concerning the preparation of the Plan Exhibition.

Physics

Astrophysics
(4.00 Credits — Advanced)

Spring 2016
Sara Salimbeni
NSC600
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The intention of this tutorial is to build a solid understanding of the fundamental physics principles pertaining to light, observation, and properties of astronomical objects. This tutorial is intended to prepare students for research and plan writing in astrophysics. As a main resources we will be using Carroll, and Ostlie's An Introduction To Modern Astro- physics. we will be reading about a chapter a week and do a few problems from the chapter.

General Physics II
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Sara Salimbeni
NSC262
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Second semester of the introductory physics class, suitable for students considering a plan in physics, science students or non-science students who want a physics foundation. Topics include fluids, thermodynamics, oscillations, waves and optics.

  • General Physics I or approval of instructor
  • Monday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Brown Science/Sci 117A
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Physics for Scientists and Engineers V3 3rdKnight9780321753175$49.20
Physics for Scientists and Engineers V2 3rdKnight9780321753182$49.20

Modern Physics
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Sara Salimbeni
NSC470
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An introduction to the major topics in modern physics, including wave-particle duality, the Schrodinger equation and its application to the structure of atoms and molecules and other topics.

  • NSC427 Electricity & Magnetism
  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 210
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Brown Science/Sci 210
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Modern Physics 3rdKrane9781118061145$225.80

Political Science

For Political Science offerings, also see:

Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Politics

Political Ecology
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Meg Mott
CDS589
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Designated Writing
Global Perspective

What does it mean to manage land well? Is it more important to conserve habitats for endangered species or to protect a rancher’s way of life? Who gets to decide which resources deserve state protection? Foresters trained in environmental science or the people who have lived off the land for generations? Focusing primarily on the emotional debates about land use in Yellowstone National Park , this class will consider how different factions construct their arguments and what they might do to improve their case with the general public.  We’ll consider how concepts, metaphors and analogies can strengthen an argument and how abstractions can gum up the works. Students will have an opportunity to enter the debate through on-line commentary and/or position papers.

Students are encouraged to sign up for Jaime Tanner's trip to Yellowstone National Park during Spring Break.

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D33E
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Changes in the LandCronon9780809016341$15.00
Battle for YellowstoneFarrell9780691164342$39.50
Sand County AlmanacLeopold9780345345059$7.99
CeremonySilko9780143104919$17.00
Storming the Gates of ParadiseSolnit9780520256569$26.95

Sources and Methods in Political Theory
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Meg Mott
SSC614
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"Most of the great statements of political philosophy," writes Sheldon Wolin, "have been put forward in times of crisis; that is, when political phenomena are less effectively integrated by institutional forms." This junior seminar looks at how political theorists shape the conversations about power and control, democracy and justice and what is required to enhance a community's wellbeing. We'll investigate how old conversations cycle around to take on new meaning during times of political and social upheaval, and we'll practice close readings of both canonical texts as well as the arguments used in contemporary social movements.

  • Permission of instructor
  • Thursday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D38
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Imaginative ArgumentCioffi9780691122908$33.95
Princeton Readings in Political ThoughtCohen9780691036892$60.00

Thinking about World (Dis?)Order
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Lynette Rummel
SSC616
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The Nature of the International System remains a point of heated debate and intense consideration both in the academic literature as well as in popular political discourse. The consensus that existed between 1945 to 1990 concerning the bipolar structure of the global order has given way to a shifting controversy oscillating between uni-polar to multi-polar configurations of power. In order to better understand the world in which we live, it is important to consider the fundamental principles and contours which shape our world. This upper level offering will focus on the question of polarity as an analytical tool by which global politics is mentally constructed and in turn, therefore, empirically driven.

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Rise and Decline of the StateCreveld9780521656290$39.99
Fall of the US EmpireFouskas9780745326436$29.00
Liberal LeviathanIkenberry9780691156170$24.95
World OrderKissinger9780143127710$18.00
No One's WorldKupchan9780199325221$18.95
America in RetreatStephens9781595231215$16.00

For Politics offerings, also see:

Economics for the Citizen
Intermediate Microeconomics
Measuring and Improving Human Welfare: An Exploration of the Tools and Policy of Economic Development
Origins of the Contemporary World
Poltical Theatre Lab
Standing Up for Racial Justice: From #Blacklivesmatter to the Lost River

Psychology

Brain and Behavior
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Thomas Toleno
SSC574
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This course will survey the anatomy and physiology of the brain with an emphasis on the brain's correlation to behavior.

