J-Term 2018 Courses

Four Credit Courses

Note:  LERs are Liberal Education Requirements, which apply to students who enrolled at Goucher prior to the fall of 2017. GCRs are Goucher Commons Requirements and apply to new students beginning in the fall of 2017.

 ART (COM) 201:  Photography I (fulfills Artistic Expression LER), meets 8:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m., with a half hour break from 10:15 – 10:45 a.m., MAC 220

Instructor:  Laura Burns

This course will introduce the basic concepts of camera vision and black and white photographic materials. The chief goal of the course is to provide you with technical skills and visual theory to produce photographs that reflect your interests and your view of the world. You will learn to operate all the major controls of film and digital cameras, expose negatives accurately, and produce a range of black and white prints. Through lectures, demonstrations, readings, and discussions, you will be encouraged to pursue your own ideas and interest in response to assignments. This course is designed for students with previous experience and for beginners with no experience.  Students must have their own 35mm film camera OR their own DSLR.

Course Cancelled

COM 189:  Studio Television Production, meets 10 a.m. – noon and 1 – 2:10 p.m., VM B20 (TV Studio)

Instructor:  Daniel Marcus

An introduction to the techniques and aesthetics of studio television production. The process and practice of studio production as an artistic and expressive medium will be emphasized. Students will explore multicamera videography, producing and directing, staging and graphics, lighting for standard and dramatic effect, the correlation of audio and visual compositional elements, and the aesthetic of real-time editing with a video switcher. Students will also learn basic coordination of on-camera talent.

 DMC 105: Computational Thinking with Data  (fulfills Mathematical Reasoning LER and Data Analytics GCR), meets 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:20 – 3 p.m., location TBA

Instructor: Tom Kelliher

This course introduces computer programming in order to answer questions using real data sources. Programming constructs such as loops, conditionals, and counters will be used to compute descriptive statistics and visualize data. Additionally, a machine learning system will be used to discover patterns in data and make decisions.

 EC111: Essentials of Economics 1 (fulfills Social Science LER), meets 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1:20 – 3 p.m., location TBA

Instructor:  Steven Furnagiev

You think like an economist. You just don’t realize it yet. This course will introduce you to basic concepts of economics and to give you a sense of what the field of economics is (and isn’t). Both directly and indirectly, economic theory influences your daily life; therefore, we will discuss a variety of microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts both in theory and through real world applications throughout the course. By the end of the class you will be able to apply basic economic concepts to a variety of contemporary economic issues. This course is the first sequence in a two-course exposure to the fundamentals of microeconomics and macroeconomics.

 FR120+130: Elements of French II and III (130 fulfills Foreign Language LER), 8:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m., with a half hour break from 10:15 – 10:45 a.m.., location TBA

Instructor:  Jeanne-Rachel Leroux

Innovative foreign language studio course, designed to emphasize collaborative and cooperative learning. This is a hybrid course in which students can receive credit for either FR120 or FR130, depending on their level of entry. This course emphasizes communicative competence in the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing through the study of topics such as francophonie, l’immigration, les stéréotypes, la consommation and l’engagement. Grammar content will include past, subjunctive and conditional tenses, direct and indirect pronouns, relative pronouns and the correct use of varied prepositions.  Students need to have received at least a C- in FR110 in order to enter at the FR120 level, and at least a C- in FR120 in order to enter at the FR130 level.

HIS 127: Nazism: Before and After, (fulfills Textual Analysis LER), meets 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:50 – 1:30 p.m., location TBA

Instructor:  John Corcoran

HIS 127 is an investigation of the murderous Nazi regime in its historical context. We will examine the crises that shaped German society and paved the way for the Nazi rise.  We will consider the Nazi era in depth, with a particular focus on the major points of historical debate: Hitler’s role within the governing structure, the day-to-day functioning of the Nazi regime, the relationship with German society, the path to WWII and the Holocaust.  Additionally, we will use these narratives and debates as an introduction to the craft of history itself. We will consider the strengths and weaknesses of particular methods, source materials, and frames of analysis. We will examine the evolution of these discussions in the years since 1945, and consider the ways in which contemporary politics have shaped Germans’ understanding of their own past. 