  • Biology course
  • Monday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Wednesday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Friday 9:30am-10:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Cognitive Neuroscience of LanguageKemmerer9781848726215$79.95
Introduction to Brain and Behavior loose-leaf 4thKolb9781464118944$127.99

Psychotherapies
(4.00 Credits — Advanced)

Spring 2016
Thomas Toleno
SSC441
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Major theories of personality are discussed and compared. The emphasis is on the underlying assumptions regarding persons and the therapies and psychotherapies which have emerged.

  • Abnormal Psychology or permission of instructor
  • Monday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Wednesday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
  • Friday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D33W
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Theoretical Models of Counseling and Psychotherapy 2ndFall9781138871670$54.95

For Psychology offerings, also see:

Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Religion

Myth and Archetype
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Amer Latif
HUM2411
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This course is an introduction to the ways in which myths have been told, preserved, embodied and studied over the course of human history.We will begin the semester by asking:What is the difference, if any, between a story and a myth?Students will engage with the range of current theoretical approaches that seek to understand and explain the nature and function of myth and archetype.There will be ample opportunity for students to pursue their own interests through research and presentations.

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Rice-Aron Library/102
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Hero with a Thousand Faces 3rdCampbell9781577315933$22.95
World is Made of StoriesLoy9780861716159$15.95
Myth: A Very Short Introduction 2ndSegal9780198724704$11.95

Plan Writing Seminar
(4.00 Credits — Advanced)

Spring 2016
Amer Latif
HUM779
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Writing seminar for seniors completing their Plan in religious studies. This course can be taken for two to six redits.

  • Seniors on Plan in Religious Studies
  • Thursday 11:30am-1:00pm in Brown Science/Sci 216

Reading Shahab Ahmed's "What is Islam? The Importance of Being Islamic"
(4.00 Credits — Advanced)

Spring 2016
Amer Latif
HUM2412
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This seminar for Marlboro faculty and advanced students seeks to engage the latest, most comprehensive challenge for rethinking ways of conceptualizing "Islam." In summarizing the contents of the book, the back cover states: “What is Islam? How do we grasp a human and historical phenomenon characterized by such variety and contradiction? What is "Islamic" about Islamic philosophy or Islamic art? Should we speak of Islam or of islams? Should we distinguish the Islamic (the religious) from the Islamicate (the cultural)? Or should we abandon "Islamic" altogether as an analytical term? In What Is Islam?, Shahab Ahmed presents a bold new conceptualization of Islam that challenges dominant understandings grounded in the categories of "religion" and "culture" or those that privilege law and scripture. He argues that these modes of thinking obstruct us from understanding Islam, distorting it, diminishing it and rendering it incoherent. What Is Islam? formulates a new conceptual language for analyzing Islam. It presents a new paradigm of how Muslims have historically understood divine revelation--one that enables us to understand how and why Muslims through history have embraced values such as exploration, ambiguity, aestheticization, polyvalence and relativism, as well as practices such as figural art, music and even wine drinking as Islamic. It also puts forward a new understanding of the historical constitution of Islamic law and its relationship to philosophical ethics and political theory.” Although the seminar will meet twice a week, faculty need only attend the Friday sessions. The first weekly session on Tuesday will be focused on studying some of the important Islamic thinkers, texts and artistic expressions that Shahab Ahmed references in his book. For the last session of the semester on Friday, April 29, we will attend a conference organized for discussing What Is Islam? at Harvard University.

  • Introduction to Islam or permission of instructor
  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D38
  • Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Dalrymple/D38
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
What is Islam?Ahmed9780691164182$39.50

Sources & Methods in Religious Studies
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Amer Latif
HUM1117
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An examination of available sources and current methodologies in the study of religion. Required for juniors on Plan in religion.

  • Plan in Religious Studies

For Religion offerings, also see:

Islam in Asia
Seminar in Religion, Literature & Philosophy
The Invention of Books and Their Readers II: Religions of the Book

Sculpture

Problems in Sculpture
(3.00 Credits — )

Spring 2016
Timothy Segar
ART2393
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This course presents students with a series of problems to solve in the making of sculpture. Students will be asked to work in diverse materials and methods to develop their skills both in the conception and the completion of 4 major sculptures. They will also produce an artist’s journal chronically this effort. We will read several chapters from William Tucker’s the language of sculpture as well as a related poem by Wallace Stevens. Each student will make a presentation on a sculptor of his or her choice.

Students from BUHS will participate in critiques with Marlboro College Students both on the high school campus and on the Marlboro Campus.

Sculptures
(3.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
John McCormick
ART2436
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Sculptures will introduce students to a broad range of traditional and contemporary sculpture practices. This course builds upon the study of formal and spatial problems with an approach that emphasizes conceptual thinking. Students will apply research and experiment with concepts and materials while displaying a competent understanding of form and craft. The primary goals of the course are: to develop vocabulary and the verbal articulation of ideas; to enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills; to further develop aesthetic sensibilities; and to expose students to basic sculptural ideas and materials. Students will learn a variety of practical techniques and processes while studying the approach of sculptors of the 20th and 21st century, and will gain an understanding of the role of art and artists in contemporary society.

Additional Fee:$60.00

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Perrine/Perrine
  • Friday 1:30pm-3:20pm in Perrine/Perrine

Sociology

Introduction to Sociology
(3.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Kathryn Ratcliff
SSC621
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Sociology examines the external factors that act on individuals, the belief systems and group structures and how these factors relate to one another.  In this class students will examine how groups operate, how and why people make decisions, and what goes on "behind the scenes" in society.  Learning is facilitated through a variety of activities including small group and full class discussions, lectures/notes, simulations and role playing, research, reports, presentations, essays and projects.

This course is held at the Brattleboro Union HIgh School as part of the Dual Enrollment Program.

Research Methods in the Social Sciences
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
SSC613
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This course provides an introduction to research methods often employed in the social sciences, including but not limited to anthropology, sociology, economics, psychology, political science and gender studies. Through a mix of readings and practice, students will learn the basics of survey design, participant observation, interviewing techniques, evaluation analysis and ethnography. We will emphasize the politics of knowledge production as well as the ethical conduct of research with human participants. Each student will leave this course having crafted a research proposal for use in their Plan, study abroad work, a fellowship, a research paper, and/or the campus Institutional Review Board (IRB).

  • Previous coursework in the social sciences
  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Research Design 4thCreswell9781452226101$78.00

Standing Up for Racial Justice: From #Blacklivesmatter to the Lost River
(4.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
justin adkins
SSC615
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This course combines theories about race, racism, and social movements with case studies of racial justice organizing efforts to explore contemporary issues surrounding racial oppression. Although racism is the main focus of the course, we will incorporate an intersectional approach that accounts for interlocking systems such as sexism, classism, ableism, and so on. We will explore shifting forms of racial oppression in the US and look at how people are combating oppression through cross identity collaboration and organizing. In addition, we will learn about different regional not-for-profit organizations addressing racism through intersectional approaches (including Soul Fire Farm, The Root Social Justice Center, Vermont Workers Center, and Nuestras Raíces). Through classroom dialogue, classroom visits from community organizers, and written assignments, students will engage in reflection about their positions in the matrix of racial oppression and devise strategies to “stand up” for racial justice in the form of their campus and/or non-profit work.

The course generally meets Thursday evenings and there will be two Saturday meetings at the Marlboro College Graduate and Professional Studies campus in Brattleboro on January 17th and February 21st from 1:15 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Thursday 5:45pm-7:00pm in Dalrymple/D42
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
New Jim CrowAlexander9781595586438$19.95
Next American RevolutionBoggs9780520272590$20.95
Taking SidesMilstein9781849352321$12.00
Presente!Tzintzun9781849351669$17.95

For Sociology offerings, also see:

Research Methods in the Social Sciences
Statistics

Theater

All Shakespeare, All the Time: Acting Seminar
(2.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
Brenda Foley
ART2434
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This acting class will be an intensive seminar in traditions and techniques of performing Shakespeare’s plays. Students will work on monologues and scenes throughout the semester and perform a favorite as the final project in an informal public showing. Some of the pieces chosen for acting work will parallel the offerings in the Literature classes taught this semester by Geraldine Pittman de Batlle.

Note: Course meeting time will be determined at the start of the semester based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll

  • Monday 11:00am-12:50pm in Whittemore Theater/Theater

Directing I
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Jean O'Hara
ART2357
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In this hands-on course, students will learn the theories and approaches to directing plays and then put them into practice. Each student director will learn how to analyze a script, audition and cast actors, design a show and create and implement a production schedule. In addition, directors will learn to manage and work with stage crew, an assistant stage manager and a stage manager. Throughout the semester, students will gain specific directing skills while discovering their own unique directing style. This is a beginning directing class that will culminate in a directing a play for the Ten Minute Play Festival, to be performed at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: None

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Apple Tree
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Apple Tree
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Sense of DirectionBall9780896760820$19.95

KCACTF Festival Rehearsal/Production Work
(1.00 Credit — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
Brenda Foley and Jean O'Hara
ART2437
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This course will consist of rehearsing, organizing logistics and participating in the KACTF regional competition. The result will be multiple scenes and monologues to be performed in CT as part of the week-long festival.