LAM 105:  Introduction to Latin American Studies (4 Cr.)  (Fulfills Diverse Perspectives LER and Race, Power & Perspective GCR), 8:45 - 11:55 a.m., location TBA

Instructor:  Frances Ramos-Fontan
This course will introduce students to many cultural, social, and political aspects of the region of the world known as Latin America. Beginning with the various views of what is meant by “Latin American,” the course will give students a more complete picture of the heterogeneous identities of the area. Taking an interdisciplinary, broad approach to regional studies, the course will explore the diverse artistic movements, social organizations, and political institutions that have shaped Latin America in the past and continue to define its present.  

PSC 143:  American Political System  (required entry course for Political Science major), meets 9:30 a.m. – noon and 1 – 1:40 p.m., location TBA

Instructor:  Nina Kasniunas

This course examines the American national political system with attention to political culture, governmental institutions, and political behavior.  While the range of topics in this course approximates that of a survey course, the materials allow for more critical analysis and greater contemplation of the subject matter than a survey course.

PSY 105:   Introduction to Psychology (fulfills Natural Sciences LER), meets 9:30 a.m. – noon and 1 – 1:40 p.m., location TBA

Instructor:  Joan Wilterdink

This course provides an overview of the contemporary discipline of psychology, integrated with experiential learning activities designed to develop scientific thinking and research skills. Topics include fundamental issues in psychology, brain and behavior, perception, learning and cognition, personality theories, psychological disorders, and humanistic, developmental, and social psychologies. Students will learn the philosophical and methodological foundations of psychology as a scientific study of mind, brain, behavior, and human experience. For students under the LER system, PSY 105 satisfies the Natural Science LER. 

RLG 266:  Introduction to Buddhism (Fulfills diverse perspectives LER and Race, Power, Perspective GCR), meets 9-11:30 a.m. and 12:50 – 1:30 p.m., location TBA 

Instructor:  Ailish Hopper

This course is an introduction to Buddhism, from its origins in India, its spread throughout Asia to the West. We will examine the historical and cultural contexts in which Buddhist beliefs and practices developed and are still developing, and the views of contemporary Buddhist teachers on the how Buddhism is being integrated in the modern world. Experiential components include some meditation and mindfulness instruction as well as visits with local Buddhist teachers and practitioners. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of instructor.


Two-Credit Courses

BUS 221:  The Art of Negotiation (Special Topics in Business Management), meets at 10 – 11:35 a.m., location TBA

Instructor:  David Grossman

 The Art of Negotiations involves the art and science of settling conflicts and resolving problems through mutual agreement. This course is designed to increase students’ competence, confidence, and satisfaction in dealing with a broad range of negotiating circumstances and roles. This course will involve an examination of negotiation strategies and tactics, and participation in practical exercises.  The goal of the course is for students to develop a working concept of negotiation theory as well as acquire and practice these useful skills.

THE 105, Effective Public Speaking, meets at 2 - -3:35 p.m., location TBA

Instructor:  Michael Curry

There are three main elements in effective public speaking: the speaker, the message, and the audience. In THE 105, we will develop the speaker’s presentation skills, we will look at effective speech construction, and we will consider how to effectively put the audience experience at the center of the speech exchange. Much of our in-class time will be devoted to speaking in front of an audience. 

WRT 201:  Studio for Writers II, meets at 10 – 11:35 a.m., location TBA

Instructor:  Kathy Cottle

This writing studio is designed to help students earn College Writing Proficiency (CWP). Students will develop, research, write, and revise existing and new argumentative papers. Emphasis will be placed on workshop, peer review, and revision, in addition to individual conferencing.