Course meeting time will be determined at the start of the semester based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll.

  • Nomination for the KACTF

Poltical Theatre Lab
(4.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
Jean O'Hara
ART2421
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This is an ensemble theater course in which students work together throughout the semester to theatrically address a current socio-political issue. As a collective, students will research the chosen issue and then develop an original political satire. Based on students' backgrounds and skills, the piece could evolve into a musical, a circus, a talk show, a melodrama or whatever else the collective ensemble decides. The course will culminate in a performance for both the college and the greater community. No previous acting background is required. Prerequisite: None

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Serkin Center/Dance
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Theatre and PoliticsKelleher9780230205239$11.00

Staging the Apocalypse
(4.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
Brenda Foley
ART927
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Global Perspective

In this interdisciplinary course we will explore the ways in which contemporary playwrights portray a vision of the secular apocalyptic. As with Vaçlav Havel’s assessment of Absurdism, apocalyptic plays can be read as “not scenes from life, but theatrical images of the basic modalities of humanity in a state of collapse.” We’ll take an expansive perspective on the definition of “apocalyptic” and read/view works from other disciplines such as Margaret Atwood’s novel Oryx and Crake, the poetry of Japanese women following the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in White Flash/Black Rain and the BBC docudrama Threads. Students will also take a field trip to NYC as part of the class and the final project will be an expression of their own apocalyptic vision. Prerequisite: None

  • Tuesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree
  • Thursday 11:30am-12:50pm in Apple Tree
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Oryx and CrakeAtwood9780385721677$15.95
SavedBond9781408100103$14.95
Far AwayChurchill9781559361996$12.95
ArsonistsFrisch9781408103937$14.95
BlastedKane9781408103852$14.95
HarvestPadmanabhan9780953675777$16.95
Landscape with WeaponPenhall9780713688054$14.95
EffectPrebble9781408183489$14.95
DitchSteel9781408131381$17.95
In the Heart of AmericaWallace9781559361866$18.95

For Theater offerings, also see:

Wetware: Actors and Directors Masterclass (Elective)

To Be Determined

Art in the Community
(3.00 Credits — )

Spring 2016
John Willis
ART2394
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This course will focus on student involvement in the art community. Students will work with one, or many, local artists or craftsmen in a community based learning environment. Students will participate in a variety of online activities and meet weekly to discuss with their instructor and classmates. The ability to work independently in an online working environment is essential to this course. Fields of study within this course could include, but are not limited to, studies in the following: culinary art, sewing and textiles, the fine arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, and ceramics), graphic design and print production, video and film editing, or an advanced study in an art form of the student’s choice. Students will present their work at the end of the course. PLEASE NOTE:  THIS COURSE IS BEING OFFERED ON THE BRATTLEBORO UNION HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS.

Cross-Cultural Counseling
(3.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
SIT SIT
SIT
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SIT ICHR-5201-01

Friday:1:30pm - 5:15pm

SIT instructor:  Magui O'Neill

Youth Program Leadership
(3.00 Credits — Graduate)

Spring 2016
SIT SIT
SIT
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This intensive experiential course will givestudents hands-on experience participatingin and leading activities to develop youthleadership and peacebuilding capacities,including outdoor education, group challenge,teambuilding, trust building, and dialoguefacilitation. Students will learn how to teachabout global youth issues and civics, how topromote youth advocacy and activism, andhow to manage social and conflict dynamicsin inter-group youth programs. The coursewill build skills for youth leadership in suchareas as training design, inter-group dialoguefacilitation, and global issues curriculumdevelopment, e.g., how to engage youthabout current issues, such as child labor,global warming, and drug abuse. This courseis designed to prepare students to workin and to run major components of social issue–oriented youth programs. SIT course PEAC-5006-01

Visual Arts

Art Seminar Critique
(2.00 Credits — Advanced)

Spring 2016
ART359
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This course provides a forum for students to share their Plan work with each other and to engage in critical dialogue. Student will share work and writing as well as present on artists of influence. An overview of professional practices will also be included. This is a required course for seniors on Plan in the Visual Arts. The class meets Tuesdays from 3:30 - 5:20 except the five days there will be visiting artists when the meeting time is 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

  • Plan application in the Visual Arts on file or by permission of instructors
  • Tuesday 3:30pm-5:20pm in Woodard Art/Classroom

Drawing from Experience
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Roberto Lugo
ART2423
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In this introductory drawing course students will participate in a survey in beginning drawing practices. Students will draw from life in order to develop the necessary experience to move on to more individual approaches to drawing. Fundamental issues of line, shape, tonal value, composition and design elements will be our basis of investigation. As the semester progresses, students will propose and complete more individual projects that derive from a combination of research and personal experience. Prerequisite: None

Additional Fee: $50

  • Monday 3:30pm-5:20pm in Woodard Art/Printshop
  • Thursday 3:30pm-5:20pm in Woodard Art/Printshop

Printmaking Intensive
(4.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
Cathy Osman
ART2339
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This course will introduce students to a range of printmaking techniques including relief, intaglio and monoprinting. In addition there will be opportunity to experiment with alternative processes such as collagraph and large scale work. The class will work from direct observation to include still life, landscape, the figure as well as a range of historical and contemporary sources. Active parallel work in drawing will be required. This class requires collaboration and the ability to focus and sustain work outside of class time. Some experience with drawing is helpful.

Additional Fee: $100

  • Drawing 1 or Studio Art or permission of instructor
  • Tuesday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Woodard Art/Printshop
  • Friday 1:00pm-3:20pm in Woodard Art/Printshop

For Visual Arts offerings, also see:

Drawing from Experience
Introduction to Photography
Painting the History of Renaissance Painting
Photography Plan Seminar
Photography Plan Seminar
Sculptures
Social Justice and Visual Ethnography
Sound as Material

World Studies Program

Finding an Internship
(1.00 Credit — Introductory)

Spring 2016
WSP50
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Global Perspective

While in this class, students will be asked to reflect on their personal and professional skills, values, interest and goals in order to prepare themselves to identify and pursue an internship or job that will be meaningful to them. Students will explore and identify themselves as an individual, as a member of a shared culture, and within the context of a foreign culture, as it relates to skills needed to succeed professionally and personally while crossing cultures. Expected outcomes of the course are a professional resume and cover letter, improved networking and interview skills and proposal writing preparation, as well as strategies for dealing with culture shock and professional differences in a multicultural workplace. The course consists of 8 classes, which each meet for 1.5 hours.

  • Thursday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Gander-World Studies (Presser)/Room 5

Origins of the Contemporary World
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Lynette Rummel
WSP73
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An introductory seminar designed to help students begin to think historically, culturally and geographically. We will cover a handful of theoretical approaches to contemporary history as well as trace the historical threads of a number of major events outwards in time and space. Students will select a region of the world to focus on, and provide presentations identifying the influence or resonance of these events on their area. The theoretical approaches will allow us to consider major themes of the recent past including: colonialism, genocide, human rights, socialism, globalization and environmental change. Required for WSP students; Open to non-WSP students. Prerequisite: None

  • Tuesday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42
  • Thursday 10:00am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D42
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Rise to GlobalismAmbrose9780142004944$18.00
Twentieth Century and Beyond 7thGoff9780073206929$156.20

TESOL Certificate II
(3.00 Credits — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
WSP76
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Participants will continue to develop knowledge and skills as teachers of English to speakers of other languages. This term the focus will be on teaching the four skills (listening, reading, speaking and writing), lesson planning, classroom management, inter-cultural communication and receiving and giving feedback. They will design lessons for children and adults that use a communicative, interactive approach. They will implement these lessons in peer teaching sessions in class.  In addition they will prepare for their teaching practice by compiling a portfolio of lesson plans and gathering information about their teaching context. After the internship they will critically explore the role of English in the world today, including socio-political factors that affect English language learning in other countries.

The certificate is designed for those who may wish to teach English abroad or to tutor language learners in the US, or who may undertake an internship abroad and who could apply the knowledge and skills in the communities they will be living and studying in. In order to earn the certificate, participants must take both the TESOL Certificate courses (Fall & Spring), complete a TESOL teaching internship and compile a portfolio. 

  • Monday 10:30am-12:20pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
  • Friday 3:30pm-4:50pm in Rice-Aron Library/102
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
More Thank a Native SpeakerSnow9781931185325$43.90

TESOL Certificate Teaching Practice
(1.00 Credit — Intermediate)

Spring 2016
WSP77
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The TESOL certificate internship consists of practice teaching and intercultural training. This will take the form of an internship in an ESOL context during Spring Break. It is required in order to qualify for the certificate. Working in teaching teams, students will: prepare a coherent 8-day course for their respective class level (Beginner 1, young adults, Beginner 1 – children, Intermediate 1 - adults); teach a minimum of 6 hours of classes individually, although planning is done collaboratively; observe peers teaching; give and receive feedback on each day’s lessons in teaching group with trainer; attend daily workshops (determined according trainee teachers’ needs) which may include: Compassionate Communication, Feedback or Inter-cultural communication. 

Additional Fee:$1400

  • TESOL Certificate II

World Studies Senior Seminar
(1.00 Credit — Advanced)

Spring 2016
Seth Harter
WSP2
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Global Perspective

A ten-week seminar addressing cultural differences and adaptation and the integration of international field experiences into senior Plan work. Open for all students returning from study or fieldwork abroad; Required of WSP seniors. Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Note: Course meeting time will be determined at the start of the semester based on the mutual agreement of those who wish to enroll

  • Study/field experience abroad
  • Thursday 10:30am-11:20am in Dalrymple/D21

For World Studies Program offerings, also see:

Finding an Internship
Research Methods in the Social Sciences

Writing

Poetry Workshop
(2.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
T. Hunter Wilson
ART56
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Intensive revision of poems for Plan.

Poetry Workshop
(2.00 Credits — Multi-Level)

Spring 2016
T. Hunter Wilson
ART56
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Long weekly classes devoted to an analysis and discussion of poems written for the class. Students encouraged to experiment with forms and techniques. Variable credit, 2-5. 

  • Permission of the instructor, based on submitted manuscripts
  • Tuesday 1:30pm-4:50pm in Dalrymple/D23

For Writing offerings, also see:

Songs and Songwriting

Writing Seminars

Writing Seminar: Comics of the Self: Reading Graphic Memoirs
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Gloria Biamonte
HUM1254
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Writing Seminar

 “When I was a little kid,” writes Scott McCloud, “I knew exactly what comics were. Comics were those bright colorful magazines filled with bad art, stupid stories and guys in tights.”  With these words, McCloud launches into his exploration of the art-form of comics—a form whose potential and “hidden power” we will explore in this writing seminar. Using McCloud’s Understanding Comics as our starting point, we will examine how several contemporary graphic artists—Art Spiegelman, Craig Thompson, Alison Bechdel, Marjane Satrapi, Will Eisner and others—use words, pictures and narratives to tell stories of their lives. We will be writing about all of this in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to a longer documented essay. Peer response workshops, writing conferences, and in-class work on style, revision and editing will alternate with our class discussion of the texts. Prerequisite: None  

  • Tuesday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
  • Friday 1:30pm-2:50pm in Dalrymple/D43
TitleAuthorISBNNew Price
Fun HomeBechdel9780618871711$14.95
Contract With GodEisner9780393328042$18.95
Understanding ComicsMcCloud9780060976255$23.99
PersepolisSatrapi9780375714573$14.95
Persepolis 2Satrapi9780375714665$13.95
Maus ISpiegelman9780394747231$15.95
Maus IISpiegelman9780679729778$15.95
BlanketsThompson9781770462182$29.95

Writing Seminar: The Art of the Essay
(4.00 Credits — Introductory)

Spring 2016
Gloria Biamonte
HUM1217
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Writing Seminar

Virginia Woolf describes the essay as a form that "must lap us about and draw its curtain across the world." But what, she questions, "can the essayist use in these short lengths of prose to sting us awake and fix us in a trance which is not sleep but rather an intensification of life--a basking, with every faculty alert, in the sun of pleasure?" Her answer is a simple one: "He must know--that is the first essential--how to write." From David Quamman's "The Face of the Spider" to Scott Russell Sanders' "Under the Influence" to Wallace Stegner's "The Town Dump" to Annie Dillard's "Sight and Insight" to George Saunders' "The Braindead Megaphone," we will explore how contemporary essayists--in personal essays, nature writing, literary journalism, and science writing--look closely at everyday objects, practices and experiences. We will analyze what makes these essayists effective, entertaining and enlightening. And, of course, we will be writing about all of this in several formats: in-class exercises and shorter assignments leading up to two 4-6 page papers and one 8-10 page research paper. Peer response workshops, writing conferences and in-class work on style, revision and editing will alternate with our class discussion of the essays. Prerequisite: None

  • Wednesday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42
  • Friday 11:30am-12:50pm in Dalrymple/D42

Detours

(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)